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"This Cormorant War": Greed, Conflict And Literary Representation From Shakespeare To Harrison

Referent: Prof. Gordon McMullan | Diskussionsleitung: Prof. Dr. Tobias Döring

21.11.2011 um 18:15 Uhr

When Jean Baudrillard, seeking a media image to exemplify his controversial claim that the Gulf War 'did not happen', he chose an oiled cormorant, dead on a beach – an image of victimhood that is the flipside of the more usual representation of this odd, ancient bird as greedy, insatiable, a hoarder, a provoker of conflict. Gordon McMullan traces the curious representation of the cormorant from Troy to Gallipoli, from Latin American guano wars to the Gulf, by way of the poetry of John Milton, Ted Hughes, Amy Clampitt and Tony Harrison, and he concludes by turning back to Shakespeare for a new and unexpected reading of the Shylock/Bassanio conflict in The Merchant of Venice.

Gordon McMullan ist Professor für Englische Literatur am London Shakespeare Centre des King's College, London, und derzeit Visiting Fellow am CAS.

Ort: Vortragssaal des CAS
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