26-OCT-2016: Professor Samina Khan, Department of English, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) recently presented a paper entitled 'Shakespeare in the Indian Classroom: Enlivening the Bard' in a panel on 'Trans-cultural Perspectives on Shakespeare in Education' during the 7th British Shakespearean Association Conference entitled as 'Shakespearean Transformations: Death, Life, and Afterlives' at Hull, England.
She also chaired a panel on 'Trialling Shakespeare in Education' during the occasion. The Programme was organized by the University of Hull in the collaboration with British Shakespeare Association.
Prof Khan said that there is no denying that there are few writers who transcend their national, geographical, and cultural boundaries and become universal and of course William Shakespeare is one of these few worldly writers.
She further said that Shakespeare is as much celebrated in every country as in his own country, England in spite of the elapsing four hundred years since his death in 1616 A.D.
Prof Khan added that Shakespeare is far away from the sway of human oblivion and in India, Shakespeare is taught from primary level to higher level of education.
She pointed out that apart from being a core part of colleges and universities' syllabi, Shakespeare's teaching is enlivened through translations, enactments, researches and cultural appropriation through cinema in India.
Prof Khan said that since the year 2016 is remarkable for being 4th hundred year of death anniversary of the bard, many conferences, seminars, workshops, and symposiums are being held across the globe to commemorate him on the eve of his death anniversary.