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Seminar on Coriolanus at Shakespeare Theatre in DC

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0180  Tuesday, 16 April 2013

 

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

Date:         April 16, 2013 10:22:14 AM EDT

Subject:     Sunday, April 28 Seminar on Coriolanus at Shakespeare Theatre in DC

 

The program has just been announced for the Sunday, April 28 seminar, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be on their current two plays, Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and Schiller’s Wallenstein. Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky adapted Schiller’s play, and will speak at the seminar. 

 

Other speakers will include the theater’s Artistic Director, Michael Kahn; Alan Cheuse of George Mason University, who reviews books for NPR; and Howard University’s Norman Sandridge, Associate Professor of Classics and expert on leadership in the ancient world. 

 

Since Coriolanus’s assertive mother compares herself to a “poor hen,” I’ll be talking about “A Psychoanalytic Perspective on the Character  of Coriolanus: The ‘Hen’ is Mightier than the Sword.”

 

Details: http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/events/details.aspx?id=294&source=l

 

Richard Waugaman

 
 
Shakespeare Symposium in Sydney

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0179  Tuesday, 16 April 2013

 

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

Date:         April 15, 2013 8:36:09 PM EDT

Subject:     Shakespeare Symposium in Sydney

 

Shakespeare, 1916 and Antipodal Memory

 

Monday 22, Tuesday 23 April 2013

Dixon Room, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW

Co-hosted by King’s College London, the University of Western Australia, and the State Library of NSW

 

With the planning already underway for the commemorations that will inevitably mark the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016, now is the time to look back to the Tercentenary of 1916, and to reflect on the roles both of Shakespeare and of commemorative practice in global culture over a century. This symposium addresses critical questions that arise from reflection on the Tercentenary: how was Shakespeare ‘remembered’ in opposite hemispheres in 1916? What were the irreversible effects of war on Shakespeare commemoration? How was heritage constructed, fabricated or supplanted by acts and objects of memorialisation or commemoration of Shakespeare, in the wake of the Tercentenary? What is the politics of such ‘remembering’? 

 

Focussing on comparing events, debates, outcomes and contexts of Shakespeare’s Tercentenary in Great Britain and Ireland with those of Australia and New Zealand, this symposium will provide antipodal readings of the need in people to commemorate Shakespeare, as a means to establishing their own sense of identity.

 

Tickets are available for the full symposium, or for the opening lecture by Prof. Gordon McMullan, “Shakespeare for a Digital World”.

 

Please see the library website for details:  http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/events_talks/events/shakespeare_symposium.html

 
 
Trailer for Romeo & Juliet

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0175  Monday, 15 April 2013

 

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

Date:         Monday, April 15, 2013

Subject:     Trailer for Romeo & Juliet

 

[Editor’s Note: This link is courtesy of Mike Jensen by way of Jeff Kahan. –Hardy] 

 

It is no surprise that this film missed its February US release date. We finally have a trailer. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Y_mdm6SafPM

 

All the best, 

Mike Jensen 

 
 
CFP Shakespeare Anniversary, Paris

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0174  Monday, 15 April 2013

 

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

Date:         April 14, 2013 6:38:09 AM EDT

Subject:     CFP Shakespeare Anniversary, Paris

 

Panel 22: Shakespeare and Slavic Countries

 

Call for papers

 

Panel moderator: Michelle Assay (Université Paris-Sorbonne and University of Sheffield)

 

‘The Slavs’ great capacity for hero worship, particularly for the man of intellect, has given Shakespeare as high a place in their estimation as we would give a military hero returning from a victory’ (Cyril Bryner, 1941).

‘Shakespeare. Change his name into a mountain, and it will surpass the Himalayas . . . Before his appearance the world was incomplete’ (Sándor Petőfi, 1947).

 

This panel will study Shakespeare’s adoption and adaptation within the countries of Eastern and East-Central Europe, including those comprising the former USSR. Angles such as the historic, cultural, political, theatrical, and translation studies will be considered.

 

Shakespeare’s journey in Eastern Europe goes as far back as tours of English comedians during his lifetime and soon after his death to the court of Zygmunt III of Poland. The 18th century saw the first attempts at appropriating and adapting his work in the Russian language, with Sumarokov’s first quasi-translation of Hamlet. The age of National movements in European cultural and political life continued well into the 19th century, as did admiration for Shakespeare. In Russia of the Romantic era, Shakespeare and Byron were two major sources of inspiration for poets, artists and composers. Tchaikovsky dreamt of composing an opera based on Hamlet, but he found the Danish Prince’s irony untranslatable into music. However, he did not shrink from composing incidental music and symphonic pieces based on Shakespeare’s plays. Apart from productions, translations, and adaptations, studies and analysis of Shakespeare’s plays began to appear. The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and the arrival of Socialist doctrines brought more overtly political shades into Shakespeare productions, along with experimental interpretations especially during the avant-garde 20s and early 30s. Wartime Shakespeare took various shapes and colours to fit the purposes and morale of the various nations - for example, certain more introspective plays such as Hamlet were absent from most Soviet stages. The Thaw saw two great cinema adaptations of Shakespeare by Grigori Kozintsev, as well as many key Shakespeare studies, such as Jan Kott’s, Shakespeare our contemporary (1964).

 

Discussion topics for the panel include but are not limited to:

  • History of Shakespeare translations into Slavic languages
  • Shakespeare stage productions in the Eastern Bloc
  • Shakespeare and the Soviet Union
  • Shakespeare and Russian/Soviet music
  • Shakespeare and cinema in the Eastern Bloc
  • Shakespeare studies in Slavic countries

Please submit abstracts (200-300 words) and brief biography (c.150 words) including your affiliation by 1 August 2013 to the panel convenors: Michelle Assay ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Professor David Fanning ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).
 

 

Michelle Assay

Université Paris Sorbonne, University of Sheffield

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A Busy April for Shakespeare

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0173  Monday, 15 April 2013

 

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

Date:         April 13, 2013 3:58:20 PM EDT

Subject:     A Busy April for Shakespeare

 

A Busy April for Shakespeare

 

As we approach Shakespeare’s 449th birthday, those of us who have the good fortune to be in New York this month will enjoy several opportunities to mark another Bardic milestone.

 

One is a series of free programs at the Stephen A. Schwatzman Building (Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street) of the NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY. These events are scheduled for Monday, April 15, through Saturday, April 20, at 1:15 p.m. in the South Court Auditorium. J. K. Fowler will offer “Reflections and Refractions on the Schizophrenic Nomadism of Hamlet.” John Reed will discuss “La Pucelle, or Joan of Arc: A History by William Shakespeare. Several teenage finalists from the English-Speaking Union’s New York Shakespeare Competition will deliver monologues and sonnets. James P. Bednarz will argue that “The Phoenix and Turtle” is “Shakespeare ‘Lost’ Masterpiece.” Melinda Hall will make the case for “Direct Address in Shakespeare’s Plays.” And several poets – Heather Dubrow, Roger Sederat, Tom Sleigh, Lee Upton, and B. J. Ward – will bring contemporary perspectives to Shakespeare and his work. For details about these presentations, contact Jay Barksdale at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Another is a SHAKESPEARE SONNET SLAM to take place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the NAUMBURG BANDSHELL IN CENTRAL PARK. Produced by Melinda Hall of Willful Pictures, and supported in part by a generous grant from Sharen Benenson and the Vesper Foundation, this gathering will feature 154 volunteers, each of whom will recite one of those poetic jewels. Among the performers this year will be Michael Urie of TV’s Ugly Betty and Tony Torn of Broadway’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Past participants have included such actors as Stacy Keach, Jay O. Sanders, and Gabriel Rush. Former New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe has joined in during past festivities, and so has Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who issued a proclamation last year declaring April 23 “Sonnet Slam Day” in all five of the city’s boroughs. For more information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

In addition to these activities, the Shakespeare Guild is pleased to announce four upcoming events, among them two Shakespeare’s Birthday programs for April 21-22. For further information about these and other Guild offerings, please visit www.shakesguild.org and browse the Current Events page. To reserve for any gatherings other than the one scheduled for April 21, simply e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Tina Packer Presents ‘Women of Will’

 

Sunday, April 21, at 3:00 p.m.

The Gym at Hudson, 243 Thompson Street

Washington Square South

Discounted Tickets at $40

 

Part master-class, part performance, all magical: these are among the descriptions that audiences and reviewers alike have used to convey their enthusiasm for WOMEN OF WILL, a scintillating, thematically rich presentation devised by and starring TINA PACKER. A playwright, actor, and director who founded Shakespeare & Company, Ms. Packer has long presided over an institution that presents the world’s most enduring classics in a Berkshires setting that serves as one of today’s most influential incubators of theatrical talent. In partnership with NIGEL GORE, a performer who has earned plaudits in a wide range of stellar roles, Ms. Packer offers playgoers a special Shakespeare’s Birthday matinee that will be followed by a lively conversation with the Shakespeare Guild’s John Andrews. To obtain tickets at a steeply discounted rate, simply call 212-352-3101 or visit www.womenofwill.com and cite Women as the code you use to place your order.

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Susannah Carson on ‘Living with Shakespeare’

 

Monday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m.

National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

Reservations Advised

 

“There is no God but God, and his name is William Shakespeare.” So asserts Harold Bloom in his foreword to LIVING WITH SHAKESPEARE, a new anthology by SUSANNAH CARSON. A Yale-educated writer who now lives in London, Ms. Carson has compiled observations and personal reminiscences by more than three dozen luminaries, among them authors Isabel Allende, Margaret Drabble, Joyce Carol Oates, and Jane Smiley, filmmakers Ralph Fiennes and Julie Taymor, and actors F. Murray Abraham, Brian Cox, James Earl Jones, Ben Kingsley, Anthony Sher, and Harriet Walter. What these and other contributors share is a conviction that “we live in Shakespeare’s world,” an environment that has been “fine-tuned for us” by a poet whose vision is so potent “that it’s difficult to conceive who we would be” if he’d never existed. Published in time to mark the 449th celebration of Shakespeare’s birth, Ms. Carson’s book will be on display, and she’ll be happy to inscribe copies for those who wish to purchase them.

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A Conversation with Director Jesse Berger

 

Wednesday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m.

National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

Reservations Advised

 

As founding artistic director of Red Bull Theater, a company that performs at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in the West Village and draws its name from a London playhouse that was created around 1600, JESSE BERGER has adapted and produced such Jacobean mainstays as Edward II, Pericles, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Volpone, The Witch of Edmonton, and Women Beware Women. His scripts for two of these classics have been published by Dramatists Play Service. Mr. Berger has worked with such actors as F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Ashley, Michael Learned, Kelly McGillis, and Patrick Stewart, and his efforts have taken him to such prestigious settings as the Denver Theatre Center, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, Shakespeare’s Globe in London, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington. He has taught at the American Academy of Dramatic Art, the Juilliard School of Drama, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting. During his time in the Nation’s Capital, he won a Helen Hayes Award for his direction of Marat/Sade.

 
 
The Road to the Globe

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0169  Friday, 12 April 2013

 

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

Date:         April 12, 2013 6:34:19 AM EDT

Subject:     The Road to the Globe

 

This is a trailer for a documentary following a Maori theatre troupe opening the Shakespeare Festival in London with a version of Troilus & Cressida in te reo Maori- their language...

 

http://vimeo.com/m/63799760

 

Alexander Behse, Producer

Monsoon Pictures International* Ltd. / *Zeitgeist Productions* Ltd.

109 Cook St, Lvl 2

Freemansbay, Auckland CBD

New Zealand 1010

 
Historic Shakespeare Engravings For Sale

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0168  Friday, 12 April 2013

 

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

Date:         April 11, 2013 8:18:31 PM EDT

Subject:     Historic Shakespeare Engravings For Sale

 

I am the authorized sales representative for the Messenger Art Collection, an iconic, 100-year-old art collection which was acquired by a new owner in June 2010.

 

The artwork in the collection was originally acquired for use in advertising and promotion 1940-1960, and now selected works are being made available for sale.  An eclectic mix of more than 5,000 works of art comprise this collection - historic paintings and engravings, pinups, wildlife, biblical works and illustrations.  Samples of this massive collection are available for viewing: www.messengerartcollection.com.

 

The Shakespeare Portfolio (please see attached pdf) is a stunning collection published by John Boydell in London 1791-1802.  The renowned engraver-publisher and gallery owner conceived of this collection in 1786.  He issued many prints of all kinds—topography, history, and reproductions of old masters — but his greatest undertaking was the Shakespeare Gallery, which is exquisite.   

 

We are pleased to offer a collection of 32 original engravings from the 18th Century.  An online presentation may be viewed at: www.messengerartcollection.com.  The attached pdf contains details about these artworks and the history of the collection.  I would be pleased to provide pricing and answer questions that you may have and I would be happy to arrange for a private viewing at the collection’s headquarters in Santa Fe, New Mexico should this be of interest.  Thank you, I look forward to your response.

 

Sincerely,

Joyce R. Wetzel, President

Jozel, LLC

5448 S. Marigold Way

Gilbert, AZ 85298 U.S.A.

Telephone/Fax No. 00+1-480-840-3114

Cell No. 480-266-1028

E-Mail:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Authorized Sales Consultant for Silver State Fine Art, LLC - www.messengerartcollection.com

 

32 Boydell Shakespeare Engravings for Sale: icon Boydell Shakespeare Engravings

 
 
Access to Early European Books

 

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

 
 
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