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Dispersal of Shakespeare Folios

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0428  Tuesday, 3 September 2013

 

From:        Al Magary < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         September 2, 2013 6:55:13 PM EDT

Subject:     Dispersal of Shakespeare Folios

 

Germaine Warkentin wrote on FICINO: Renaissance and Reformation Studies and then reposted the message below from SHARP-L:

 

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From Simon Eliot, a most informative letter. Simon is Chair in the History of the Book, and Deputy Director, Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies at ULondon's Institute of English Studies. Germaine

 

From Simon Eliot, a most informative letter. Simon is Chair in the History of the Book, and Deputy Director, Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies at ULondon's Institute of English Studies. Germaine

Jason Scott-Warren has copied Henry Woudhuysen’s excellent letter to SHARP-L but, as I had just completed the note below, I thought that I would nevertheless circulate it.

 

Colleagues ought to know of a troubling development in Senate House Library (SHL), the central library of the federal University of London located in Bloomsbury next to the British Museum. Its Trustees and Mr Christopher Pressler, its current Librarian, are proposing to sell no fewer than four of the Library’s Shakespeare Folios (the First, Second, Third, and Fourth), all of which have been together since at least the 1830s, and all of which were given to the University by Sir Louis Sterling (originally an American citizen) in 1956. 

 

By selling these irreplaceable items, Mr Pressler aims is to create an endowment fund to attract more readers and thus help to restore the Library’s government funding as a National Research Library that it lost in 2006. An entirely admirable aim but not, one would think, easily advanced by selling off major research materials, such as Shakespeare Folios, that were given to the University for safe and secure keeping. SHL serves many research institutes, not the least of which is the Institute of English Studies which has, among its senior research fellows, a number of internationally-renowned scholars of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. It also acts as a centre for the Arden edition of Shakespeare’s plays.

 

So far all this has been done behind closed doors. A public consultation is promised but as the books have already been transferred to the auction house Bonhams (why Bonhams?)  and the sale date agreed (12 November this year), this will be a very strange form of consultation.

 

Of course this is not just a matter of selling off a remarkable set of historically important books to highest bidder. It will cast a long and dark shadow over SHL. Who in the future will trust it? How many collections will it not be offered, how many givers will turn away with the reasonable feeling that the Library and its Trustees cannot be trusted?

 

This is not the first case of a library asset stripping its collections, nor will be the last, but it is a particularly egregious example. If we as book historians remain silent and do nothing, this will happen ever more frequently and ever more ruthlessly.

 

Simon Eliot

 
 
Call for Papers: Authors, Artists, Audiences, Plymouth State University’s 35th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0427  Tuesday, 3 September 2013

 

From:        Medieval and Renaissance Forum < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         September 2, 2013 11:35:57 AM EDT

Subject:    Call for Papers: Authors, Artists, Audiences, Plymouth State University’s 35th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum 

 

35th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum

Plymouth State University

Plymouth, NH, USA

Friday and Saturday April 25-26, 2014

 

Call for Papers and Sessions

“Authors, Artists, Audiences”

Keynote speaker: Rebecca Krug, Professor of English, University of Minnesota 

 

We invite abstracts or panel proposals in medieval and Early Modern studies that consider how authors, artists, and audiences functioned in personal, political, religious, and aesthetic realms.

 

        How are authorship and artistry defined in different contexts?  

        What roles do audiences play in creativity and expression?

        How are reading and viewing conceived of or portrayed?

        What relationships exist among creator, creation, and consumer?

        How do such ideas hold meaning today?

 

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

 

Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. 

 

Undergraduate sessions are welcome and require faculty sponsorship.  

 

 This year’s keynote speaker is Rebecca Krug, associate professor of English at the University of Minnesota, who specializes in late medieval English literature and culture. She is the author of Reading Families: Women’s Literate Practice in Late Medieval England (Cornell University Press, 2002) and of a number of essays, including recent pieces in The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Culture and in A Cultural History of Gardens in the Medieval Age. She is currently writing an essay about lunar gardening in the medieval and modern worlds as well as completing a book about Margery Kempe.

 

 For more information visit www.plymouth.edu/medieval

 

Please submit abstracts, a/v needs, and full contact information to Dr. Karolyn Kinane, Director This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Abstract deadline: Monday January 15, 2014

 

Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2014

 
 
Shakespeare Santa Cruz to Close

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0426  Tuesday, 3 September 2013

 

From:        Kurt Daw < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         August 29, 2013 9:33:36 PM EDT

Subject:     Shakespeare Santa Cruz to Close

 

The sad news this week is that UC-Santa Cruz has decided to close its resident company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Here is the news release:

http://news.ucsc.edu/2013/08/shakespeare-release.html

 

My personal blog post on this topic can be found at:

http://www.shakespearestribe.com/mourning-shakespeare-santa-cruz/

 

Kurt Daw

Professor of Theatre Arts

San Francisco State University

 

Shakespeare Santa Cruz to end 32-year run due to budget problems

 

Arts dean to convene committee to explore ways to create a financially feasible theater company that is closely integrated with the campus

 

August 26, 2013

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UC Santa Cruz announced today that this will be the final season for Shakespeare Santa Cruz (SSC), the professional repertory company in residence at the campus.

 

The current season, the 32nd since the festival debuted on campus in 1981, will conclude this year following the annual holiday show in December.

“The campus has provided Shakespeare Santa Cruz with a large amount of financial support in hopes that the company could become more financially self-sustaining,” said David Yager, UCSC dean of the arts. “Unfortunately, with each passing season, it has become clearer that this goal is not attainable."

”Many talented, dedicated, and generous people have made Shakespeare Santa Cruz a theater company to be proud of,” Yager added. “Despite their considerable efforts and generous support from the campus, it has become obvious that ticket sales, sponsorships, and private support are just insufficient to keep the company going.”

The decision comes almost five years after SSC raised $419,000 in emergency donations in December 2008 — support from the public that guaranteed at least a 2009 season. Despite that one-time emergency patch and a push for ongoing private support in the years that followed, the company's dependence on campus funds has not declined.

In fact, it has grown. Campus contributions to the company over the past 10 years have totaled $2.13 million. Almost $1.5 million of that has come since 2009, the year after the fundraising drive.

Even with an initial campus contribution of $250,000 during the most recent full fiscal year, revenues still fell short of planned expenditures by nearly $500,000 — effectively making the total shortfall $750,000 for 2012-13.

The end-of-year $500,000 shortfall took the company's cumulative debt from $1.48 million to $1.98 million.

Alison Galloway, the campus's executive vice chancellor, said the campus's overall budget challenges—caused by years of reduced state support — have made it harder each year to support SSC. “We have had to make very tough decisions about the budget — including making cuts to academic programs,” she said. “We care deeply about SSC and very much appreciate the program and its value. But we also have to be accountable to our students, who are paying more than ever and need courses to graduate on time."

Yager said the closure of Shakespeare Santa Cruz after the current season doesn't necessarily mean that UCSC cannot be home to a theater company — and he anticipates creating a blue-ribbon committee to "reimagine how our campus could host a company that is financially stable, academically relevant, and closely aligned with the activities of a major research university."

"It is sad to see Shakespeare Santa Cruz end, and we are very appreciative of the many people who have supported the company — through their contributions, sponsorships, and ticket purchases,” said Yager.

He also thanked the people responsible for the company's artistic achievements. “Over the past three decades, we’ve had incredible actors, designers, and directors who have been a part of this extraordinary theater company, and we want to recognize all of them.”  

“I also want to thank the countless dedicated staff and volunteers who have supported those artists and made all those shows possible over the past 32 years,” said Yager.

“But I believe the time is right to take a new look at how to create a sustainable model for theater at UCSC.”

Yager added that “Shakespeare to Go” — a program that currently brings Shakespeare to nearly 8,000 students (grades 5 and up) throughout the Central Coast each spring — will be retained.

“The plans are to integrate Shakespeare to Go into our Theater Arts Department and continue to raise private money to make sure it can operate,” said Yager.


Editor's Note: The current summer festival will conclude as scheduled on September 1.

 

 

 
Shakespearean London Theatres (ShaLT) Public Lectures

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0425  Tuesday, 3 September 2013

 

From:        Gabriel Egan < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         August 29, 2013 1:12:54 PM EDT

Subject:     Shakespearean London Theatres (ShaLT) Public Lectures

 

Over the summer of 2013 a series of public talks by leading theatre historians was given at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on various topics around theatre in Shakespeare’s time.

 

The talks were part of the ‘Shakespearean London Theatres (ShaLT)’ project and were audio-recorded for anyone to download from the ShaLT website at http://shalt.org.uk/downloads.

 

The full list of talks you can download is:

 

* Prof Andrew Gurr ‘Why was the Globe Round?’

 

* Prof Peter Womack ‘The People’s Tragic Hero’

 

* Prof Julie Sanders ‘Ben Jonson, Bankside and the Blackfriars’

 

* Prof Tiffany Stern ‘Stuck Up and Down About the City’

 

* Prof Joanne Tompkins ‘Virtual Reality and London’s Early Stages’

 

* Prof Jean E. Howard ‘Rich City, Poor City’

 

* Dr Farah Karim-Cooper ‘Fashioning the Female Face’

 

* Prof Martin White ‘When Torchlight Made an Artificial Noon’

 

* Prof Ralph A. Cohen ‘The New Blackfriars’

 

* Prof Gary Taylor ‘1+1=3’

 

* Prof Martin Butler ‘Exeunt Players’

 

The audio files are all offered under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike licence (CC-BY-SA) that allows you to do anything with them—including putting them into your teaching materials, burning them onto a disk and selling it, adapting them as tap-dances for Broadway— so long as you acknowledge the speaker and don’t attach a licence more restrictive than this one.

 

The ShaLT investigators, myself and Andrew Gurr, are grateful to De Montfort University, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council for financial support that made these talks possible. We are especially grateful to the speakers themselves for their contributions.

 

Gabriel Egan

 
 
American Shakespeare Center

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0419  Thursday, 29 August 2013

 

From:        Peter Hyland < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         August 28, 2013 9:33:11 PM EDT

Subject:     American Shakespeare Center

 

I assume that many members of this group will (like me) be attending The Blackfriars Conference in Staunton, Virginia in October, but I wonder if all members of the group are fully aware of the remarkable work done by the associated acting group at the American Shakespeare Center. This small repertory company, as its name implies, stages Shakespeare’s plays, but it also has an unparalleled record of staging non -Shakespearean plays from the early modern period. Over the past decade or so the company has staged not only comparatively popular plays like The Alchemist, Doctor Faustus, The Duchess of Malfi,and The Roaring Girl, but also plays that few other professional companies in the world can afford (or have attempted) to stage, such as Dido, Queen of Carthage, The Blind Beggar of AlexandriaLook About You, and The Custom of the Country. By my count the company has mounted productions of almost thirty non-Shakespearean early modern plays since 2003. All of this is done in a beautiful replica of the Blackfriars Theatre that allows for genuine experimentation with “original practices” and a wonderfully intimate and relaxed experience for audiences.

 

Although tickets are not expensive, the actual work of staging does not come cheap. Staunton is an oddly isolated town, and the ASC needs all the help it can get, with promotion, and with groups coming to see the plays. If there is any possibility that you can take groups to the Blackfriars, you should surely do so. Check out the possibilities at:

 

http://americanshakespearecenter.com

 

It is increasingly true that postgraduate students are looking beyond Shakespeare for research topics, and the ASC provides astonishingly rich resources for facilitating this, including involvement with staging. If you don’t already know about it, look it up, and tell everyone you know. 

 

Peter Hyland

 

[Editor’s Note: I whole-heartedly second Peter’s remarks. I have followed the ASC and its predecessor the SSE since the 1990 performance of Julius Caesar at the SAA Meeting in Philadelphia. Although I have not participated in one of Ralph Cohen’s NEH Summer Seminars, those who have are prolific authors of essays and books on the intersection of original theatrical practices and Shakespearean performance and criticism. I will be attending the Blackfriars Conference. It is one of my all-time-favorite Shakespeare conferences. If you are a theater professional, Shakespeare scholar or teacher, or lover of Early Modern Theatre, you owe it to yourself to attend this conference in the autumnal Shenandoah Valley, surely one of nature’s most beautiful expressions of color is to be seen at this time of year. Papers are short and to the point. Presenters keep to the agreed upon period lest they hear the ominous thunder sheet, and those who go over their time are carried off stage by THE BEAR! Ya gotta love it! –Hardy] 

 
 
New Digital Humanities Position at University of Tasmania

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0418  Thursday, 29 August 2013

 

From:        Rosemary Gaby < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         Tuesday, August 27, 2013 8:00 PM

Subject:     New Digital Humanities Position at University of Tasmania

 

Reference Number :249 - Professor / Associate Professor of Digital Humanities

 

The University of Tasmania was founded in 1890 on the best of academic traditions that embrace excellence and commitment to free inquiry in the creation and application of knowledge. Ranked in the top 3 percent of universities worldwide and in the top 10 research universities in Australia, the University has a strong and distinctive Tasmanian identity which underpins teaching and research that is international in scope, vision and standards. 

 

Digital Humanities investigates the intersection of computing and humanities, in particular, how digital media affects the humanities disciplines in which they are used, and how humanities can contribute to computing and digital studies. The implications of this growing field are gaining relevance beyond the humanities and contribute to understanding globalization, mass information and social and cultural change. 

 

The University is seeking to appoint a Professor / Associate Professor to lead research, teaching and creative practice in digital humanities. The appointee will strengthen research leadership on the Launceston campuses, consolidate and grow existing research culture and facilitate interdisciplinary research with staff in the humanities, social sciences and other faculties.

 

Candidates will have a PhD and an international reputation in a relevant humanities discipline with successful research collaborations using digital media, strong commitment to effective research training and demonstrated success in generating funding from a range of sources. Proven leadership and effective relationship management skills are considered essential. 

 

The appointment will be made at either Level E or Level D in line with Opening UTAS to Talent: The UTAS Academic. This continuing position is located in Launceston. Travel to other campuses is required. 

 

The closing date for applications is 11 October, 2013. To register early interest, please call Jandy Godfrey, Academic Search and Onboarding Manager, University of Tasmania on 61 3 6226 7879 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Dr. Rosemary Gaby

University of Tasmania

School of Humanities

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Web: http://www.utas.edu.au/humanities

 
 
Review of Shakespeare Beyond Doubt

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0416  Tuesday, 27 August 2013

 

From:        Annie Martirosyan < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         Tuesday, August 20, 2013 2:57 PM

Subject:     Review of Shakespeare Beyond Doubt

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/annie-martirosyan/shakespeare-by-no-other-name_b_3784012.html

 

HuffPost UK

27 August 2013

 

Shakespeare by No Other Name

By Annie Martirosyan

Linguist, Shakespeare researcher, Lecturer in English language

 

I might have started my journey with Shakespeare as an anti-Shakespearean. Well, at least, that’s what anti-Shakespeareans believe will happen to you if only you open your mind and let the enlightening rays of truth in. I clearly remember the first lecture on Shakespeare at university. Open swung the door and in came the lecturer waving in her hands a journal with Shakespeare’s signatures and portraits and out flew, self-consciously, the first sentence: “Shakespeare never wrote those plays!” What followed was a dismissive rant about Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon. Luckily, I never had enough imagination to be turned into an Oxfordian. I was bored at the lectures. Shakespeare’s creativity with language, the simpleness, subtlety and ludicity of his texture was what really tickled my mind.

 

The so-called authorship controversy has been around for a good while to annoy academics, confuse newcomers to Shakespeare and to promote tiring ideas about a hollow version of alternative history. Anti-Shakespearean theories make devout efforts to create an anti-historical truth where everyone else is worthy of being Shakespeare but Shakespeare himself. Where they preach about a “better” author with a better education, academics and Shakespeare professionals are dubbed “Establishment” protecting Shakespeare of Stratford. Reason and respect are expected for theories so utterly unreasonable and disrespectful.

 

Recently, a number of esteemed Shakespeare professionals have produced a comprehensive and informed book on the topic. Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy is edited by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells and published by Cambridge University Press.

 

The need for an organised response arose after the release of the widely sensationalised epic failure of a film called Anonymous which should fairly much irritate even the Oxfordians by its overdone distortion of history.

 

         If it [Anonymous] had followed its own plot to its logical conclusion, then Oxford would have conducted a homosexual affair with the Earl of Southampton, Oxford’s own biological son by an incestuous union with his own mother. . . .  these implied relationships do not prove that Oxford was William Shakespeare, but they do prove that he was John Milton, for how but by personal experience could Milton have conceived the variously incestuous trio in Paradise Lost, Satan, Sin and Death? -- Alan H. Nelson

 

Shakespeare Beyond Doubt consists of three parts. In “Sceptics”, the authors take a close look at the roots of anti-Shakespeareanism which started in 1856 when an American lady named Delia Bacon became determined to prove Shakespeare was, in fact, Francis Bacon. Like bubonic plague, the idea infected many others and today there are over 70 candidates promoted for a post they will never get. Among other prominent candidates are Marlowe, Edward de Vere - 17th Earl of Oxford, and Elizabeth I.

 

         Mathematically, each time an additional candidate is suggested, the probability decreases that any given name is the true author. -- Matt Kubus

 

In “Shakespeare as Author”, the scholars expand on interesting topics like extant allusions to Shakespeare to 1642, Shakespeare’s collaboration with other playwrights, his schooling. The chapter by David Kathman on Shakespeare’s Warwickshire connections and the Warwickshire words in his plays is especially noteworthy.

 

         In general, anti-Shakespearians’ depictions of sixteenth-century Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwickshire are rooted in distortions, driven by an irrational hatred of William Shakespeare of Stratford and all he represents. Those who would deny Shakespeare’s authorship and disparage his home town must turn a blind eye to a mountain of evidence showing that Stratford’s leading residents, including Shakespeare’s closest friends there, were educated and cultured by just about any standard. -- David Kathman

 

MacDonald P. Jackson shows how stylometric analysis of Shakespeare’s texture proves the collaborative nature of the works. Anti-Shakespeareans, instead, automatically deny this evidence by favouring a proposition that a single author with a better formal education penned the canon.

 

In the final part of the book, “A Cultural Phenomenon: Did Shakespeare Write Shakespeare?”, the scholars ruminate on the cultural, political, fictional treatments of Shakespeare’s authorship. Stuart Hampton-Reeves looks at the bombastically named Declaration of Reasonable Doubt which invites signatures from people doubting Shakespeare’s authorship. The website triumphantly lists the merely 470 people of “academic status” - whereas ironically, it is usually the academia which is under anti-Shakespeareans’ attack for supposedly deifying Shakespeare. The statistics Hampton-Reeves presents only go to show how few are the academics out there interested in promoting anti-Shakespeareanism in formal education.

 

The book ends with a logical and conclusive Afterword by James Shapiro. The selected reading list provided by Hardy M. Cook and the Notes speak about the highly professional level of the essays in Shakespeare Beyond Doubt.

 

Among other Shakespeareans, Paul Edmondson’s intelligent and organised regular responses to anti-Shakespearean (ad)ventures are particularly rewarding. I have repeatedly used the term anti-Shakespearean, and not anti-Stratfordian, throughout the review. The former is a more precise term which Edmondson has put into current use. As Edmondson similarly observes, to consider the playwright’s roots as unworthy of his creations is to deny Shakespeare himself.

 

Shakespeare Beyond Doubt shows, once more, that the fickle authorship controversy still exists not because there is no evidence that Shakespeare was Shakespeare but because anti-Shakespeareans refuse to acknowledge it and prefer the creative route of constructing an imaginary and speculative truth. History does not work like that. It is not a Hollywood movie.

 

         Those who fail to be able, for snobbish or other ‘ignorant’ reasons, to locate the genius of the work in Shakespeare of Stratford, have failed to do what the editors of the First Folio in their prefatory epistle demanded: which is, that we should ‘Read him.’ -- Barbara Everett

 

 . . . Time has passed. My former Oxfordian lecturer is a colleague today and, as I have discovered of late, favours Roger Manners - 5th Earl of Rutland, now. It speaks volumes about anti-Shakespeareanism, doesn’t it?

 
 
2013 Colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson University

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0415  Tuesday, 27 August 2013

 

From:        Harry Keyishian < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         August 26, 2013 9:20:52 PM EDT

Subject:     2013 Colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson University

 

Julius Caesar will be the subject of the 2013 Shakespeare Colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. This annual gathering, now in its 21st year, will take place on Saturday, October 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in room S-11 of the Science Building. These colloquiums are free and open to the public.

 

Shakespeare’s Roman tragedy has always been important in American culture and in the school curriculum. Sometimes seen as a defense of rebellion, and sometimes as a critique, it will be discussed at this colloquium in its full complexity by four scholars who focus on the play’s rhetoric, its portrayal of women, its treatment of human agency, and its afterlife in adaptation.

 

Speakers this year are Eric Johnson-Debaufre (Harvard University), Naomi Liebler (Montclair State University), Hugh Grady (Arcadia University), and Iska Alter (Hofstra University). Coordinators of the colloquium are Harry Keyishian and Bianca Calabresi, both of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 

New Jersey teachers may obtain professional development hours for their participation. Forms will be available at the colloquium.

 

Registration is not required, but is welcomed for planning purposes. To register, or for further information, write to Harry Keyishian at GH2-01, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940, or by e-mail to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

S-11 is handicap-accessible. Please contact the coordinators for further information or assistance. The colloquiums are supported in part by the Columbia University Seminar on Shakespeare. Additional contributions are welcome and may be made out to FDU-Shakespeare. 

 
 
The George Washington University 2013 Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Lecture

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0411  Monday, 26 August 2013

 

From:        Emily Russell < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         August 26, 2013 10:08:59 AM EDT

Subject:     The George Washington University 2013 Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Lecture

 

We are very pleased to announce the launch of a new Digital Humanities Institute, co-founded and co-directed by Professors Alexander Huang and Jonathan Hsy. The inaugural Digital Humanities Institute Lecture and 2013 Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Lecture will be delivered by Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, whose work on data-mining and literary analysis will provide an entry point into a discussion of some of the possibilities—and potential limitations—of large scale digitization projects. You are cordially invited to the talk and reception. 

 

Addressing the Text: Reflections on Shakespeare, Digital Access, and Libraries

3 pm on Friday September 6 in Post Hall on Mt Vernon.

 

 

The talk will explore the ways in which large scale digitization projects have created new access problems while solving old ones; it will also show some underlying similarities between the physical codex and the digital surrogates that we are now creating for printed books: both are “massively addressable objects,” simply at a different scale. The plays of Shakespeare are only one place where this convergence can be explored; they will serve as a point of departure in this talk.

 

“Addressing the Text” is co-sponsored by the GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute (GW MEMSI), the Digital Humanities Institute, the Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare, the Department of English, the Department of History, and the Gelman LIbrary.

 

Dr. Michael Witmore is Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library and author, most recently, of Shakespearean Metaphysics and Landscapes of the Passing Strange: Reflections from Shakespeare (with Rosamond Purcell). He is part of the Mellon funded digital research initiative Visualizing English Print, 1470-1800 and maintains a blog on digital approaches to literary studies  (http://winedarksea.org/). 

 

Free shuttle to Mt Vern: http://transportation.gwu.edu/mount-vernon-shuttle-vern-express

 

Event webpage: http://www.gwmemsi.com/2013/08/mike-witmore-addressing-text-gw-digital.html

 

Event flyer: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37548854/WitmorePoster2013.pdf

 

Witmore Poster: icon WitmorePoster 2013

 
 
Broadcast of Three Henry VI Plays

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0406  Friday, 23 August 2013

 

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

Date:         August 22, 2013 3:30:44 PM EDT

Subject:     Broadcast of Three Henry VI Plays

 

Shakespeare’s Globe and The Space to broadcast fourth and final open-air battlefield performance of Shakespeare’s three Henry VI plays live from Monken Hadley Common, near site of the Battle of Barnet, between midday and 10pm on 24 August 2013. 

 

http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/theatre/whats-on/globe-theatre-on-tour/henry-vi/battlefield-performances

 

http://thespace.org/items/e0001stl

 

The Space, the digital arts service from Arts Council England, in partnership with the BBC, will present the live event from multiple different viewpoints. Aerial cameras will also capture the stage, audience and landscape from above. Filming will be undertaken by production company Sparkly Light, who were responsible for filming last year’s multilingual Globe-to-Globe Festival in its entirety, producing 37 films in 42 days for use on The Space. The event will be presented by stage and screen actor Jamie Parker, who played Prince Hal and then King Henry in the Globe’s productions of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V in 2010 and 2012. 

 

To complement the live stream of the Henry VI trilogy, The Space will offer an innovative digital programme giving audiences access to all the information available to a playgoer at the Globe and more. A rich resource of text and images – including cast biographies, rehearsal photos, interviews with director Nick Bagnall, interactive maps and historical material – will create an immersive and informative audience experience. 

 

After the live broadcast, edited films of each of the three plays will become available on-demand on The Space’s website. These versions will be accompanied by a further series of exciting online features, including embedded hyperlinks allowing viewers to access biographies of characters as they enter the action, historical contexts for important speeches and the complete text of each play in synchronization with the action. 

 

Four major battles of the Wars of the Roses are featured in the Henry VI plays: Towton, Tewkesbury, St Albans and Barnet. During the Battle of Towton alone 28,000 men died – the biggest loss of life on English soil in a single day in recorded history. The Battle of Barnet was one of the most decisive conflicts of the Wars of the Roses, and Edward IV’s brutal defeat of his erstwhile friend and ally the Earl of Warwick marked the beginning of fourteen years of Yorkist rule over England. 

 

The Henry VI plays begin with the death of Henry V and together chart the entirety of his son’s turbulent reign. They encompass the stories of Joan of Arc, who is burnt at the stake at the end of Harry the Sixth, and Jack Cade, whose short-lived peasant rebellion is depicted in The Houses of York & Lancaster. The Henry VI plays were Shakespeare’s first blockbuster history sequence and established his reputation as one of the most popular playwrights of the Elizabethan age. 

 

For further information contact Francesca Maguire or Emma Draper at Shakespeare’s Globe on +44 (0) 207 902 1491/1492 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

The Space 

 

The Space is a digital arts service, developed by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC, designed to change the way people can connect with and experience the arts. It provides live, free and on demand access to the work of the UK’s greatest artists and arts organisations. Piloted from May 2012 until March 2013, The Space service was designed to build the digital skills of the arts and cultural sector, support creativity and experimentation and connect arts organisations with a wider audience. Arts Council England and the BBC are continuing to work in partnership to capture all the good practice and learning from The Space pilot to improve, develop and shape a future service. During this development phase, The Space will occasionally publish work from an arts organisation that enables it to test technical and creative concepts. The Space is available globally free of charge via the internet, on computers, smartphones and tablets. 

 

 

Arts Council England 

 

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2010 and 2015, we will invest £1.9 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1.1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. 

 

www.artscouncil.org.uk

 

 

Sparkly Light 

 

Sparkly Light produces engaging, imaginative and inspiring films and video coverage. Care, commitment and creativity are integral to Sparkly Light’s approach to a project: capturing performance, promotional films, broadcasting, consultancy and events. Inventively streamlining production means every penny ends up where it should - on screen. 

 

www.sparklylight.com 

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The live broadcast will be between midday and 10pm, presented by Jamie Parker (Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V), captured from multiple viewpoints.

Follow @The_Globe and @thespacearts on Twitter for updates.

Watch the live stream

 

http://thespace.org/items/e0001stl

 

 

THE PLAYS

 

The plays which make up Shakespeare’s Henry VI create a world without ideology; a savage time, when the heroes are not kings, but formidable women, such as Joan of Arc, or rebels, such as Jack Cade.

 

Bold characterisation, black comedy, rhetorical power and, in the personality of Henry VI, touching pathos combine in Shakespeare’s powerful rendering of a country racked by civil war.

 

Harry the Sixth

Following the death of Henry V, celebrated for having united England and subjugated France, divisions appear at the highest levels – first between those around the infant Henry VI, later between the two great factions in English politics: the houses of Lancaster and York. Only the young Lord Talbot, locked in combat with the bewitching and enigmatic Joan of Arc, seems capable of redeeming a divided and dishonoured kingdom.

 

The Houses of York & Lancaster

The saintly Henry VI is undermined by his nobles, especially the ambitious Richard, Duke of York, and by the Kentish rebellion, led by the charismatic Jack Cade, popular champion and savage critic of England’s social inequality.

 

The True Tragedy of the Duke of York

A bloody power struggle opens up between the King’s party, led by the fearsome Queen Margaret, and the Yorkists, led first by Richard, then his sons Edward and ‘that lump of foul deformity’, Richard of Gloucester.

 

On Saturday August 24th, The Space will be live streaming Shakespeare’s Globe open-air battlefield performance of the Henry VI trilogy.

 

The Henry VI plays were Shakespeare’s first blockbuster history sequence and established his reputation as one of the most popular playwrights of the Elizabethan age. Starting with the death of his father Henry V, the trilogy charts the entirety of Henry VI’s turbulent reign, encompassing the stories of Joan of Arc and the peasant rebellion of Jack Cade.

 

Shakespeare’s Globe is staging Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3 in the open air at the Wars of the Roses battlefield sites featured in the plays, which saw some of the bloodiest battles in the country’s history. On Saturday 24th August, the three plays will be performed at Monken Hadley Common, site of the Battle of Barnet, a defining conflict which saw Edward IV’s brutal defeat of his erstwhile friend and ally the Earl of Warwick, which marked the beginning of fourteen years of Yorkist rule over England.

 

You will be able to choose to watch a live mix from five cameras capturing all the action or decide to watch ThroneCam, an actor’s view live feed from a camera mounted on the imposing throne that occupies centre stage throughout the three performances.

 

Actor Jamie Parker, who is no stranger to the Globe’s stage having previously played Henry V, will be your guide for the day interviewing those who’ve helped stage this theatrical event.

 

The live stream begins at 1200 BST and runs until 2200 BST. The three plays will begin at the following times:

 

Part One – Harry the Sixth: 1230 BST
Part Two – The Houses of York and Lancaster: 1600 BST
Part Three – The True Tragedy of the Duke of York: 1930 BST

 

Each runs for approximately two hours 15 minutes including intervals.

 

To complement this live stream, we’re offering you an innovative digital programme consisting of a rich resource of text and images including historical context, rehearsal photos and behind the scenes information. 

 
 
Devon Made Macbeth

 


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0399  Thursday, 22 August 2013

 

From:        Alex White < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         August 17, 2013 9:49:01 AM EDT

Subject:     Devon Made Macbeth

 

Devon Made Macbeth

 

By the pricking of my thumbs, something exciting this way comes! A local not-for-profit group of writers, performers, publishers and multi-media producers, known as Devon Made, is just embarking on their latest project – an audio production of Shakespeare’s famous supernatural tragedy, Macbeth. They are intending to bring this chilling story to life in time for Hallowe’en.

 

Devon Made’s previous projects include a free audio adaptation of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” and an e-book adaptation of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, both of which are available for download. With Macbeth, the group is hoping to take their work further and produce not only a high-quality audio version of the play, but also undertake a costumed photoshoot to illustrate the story.

 

Producer Alex White explained that the group is launching an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to raise funds for the project. “Everyone working on Macbeth is a volunteer, so we are looking for people to support us by making a small pledge in return for ‘perks’”, he explained. “We’re hoping to raise £1200. Half of this is for production costs and the other half will be used to produce the rewards for our supporters - we are offering some excellent rewards to anyone who can help us bring Macbeth to life.”

 

Contributors can make their pledge of £10, £20 or £50 on the group’s crowdfunding website http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/devon-made-macbeth

 

The campaign is time-limited and is due to end on 31st August 2013.

 

The perks include free digital downloads and CDs of Devon Made’s Macbeth, as well as a glossy, West End-style brochure to both accompany and enhance the production. The group is intending to include images in the brochure which are not usually seen on stage, such as the murder of King Duncan and the last moments of Lady Macbeth.

 

Alex explained that the Indiegogo campaign is being run on an “all-or-nothing” basis. “If we don’t raise the full amount, we get nothing,” he said. “That’s why we want to reach out to as many people as possible, so we have the best chance of funding our vision. I would appeal to anyone with an interest in local arts to support both Devon Made and Shakespeare’s superb play – and in return, we will give you a real treat this Hallowe’en.”

 

The group has assembled a stellar cast of Devon talent, including South Devon actor Lee Boyle as Macbeth (insert best known/most recent roles). His Lady Macbeth is Tracey Norman, who has over 25 years’ stage experience. They are joined by Macbeth’s manservant Seyton, played by Exeter-based actor James Cotter, most recently seen on tour in the South West with Transitions Theatre Group in “The Adventures of Mr Toad”. Sam Pike is Macbeth’s nemesis, Macduff.

 

Please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/devon-made-macbeth and

help us bring this project to life.

 
 
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