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Shakespeare in the Arab World

Lecture Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

Khalid Amine

Khalid Amine

The reception of Shakespeare from the late-nineteenth century to the early 1960s is characterized by Arabic translations, adaptations, and imitations. The aura of Shakespeare’s canon is preserved and represented as a mythical space in the first productions. The second stage, from the late 1960s up to the present, has been characterized by postcolonial disavowal and revisions of power relationships through the practice of ‘double critique’. Shakespeare’s diverse representations on Arab stages amount to portraits of the self in a world out of joint. These negotiations are no longer parts of a resistance to Western ‘masks of difference’ or the Prospero-Caliban model of postcolonial writing-back, a writing characterized by the refusal of the West and the claiming of Othello back to his Atlas origins. Since the end of the 1960s, these Shakespearean offshoots have also become powerful strategies for revisions of power in the Arab world.


Khalid Amine is Senior Professor of Performance Studies, Faculty of Letters and Humanities at Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tétouan, Morocco. He has been Research Fellow at the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” at Freie Universität Berlin and is now Member of the Advisory Board. He is the winner of the 2007 Helsinki Prize of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR). He was Friedrich Hölderlin Guest Professor at Goethe-University, Frankfurt/M., Germany (2017/18). Since 2015, he has been teaching courses on Moroccan society and culture at UNE Tangier. He is the Founding President of the International Centre for Performance Studies (ICPS) in Tangier and convener of its annual international conferences. He was a member of IFTR Ex-Com (2011–2018); Head of Jury at the Arab Theatre Festival (6th Edition, Sharjah 2014). Among his published books: Beyond Brecht (1996), Moroccan Theatre between East and West (2000), Fields of Silence in Moroccan Theatre (2004), Dramatic Art and the Myth of Origins (2007). Amine is co-author with Distinguished Professor Marvin Carlson of The Theatres of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia: Performance Traditions of the Maghreb (2012); he is the co-editor of Performing Transformations (2012), The Art of Dialogue: East-West (2014), Intermediality, Performance and the Public Sphere (2014), Memory and Theatre (2015), and also editor of the Arab Journal of Performance Studies (AJPS).


Portland Forum in Innovation Hall
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

Assigned Reading

Michael Neil & David Schalkwyk, The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy (Oxford University Press, 2016)


5 p.m. in Global Plaza, Innovation Hall


(207) 221-4435

Shakespeare in the Arab World Poster
6:00 PM
Portland Forum in Innovation Hall

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public