Shakespeare Class Hosts Prof. Margret Litvin Via Zoom

27 - Apr - 2020


Defying the Coronavirus procedures, the English Department's Shakespeare class at the Islamic University-Gaza (IUG) held a two-hour online session with Prof. Margaret Litvin, who is a lecturer at Boston University and specialized in Shakespeare and the Arab world.

Prof. Refaat Alareer, Assistant Professor of English literature at the Islamic University of Gaza, invited Prof. Margaret Litvin, via Zoom platform, to give a virtual lecture for his Shakespeare class's students about “Shakespeare in the Arab World”.

The lecture was neatly divided into three major phases. At the first phase, Prof. Litvin exhibited some of the translated Shakespeare's works, selecting Hamlet as a core of concentration. She elicited the students' opinions and perspectives about Shakespeare's Hamlet's major characters. She asked them about the characters who are in the same age as Hamlet as well as the old fatherly characters. Then, the lecture took a step forward to the second phase, and as she is a historian of modern Arabic literature and theater, Prof. Litvin gave a detailed informative presentation about the most famous Arabic adaptations of the Shakespeare's Hamlet, specifically, about the Arabic Syrian adaptation “Hamlet wakes up late”. This adaptation was originally written in Arabic, and Margaret, along with other Arabic adaptations, rendered it into American English.

Thrilled and excited, the students pushed the lecture to its third phase, where it was more of a discussion and dialogue. Several questions were raised and many critical issues were tackled. Prof. Litvin praised the students' intellectual and critical capacities and promised to have another meeting soon.

Prof. Alareer said, "About 50 students attended this class. They were very energetic and interested in the lecture's topic". "I am going to convene several meetings with Shakespeare's specialists in the coming weeks", he added.  

After an hour and a half, Prof. Alareer along with his students, wholeheartedly thanked Professor Margaret for the illuminating and fruitful lecture.