The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.131 Friday, 14 March 2014
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Friday, March 14, 2014
Subject: Digital Texts
The Folger Library has announced:
An early gift in honor of Shakespeare's 450th birthday! We're pleased to announce that all 38 plays are now available in HTML format at http://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org/
If you have not checked the Internet Shakespeare Editions lately, you should: http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Foyer/plays/
Currently, old-spelling diplomatic transcriptions of original editions and facsimiles of all the plays and peer-reviewed modern editions of the following plays and Venus and Adonis are available:
All’s Well That Ends Well
2 Henry 4
Midsummer Night’s Dream
Romeo and Juliet
Venus and Adonis
Other plays are added regularly, and I hope that The Rape of Lucrece will follow shortly.
The Internet Shakespeare Editions are the most scholarly editions available on the Internet. (Disclaimer: I am both an editor and member of the Editorial Board. I am also a contributor to the Making Waves: Friends of the ISE fundraising campaign and thus have the additional resource tools that such membership provides.)
Shakespeare and Digital Games
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.130 Friday, 14 March 2014
From: Stefan Köhler <
Date: March 13, 2014 at 4:24:56 PM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare and Digital Games
“Projekt A.R.I.E.L. (ARTificial Research in Electronical Live) proudly presents the SturmMOD, part of a theater/media arts production started in summer 2008 as an experiment by students of the Scenic Arts at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. This modification of the first person shooter game “Far Cry” was not only used in live performances, as can be seen in this picture,
but was also made available for download to anyone who wanted to play Shakespeare in a new and different (digital) way:
Until now nearly 17.500 players in total were able to explore this virtual adaption of selected places and events described by William Shakespeare in his play “The Tempest” (in German: “Der Sturm”) and to develop their own perspectives on things (e.g. by taking over the role of Caliban left alone after the end of the play, experiencing the environment from his point of view, as in the latest version of the modification—the Caliban Edition).
If you now want to visit Prospero’s Island as well, be sure you have a copy of the game “Far Cry” installed, ideally already patched to version 1.4, as the modification will not run on its own!
Also, if you want to give feedback or maybe use the modification in class or if you work on a similar project or if you are interested to learn more about the project/in a scientific exchange on the topic of “Shakespeare and digital games”, don’t hesitate to contact me via:
CFP: Local and Global Myths in Shakespearean Performance
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.128 Thursday, 13 March 2014
From: Aneta Mancewicz <
Date: March 13, 2014 at 5:30:07 AM EDT
Subject: CFP: Local and Global Myths in Shakespearean Performance
Call for Papers
Local and Global Myths in Shakespearean Performance
Senior Lecturer in Theatre, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Professor of English, George Washington University, USA
Heiner Müller observed that in Hamlet “The invasion of the times into the play constitutes myth” (“Shakespeare a Difference”, trans. Carl Weber, p. 120). Over the centuries, intrusions of history have invested Hamlet and other Shakespeare’s plays with a mythical status on stages in Europe and beyond. Shakespeare has been used to construct the sense of nationhood, to voice political anxieties, and to address social tensions. The mythical position of Shakespeare’s plays has encouraged the perpetuation of set images, ideas, and values originating in the works themselves but also reflecting the times and cultures, into which they have been appropriated. As Müller explained, “Myth is an aggregate, a machine to which always new and different machines can be connected” (p. 120). Having achieved a mythical status, Shakespeare’s plays have continued to generate myths that contribute to the development of contemporary performance and culture.
The topic encourages both case studies of performances of myths rooted in local contexts, as well as investigations of the global nature of Shakespeare’s myths. We welcome articles that critically examine specific productions or engage more broadly with global and local myths in Shakespearean performance. The following questions provide possible points of departure for the discussion in the essays:
What myths have been generated locally and globally around Shakespearean performance?
Can we trace common patterns across different regions of the world, comparing, for example, European, Asian or American myths generated by the intrusion of history into the staging of Shakespeare?
Do myths help us to comprehend the world and communicate with audiences across cultures, or do they impose patterns of interpretation onto Shakespeare’s plays and our experience of history?
Please contact Aneta Mancewicz if you are interested in submitting an article. Please submit your article of 6000 words with a short bio of 150 words by October 1, 2014 to
Senior Lecturer in Theatre
Course Co-ordinator BA (Hons) in Theatre and Professional Practice
Course Co-ordinator BA (Hons) in English and Theatre Studies
University of Bedfordshire
Performing Arts and English
Marjorie Garber: “Occupy Shakespeare”
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.126 Wednesday, 12 March 2014
From: Newstok Scott <
Date: March 11, 2014 at 11:22:11 PM EDT
Subject: Marjorie Garber: “Occupy Shakespeare”
March 27: Lecture by Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Marjorie Garber (Harvard University):
“Occupy Shakespeare: Shakespeare and/in the Humanities”
7pm, Hardie Auditorium, Rhodes College. Free and open to the public.
There was a time when Shakespeare’s plays were not considered serious enough, or appropriate for, study in libraries or universities. And there was a time, a slightly later time, when Shakespeare’s plays were considered the property of a subset of the learned class, different from, and distinct from, the practitioners of applied or practical knowledge. Today the plays are part of contemporary culture, in popular music, advertising, and journalistic headlines; and they are also part of literary culture, the culture of “the humanities.” In fact, for many people, Shakespeare is the humanities, quoted, cited, and sung as an authority on philosophy, statecraft, character, love and death. What’s next for Shakespeare studies, in and beyond the academy? What can the itinerary of “Shakespeare” in the last hundred years tell us about the future of the humanities in the twenty-first century?
Marjorie Garber is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English and Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, and Chair of the Committee on Dramatic Arts. She has published seventeen books and edited seven collections of essays on topics from Shakespeare to literary and cultural theory to the arts and intellectual life. Garber has served as Director of the Humanities Center at Harvard, Chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, and Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. She is the former President of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes and a continuing member of its advisory board. She currently serves as a Trustee of the English Institute and on the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies and a member of the American Philosophical Society. In 2010, she chaired the judging committee of the non-fiction category of the National Book Awards. This past summer, she was a featured commentator on the BBC/PBS television series, “Shakespeare Uncovered.”
Garber’s visit is co-sponsored by the Rhodes College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; the Department of English; the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program; Greek & Roman Studies; the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment; the Search program; and the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities.
Please contact Scott Newstok (
) for further information.
ABOUT THE PEARCE SHAKESPEARE ENDOWMENT
Thanks to the generosity of the late Dr. Iris Annette Pearce, Rhodes College enjoys an unusually wide range of Shakespeare-related resources. The Pearce Shakespeare Endowment was established in 2007 to enrich courses in Shakespeare and support events for the entire campus as well as the greater Memphis community. Dr. Pearce attended Rhodes College in the 1940s, when it was named Southwestern at Memphis, before graduating from Vanderbilt University. During World War II, she joined the women’s corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve (WAVES). As a medical student, she followed a long-established path in her family, where four generations of physicians preceded her. Yet she was also breaking new ground as a woman: she was one of only two female students in her University of Tennessee class; she served as the first female internal medicine resident at John Gaston Hospital (The Med); and she eventually became the director of the City of Memphis Hospitals while serving as a professor at the University of Tennessee. Her bequest generously continues to support her lifelong enthusiasm for Shakespeare. The late professor of Shakespeare studies at Rhodes, Dr. Cynthia Marshall, was instrumental in establishing preliminary planning for this bequest.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.121 Monday, 19 March 2014
From: Jinny Webber <
Date: March 9, 2014 at 10:39:40 AM EDT
Subject: Book Signing!
Dear reading friends,
Dark Venus is due out this month. I'll be reading from it and signing books Tuesday March 25 at 7 p.m., Granada Books, 1224 State Street next door to the Granada Theater in the back room and Thursday March 27, Chaucer's Books at 3321 State Street in the Loreto Plaza.
Volume 2 of my Shakespeare Actor Trilogy, Dark Venus is a story of love and poetry as well as theatre. Besides continuing the adventures of the boy actor Alexander (Sander) Cooke—who in my version was born female—it focuses on a remarkable woman, Amelia Bassano Lanyer. The presumed dark lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets, Amelia published her own book of poetry in 1611. This novel shows what drove her to write it. Press release attached.
Please come to one of these two readings and tell your friends, especially those intrigued by poetry, Shakespeare, the woman’s voice in the tumultuous days of Queen Elizabeth I. Yes, there’s a political murder in this book, as there was in volume one, The Secret Player.
Press release attached.
Hope to see you there,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: George Spitzer, Nebbadoon Press
325 E. Figueroa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Dark Venus releases March 23, volume two of a three-book series of historical novels set in Shakespeare’s England.
Jinny Webber, a professor of English in Santa Barbara, CA,
recreates the England of William Shakespeare.
Vol. 2: In DARK VENUS: Alexander (Sander) Cooke, protagonist of The Secret Player, befriends Amelia Bassano Lanyer, the presumed Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Historically, Amelia published a book of poetry in 1611, long after her affair with William Shakespeare. Dark Venus shows what drove Amelia to write that book, a first for a woman in Queen Elizabeth’s England. The friendship of Amelia and Sander plays out amidst the political turmoil that leads to the murder of Sander’s friend and patron Ferdinando Stanley, the Earl of Derby.
Vol. 1: THE SECRET PLAYER: The protagonist Alexander Cooke, known as Sander, becomes a favorite performer of women’s roles on the London stage, where only males are allowed to act. A dangerous secret: Sander was born female. She is at risk of flogging or even death if her identity is discovered. A few suspect the truth, including William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth. Adding to her risks, she and he poet John Donne fall in love. In life and onstage, Sander Cooke dares to challenge the status quo.
Vol 3: BEDTRICK (to be released in 2015): Sander’s brother John Cooke impregnates the seamstress Frances and refuses to marry her. A seemingly simple solution is for Alexander to marry Frances. Can a woman get away wit
Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.120 Monday, 19 March 2014
From: Sofia Novello <
Date: March 8, 2014 at 9:03:21 AM EST
Subject: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference
Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference 2014
On Thursday 10 April The British Institute of Florence holds the 6th edition of the Shakespeare Graduate Conference on the theme Forms of Nationhood. The event is in collaboration with IASEMS - Italian Association of Shakespeare and Early Modern Studies - and with the University of Florence. Entrance is free and open to all. Seats are limited. Booking is recommended (by email
or by phone at +39 055 26778270). Please note that it is possible to reserve a place for the light lunch in the Library and that we request a contribution for the lunch. Please specify when you contact us whether you wish to be added to the lunch reservation list.
Library Assistant & Co-ordinator of the Shakespeare Graduate Conference
The British Institute of Florence
Lungarno Guicciardini 9
Phone +39 055 2677 8270
Shakespeare Graduate Conference Programme: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Grad Student Conference 2014
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.119 Monday, 19 March 2014
From: Sujata Iyengar <
Date: March 7, 2014 at 4:15:24 PM EST
Subject: B&L is out!
The Editors of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation joyfully announce the release of Volume 8.2 (Fall 2013/Winter 2014) at www.borrowers.uga.edu! Articles include Theresa DiPasquale’s richly illustrated exploration of Hawaiian Shakespeares, William Carroll’s witty discussion of the fictional afterlife of Shakespeare’s “fiend-like Queen” (including A.J. Hartley’s co-authored novelization of Macbeth) Lady Macbeth, Sebastian Lefait’s analysis of the televised Royal Shakespeare Company Hamlet (with several film-clips), and Kim Sturgess’s provocative response to the Shakespearean conspiracy film Anonymous. We also have a special cluster on “Service Shakespeare,” edited by Mike Jensen, which includes essays by Jensen, Yu Jin Ko, Sheila Cavanagh, Geoff Ridden, and Isabelle Schwartz-Gastine as well as by active theatre practitioners Jim Amberg, Michael Bahr, and Don Weingust. We also include a review of Maurizio Calbi’s recent book, Spectral Shakespeares.
Please read us, “like” us on Facebook, cross-post this message, and, of course, keep on sending us your fine scholarly work on Shakespeare and appropriation!
Dr. Sujata Iyengar, Professor of English
Co-general editor of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation
Department of English
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-6205
Lecture, "Shakespeare and Catholicism"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.115 Thursday, 6 March 2014
From: Dennis Taylor <
Date: March 6, 2014 at 11:41:32 AM EST
Subject: Lecture, "Shakespeare and Catholicism"
Dennis Taylor is giving the Thomas Grace S.J. Memorial lecture at Holy Cross College, Worcester, March 20, 4PM. The title is “Shakespeare and Catholicism.” Taylor is Emeritus Professor of English from Boston College, and founding editor of the journal, Religion and the Arts. He has published various essays on Shakespeare and edited Shakespeare and the Culture of Christianity in Early Modern England.
Emeritus Professor of English
Editor Emeritus, Religion and the Arts
Chestnut Hill MA 02467
Teaching Shakespeare Issue 6 - Call for Papers
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.110 Wednesday, 5 March 2014
From: British Shakespeare Association <
Date: March 4, 2014 at 6:12:46 PM EST
Subject: Teaching Shakespeare Issue 6 - Call for Papers
Call for papers – Teaching Shakespeare in Japan
Thanks to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, issue 6 of the British Shakespeare Association magazine Teaching Shakespeare will focus on Japan.
We are seeking contributors who have:
· taught or studied Shakespeare in Japan – in schools, colleges, universities, language learning or arts organisations
·taught Japanese students studying Shakespeare outside Japan
·studied Shakespeare outside Japan (and are usually Japanese residents)
·been inspired by Japanese productions, arts and culture etc. in teaching or staging of Shakespeare anywhere . . . and have something to say about the experience.
Articles are short, 500-1000, words but we welcome a range of formats: interviews, vox pops, lesson plans, reviews and storyboards.
Please do get in touch with ideas (approx. 150-word abstract) or questions at or
by April 30th, It is envisaged that accepted articles would be submitted by August 30th 2014.
Past issues are freely available to read online or download at http://www.britishshakespeare.ws/education/teaching-shakespeare/
Conference Registration and New Website
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.109 Wednesday, 5 March 2014
From: British Shakespeare Association <
Date: March 4, 2014 at 9:46:58 AM EST
Subject: Conference Registration and New Website
Registration for the 6th Bienniel British Shakespeare Association conference at the University of Stirling is now open at: http://intel-events.co.uk/CurrentEvent.aspx?ID=24
I hope you will join us in Stirling on 3rd-6th July. The team there have put together an excellent conference with keynote lectures from Professor Margreta de Grazia, Professor Andrew Murphy, Professor John Drakakis, Dr Colin Burrow and Dr Michael Bogdanov. We will also be honoring this year's Hon Fellow Professor John Russell Brown for his outstanding contribution to Shakespeare scholarship and theatre production. I look forward to seeing many of you there.
I am also very pleased to be able to announce that our website has had a long overdue revamp. The new website has been available for several weeks at the usual address, www.britishshakespeare.ws. Ten years ago, our website looked quite different. This is a page archived from March 2004: http://web.archive.org/web/20040330140457/http://www.britishshakespeare.ws/ I am sure you will agree that we've come a long way since then!
Later this year we will be holding elections to the Board of Trustees and I will be writing to all members soon with details of the procedures. In the meantime, if you are interested in putting yourself forward for election, please do not hesitate to get in touch for an informal discussion.
Chair of the Board of Trustees