Shakespeare Magazine - New Issue
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.330 Monday, 28 July 2014
From: Pat Reid <
Date: July 22, 2014 at 8:29:53 AM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare Magazine - New Issue
I wanted to let you know that the third issue of Shakespeare Magazine is now available to read online:
Highlights include The Shakespeare Guide to Brazil, Shakespeare's Cleopatra on screen, Henry IV in Washington DC and an exhibition of beautiful French Shakespeare costumes.
I very much hope you enjoy the issue, and please feel free to share with anyone you feel may be interested.
All best wishes,
Pat Reid - Editor, Shakespeare Magazine
NB Shakespeare Magazine is a completely free online magazine. You don’t have to ‘Follow’ or sign up - just click or swipe to start turning the pages.
Shakespeare-Themed Book Reviews and Course Adoptions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.329 Monday, 28 July 2014
From: Lois Leveen <
Date: July 17, 2014 at 5:45:51 PM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare-Themed Book Reviews and Course Adoptions
As some of you know, JULIET’S NURSE is being published by Simon & Schuster this September. It imagines the 14 years leading up to the events in Romeo and Juliet, as told from the pov of the nurse. There is much Shakespeare but also much medieval/Renaissance Italian history woven in, and I’m honored to say the audiences who’ve heard scenes from it (at Shakespeare 450 in Paris, as well as the Kalamazoo Medievalist Congress) have responded quite warmly, and Arthur Little at UCLA has already read the book and given it a lovely blurb.
If any of you do reviews of Shakespeare-themed works, S&S has advanced reader copies available for reviewers. You can request one from Mellony Torres <
In addition, I know a September pub date makes it difficult to consider a book for the 2014-15 school year, but if you use contemporary fiction in any of your classes and think you might want to put JULIET’S NURSE on your syllabus, I think you should be able to request as ARC for consideration. Those requests should go to Megan Reid <
For the rest of you, I’ll let the list know when the book is officially available this autumn.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.328 Monday, 28 July 2014
From: John Knapp <
Date: July 17, 2014 at 11:53:25 AM EDT
Subject: Lear and Families
Readers of SHAKSPER might be interested in reading Joe Carroll’s essay, “An Evolutionary Approach to Shakespeare’s King Lear” in a recent collection of mine: Critical Insights: Family. Ipswich, MA: Salem P, 2013: 83-103.
John V. Knapp,
Professor of English, Emeritus;
Department of English,
Northern Illinois University
CFP: The IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.327 Monday, 28 July 2014
From: Ilaria Natali <
Date: July 22, 2014 at 8:55:54 AM EDT
Subject: CfP: The IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence
Please find enclosed the CFP for the forthcoming IASEMS (Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies) Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence, “Humour in Shakespeare’s Arcadia: Gender, Genre, and Wordplay in Early Modern Comedy”. The conference will take place in Florence (Italy), 23rd April 2015, and is in continuity with the annual Graduate Conference organized by The British Institute of Florence. The deadline for proposals is Friday 31 October 2014.
We hope this event may be of interest to some of you and would be very grateful for circulation or publication of the attached PDF document.
Thank you in advance for your attention,
University of Florence, Italy
Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies
Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
The IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence
Call for Papers
HUMOUR IN SHAKESPEARE’S ARCADIA:
GENDER, GENRE, AND WORDPLAY IN EARLY MODERN COMEDY
Florence 23rd April 2015
The 2015 IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute in Florence is a one-day interdisciplinary and bilingual English-Italian forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years. This year’s conference will focus on the theme of comedy in early modern texts, and on how humour is produced in language and plot, what purposes it serves and how it can be related to issues of gender and genre. From Mikhail Bakhtin’s emphasis on the comic body to more recent explorations of the way erotic desire can be displaced by humour, early modern texts offer endless examples of improvisatory, situational or physical humour (whether deriving from the Elizabethan clown tradition or from the comic counterparts in medieval miracle and mystery plays) as well as sophisticated scripted humour and parody of romantic clichés. As is well known, humour, or “comic relief” can also be found in non-comic texts, such as tragedies, romances, epic poetry or pamphlets, often causing disruption of generic expectations and blurring the lines of genre distinction. Proposals can therefore address, from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, the impact and the implications of humour or comedic infiltrations in a wide range of early modern English texts.
Candidates are invited to send a description of their proposed contribution according to the following guidelines:
• the candidate should provide name, institution, contact info, title and a short abstract of the proposed contribution (300 words for a 20-minute paper), explaining the content and intended structure of the paper, and including a short bibliography
• abstracts are to be submitted by Friday 31 October 2014 by email to
• all proposals will be blind-vetted. The list of selected papers will be available by the end of November 2014
• each finished contribution is to last no longer than 20 minutes and is to be presented in English (an exception will be made for Italian candidates of departments other than English, who can present papers in Italian): Candidates whose first language is not English will need to have their proposals and final papers checked by a mother-tongue speaker
• participants will be asked to present a final draft of the paper ten days before the Conference.
Selected speakers who are IASEMS members can apply for a small grant (http://www.maldura.unipd.it/iasems/iasems_about.html)
For further information please contact Ilaria Natali (
Romeo and Juliet in Harlem . . .
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.315 Friday, 11 July 2014
From: Aleta Chappelle (AletaFilms) <
Date: July 9, 2014 at 5:41:02 PM EDT
Subject: Romeo and Juliet in Harlem . . .
My name is Aleta Chappelle and I wrote the screenplay adaptation and I’m the director of ROMEO AND JULIET IN HARLEM. The film has been accepted at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival and it will screen Wednesday, July 16th at 7PM.
We would love to get the word out to the Shakespeare community, not only because we’d love to have them come to the screening but also we’d love them to follow our progress on Facebook.
Here’s our Facebook page;
Here’s more info about the screening and tickets;
Our “new” shorter ROMEO & JULIET in HARLEM Trailer:
I know it’s short notice but I hope you can help us. This is a unique production with a total cast of color and our goal it to keep Shakespeare’s works alive as we perform his text in a modern day urban setting.
Please contact me if you have questions or need more information.
Shakespeare Digital Challenge
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.314 Friday, 11 July 2014
From: Alexa Huang <
Date: July 9, 2014 at 5:55:44 PM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare Digital Challenge
From Alexa Huang, Chair of the MLA Committee on the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare
The New Variorum Shakespeare Digital Challenge: The Second Round
The MLA Committee on the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare (NVS) is sponsoring its second digital challenge to find the most innovative and compelling uses of the data contained in one of the NVS editions. This year the MLA is making available the XML files and schema for two volumes, The Winter’s Tale and The Comedy of Errors, under a Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0 license.
Scholars can freely download the XML files and schema from GitHub: https://github.com/mlaa/nvs-challenge.
The committee seeks entries featuring new means of displaying, representing, and exploring this data in the most exciting API, interface, visualization, or data-mining project. It is especially interested in entries that combine the NVS data with another Shakespearian project, such as Folger Digital Texts, Internet Shakespeare Editions, or Open Source Shakespeare. The goal is to see the possibilities of the NVS in digital form and, in particular, the innovations in scholarly research that might be enabled by opening up the NVS’s code. Projects will thus be judged both on the quality of the interface they provide for the NVS and on the insights produced by the mash-up.
The deadline for entries is 1 September 2014. The committee will assess the submissions and select the winner no later than 1 October 2014. The prize of $500 and an award certificate will be given at the 2015 MLA convention in Vancouver.
Entries may be sent to
. Questions about the NVS Digital Challenge should be addressed to Kathleen Fitzpatrick, director of scholarly communication, at
For more information about our partner projects, please contact Michael Best (
), of Internet Shakespeare Editions, or Eric Johnson (
), of Open Source Shakespeare and Folger Digital Texts.
Please note that our partners are available to answer questions about the resources, not to provide technical support.
For more info and to see winners of the first round, visit: http://www.mla.org/nvs_challenge
Global Shakespeare—Announcement and Job Opportunity
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.311 Wednesday, 9 July 2014
From: Anna Boneham <
Date: July 9, 2014 at 10:03:50 AM EDT
Subject: Global Shakespeare—Announcement and Job Opportunity
I am the administrator working on Global Shakespeare which is a new partnership between Queen Mary University of London and Warwick University which aims to shape the future research agenda in Shakespeare studies across criticism, performance, history and media; from television to digital reproduction. It is being led by David and has recently been launched with a Masters programme beginning 2014/15.
Our website is www.globalshakespeare.ac.uk.
And we are very excited to be recruiting two Global Shakespeare Research Fellows through Warwick with a deadline of 23rd July. The job advert is live and is can be accessed through this link. http://bit.ly/1qKtTDk.
Executive Officer Global Shakespeare
Queen Mary University of London
University of Warwick
Full-time Professeur-e Associé-e / Professor of Modern English Literature
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.309 Tuesday, 8 July 2014
From: Rachel Falconer <
Date: July 8, 2014 at 12:49:08 PM EDT
Subject: Full-time Professeur-e Associé-e / Professor of Modern English Literature
Full-time Professeur-e Associé-e / Professor of Modern English Literature
Department of English
Faculty of Letters
University of Lausanne
Start date: 1 August 2015
Reference: Offer n°3334
The Department of English at the University of Lausanne is seeking to appoint a Professor (Professeur-e Associé-e) of Modern English Literature, with expertise in any area of English Literature from 1550 to the present. Preference may be given to candidates specialising in pre-nineteenth century literature and/or drama and/or interdisciplinary studies.
The successful candidate will be a scholar of international standing, with an excellent record of research and publication and at least one monograph published by a widely respected press. She or he will also be a versatile and inspiring teacher, with experience of lecturing, teaching and supervising at undergraduate and postgraduate level. At Lausanne, the new Professor will be expected to teach six hours within the BA and MA programme, and additionally to supervise MA and PhD theses.
He or she will also be expected to play an active role in senior administration, to develop research of international standing in his or her field of expertise, and to work collaboratively with colleagues in the Department, and in the Faculty of Arts more generally. A reasonable proficiency in French is expected for this post, and a high level of proficiency is required within two years.
Applications should include: a cover letter, CV with complete list of publications and the names of three referees, as well as a copy of the highest degree obtained. All applicants must hold a PhD (or corresponding title) in English Literature.
Applications should be sent electronically, in one Word-doc attachment file, to Eva Suarato <
Further information about the Department of English is available at:
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Rachel Falconer, email:
Closing date for applications: 30 September 2014.
Seeking to promote an equitable representation of men and women among its staff, the University encourages applications from women.
Professor of Modern English Literature
University of Lausanne
Latest Issues of Shakespeare Magazine
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.305 Monday, 7 July 2014
From: Hardy Cook <
Date: July 4, 2014 at 4:05:13 PM EDT
Subject: Latest Issues of Shakespeare Magazine
A warm welcome to the website of Shakespeare Magazine!
As you’d expect from the name, it’s a magazine dedicated to exploring and celebrating the life and works of William Shakespeare.
We launched our first issue on 23 April 2014, as the world celebrated 450 years since the birth of the Bard.
We’ve quickly found readers in all corners of the globe, and it’s clear that Shakespeare Magazine is a truly international publication.
Shakespeare is England’s greatest gift to the world, so Shakespeare Magazine is completely free to anyone and everyone, no matter who you are or where you are.
The Shakespeare Magazine website is a place where you can read the latest issue of the magazine and peruse the latest Shakespeare News.
You can also follow our Twitter feed (with other social media channels coming soon). And we’ll be posting Shakespeare features, offers and competitions that won’t be available elsewhere.
Shakespeare Magazine aims to give a new voice to Shakespeare fans everywhere. I hope you’ll visit us often.
Enjoy your magazine and website.
Founder & Editor, Shakespeare Magazine
BSA: Elections to the Board of Trustees
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.296 Wednesday, 2 July 2014
From: BSA <
Date: July 1, 2014 at 10:47:54 AM EDT
Subject: Elections to the Board of Trustees
British Shakespeare Association
Every three years, we invite members of the British Shakespeare Association to stand for election to the Board of Trustees. There are 6 elected members of the Board and they play a very important role in guiding the work of the BSA and ensuring that the organisation is soundly managed and keeps true to the values and charitable objects in our constitution. We welcome applications from a broad range of candidates.
As a Trustee, you will also be a company director (as the BSA is a charitable company) and you will have a number of legal responsibilities as set out by the Charity Commission and the BSA’s articles of association. There is no pay for Trustees but reasonable expenses will be met. We meet three times a year (usually in Stratford-upon-Avon) and at the Annual General Meeting. However, most of the real discussions take place online before meetings. The term of office is three years, after which you will have the option of standing for a further three years.
To apply, please complete the attached form (if you've not been able to download it please email me directly at
) and return electronically to the address on the form by the 8th September 2014. Only electronic copies will be accepted. The form will then be vetted by a Nominations Committee to make sure that your application is valid. Once we have all applications in they will be put out to the full membership for election with a view to confirming the membership of the new Board at our November/December AGM. The first meeting of the new Board will take place in January 2015 with further meetings in May and September.
This is an opportunity to help shape the next three years of the BSA. I very much hope you will consider standing. If you are at the conference this weekend, I will be very happy to discuss this opportunity with you, as will all of the current Trustees who will be there. We are also holding a special ‘meet the Board’ session at the conference—see the programme for details. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
The position of Web Officer will be advertised separately.
Chair of the Board of Trustees
BSA Nomination Form: BSA Trustee Nomination Form (45.94 kB)