The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0278  Thursday, 27 October 2011

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

Date:         October 16, 2011 12:09:46 AM EDT

Subject:      Special Issue of Early Theatre (Dec 2011)


Forthcoming Special Issue of Early Theatre (14:2)

Circles and Circuits: Drama and Politics in the Midlands


Guest editors: Mary Polito and Amy Scott


In 2004, many scholars were aware of the book of four anonymous, undated manuscript plays held at Arbury Hall Warwickshire; very few had read them. In that year another manuscript version of one of those plays was discovered in the Special Collections Library at the University of Calgary. Led by scholars at Calgary, a team of national and international faculty and graduate students have been investigating the provenance and significance of these decidedly Caroline plays. They point to literary circles in the midlands, probable country house performances, careful political critiques of the personal rule and ‘circuits’ that pay heed to estates, the authority of patrons and the mobility of people and ideas.




Kirsten Inglis and Boyda Johnstone          

‘The Pen lookes to be canoniz’d’: John Newdigate III, Author and Scribe   


Siobhan C. Keenan                

Staging Roman History, Stuart Politics, and the Duke of Buckingham: The Example of The Emperor’s Favourite   


Margaret Jane Kidnie            

Trying to be Diplomatic: Editing The Humorous Magistrate     


Louis A. Knafla                      

The Magistrate — and Humorous Magistrates — in Early Seventeenth-Century England        


Vimala C. Pasupathi              

Jockeying Jony: Horse-Racing and Regional Identity in The Humorous Magistrate   


Laura Estill                             

Politics, Poetry, and Performance: The Miscellaneous Contents of Arbury Hall MS 414   


Paul L. Faber                         

Imported Popular Song in The Humorous Magistrate: 'The Noble Acts of Arthur of the Round Table' and  'Come Heare, Lady Muses'


Owen Stockden                      

John Newdigate III, Gilbert Sheldon, and MS A414 106r            


Amy Scott                               

Events and Texts: The Prologues and Epilogues for the Arbury Hall 414 Plays         


Mary Polito                            

‘this rare Poetesse’: the Remains of Lady Jane Burdett



Dr H M Ostovich  <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Editor, Early Theatre

Professor, English and Cultural Studies

McMaster University

Hamilton ON L8S 4L9  



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