The Dead Father
a two-day international symposium

April 29-30, 2006
New York, NY

in honor of William Shakespeare's birthday on April 23rd:

...whose common theme
Is death of fathers...
Claudius, Hamlet, 1.ii.102

...O me the word "choose"! I may neither
choose who I would, nor refuse who I dislike, so is the
will of a living daughter curb'd by the will of a dead
father...
Portia, Merchant of Venice, I.ii.22-5

Deny thy father and refuse thy name.
...What's in a name?...
Juliet to Romeo, II.ii.34, 43

O thou untaught! What manners is in this,
To press before thy father to a grave
Montague to Romeo, V.iii.213-4

To you your father should be as a god
Theseus, Midsummer Night's Dream, 1.i.47

A rule as plain as the plain bald pate of father Time himself
Comedy of Errors, II.ii.71

Is it the fashion that discarded fathers...
King Lear, III.iv.71

Ariel:  Full fathom five thy father lies,
        Of his bones are coral made;
        Those are pearls that were his eyes:
        Nothing of him that doth fade,
        But doth suffer a sea-change
        Into something rich and strange.
        Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Spirits:                                                      Ding-dong.
Ariel:  Hark! now I hear them.
Spirits:                                                      Ding-dong bell.
The Tempest, I.ii.397-405