Herbsttagung in Bochum 2004

Marta Gibinska


Marta Gibinska is professor of English literature at the Jagiellonian University, Cracow. She teaches Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, problems of literary translation specifically connected with Shakspeare's drama and poetry. She has published on Shakespeare's language, Shakespeare in Polish translations, on Shakespeare in modern Polish poetry, Shakespeare in Polish theatre, and recently on representation of history in drama. Marta Gibinska is a member of teh Deutsche Shakespeare Gesellschaft ; she has been actively involved in international conferences 'Shakespeare in Europe'.

Vortrag “Playing History: Creating the Dramatic Moment in Henry IV”

The paper examins the text of the two parts of Henry VI as a dramatic structure which construes fiction which pretends to be history. The questions asked deal with the quality of dramatic narration, i.e. the consequence of the specific mode of time in drama, the mimetic and diegetic modes of representation, as well as with the Aristotelian conceptions of history and poesy. The interpretation stresses possible subversive readings of the lessons history in Shakespeare's drama might teach.

Michael Hattaway

Michael Hattaway

Short Biography

Michael Hattaway is Professor of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Elizabethan Popular Theatre (1982) and Hamlet: The Critics' Debate (1987); is the editor of 1-3 Henry VI (1990-3) and As You Like It (2000) for the New Cambridge Shakespeare, of plays by Jonson and Beaumont for the Revels and New Mermaid series, of A Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture, (Oxford, 2000), and The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's History Plays (2002); is co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Drama (1990 and 2003) and Shakespeare in the New Europe (1994).

Speech “Baffling: Sports of Honour and Dignity in Henry IV”

I shall indicate how Henry IV, like all English Renaissance history plays, for its contemporaries inhabited the same cultural space as sports and games. Specifically, I shall examine the theme of ‘baffling’: the word designates a specific ritualized and sportive humiliation meted out to disgraced members of the nobility. Although the play is thus associated with festivity, it remains deeply political: its mode calls into question the integrity of the honour codes of the nobility as well as the legitimating ideologies by which monarch was maintained.

Norbert Timm


1972 Ernennung zum Studienrat z.A.; 1975 Studienrat; 1979 Oberstudienrat ; Beginn der Tätigkeit als Fortbildungsreferent beim Regierungspräsidium Münster (Shakespeare-Trilogie); 1986 Referent beim World Shakespeare Congress in Berlin; 1987 Beginn der Tätigkeit als Fortbildungsreferent beim Institut für Lehrerfortbildung Essen-Werden, heute Mülheim/Ruhr, Rezensent für Fachzeitschriften (Praxis, NM); 1989 Co-Autor des englischen Oberstufenlehrbuches Skyline (Klett-Verlag); 1991-93 Vorstandsmitglied der Deutschen Shakespeare-Gesellschaft; 1984-2000 mehrfach Referent bei Bundeskongressen des FMF; 1993 Referent in Sachsen und Mecklenburg; 1994 Ernennung zum Studiendirektor; 2000 Mitveranstalter einer Lehrerfortbildung am Globe Theatre in London; 2002 Autor der Schulausgabe von Romeo and Juliet (Schöningh Verlag); 2004 Autor der Schulausgabe Bits from the Bard (Schöningh Verlag)..

Vortrag “From the divine right of kings to parliamentary monarchy”

If teachers are no longer willing to keep to the beaten track an alternative to the well known plays such as Macbeth or Julius Caesar will be proposed here; a play that is not often taught in German classrooms: Henry IV, Part 1, because "there is history, comedy, politics, fantasy - even a touch of romance" as Neil King rather enthusiastically states in Richard Adams' book Teaching Shakespeare, London, 1985. My intention is to give to the teachers a number of suggestions as to what to do with and how to approach this play without being a specialist in English history. There is this 'fat paunch' called Falstaff, the most famous of Shakespeare's characters; there is Hal, this good-for-nothing prince who must follow in his father's footsteps and be the new king. Apart from learning something about the divine right of kings in the late Middle Ages and the futile attempt to topple the usurper Henry Bolingbroke by the Northumberland family, a list of texts as to the development of the English monarchy up to now is added in which we learn more about its power and influence - often exercised behind closed doors. Finally, some films of Henry IV (Part 1 ) available to everybody will be recommended. The lecture in Bochum will be given in English.

Wolfgang Weiß


Wolfgang Weiß, geboren 1932 in München, studierte in München englische, französische und keltische Philogie. Von 1960 bis 1962 Lektor an der University of Glasgow (Schottland), von 1962 bis 1970 Assistent von Wolfgang Clemen, später Konservator am Englischen Seminar der Universität München. Von 1970 bis 1974 Professor an der Universität zu Köln. Von 1974 bis zur Emeritierung im Jahr 2000 Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Shakespeare und die Literatur der Frühen Neuzeit an der Universität München und Leiter der Shakespeare Bibliothek München. Monographien und Aufsätze zu Shakespeare, Drama und Dichtung der Frühen Neuzeit, zur Satire und zum anglo-amerikanischen Universitätsroman.

Vortrag “‘There is more of contrivance /... / in this play than in almost any he has written’: Ist Henry IV Shakespeares bestes Stück?”

Das zweiteilige Drama Henry IV gilt als Shakespeares größte Historie und wird zu seinen am meisten geschätzten Dramen gezählt. Die von Anfang an populären Stücke verdankten ihren Erfolg zunächst vorallem der Figur Falstaff. Erst vergleichsweise spät wurden sie als Shakespeares Auseinandersetzung mit der politischen Geschichte entdeckt und entsprechend kontrovers diskutiert. Der Vortrag wird sich zunächst mit dem überaus kunstvollen Bau der Stücke beschäftigen, in denen politische Handlungen und karnevaleske Szenen in Beziehung zueinander gesetzt sind, und wird dann auf die verschiedenen Deutungsansätze bis in unsere Zeit eingehen.