Polonius: The Polish Man?

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Polonius is often portrayed on stage as a bumbling intrusive counsellor to King Claudius. In 1598 a major Polish work, The Counsellor, appeared in English translation for the first time. Is this why Shakespeare gave his counsellor the Latin name for “Polish man”? How much was Shakespeare influenced by this and other political and continental writings?

Professor Barry Keane will chair a panel of leading Polish and English scholars, directors and commentators, offering fresh perspectives on Polonius from theatrical and political points of view. Speakers to include Dr Jolanta Rzegocka, Professor Jarosław Kilian, Professor Andrew Hadfield, and Professor Dorota Pietrzyk-Reeves.

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