Book and Blog Announcement

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.015  Wednesday, 14 January 2015


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

Date:         January 12, 2015 at 6:10:47 PM EST

Subject:    Book and Blog Announcement


To all:


This is a brief announcement of a new book from MQUP entitled Interlinguicity, Internationality, and Shakespeare.


In a collection of essays, it addresses how languages and communities overlap, share space and helped to define Shakespeare's time and ours.


Michael Saenger 


Broadview Merchant of Venice

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.013  Monday, 12 January 2015


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

Date:         January 9, 2015 at 11:44:12 AM EST

Subject:    Merchant of Venice: New Publication from Broadview Press


This is Nora Ruddock writing from Broadview, to let you know that we have recently published a new edition of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, edited by Julie Sutherland. The volume contains the full text of the play with explanatory footnotes and marginal glosses for contemporary readers. An extensive introduction and well-rounded selection of background materials not only illuminate anti-Semitism in early modern England but also provide context for other facets of the play, including its comic plot of love and marriage, its examination of commerce and international trade, and its themes of revenge and the law.


If I can provide additional information on this or on any other Broadview titles, please don’t hesitate to be in touch. 


With thanks and best wishes,




Nora Ruddock

Developmental Editor & Marketing Coordinator

Broadview Press: An Independent Publisher Since 1985

10 Douglas Street, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 2S9


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Making Links: Texts, Contexts, and Performance in Digital Editions of Early Modern Drama

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.003  Wednesday, 8 January 2015


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

Date:         Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Subject:    Making Links: Texts, Contexts, and Performance in Digital Editions of Early Modern Drama


When you register for the SAA in Vancouver, please consider staying a few days longer to explore Vancouver and Victoria and to register for the ISE Conference Making Links: Texts, Contexts, and Performance in Digital Editions of Early Modern Drama at the University of Victoria. I’ll be there.





Making Links

Texts, Contexts, and Performance in Digital Editions of Early Modern Drama


Call for papers and expressions of interest

Dates: April 7-8, 2015

Location: University of Victoria, BC, Canada


The conference will be an opportunity to share ideas, and to learn how to use and apply the growing number of digital tools that are available to the scholar


Sharing ideas

As well as sessions of traditional papers, we are planning one or more "slams": sessions where each presenter is given a maximum of eight minutes to present a problem, and idea, or a thesis of some kind, followed immediately by seven minutes of questions and responses. These sessions have proven immensely useful in providing scholars with immediate feedback on ideas that are still in the process of development.

Using and applying digital tools


We will also be calling on the expertise of those familiar with digital tools, from the relatively simple to those that are more powerful. Through a number of workshops, this gathering will be a great opportunity to learn about the many digital resources that are available to the modern scholar, including those developed at the University of Victoria for the Internet Shakespeare Editions and its associated websites, Digital Renaissance Editions and the Queen's Men Editions.


Workshops will focus on strategies for linking texts within these sites to each other, to supporting materials in many media, and to the growing number of stable scholarly sites on the web.

Submitting a proposal


Please submit the following information by December 1, 2014 to <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>. 


Title of paper/presentation: 


Abstract (150-250 words for a paper, 100-150 words for a short, "slam," presentation): 








Accommodation will be available at the Laurel Point Inn, on Victoria’s inner harbor. The conference rate will be $99 per night.


25,000 EEBO TCP Texts Now Available

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.002  Wednesday, 8 January 2015


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

Date:         January 6, 2015 at 1:45:57 AM EST

Subject:    25,000 EEBO TCP Texts Now Available


Great news for all early modern researchers, especially those without strong institutional connection, from the Early English Books Online/Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP):


The Text Creation Partnership is quickly arriving at a major milestone: starting January 1, 2015, all restrictions will be lifted from EEBO-TCP Phase I, which consists of the first 25,000 texts transcribed and encoded by the TCP from 2000-2009.


These 25,000 (plus a few hundred) texts will be freely available to anyone wishing to use them, and there will no longer be any restrictions on sharing these files. They will be licensed under the Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0 1.0 Universal), which will be indicated in the header of each text.


But what does this news mean for users of the EEBO-TCP Phase I texts?

  • On January 1:
    • If you already have a local version of the raw EEBO-TCP Phase I SGML or XML files, or derivative files that you have created from these, you may copy, post, publish, distribute, and otherwise share these files without restriction and without seeking special permission.
    • If you are already hosting the EEBO-TCP Phase I texts online in a platform that has previously restricted access to them (for example, PhiloLogic@NU), you may at any time remove the access restrictions and make this resource available to the public. However, you are not required to do this.
    • You may download the full corpus of EEBO-TCP Phase I files, as produced by the Text Creation Partnership, from Beginning January 1, anyone may “join” the folder on and download the files.
    • Thanks to the efforts of James Cummings, Sebastian Rahtz, Magdalena Turska, and Martin Wynne at the University of Oxford, each of the texts will be available as HTML, ePUB, and TEI P5 XML via the Oxford Text Archive.
  • The week of January 5:
    • When the University of Michigan re-opens from its holiday break, we will open up public access to the EEBO-TCP Phase I texts  on our platform, which makes it possible to do targeted full-text searching across the entire corpus.
    • Keep an eye out for announcements from Michigan Oxford, and ProQuest about this milestone.
  • All the time:
    • It is important to remember that this public release applies only to the electronic texts created by the TCP in its first phase of work. The facsimile page images that go along with each text will still be available only to users who have access to EEBO or the JISC Historical Texts platform.
    • If you are affiliated with an institution that has access to the EEBO database and was an EEBO-TCP Phase I partner, nothing about your EEBO access will change: you will still be able to access the TCP texts via EEBO and search the texts in the same way you have been doing for years.
    • For the time being, the EEBO-TCP Phase II texts are still available only to users at Phase II partner institutions.

More at


Al Magary


[EMLS] New Issue Published

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.517  Wednesday, 24 December 2014


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

Date:         December 23, 2014 at 3:46:32 PM EST

Subject:    [EMLS] New Issue Published


Dear Readers,


A new special issue of Early Modern Literary Studies, entitled ‘Christopher Marlowe: Identities, Traditions, Afterlives’, has now been published and is available to view on the website. As his 450th anniversary year draws to a close, these articles consider Marlowe’s works as responses to his cultural and historical contexts, as well as exploring his continuing resonance into the twenty-first century.


Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

Dr Daniel Cadman

Sheffield Hallam University

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Early Modern Literary Studies

Special Issue 23: Christopher Marlowe: Identities, Traditions, Afterlives


Table of Contents





Daniel Cadman, Andrew Duxfield





‘And thence as far as Archipelago’: Mapping Marlowe’s ‘British shore’

Willy Maley, Patrick Murray


The Modernisation of the Medieval Staging of Soul in Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus

Karol Cooper


Marlowe’s Edward II and ‘The Woful Lamentation of Jane Shore’: Tactical Engagements with Sewers in Late-Elizabethan London

Christopher D Foley


Marlowe’s Amplification of Musaeus in Hero and Leander

Bruce Brandt


Hero and Leander: The Making of an Author

Laetitia Sansonetti


Marlovian Residue in Jonson’s Poetaster

M. L. Stapleton


‘How to muzzle Anthony Burgess’: Re-Staging Marlowe’s Murder in Iain Sinclair and Dave McKean’s Slow Chocolate Autops

Christopher Orchard


The Spectre of the School of Night: Former Scholarly Fictions and the Stuff of Academic Fiction


Lindsay Ann Reid




Early Modern Literary Studies


Shakespeare and the Visual Arts. The Italian Influence

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.511  Tuesday, 23 December 2014


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

Date:         December 19, 2014 at 1:17:41 PM EST

Subject:    Shakespeare and the Visual Arts. The Italian Influence 


Dear SHAKSPER Members,




Call for Papers



The Italian Influence


Edited by

Michele Marrapodi and Keir Elam


Critical investigation into the rubric of “Shakespeare and the visual arts” has generally focused on the influence exerted by the works of Shakespeare on a number of artists, painters, and sculptors in the course of the centuries. Drawing on the poetics of intertextuality, and profiting from the more recent concepts of cultural mobility and permeability between cultures in the early modern period, this volume will study instead the use or mention of Renaissance material arts and artists in Shakespeare’s oeuvre. Among the great variety of possible topics, contributors may like to consider:


- the impact of optics and pictorial perspective on the plays or poems;

- anamorphosis and trompe l’oeil effects on the whole range of visual representation;  

- the rhetoric of “verbal painting” in dramatic and poetic discourse; 

- the actual citation of classical and Renaissance artists;

- the legacy of iconographic topoi;

- the humanistic debate or Paragone of the Sister Arts;

- the use of emblems and emblematic language; 

- explicit and implicit ekphrasis and ekphrastic passages in the plays or poems;

- ekphrastic intertextuality, etc.


Contributors are invited to submit proposals by 28 FEBRUARY 2015 to the addresses of the editors below. They should send a one-page abstract of their proposed chapter on the relationship between the age of Shakespeare and Renaissance visual culture, including theoretical approaches to the arts in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Each abstract (approx. 300 words) should include the author’s name, email, affiliation, and title of the proposed contribution.


Best wishes.


Prof. Michele Marrapodi

University of Palermo, Italy.

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Prof. Keir Elam

University of Bologna, Italy.

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36th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.500  Wednesday, 17 December 2014


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

Date:         December 16, 2014 at 10:42:51 PM EST

Subject:    36th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum


36th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum 

Keene State College 

Keene, NH, USA

Friday and Saturday April 24-25, 2015


Call for Papers and Sessions

“Representation, Adaptation, Recollection”

Keynote speaker: Coppélia Kahn, Professor of English, Brown University  


We are delighted to announce that the 36th Medieval and Renaissance Forum will take place at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire.  This year’s keynote speaker is Coppélia Kahn, Professor of English at Brown University and a pioneer in modern Shakespeare studies.  In her 1981 book Man's Estate: Masculine Identity in Shakespeare, Dr. Kahn was among the first to introduce the question of gender into Shakespeare studies. She is also the author of Roman Shakespeare: Warriors, Wounds, and Women (1997), and the co-editor of Making A Difference: Feminist Literary Criticism (1985). Her current research concerns the range of social practices that make up the commemoration of Shakespeare, perpetuating him as an iconic figure in social memory.


We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that address questions of representation of the self and the Other in the medieval and Early Modern periods or that discuss how the world of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance is re-imagined for the present:


How did medieval and Early Modern individuals understand themselves and their world?  

How did medieval and Early Modern Europeans perceive and represent those living beyond the bounds of Europe? 

How did medieval and Early Modern individuals and groups represent their past? 

How are the Middle Ages and the Renaissance viewed in the modern period?

What function do the medieval and the Early Modern play in contemporary popular culture? 


Papers need not be confined to these themes 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. Meriem Pagès, Director. For more information please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Abstract deadline: Monday January 15, 2015


Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2015


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


Meriem Pagès

Forum Director

Keene State College

Keene NH 03435-1402


2015 Shakespearean Theatre Conference Second CFP

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.499  Tuesday, 16 December 2014


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

Date:         Friday, December 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Subject:    2015 Shakespearean Theatre Conference Second CFP


Stratford Festival

University of Waterloo


Second Call for Papers 

2015 Shakespearean Theatre Conference:

“Language in Text and Performance”


We invite paper, session, and workshop proposals for the inaugural Shakespearean Theatre Conference, to be held June 18-20, 2015, in Stratford, Ontario. All approaches to language in Tudor-Stuart drama are welcome, including those based in the traditional arts of language (grammar, rhetoric, and logic), those based in contemporary theories of language and communication (e.g. public sphere theory, speech pragmatics, speech act theory), and those based in performance (verse speaking, original practices, etc.)


Plenary speakers:        

Joel Altman (University of California, Berkeley)

Antoni Cimolino (Artistic Director, Stratford Festival) 

Russell Jackson (University of Birmingham) 

Lynne Magnusson (University of Toronto)


Plenary panel: 

Lynn Enterline (Vanderbilt University)

Michael MacDonald (University of Waterloo)

Russ McDonald (Goldsmiths, University of London)


The conference is a joint venture of the University of Waterloo and the Stratford Festival, and will bring together scholars and practitioners to talk about how performance influences scholarship and vice versa. Paper sessions will be held at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford campus, with plays and special events hosted by the Stratford Festival. Conference goers will have the opportunity to attend performances of Hamlet, Pericles, The Taming of the Shrew, and She Stoops to Conquer.


For updated information, visit


By January 31, 2015, please send proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Andrea Gammon

Director of Education

Stratford Festival     

Kenneth J.E. Graham

Department of English

University of Waterloo

Alysia Kolentsis

Department of English

St. Jerome's University


New Shakespeare Blog

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.496  Thursday, 11 December 2014


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

Date:         December 9, 2014 at 2:31:21 PM EST

Subject:    New Shakespeare Blog


I am currently writing a Shakespeare in Theatre related blog for a site called that’s recently spun off from another blog site. I write about both interesting tidbits of Shakespeare along with issues that a theatre or actors encounter in presenting Shakespeare. 


Jon Ciccarelli 


The Shakespeare Herald

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.495  Thursday, 11 December 2014


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

Date:         Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Subject:    The Shakespeare Herald--ISE



The Shakespeare Herald

December 2014


Looking backward, and ahead


The close of the year is traditionally the time for looking back, and the new year for looking forward. Indeed, January is named after the god Janus, who was traditionally figured with two heads, one looking to the past, one to the future.


This issue of The Shakespeare Herald focuses mainly on the future but it also discusses the importance of the past by exploring  some challenges that face the creators of digital content, in ensuring that it is stable and effectively archived. The past is also well represented in the news, as we learn of the discovery of an especially interesting copy of that foundational publication for Shakespeareans, the First Folio (1623).


The future looks rosy indeed, as we welcome four distinguished scholars to our team of editors. Drs. Kate McPherson and Kate Moncrief will be spearheading the creation of a new version of our much-visited section of the site on Shakespeare’s Life and Times, and Dr. Kevin Quarmby will assume editorship of the ISE Chronicle—a hub for reviews of current productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Music was a popular component of early drama; we are recognizing its importance in the appointment of Dr. Paul Faber as our first Music Editor. You will also find some entertaining pieces on the omnipresence of Shakespeare in our culture, as we highlight some moments when he, and his works, made news.


The future of the ISE as a scholarly, open-access website depends on our Friends of the ISE — those libraries that are contributing to the development of an enduring endowment to ensure continued funding for the development and maintenance of our site. If you are already among our growing list of Friends, we thank you deeply. If you have not yet supported the site, please take a moment to follow some of the links below, and to visit the section of the site that explains the added research tools that our Friends can employ as they visit the site.


Check out all this, and more, on our website.


• Ruminating on time and the need for archives: a word from the Coordinating Editor


• Top scholars to revise the Life and Times section of the site


• Kevin Quarmby takes the helm at the ISE Chronicle


• Welcome to our regional editors


• Introducing Paul Faber, ISE Music Editor



• Shakespeare in the news:

• The discovery of a copy of the 1623 First Folio


• Shakespeare sparks flash mob


• An online Magna Carta?


• New plays to which Shakespeare may have contributed

• To weep or not to weep


• Shakespeare on film


• Shakespeare tweeteth



The Internet Shakespeare Editions is supported by the University of Victoria, the University of Victoria Libraries, Friends of the ISE, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.



Shakespeare Studies XLII

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.493  Thursday, 11 December 2014


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

Date:         December 10, 2014 at 4:21:34 PM EST

Subject:    Shakespeare Studies XLII


Fairleigh Dickinson University Press announces the publication of Shakespeare Studies XLII, edited by James R. Siemon and Diana E. Henderson. The issue contains a Forum on Diet and Identity, three articles, two review-articles, and thirteen book reviews. 


Forum: Diet and Identity in Shakespeare’s England


Introduction, by Kimberly Ann Coles and Gitanjali Shahani


Robert Appelbaum,  “’Lawful as Eating’: Art, Life, and Magic in The Winter’s Tale.” 


Rebecca Laroche and Jennifer Monroe . “On a Bank of Rue: Or Material Ecofeminist Inquiry and the Garden of Richard II. 


Hillary Eklund, “Revolting Diets: Jack Cade’s “Sallet” and the Politics of Hunger in 2 Henry VI. 


Ken Albala . “Shakespeare’s Culinary Metaphors: A practical Approach,” 


Joan Fitzpatrick . “Diet and Identity in Early Modern Diataries and Shakespeare: The Inflections of Nationality, Gender, Social Rank, and Age.” 


Diane Purkiss .  “The Masque of Food: Staging and Banqueting in Shakespeare’s England.” 


Barbara Sebek . “’More natural to the nation’: Situating Shakespeare in the ‘Quarelle de Canary.’” 


Gitanjali Shahani. “The Spicèd Indian Air in Early Modern England,” 





Musa Gurnis, “’Most Ignorant of What He’s Most Assured’: The Hermeneutics of Predestination in Measure for Measure. 


Leah S. Marcus, “Anti-Conquest and As You Like It.” 


Edward Pechter.  “Character Criticism, the Cognitive Turn, and the Problem of Shakespeare Studies.” 



Review Articles


David J. Baker.  “Cash or Credit?”  


Karen L. Edwards. “Playing Their Parts: The Stake and Stakeholding Animals.” 



Book Reviews


Jean E. Feerick, Strangers in Blood: Relocating Race in the Renaissance.  Patricia Akhimie


Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr., Sleep, Romance, and human Embodiment: Vitality from Spenser to Milton.  Joseph Campana


Ronda Arab, Manly Mechanicals on the Early Modern English Stage. Mark Albert Johnston


Joseph M. Ortiz, Broken Harmony: Shakespeare and the Politics of Music. Katherine R. Larson


Christopher Martin, Constituting Old age in Early Modern English Literature from Queen Elizabeth to King Lear.  Naomi Conn Liebler


Katharine Eisaman Maus, Being and Having in Shakespeare. Sandra Logan


Rapael Lyne, Shakespeare, Rhetoric and Cognition. Jenny C. Mann

Amy L. Tigner, literature and the Renaissance Garden from Elizabeth I to Charles II: England’s Paradise. Vin Nardizzi


Roland Green, Five Words: Critical Semantics in the age of Shakespeare and Cervantes. Karen Newman


Sarah Beckwith, Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness. Matthew J. Smith


Sujata Iyengar, Shakespeare’s Medical Language: A Dictionary. Barbara H. Traister


Gary Waller, The Virgin Mary in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Literature.  Susan Zimmerman


Will Stockton, Playing Dirty: Sexuality and waste in Early Modern Comedy. Adam Zucker.



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