Announcements

Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.412  Friday, 9 December 2016

 

From:        Michael Goodman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 6, 2016 at 6:37:47 PM EST

Subject:    Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive

 

Dear SHAKSPER Subscribers,

 

I hope you are all well and that this may be of interest to you. Back in late August I launched my PhD project in English Literature at Cardiff University, The Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive (shakespeareillustration.org). It contains over 3000 illustrations from four of the most significant illustrated editions of Shakespeare’s works in the Victorian period. All images have been tagged bibliographically and iconographically and there are numerous pathways through the archive. 

 

The archive has a Creative Commons license – all images are free for the user to do whatever they like with. I’m very passionate that knowledge should be available to all. The archive has already had a tremendously positive reaction with Hyperallergic writing about it here: http://hyperallergic.com/326101/to-browse-or-not-to-browse-3000-victorian-illustrations-of-shakespeare-published-online/ And Open Culture writing about it here:

 

http://www.openculture.com/2016/09/3000-illustrations-of-shakespeares-complete-works-from-victorian-england.html

 

All the very best,

Michael

 

Michael Goodman

RA on Cardiff University's Digital Humanities Network 

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Cardiff University

 

 

 

Plays and Festivals Update

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.409  Tuesday, 6 December 2016

 

From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Subject:    Plays and Festivals Update

 

It is my pleasure to announce that Kristin Backert has sent me an updated Plays and Festivals list before the New Year. 

 

It is now mounted here: http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/shakespeare-festivals-and-plays

 

Please send any corrections or additions directly to Kristen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Enjoy,

Hardy

 

 

 

Book Announcement: Queering the Shakespeare Film

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.407  Friday, 2 December 2016

 

From:        Anthony G. Patricia <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 1, 2016 at 4:08:40 PM EST

Subject:    Book Announcement: Queering the Shakespeare Film

 

November 17, 2016, was the official publication date of my book, Queering the Shakespeare Film: Gender Trouble, Gay Spectatorship and Male Homoeroticism (London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2017). 

 

http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/queering-the-shakespeare-film-9781474237031/

 

If anyone is interested in purchasing an individual (as opposed to an institutional) copy at a 35% discount, please get in touch with me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I will forward a flyer from Bloomsbury with the discount ordering information to those folks.

 

A preview from the Introduction to Queering the Shakespeare Film is available here: http://bloomsburycp3.codemantra.com/Widget_Marketing.aspx?ID=QSF&ISBN=9781474237055&sts=r

 

Best regards,

Tony

 

 

Amherst College: NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers K-12

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.402  Wednesday, 30 November 2016

 

From:        Megan Estes <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         November 28, 2016 at 2:33:59 PM EST

Subject:    Amherst College: NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers K-12

 

Dear Educators,

 

You are invited to apply to Amherst College’s National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar named Punishment, Politics and Culture for K-12 teachers and current full-time graduate students who intend to pursue a career in K-12 teaching.

 

The Seminar will be held July 2-July 28, 2017. A stipend will be provided to each Seminar Scholar.

 

This seminar will be directed by Amherst College Professor Austin Sarat of the Departments of Political Science and Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought.  It will examine three questionsWhat is punishment and why do we punish as we do?   What can we learn about politics, law, and culture in the United States from an examination of our practices of punishment?  What are the appropriate limits of punishment?  

 

The application deadline is March 1, 2017.  Information is available at http://www.amherst.edu/go/neh.  If you have any questions regarding the seminar or the application process, contact Megan Estes at (413)542-2380 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

On facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Amherst-College-NEH-Punishment-Politics-and-Culture-221433418291848/?fref=ts

 

*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.*

 

Megan L. Estes Ryan

Academic Coordinator

Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought

Amherst College

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 

 

 

The Story of the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon 1824-2016

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.399  Monday, 28 November 2016

 

From:        Sylvia Morris <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         November 26, 2016 at 6:22:41 PM EST

Subject:    The Story of the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon 1824-2016

 

The Story of the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon 1824-2016 by Susan Brock and Sylvia Morris has just been published.

 

The oldest Shakespeare organisation still in existence, the Club is rarely credited in histories of Stratford’s development as the world centre for the celebration of Shakespeare. The book explains how in fact the Club has achieved great things, beginning and maintaining the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations including international contributions, the planned restoration of Shakespeare’s grave and monument, the first purpose-built theatre in Stratford, and the purchase and management of Shakespeare’s Birthplace. For the first time this book tells the story of ordinary Stratfordians, admirers of Shakespeare who felt a real sense of connection with their fellow townsman.

 

The book costs £12.99 plus postage. Illustrated with over 130 photos and illustrations in full colour throughout. Published by the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon 2016 ISBN: 978-1-78280-875-6             

 

Copies are available direct from the Club through the website

www.stratfordshakespeareclub.org  or write to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

For copyright-free images visit  

http://theshakespeareblog.com/the-story-of-the-shakespeare-club/

 

 

Sylvia Morris

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Blog: www.theshakespeareblog.com

Twitter: @sylvmorris1

 

 

 

CFP: 38th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum April 21-22, 2017

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.397  Saturday, 26 November 2016

 

From:        Meriem Pages <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         November 26, 2016 at 9:45:54 AM EST

Subject:    CFP: 38th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum April 21-22, 2017

 

To Whom It May Concern:

 

Once again, the Medieval and Renaissance Forum will be held at Keene State College, this time on April 21-22, 2017.  For our 38th meeting, we are honored to announce that the keynote speaker will be Richard Kaeuper of the University of Rochester.  Would it be possible for you to post or circulate the attached Call for Papers at your earliest convenience?

 

A very happy belated Thanksgiving!

 

Meriem Pagès

Forum Director

Keene State College

 

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38th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum 

Keene State College 

Keene, NH, USA

Friday and Saturday April 21-22, 2017

 

Call for Papers and Sessions

 

“Culture and Violence” 

 

Keynote speaker:  Professor Richard W. Kaeuper, University of Rochester

“From Geoffroi de Charny to Louis de la Tremoille:  The Autumn of Chivalry”

 

We are delighted to announce that the 38th Medieval and Renaissance Forum will take place on April 21 and 22, 2017 at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire.  This year’s keynote speaker is Richard W. Kaeuper, Professor of History at the University of Rochester. 

 

Professor Kaeuper’s research has focused on medieval English and Continental history, justice and public order, and especially on the development of chivalry, with an emphasis on its nexus with violence and religion. Professor Kaeuper’s research bursts traditional disciplinary boundaries, combining institutional and legal history with a strong emphasis on cultural, especially literary and social developments.  His most recent book, Medieval Chivalry, appeared this past spring in the distinguished Cambridge Medieval Textbooks series.  Among his previous publications are Holy Warriors: The Religious Ideology of Chivalry (UPenn, 2009), Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe (Oxford, 1999), and an extensive introduction to Elspeth Kennedy’s translation of Geoffroi de Charny’s Book of Chivalry (UPenn, 1996; 2nd edition 2005).

 

We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that discuss the nature and cultural and religious context of violence in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. 

 

Papers, however, need not be confined to this theme but may cover other aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history, and music. 

 

Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Please indicate your status (undergraduate, graduate, or faculty), affiliation (if relevant), and full contact information on your proposal. 

 

Undergraduate sessions are welcome but require faculty sponsorship.  

 

Please submit abstracts, audio/visual needs, and full contact information to Dr. Robert G. Sullivan, Assistant Forum Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Abstract deadline: January 15, 2017

 

Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2017

 

We look forward to greeting returning and first-time participants to Keene in April!

 

 

 

Podcast: Shakespeare and Trump

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.394  Friday, 25 November 2016

 

From:        Neema Parvini <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         November 25, 2016 at 6:26:23 AM EST

Subject:    Podcast: Shakespeare and Trump

 

http://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/shakespeare/2016/11/25/shakespeare-and-contemporary-theory-34-shakespeare-and-trump-with-jeffrey-r-wilson/

 

Neema welcomes Jeffrey R. Wilson (Harvard) to discuss the election of Donald Trump and some of the ways in which Shakespeare was used in the coverage of the US election. Wilson’s essay, “Public Shakespeareanism: The Bard in the 2016 American Presidential Election,” is available upon request from the author; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The instances of “public Shakespeareanism” discussed in the essay and the podcast include:

 

Andrew Cutrofello, “Shakespeare and Trump: What’s in a Name?” PublicSeminar.com (December 15, 2015), http://www.publicseminar.org/2015/12/shakespeare-and-trump-whats-in-a-name .

 

Brian Leiter, “Shakespeare on Trump: Money Made the Man,” The Huffington Post (Feb 29, 2016), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-leiter/shakespeare-on-trump-money-made-the-man_b_9344370.html .

 

Charles McNulty, “The Theater of Trump: What Shakespeare can teach us about the Donald,” Los Angeles Times (May 26, 2016), http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-ca-cm-0529-shakespeare-trump-20160518-snap-htmlstory.html .

 

Paul Hamilton, “Trumping Shakespeare: Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, and the Rise of the Clown Politician,” Kingston Shakespeare Seminar (July 11, 2016), https://kingstonshakespeareseminar.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/trumping-shakespeare-donald-trump-boris-johnson-and-the-rise-of-the-clown-politician/ .

 

Peter C. Herman, “Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth,’ Donald Trump, and the Republican Party,” Times of San Diego (Aug. 7, 2016), https://timesofsandiego.com/opinion/2016/08/07/shakespeares-macbeth-donald-trump-and-the-republican-party/ .

 

Stephen Greenblatt, “Shakespeare Explains the 2016 Election,” New York Times Sunday Review (Oct. 8, 2016), http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/09/opinion/sunday/shakespeare-explains-the-2016-election.html.

 

 

 

Call for Papers - Blackfriars Conference 2017

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.388  Tuesday, 22 November 2016

 

From:        Sarah Enloe <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Monday, November 21, 2016 at 5:59 PM

Subject:    Call for Papers - Blackfriars Conference 2017

 

In this week of celebration, ASC Education wanted to give you one more thing to be thankful for: our 2017 Blackfriars Conference Call for Papers.

We are delighted to introduce our new website, which should simplify the process of finding information and submitting abstracts for all conference attendees. We look forward to hearing from you and to seeing a cornucopia’s worth of abstracts pouring in over the coming weeks.

Conference registration will open January 31st.

 

All the best,

Sarah Enloe

Director of Education

American Shakespeare Center

 

Blackfriars Conference website: http://www.ascblackfriarsconference.org

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

ASC Education and Research extends this call for papers on matters to do with the performance of early modern drama (historical, architectural, political, dramatical, sartorial, medical, linguistical, comical, pastoral) to all interested parties for our biennial conference to be held at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia, 24 October – 29 October 2017.

 

As in past years, participants may submit an abstract for consideration in one of 11 plenary sessions, each of which features only 6-7 papers. The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration in the plenary and staging sessions is 10 April 2017 (notification and announcement by 4 May).  Registration for participation in colloquies and workshops will end 1 June.

 

 

BLACKFRIARS CONFERENCE

 

Blackfriars Conference: http://www.ascblackfriarsconference.org/about.html

 

In odd numbered years since the first October that the Blackfriars Playhouse was open, scholars from around the world have gathered in Staunton, during the height of the Shenandoah Valley’s famed fall colors, to hear lectures, see plays, and learn about early modern theatre. In 2017, the American Shakespeare Center’s Education and Research Department will once again host Shakespeareans, scholars and practitioners alike, to explore Shakespeare in the study and Shakespeare on the stage and to find ways that these two worlds – sometimes in collision – can collaborate. Past conferences have included such notable scholars as Andrew Gurr, the “godfather” of the Blackfriars Playhouse, Russ McDonald, Gary Taylor, Stephen Greenblatt, Roz Knutson, Tina Packer, Scott Kaiser, Stephen Booth, George T. Wright, and many more in five days full of activities. Each year we also honor a scholar who has made great impacts in the theatre field: previous honorees have included C. Walter Hodges (2005), Alan Dessen (2007), Andrew Gurr (2009), Stephen Booth (2011), George Walton Williams (2013), and Barbara Mowat (2015).  

 

This conference distinguishes itself from saner conferences in a variety of other ways. First, to model the kind of collaboration we think possible, we encourage presenters to feature actors as partners in the demonstration of their theses. For instance, in 2009, Gary Taylor’s keynote presentation “Lyrical Middleton” featured ASC actors singing and dancing to the songs in Middleton’s plays; in 2015, Tina Packer and James Loehlin worked with ASC actors on scenes from Antony and Cleopatra with Blackfriars Conference participants witnessing rehearsal room challenges. Second, we limit each paper session to six short papers (10 minutes for solo presentations, 13 minutes for presentations with actors). Third, we enforce this rule by ursine fiat – a bear chases from the stage those speakers who go over their allotted time.

 

One to four short paper sessions are held daily during the conference, with approximately four to six papers each. Each session lasts 60 to 75 minutes. Each day of the conference will also include roundtable discussions, chaired by MBU faculty or ASC research staff, with up to 12 participants discussing specific areas of interest, which could include cross gendered casting, race, staging disability, new media tools and the interaction with performance, original practice/staging, and rhetoric. Early risers can also take advantage of our one hour Wake Up workshops prior to the start of the day offered by the education staff. 

 

In 2017, we are extending the opportunity to take part in a staging session. Applicants should be experts on Shakespeare’s text who are willing to collaborate with ASC actors. After choosing a crux—a moment that as a director, scholar, or actor, you have struggled with—you will present a direction and your explication of your thinking to the actors. The actors will then collaborate with you to experiment with the crux moment. Two respondents will then have the opportunity to explore other possible options.

 

Delegates also have the opportunity to attend all of the plays in the ASC 2017 Fall Season: The Fall of King Henry (Henry  VI, Part Three), Peter and the Starcatcher, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Much Ado about Nothing.

 

 

 

Podcast: Interview with Michael D. Bristol

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.382  Friday, 18 November 2016

 

From:        Neema Parvini <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         November 18, 2016 at 7:38:26 AM EST

Subject:    Podcast: Interview with Michael D. Bristol

 

http://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/shakespeare/2016/11/18/shakespeare-and-contemporary-theory-33-interview-with-michael-d-bristol/


Neema interviews Michael D. Bristol (McGill) about a wide range of topics including: Mikhail Bakunin, LC Knights’s famous attack on A.C. Bradley “How Many Children Had Lady Macbeth?”, the importance of character to Shakespeare criticism, is Shakespeare a philosopher?, moral agency and much more.

 

 

Podcast: Interview with Stephen Greenblatt

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.373  Friday, 11 November 2016

 

From:        Neema Parvini <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         November 11, 2016 at 6:22:14 AM EST

Subject:    Podcast: Interview with Stephen Greenblatt

 

http://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/shakespeare/2016/11/11/shakespeare-and-contemporary-theory-32-interview-with-stephen-greenblatt/

 

Ahead of the publication of his forthcoming book Shakespeare and New Historicist Theory (for the Arden Shakespeare and Theory series), Neema interviews new historicism’s most influential exponent, Stephen Greenblatt (Harvard). Topics include the cultural and political moment of the late 1960s, Louis Althusser, the genesis of new historicism, how and why Shakespeare has endured across history, and, yes, Donald Trump.

 

 

 

Book Announcement: Sanctified Subversives: Nuns in Early Modern English and Spanish Literature

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.372  Friday, 11 November 2016

 

From:        Horacio Sierra <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         November 8, 2016 at 12:03:58 PM EST

Subject:    Book Announcement: Sanctified Subversives: Nuns in Early Modern English and Spanish Literature

 

Hello, Colleagues!

 

I am happy to announce the publication of my book, Sanctified Subversives: Nuns in Early Modern English and Spanish Literature. The book has a chapter that focuses on the role of Isabella in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, so it may be of interest to many of you.

 

I hope you will ask your college librarian to order a copy of the book. He/she can get a discount for libraries by ordering directly through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Here is the publisher's page on the book: http://www.cambridgescholars.com/sanctified-subversives

 

Book Description:

As chaste women devoted to God, nuns are viewed as the purest of the pure. Yet, as females who reject courtship, sex, marriage, child bearing, and materialism, they have been the anathema of how society has proscribed, expected, and regulated women: sex object, wife, mother, and capitalist consumer. They are perceived as otherworldly beings, yet revered for their salt-of-the-earth demeanor. This book illustrates how both English and Spanish Renaissance-era authors latched onto the figure of the nun as a way to evaluate the social construction of womanhood. This analysis of the nun’s role in the popular imagination via literature explores how writers on both sides of the Catholic-Protestant divide employed the role of the nun to showcase the powerful potential these women possessed in acting out as sanctified subversives.

 

The texts under consideration include William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, Margaret Cavendish’s The Convent of Pleasure, María de Zayas’s The Disenchantments of Love, Aphra Behn’s The History of the Nun, Catalina de Erauso’s The Lieutenant Nun, and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s autobiographical and literary works. No other book addresses these issues through a concentrated study of these authors and their literary works, much less by offering an in-depth discussion of the literature and culture of seventeenth-century England, Spain, and Mexico.

 

Measure for Measure Chapter Summary:

The central figure of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is Isabella, a would-be nun of the Order of Saint Clare who must delay her novitiate when her brother has been sentenced to death. His crime? Premarital sex with his girlfriend. Who better than the innocent Isabella to save his life? This is the thinking when she is summoned to plea on his behalf to Angelo, a stand-in for the Duke of Vienna. Shakespeare ingeniously transforms his source material, George Whetstone’s 1578 Promos and Cassandra, by having Isabella, who despite not yet being a professed nun is viewed by the audience as an austere nun, serve as the catalyst for a discussion of sexual ethics and the dichotomy between justice and mercy. Angelo demands that Isabella sleep with him in order to spare her brother’s life. Shakespeare cleverly renovates Whetstone’s Cassandra into the ultimate avatar for female purity – a nun. Isabella’s insistent denials only further excite Angelo. 

 

As the complexities of the drama’s rising action unfold, readers are given the opportunity to consider how the Catholic Church’s religious vocations for women challenged early modern Protestant ideals of womanhood. For a Jacobean audience still anxious about King James I’s commitment to a Protestant England, Isabella’s presence helps this “problem play” question conventional ideas about the supposed freedoms followers of Protestantism enjoyed and the alleged oppression Catholics suffered.

 

By studying dynamics between the sexes and gendered power structures in early modern England, this chapter examines how ideas about nuns invite the play’s characters and audience to consider Isabella’s dialogue and actions as representative of the queer female agency that Catholicism, ironically, affords Isabella as she challenges conventional notions about female identity and patriarchal prerogative. Isabella’s decision to reject traditional family structures and expectations that she become a wife and a mother positions her as someone who challenges heteronormativity. Isabella’s desire to take a vow of chastity marks her as asexual. She denies her sexual reproductive abilities, and she distances herself from women who follow a path of reproductive futurity. Doing so renders her as non-heterosexual or asexual; if we see acts constituting identities, however anachronistic some critics may deem such labeling, Isabella thus fits within Judith Halberstam’s inclusive reclamation of “queer” as a term befitting those who reject mainstream culture through sexual practices, or, in this instance, lack thereof.

 

Book Review:

“Horacio Sierra’s study of nuns in British and Spanish early modern texts illuminates the complexities of conventional life for nuns and analyzes the portrayals of nuns as “sacred subversives” in Protestant and Catholic literary texts. Using archival materials of writers such as Maria de Zayas and well-known texts such as Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, Sierra interrogates the intersectionality of religion, class, place, and gender that informs our conception of nuns. He analyzes the duality of the nun in popular imagination as the pure woman and the free woman who rejects heteronormativity and reproduction. This study is an innovative comparative examination across religions, languages and locations that scholars and students alike will find revelatory.” -Catherine E. Hoyser, Professor of English and Director of Women’s Studies, University of Saint Joseph

 

Horacio Sierra

Assistant Professor of English

Bowie State University

Horacio Sierra Bowie State University Profile

 

 

 

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