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Conferences and Publications

Conferences, Lectures, Seminars

I read my paper, 'Marx's Reading of Shylock: A Radical Transformation of Hegel's Geist,' at the Arts Faculty Postgraduate Seminar at the University of Warwick on 24 November, 2010.

I read my paper "Flavius’ Womanly Weeping: Mutual Recognition in Timon of Athens" at the Shakespeare and Early Modern Emotion Conference at the University of Hull in June, 2011.

I read my paper, 'Marx's Reading of Shylock: A Radical Transformation of Hegel's Geist,' in the Shakespeare as Intertext Seminar at the World Shakespeare Congress 2011 in Prague. My attendance at and travel to this conference was funded by a grant from the Humanities Research Fund, a grant from The International Shakespeare Association and a grant from the Department of English at Warwick.

I read my paper, 'Capitalism as Tragedy; Marx's use of Shakespeare's Timon of Athens in his Economic Writings', at the Cambridge Shakespeare Conference titled, Shakespeare; Sources and Adaptation, at the University of Cambridge on 9 - 11 September, 2011.

I read my paper, “The relationship between surface and depth in Shakespeare’s plays as seen through Karl Marx’s reading of them,” at the British Shakespeare Associaton 10th Anniversary Conference at the University of Lancaster on 24 - 26 February, 2012.

I read my paper, "Marx's reading of King John and the development of the word 'commodity' in the early modern period" at the the Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting in Boston on 5-7 April, 2012.

I read my paper, The Roots of Critical Theory/Frankfurt School in Shakespeare’s Influence on Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud at the International Critical Theory Conference in Rome on 7-9 May, 2012.

I read my paper, "The Shakespearean Roots of Marx’s Aesthetic" at the Marx and the Aesthetic Conference in Amsterdam on 10 - 13 May, 2012.

I read my paper, "Das Motiv der Kästchenwahl:The basis for a psychoanalytic literary theory of comedy" at the Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society Conference at Middlesex University on 9 June, 2012.

I read my paper titled, "The role of the dialectic in the influence of Shakespeare’s plays on Marxism, psychoanalysis and Critical Theory" at the Postgraduate Symposium; University of Warwick, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies on 27 June, 2012.

I was the commentator for a seminar that read The Merchant of Venice in light of Freud's "Theme of the Three Caskets" essay and Erich Fromm's theory of the Necrophiliac Character. Psychoanalysis, Literature and Practice, 7 December 2012. School of Advanced Study, University of London.

I gave a talk titled "Shakespeare and Psychoanalysis: The formative Influence of Shakespeare on Freud and the Development of Psychoanalysis" at the Freud Museum London on 16 January, 2013. The talk can be listened to here, listed as Shakespeare and Psychoanalysis: Shakespeare and Psychoanalysis

I read my paper on Dorothea Tieck and her translations of Shakespeare's plays in the Translation Beyond Absolutes seminar at the Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, 28 -31 March, 2013, Toronto.

I read my paper "Translation and Influence: Dorothea Tieck and Critical Theory" at the Version, Subversion: Translation, the canon and its discontents conference at the Universidade do Porto, Portugal in December, 2013.

I read my paper “Subjectivity in Politics: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar engaged by Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud.” at the Julius Caesar seminar at the Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, 10-12 April, 2014, St Louis, Missouri.

I read my paper "Fortune and Caskets: Necrophilia in the Merchant of Venice" as a panelist at the Shakespeare Seminar at the Deutsch Shakespeare Gesellschaft Shakespeare-Tag, 24-27 April, 2014, Weimar Germany.

I read my paper "This is the stranger's case: Dialectic and Authority in Shakespeare's Contribution to Sir Thomas More" at the British Shakespeare Association Conference, 3-6 July, 2014, University of Stirling.

I convened, with Hugh Grady, the Marxist Shakespeare/Shakespearean Marx seminar at Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, 2-4 April, 2015, Vancouver, B.C. I read my paper "Karl Marx at Tomis: The Role of Shakespeare in the Transformations of Marx’s Juvenilia and University Writings.”

I organised, with Daniel Katz, and read a paper, "Wilhelm Reich's Dialectical Materialism and Psychoanalysis" at Toward a Materialist Psychoanalysis conference in June, 2015, University of Warwick.

I presided on panel and read paper with Jean E. Howard (Columbia) and Hugh Grady (Arcadia). “How did Shakespeare Influence Karl Marx”. Modern Language Association Conference. January 2016, Austin.

I read my paper “Venting the musty superfluity: Necrophilious wasting in Coriolanus” at a Panel at Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory: Shakespeare and Waste. 23 May 2015. Rose Theatre.

I read my paper “Shakespearean Dialectics: From Hegel to Adorno” at Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory.
17 December, 2016. Rose Theatre, Kingston, U.K.

I read my paper “Reading the Roots of Modernity in the Ruins: Kenilworth Castle in Shakespeare’s Plays” at the
Space, Memory and Transformation in Early Modern Literature seminar at the Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. New Orleans, March 2016.

I read my paper “Bestriding the Threshold of the Self and the Other in Coriolanus and The Merchant of Venice" at the Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory. 3 April 2016. Rose Theatre, Kingston, U.K.

I read my paper “World Literary Nexus in Ludwig and Dorothea Tieck’s Translations of Shakespeare and
Cervantes” at the Cervantes + Shakespeare 1616-2016 27th SEDERI Conference, Valladolid, Spain. May 2016.

I will be convening with Louise Geddes (Adelphi) “Socialist Shakespeares: Theory, Practice and Politics” seminar and reading my paper, “The Dogberry Club: The Marx’s Shakespeare Reading Club” at the World Shakespeare Congress. 31 July-6 August 2016, Stratford-upon-Avon and London.


Literary Criticism/ Critical Theory/Translation Studies:

“Translation and Influence: The Influence on German Theory of Dorothea Tieck’s Translations of Shakespeare”. Forthcoming from Borrowers and Lenders.

“’Verdammt Metall’: Marx’s use of Shakespeare in his Critique of Exchange Value”.
Forthcoming from Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory.

“Fortune and Caskets: Necrophilia in The Merchant of Venice.” Shakespeare Seminar Online 2014.

"That smooth-faced gentleman...Commodity": Shakespeare's Critique of Exchange-value in King John. Shakespeare. 4, 2013.

Book review: Marx and Freud: Great Shakespeareans, Vol. X. Textual Practice. 26. 6. 2012.

Choosing the Wrong Casket: Ideology and Inaccuracy in Translation. Asymptote, Fall 2011.

Shakespeare, Marx and Theatre: An Interview with Dominic Dromgoole.Blogging Shakespeare, Feb 2012

Shakespeare, Marx and the Tickling Commodity. Blogging Shakespeare, 15 Oct, 2011.

A Life with Shakespeare. Shakespearean Marx/Marxist Shakespeare. Blogging Shakespeare. 25 Aug, 2011.

I have had a few papers/articles published in other fields in which I work. They are listed below:

Smith, Christian. American Capitalism Contributes to Gang-Related Juvenile Crime. Juvenile Crime; Opposing Viewpoints. Ed. Auriana Ojeda. San Diego: Greenhaven Press. 2002.

Smith, Christian. Mandatory School Uniform Policies: Laying the Groundwork for Fascism. Turning the Tide; Journal of Anti-Racist Activism, Research and Education. 11. 2. Summer 1998.



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