For more than three decades, Professor Yusur Wajih Al-Madani of Kuwait University has made extraordinary progress for students in her country. But first, she gleaned inspiration in Boulder. Professor Al-Madani came to CU in the late 1970s and was the first Kuwaiti to earn a PhD in English literature with an American emphasis.
Working from the premise developed by theorists and critics that the meaning of a text is not bound to its authorial intent or its unique historical context, but rather to the context of its reception, Professor Al-Madani will present a reading of The Arab Shakespeare Trilogy: The Al-Hamlet Summit; Richard III, An Arab Tragedy; The Speaker's Progress, written by Kuwaiti playwright and director, Sulayman Al-Bassam. Professor Al-Madani argues for a new perspective for understanding adaptations.