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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0167  Friday, 12 April 2013

 

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

Date:         April 12, 2013 10:18:47 AM EDT

Subject:     Access to Early European Books

 

ProQuest’s Early European Books is offering a free trial access through April 22.

 

Access can be found at http://earlymodernonlinebib.wordpress.com.

 

Free trial to ProQuest’s Early European Books now available

 

ProQuest is pleased to offer a free open trial to Early European Books to EMOB readers – hurry, access ends Monday 22nd April, 2013

 

Every day in universities worldwide, early modern scholars turn to ProQuest’s Early English Books Online as the definitive source of incunabula and early printed works in English. But EEBO, of course, provides only a partial view of intellectual life in early-modern Europe. In fact it contains only 4% of the continent’s printed output of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. What of intellectual life beyond the British Isles?

 

Users of EEBO can now internationalize their research through ProQuest’s acclaimed new companion resource Early European Books.

 

Through the highest quality digital reproductions of thousands of printed works by important writers and thinkers working in continental Europe pre-1700, Early European Books gives researchers an international overview of early print culture during this vibrant period of history.

 

Over four million pages have already been scanned in high-resolution colour, including images of all pages, bindings and page-edges, allowing for a detailed examination of each book’s history and provenance. All volumes are digitized on-site at participating libraries, which to date include Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, Bibliothèque nationale de France (from June 2013), Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, and Wellcome Library, London. These digital scans have been gathered in a bespoke platform with search capabilities tailored to the needs of the specialist early modern researcher to provide the most detailed tool for early printed sources available.

 

ProQuest is delighted to offer EMOB users a free open trial of Early European Books until Monday 22nd April, 2013

 

Click here to access the Early European Books Open Trial: http://eeb.chadwyck.co.uk/?instit1=T147235&instit2=LO487ELKJG

 

Want more time to explore the resource? University-based members can also contact their librarian to arrange a 30 day institutional trial.  For queries about this trial, or to share post-trial feedback about your experience of using Early European Books please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Posted in Bibliography, Early English Books (EEB), EEBO

 

Anna Battigelli

Professor of English

SUNY Plattsburgh

 
 
BSA Sixth Biennial Conference

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0153  Friday, 5 April 2013

 

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

Date:         Friday, April 5, 2013

Subject:     BSA Sixth Biennial Conference

 

The British Shakespeare Association is delighted to announce its Sixth Biennial Conference: 

 

Shakespeare: Text, Power, Authority

University of Stirling

3-6 July, 2014

 

A full Call for Papers and details of the conference website (which will include registration and all other pertinent information) will follow in due course, but we would like to invite all members to ‘save the date’ and join us in Scotland.
 

 

CONFERENCE ABSTRACT AND KEYNOTES

 

In the four hundred and fiftieth year of Shakespeare’s birth, this conference seeks to explore questions of authority for Shakespeare, in Shakespeare, and about Shakespeare. It aims to investigate the relationship between text, power, and authority in the writing of Shakespeare and writing about Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s works ask us repeatedly to think about what constitutes authority, about where authority lies, and about the performance of authority. Papers and panels will therefore address these questions. Topics to be discussed might include, but are not limited to, biblical and classical authorities, monarchy and sovereignty, and the representation and performance of power. Shakespeare’s works have also themselves repeatedly been used as authority, and we therefore also welcome contributions that explore some of the different ways in which his plays and poems have been deployed in various times and places. How is Shakespeare used in schools? What is his relationship to discussions about national identity? In the year of the referendum on Scottish independence, we particularly welcome contributions that explore ‘Scottish Shakespeare(s)’. Shakespeare’s works also force us to think about textual authority. What is textual authority? What makes one text more authoritative than another? What role does copyright play here? How have ideas of textual authority changed over time?

 

The conference programme will include lectures, papers, workshops, seminars, performances, and excursions to local attractions, including the seventeenth-century Library of Innerpeffray and Stirling Castle. There will also be special workshops and sessions directed at local schools. Taking advantage of Stirling’s beautiful landscaped campus, a highlight of the programme will be an outdoor performance of a play by Shakespeare by the Glaswegian theatre company Bard in the Botanics. Confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Margreta de Grazia (University of Pennsylvania), Professor Andrew Murphy (University of St Andrews), Professor John Drakakis (University of Stirling), Dr Colin Burrow (University of Oxford), and Dr Michael Bogdanov (Associate Director of the Royal National Theatre, co-founder of the English Shakespeare Company, and founder of The Wales Theatre Company).

 
 
CFP: Places and Non-Places of English

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0146  Thursday, 4 April 2013

 

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

Date:         March 30, 2013 5:54:25 AM EDT

Subject:     CFP: Places and Non-Places of English

 

Shakespeareans may wish to be aware of the upcoming 12th Nordic Conference of English Studies to be held at Uppsala University, Sweden, 10 - 13 October, 2013.

 

Our theme for this conference is ‘Places and Non-Places of English’. The plenary speakers are Jorie Graham, Harvard University; Andrew Hadfield, Sussex University (an early modernist known to many of you); Marianne Hundt, University of Zurich: and Bruce Robbins, Columbia University.

 

It would be good to have at least one strong panel on Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, especially with regard to our theme. The deadline is being extended one last time.

 

For more information, go to http://www-conference.slu.se/naes2013/index.htm

 

Cheers to all,

Robert Appelbaum

Professor of English Literature

Department of English

Uppsala University

www.robertappelbaum.com/Robert.html

 
“Transformative Literacies” - A Conference at The University of Maryland

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0145  Thursday, 4 April 2013

 

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

Date:         Wednesday, April 3, 2013 12:36 PM

Subject:     “Transformative Literacies” - A Conference at The University of Maryland

 

 The Graduate Field Committee in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Maryland will be holding an interdisciplinary symposium on the theme of “Transformative Literacies” on April 19th-20th, 2013, at the University of Maryland, College Park.

 

The two-day symposium aims to foster insightful and vigorous conversation on this topic through an innovative format that includes paper panels, plenary sessions, and lectures.  

 

The keynote speakers will include Dr. Jonathan Hsy, Assistant Professor of English at George Washington University, and Dr. Amy Landau, Associate Curator of Islamic Art and Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum.  

 

For more information, please see the attached flyer and visit the symposium’s website at: http://umdmem13.weebly.com/.

 

Download “Transformative Literacies” Flyer here: icon Flyer Transformative Literacies Symposium

 
 
Shakespeare at Notre Dame 2013 Shakespeare Festival

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0144  Thursday, 4 April 2013

 

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

Date:         April 3, 2013 2:43:19 PM EDT

Subject:     Shakespeare at Notre Dame 2013 Shakespeare Festival

 

Shakespeare at Notre Dame Announces

2013 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival

 

Notre Dame – Shakespeare at Notre Dame has announced the 2013 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF), running July 20 through September 20, 2013. The Festival is highlighted by the Professional Company’s production of Richard III, directed by Laura Gordon. The Young Company will present The Comedy of Errors at outdoor spaces throughout the Michiana region. The Festival opens with performances of ShakeScenes at historic Washington Hall on July 20 & 21, 2013. For the first time this year, Actors From The London Stage will be included as part of the festival. AFTLS will present Othello from September 18-20, 2013.

 

William Shakespeare’s blazingly entertaining portrayal of England’s most famous villain, a twisted and ruthless monarch. The recent discovery of King Richard’s remains by archeologists means there is no better time to see why the “winter of our discontent” turns into a “glorious summer” at the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. Michael Gotch will play the title character, and in a play with some of Shakespeare’s strongest women’s roles, a trio of the finest actors from Chicago - Barbara Robertson as Queen Margaret, Elizabeth Ledo as Lady Anne and Maureen Gallagher as the Dutchess of York will headline the cast.  Richard III will be presented August 20 through September 1 at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $10 - $75 and go on sale through the DeBartolo Box Office on April 26,2013. This year, children ages 6 – 17 are free with paid adult tickets.

  

Kevin Asselin returns to direct the Young Company’s production of The Comedy of Errors. The play will be performed free of charge in communities throughout Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan. The Young Company is comprised of students from the University of Notre Dame, St. Mary’s College, and other colleges and universities from across the country. The “tour” begins Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 7 pm at the Lincoln Township Public Library in Stevensville, Michigan. Other performances include:

  • Saturday, July 27, 7 pm – Potawatomi Park Pavilion, South Bend, Indiana
  • Sunday, July 28, 7 pm – Centennial Park, Plymouth, Indiana
  • Saturday, August 3, 6:30 pm – Dewey Cannon Park, Three Oaks, Michigan 
  • Saturday, August 4, 7 pm – Battell Park, Mishawaka, Indiana
  • Saturday, August 10, 7 pm – Wellfield Botanic Garden, Elkhart, Indiana
  • Sunday, August 11, 6:30 pm (Central Time) –Centennial Park, Munster, Indiana
  • Monday, August 26, 7 pm – ND Main Building, Notre Dame, Indiana

Over the course of one weekend, dozens of actors from throughout the community take to the stage in ShakeScenes at Washington Hall. Two different performances, each offering a series of 10-minute scenes, comprise this free event. Performances are at 2 pm on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 at Washington Hall on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

 

Shakespeare has no greater hero than Othello, from which lofty height—no character has further to fall.  Set in Venice and Cyprus, Othello is a moving, sexy and ultimately tragic tale of betrayal and vengeance.  Five actors from London’s greatest stages take on Shakespeare’s heartrending, sexy and ultimately tragic tale of Othello, September 18-20 at Washington Hall.

 

Begun in 2000, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival is part of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, a program of the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival produces professional productions of William Shakespeare’s plays that involve Equity actors and world-class directors and designers.

 

Tickets for the entire festival will go on sale April 26, 2013 at Noon at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Ticket office, by phone at 574-631-2800, and on the web at shakespeare.nd.edu.

 

Chuck Gessert

Audience Development Manager

Shakespeare at Notre Dame

230 DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Notre Dame, IN  46556

574-631-3777

shakespeare.nd.edu

http://blogs.nd.edu/shakespeare/

 
 
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Global Shakespeares

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0143  Thursday, 4 April 2013

 

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

Date:         Monday, April 1, 2013 11:54 PM

Subject:     CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Global Shakespeares

 

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION! 

 

Global Shakespeares, An Open-Access Digital Video Archive

 

http://globalshakespeares.org

 

Co-founded and co-edited by Peter Donaldson and Alexander Huang 

 

Global Shakespeares is a free, open access collection of performance videos from around the world. We invite you to participate by using this archive in your teaching and research, and by contributing information and visual materials to the archive. Here you can find: 

  • A Brazilian street theatre version of Romeo and Juliet - on stilts
  • A Chinese opera King Lear in which one actor plays Lear and his daughters
  • A Japanese Hamlet who sits motionless on stage. Mechanical dolls enact his thoughts. 

These are some of the innovative ideas in the current wave of breakthrough international productions made available through Global Shakespeares, a large and growing collection of videos from the Arab world, North America, the U.K., Western and Eastern Europe, the Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, India, East Asia, Mexico, Brazil, and Latin America. 

 

Online learning modules: http://globalshakespeares.mit.edu/modules/

 

Contributors are encouraged to interpret this invitation geographically, historically, and culturally, including:

  • Summaries of significant Shakespeare productions from all over the world
  • Videos of performances of Shakespeare’s plays, with or without English subtitles
  • Annotations and metadata
  • Translations
  • Performance Reviews
  • Interviews with directors and actors
  • Scripts of Shakespeare adaptations
  • Bibliographies

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Download a “Global Shakespeares” Flyer here:  icon Flyer Global Shakespeares

 
 
Call for Participation: ISE English-Language Performances

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0142  Thursday, 4 April 2013

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

Date:         Monday, April 1, 2013 11:54 PM

Subject:     Call for Participation: ISE English-Language Performances

 

 CALL FOR PARTICIPATION! 

 

Internet Shakespeare Editions: English-Language Performances

Digital Shakespeare on Stage

 

http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Theater/

 

Help us create an enduring digital monument to Shakespeare and the artists who keep his works alive today. Spread the word about your own work around the world.

 

-- An Invitation -- 

 

Would you like to enjoy some free publicity on a website visited by hundreds of thousands each month? Join the ISE to enter information about your upcoming shows directly into our database.

  • Once in our database, your productions will appear on our Shakespeare Calendar, a section of the site where visitors search for productions near and far.
  • As the opening date approaches, your production will be featured in the “Shakespeare on Stage” column on every page of our desktop site.
  • Your production will appear in a pull-down menu on the ISE Chronicle.  Your patrons will be able to select your production and enter their reviews.

The performance database is a persuasive advertisement for all participants: directors, actors, and designers.  Each entry includes a link to your URL, directing Internet traffic from around the world to your company.  The ISE site mobilizes information in the richly hyperlinked database throughout the site, where students, scholars, and other theater practitioners will see it.

 

How to join our network of participating theaters:

Send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

 

Our staff will set up a free account giving you access to the database, where you can enter details about your productions—and upload publicity graphics.

 

And there’s a bonus . . . 

 

Starting in April 2013, participating theaters will be able to log in to the main site of the ISE to see an icon that prepares a print-ready view of each page. Directors wanting a reliable text of the Folio, or one of the early Quartos, will be able to select a view that shows a complete play; then print it or copy it from the browser into a word processor for further work. Many of the plays are also available in modern spelling versions.

 

ISE Performance Editor Alexander Huang This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Download the “ISE Performance Digital Shakespeare on the Stage” Flyer here:  icon Flyer ISE Performance Archive

 
 
Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference 2013

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0137  Friday, 29 March 2013

 

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

Date:         March 27, 2013 12:55:10 PM EDT

Subject:     Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference 2013

 

Shakespeare Graduate Conference by the British Institute of Florence

 

 

Thursday 18 April 2013, The Harold Acton Library

 

Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference: The Italian Connection

 

Chairs: Prof. Fernando Cioni (Università degli Studi di Firenze) and Prof. Shaul Bassi (Ca' Foscari University, Venice)

 

The full programme is available at http://www.britishinstitute.it/en/event/414/shakespeare-week-shakespeare-and-his-contemporaries-graduate-conference-2013/.

 

Sofia Novello

The British Institute of Florence

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Global Shakespeares Series

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0132  Tuesday, 26 March 2013

 

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

Date:         March 26, 2013, 10:11:58 AM EDT

Subject:     Global Shakespeares Series 

 

Announcing Global Shakespeares – an exciting new series from Palgrave Pivot

 

Palgrave Macmillan is excited to announce the launch of Global Shakespeares. Edited by Alexander Huang, this series is in the innovative Palgrave Pivot format and aims to explore the global afterlife of Shakespearean drama, poetry, and motifs in its literary, performative, and digital forms in expression in the twentieth- and twenty-first century.

 

Palgrave Pivot: www.palgrave.com/pivot

 

Published within three months of acceptance of the final manuscript, these landmark studies of between 25,000 – 50,000 words will capture global Shakespeares as they evolve.

 

Disseminating big ideas and cutting-edge research in e-book and print formats, and drawing upon open access resources such as the ‘Global Shakespeares’ digital archive, this series marks a significant addition to scholarship in one of the most exciting areas of Shakespeare studies today.

 

Global Shakespeares digital archive: http://globalshakespeares.org/

 

If you are interested in finding out more about the Global Shakespeares series, or in proposing a volume, please contact Alexander Huang at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

www.palgrave.com

 

Kind regards,

Ben Doyle

Commissioning Editor

and

Emma Hedington

Marketing Executive

 
 
New Book Series: Shakespeare and the Stage

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0126  Saturday, 23 March 2013

 

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

Date:         March 23, 2013 11:23:17 AM EDT

Subject:     New Book Series: Shakespeare and the Stage

 

New Book Series: Shakespeare and the Stage

 

Fairleigh Dickinson University Press has established a new Series on Shakespeare and the Stage, devoted to the publication of scholarly works on the theatrical dimensions of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Both individual studies and collections of previously unpublished essays are welcome.  

 

The Series Editors are Peter Kanelos, Valparaiso University ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Matthew Kozusko, Ursinus College ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Proposals should be addressed directly to the editors.

 

Shakespeare and the Stage works across the boundaries that have traditionally structured academic accounts of Shakespeare and performance. The series features both praxis-oriented and theoretical approaches to early modern drama in performance, and the editors encourage submissions treating the broad arc and legacy of Shakespeare, the critical reception of Shakespearean productions, and the afterlife of Shakespeare in the theater. The editors are soliciting proposals and manuscripts in the following areas: 

  •   Early Modern theatrical practice 
  •   Shakespearean performance history
  •   Shakespearean adaptations and appropriations
  •   Stage-centered Shakespearean criticism

The first volume in the series, to appear in 2013, is Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage, and Classroom in Shakespeare and His Colleagues, edited by Kathryn M. Moncrief, Kathryn R. McPherson, and Sarah Enloe. 

 

Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, with editorial offices in Madison, New Jersey, is a co-publishing partner of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Lanham, MD.  For further information, contact the press Director, Harry Keyishian, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
 
Juliet is the Sun

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0117  Wednesday, 20 March 2013

 

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

Date:         March 20, 2013 8:24:50 AM EDT

Subject:     Juliet is the Sun

 

Dear SHAKSPER members,

 

Under the pseudonym Gemma Nishiyama, I have written a novel entitled Juliet is the Sun, about Viola, “shipwrecked” after fleeing the Fukushima nuclear accident for the mountains of Western Japan. Leaving her estranged husband back in the north, and facing an uncertain future, Viola believes her life has been a failure. But the ghost of Shakespeare appears in her life and things dramatically improve. 

 

Saying “my way is to conjure you” (a line from As You Like It) the ghost stages performances for her. Viola thus learns that a mystery, a hidden identity of a mysterious figure who needs to be acknowledged, lies concealed in one of Shakespeare’s plays. She reaches out to a professor of Renaissance philosophy at the local university for some historical background and perspective. Viola’s estranged husband Kazuo, another academic, also gets drawn into the mystery.  

 

Like The DaVinci Code, Juliet is the Sun reveals that a major artwork has been concealing an important secret for centuries—in plain sight! (Indeed, the best secrets are always the ones hiding in plain sight!)

 

As a basic interpretive framework, I have used the original research I published (under my real name) relating to the concept of a cosmic and solar energy-related secret play in Romeo and Juliet. A few other plays (Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Much Ado About Nothing) are also shown in the course of the novel to also be Renaissance puzzle boxes that use this secret (Hermetic) solar structure.

 

The name and philosophical importance (to Shakespeare) of a natural philosopher who was executed in Rome by the Catholic Church for heresy in 1600 is unveiled—and his secret identity as a character hiding in one of Shakespeare’s plays is also revealed.

 

The novel is set in the mountains of Western Japan (where I live), a green, wooded and mysterious place with ghosts, legends, ruined castles, Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. Japanese folkloric spirits, mythic foxes and Shinto mythology (which has a living Sun Goddess) all appear in the novel. Ninjas and Ninjutsu (the art and philosophy of Ninja) play an important role. 

 

Juliet is the Sun spans one year exactly, in tribute to the sun and our earth’s rotation around our nearest and most useful star. There are also many quotes from Shakespeare’s plays used in many ways—as decoration, as dialogue, and as comic counterpoint. Some of Shakespeare’ s famous characters magically appear.

 

The soul of the novel belongs to manga, (Japanese comic books)— episodic, with a light-hearted, popular style, an earnest heroine, a mysterious quest and visitors from supernatural worlds. 

 

One of my goals was to use fiction (instead of non-fiction) to try interpretation, and I aimed for something dramatic, passionate, clandestine, free and zen ~~~ a true adventure. 

 

Finally, Viola’s passion for life and for love is reawakened . . . but should she publish her academic findings or not—that is the question!

 

In addition, there are a few “puzzle boxes” hidden in the text of my novel. (Readers may hunt for these (unmarked) puzzles and solve them, hopefully.)

 

Who knew that Shakespeare could be zen?! 

 

Juliet is the Sun is available now on Amazon as an ebook. 

 

Marianne Kimura

 
 
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