UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies


Festival of Culture Event: Shakespeare in Translation

30 May 2018

UCL’s Festival of Culture 4 - 8 June, is free and open to all. Join us to discover and be inspired by the breadth and quality of research and teaching across the arts, humanities and social sciences.

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Ram and Jael: Shakespeare in Translation | 12:15 - 13:00 | Main Quad Temporary Pop Up G02

Dr Lily Khan, UCL Hebrew and Jewish Studies

This session follows a recent Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded research project at UCL on the first translations of complete Shakespeare plays into Hebrew. Isaac Salkinson was a Lithuanian Jew who had converted to Christianity, and his translations of Othello and Romeo and Juliet were published in Vienna in 1874 and 1878 respectively. The translations are a product of the nineteenth-century Jewish Enlightenment project to create a modern European-style literature in Hebrew, before the language was revived as a vernacular in fin de siècle Palestine. Come along to this session to discover a fascinating and unique perspective on global Shakespeare. Dr Lily Kahn is Interim Head of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL, and author of The First Hebrew Shakespeare Translations: A Bilingual Edition and Commentary (UCL Press, June 2017).

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