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Core Conference 2020–21 Resituating the Comedia, Conference 2: Made for the Stage: Translation and Performance

Feb 5, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Presented via Zoom Meetings

Organized by Barbara Fuchs (University of California, Los Angeles)

Studies of the 17th-century Hispanic comedia have been reinvigorated by a strong turn to both early modern and contemporary performance. Scholars have also explored the transnational reception of the corpus, its translation, and its adaptation. This focus on performance and transnational reception has changed our understanding of the corpus, as of individual plays within it, by foregrounding questions of ideology and canonicity, situatedness and transformation.

Building on the efforts of UCLA’s Working Group on the Comedia in Translation and Performance and its Diversifying the Classics initiative, as well as the Clark Library’s strong holdings in both French and English reworkings of the comedia, the Center & Clark’s year-long core program “Resituating the Comedia” explores new contexts for Hispanic classical theater. In addition to presenting new research, the program provides an opportunity for practitioners to encounter new plays and for working translators to share methodologies and interact with practitioners.

Two conferences, along with two roundtables with local scholars and practitioners, highlight and examine the new comedia studies, with its emphasis on performance and transnational reception.

The second conference, “Made for the Stage: Translation and Performance,” will address the following questions: How has a new generation of translators taken up the challenges of performance? What are the best practices in translating for performance, and the available channels for collaboration? How do translators’ choices also impact the literary and performance canon?

This conference will include a Zoom workshop on translating for performance. The translators and scholars on the program will join Professor Fuchs in discussing their preferred strategies and process as translators, from the selection of texts through opportunities for dissemination and publication. There will be ample time for audience participation. Attendees will receive a certificate documenting their participation.

For information about the Clark Library’s collections in both French and English reworkings of the comedia, and in the history of European drama and performance, please visit https://clarklibrary.ucla.edu or contact clark@humnet.ucla.edu.

Full program schedule is available on our website: http://www.1718.ucla.edu/events/resituating-comedia-2/
Marta Albalá Pelegrín, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Laurence Boswell, Royal Shakespeare Company
Peter Cockett, McMaster University
Harley Erdman, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Susan L. Fischer, Bucknell University; Visiting Scholar, Harvard University
Sarah A. Grunnah, Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellow
Richard W. Huddleson, Queen Mary, University of London
Dakin Matthews, California State University, East Bay
Edward “Mac” Test, Boise State University
This conference is free of charge, but you must register in advance for each session to attend. All audience members will receive instructions via email after registration. Click the following link to register directly with Zoom:


Feb 5, 2021
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies
Clark Library