Great New Shakespeare Resource

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.372  Monday, 24 August 2015


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

Date:         August 22, 2015 at 12:29:36 PM EDT

Subject:    Great New Shakespeare Resource


I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Clear Shakespeare, a word-by-word podcast for teachers, students, readers, directors and performers of Shakespeare’s plays.


The first batch includes an hour-long introduction to Shakespeare’s world and theater, as well as the long and complicated path his works took over the last 400 years. It also includes a 9-part breakdown of Hamlet, defining difficult words and syntax, highlight unusual diction and poetic devices, and adding historical and cultural context. New plays will be added in the coming months and years. You can find all those podcasts at


I hope you’ll take the time to listen to and enjoy Clear Shakespeare, and to use it with your classes and theater companies. Please don’t hesitate to write if you have questions or comments on the project.



Akiva Fox




“Doing” Shakespeare: The Plays in the Theater”

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.371  Monday, 24 August 2015


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

Date:         August 23, 2015 at 3:39:26 PM EDT

Subject:    “Doing” Shakespeare: The Plays in the Theater”




“Doing” Shakespeare: The Plays in the Theater” is the topic of the 2015 annual Shakespeare Colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson’s Florham campus on Saturday, October 24, from 9:30-3:30 p.m.  Speaker are professors Donovan Sherman (Seton Hall University), Sidney R. Homan (University of Florida), Cary Mazer (University of Pennsylvania), and Nancy Selleck (UMass Lowell).  


The colloquiums have been organized since 1992 by Harry Keyishian, Professor Emeritus of English at Fairleigh Dickinson University. They are open to the public and free of charge. New Jersey teachers may receive professional development credit for their participation.


Donovan Sherman’s topic is “Timely Knowing: Intimate Reading in Cymbeline.” He will consider the many ways characters in the play mis-read both texts and each other. Sidney R. Homan shares his experiences as a director in his talk, titled “Those Seemingly Simple Moments in Shakespeare That Aren’t Really So Simple.”  Cary Mazer discusses “doubleness” in Shakespeare, when there is a difference between how characters are written and how they are understood by audiences.  In her talk, “Direct Address: Shakespeare’s Audience as Scene Partner,” Nancy Selleck demonstrates what happens when the playwright makes his audience his “scene partner.”  She will be joined by FDU actors Jenna Cormey and Michael Gardiner. 


The Colloquiums are supported by the Columbia University Seminar on Shakespeare, by Fairleigh Dickinson University, and by private donations. 


The event takes place in Room S-11 of the Science Building, which is handicap-accessible. Lunch may be purchased at the school cafeteria. Registration is not required, but is appreciated. You may contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register or for questions, or call 973-433-8711, or write Harry Keyishian, GH2, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison NJ 07940. 


Harry Keyishian


Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

Professor Emeritus, Department of Literature, Language, Writing, and Philosophy 

Fairleigh Dickinson University


Revised CFP for #Bard

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.367  Friday, 21 August 2015


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

Date:         August 20, 2015 at 11:34:54 AM EDT

Subject:    Revised CFP for #Bard


CALL FOR PAPERS: Shakespeare Quarterly Special Issue, Fall 2016

#Bard: Shakespeare and the History of Media

Guest Editor: Douglas M. Lanier, University of New Hampshire


From the printing of play quartos to the development of Shakespeare apps, the history of Shakespeare and the history of media have been intimately entwined in a feedback loop of considerable cultural and technological influence. With the emergence of each new media format, the objects of our study (poet, playwright, playtext, promptbook, screenplay, etc.) morph—sometimes unpredictably—into things both various and new. 


This special issue, guest edited by Shakespeare Quarterly Board Member Douglas Lanier, will investigate the myriad linkages between Shakespeare and the history of media with topics that might include the following: Shakespeare and the future of media; digital Shakespeare; Shakespeare data collection; Shakespeare, media, and the formation of community; Shakespeare and theater/movie/television technology; Shakespeare in 140 characters; Shakespeare and revisionist approaches to media history (post-McLuhan); Shakespeare as “transmedia” artist; autopoietic Shakespeare; Shakespeare and the history of photographic reproduction; Shakespearean mash-ups/samplings/applications.

In order to publish a variety of approaches to the topic, we ask that submitted papers be 7,500 words in length including notes. The deadline for submission is January 1, 2016. Papers selected from those submitted will be published in Shakespeare Quarterly in Fall 2016. Please submit your essay online through Editorial Manager and select “#Bard” from the drop-down menu in the “Article Type” field. We strongly encourage authors to consider incorporating images, audio clips, and video clips in their articles. Should you have this kind of supplemental material, please so indicate in the “Enter Comments” field in Editorial Manager, and we will contact you with additional submission instructions. Please direct questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Jennifer Linhart Wood, Ph.D.

Editorial Associate

Shakespeare Quarterly

Folger Shakespeare Library

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




CFP: Premodern Disorder (a graduate student conference)

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.363  Wednesday, 19 August 2015


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

Date:         Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 8:24 AM

Subject:    CFP: Premodern Disorder (a graduate student conference)


Please share the following announcement widely.



Premodern Disorder


GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute (MEMSI) Grad Student 

Conference at the George Washington University: 

Friday, February 26th, 2016.


Keynote Speakers: Sharon Kinoshita and Drew Daniel


Foucault famously defines order as “that which is given in things as their inner law, the hidden network that determines the way they confront one another, and also that which has no existence except in the grid created by a glance, an examination, a language; and it is only in the blank spaces of this grid that order manifests itself in depth as though already there, waiting in silence for the moment of its expression” (The Order of Things). For Foucault, the great order of the premodern episteme was similitude, equivalence, a God-ordained map that could apply as commensurately to the stars in the sky as to the lives of humans and animals. And yet, were these affinities and similitudes always so readily apparent to medieval and early modern peoples? Did an epistemology of an ordered cosmos police everyday life, make sense of quotidian activity? Or were there disturbances, disruptions, deviations from the ordained that resisted such simple mapping? Has contemporary scholarship excavated slippages in taxonomies and ladders of being, or identified movements across space and time that seem to resist formerly held historical reckonings?


Premodern Disorder seeks to assemble scholarship that examines the ruptures and aporias within a divinely ordered cartography:  failures of taxonomies, outbreaks of disorder, and manifestations of the incomprehensible. How did medieval and early modern people treat objects and bodies that resisted their schemas for classification? In what ways did premodern art respond to questions of transnationalism, provincialism, cross-cultural contact and geopolitics? How did the bourgeois experience commerce when “Capitalism” was only an inchoate specter haunting the rapidly expanding market? What do we make of the transition from medieval dreams of the apocalypse as salvific to Renaissance depictions of the end-of-times as a chaotic furor and the end of all knowledge?


This symposium hopes to showcase papers from graduate students that address the question of disorder in the premodern period. Topics could include: 

  • Affect, emotion, and humoral theory
  • Translation, globalization, and cultural-contact
  • Apocalypse and catastrophe; or premodern ecologies
  • Taxonomies, animality, agentic objects
  • Disability, sickness, monstrosity
  • Economics, politics, and religion
  • Waste and dirt; or cleanliness and the home
  • Reconsiderations of allegory and utopianism
  • The structuring and performance of the academy, then and now

We invite graduate students from all disciplines to present papers approximately 15 minutes in length. We also welcome unconventional presentations that still adhere to the time limit of 15 minutes. Pre-arranged panels or roundtable discussions are also welcome, so long as the panel does not exceed one hour.


If you would like to submit an abstract to Premodern Disorder at the George Washington University, please send an abstract of 300-500 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NO LATER THAN October 15th, 2015. If you would like to suggest a panel, please include abstracts for all participating speakers of the panel. 


For more information, please visit our website:




The Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute of the George Washington University


Hiatus Upcoming

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.359  Monday, 3 August 2015


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

Date:         Monday, August 3, 2015

Subject:    Hiatus Upcoming


Dear SHAKSPER Subscriber,


I leave early Wednesday morning for a retreat at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Massachusetts. I will return by the 17th, so keep submissions coming and I will handle them when I return since I will be without Internet access.





Henry V in Original Pronunciation

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.351  Thursday, 30 July 2015


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

Date:         July 29, 2015 at 8:20:36 PM EDT

Subject:    Henry V in Original Pronunciation


Henry V in Original Pronunciation

Ben Crystal - Passion in Practice

Tuesday, 4 August 2015 at 20:00 - Wednesday, 5 August 2015 at 22:00 (BST)

London, United Kingdom


Henry V - in Original Pronunciation


Fresh from a staged reading at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe; Ben Crystal brings his Passion in Practice Shakespeare Ensemble back to the Loft at Tanner Street.


Join us for the full production performance of Henry V in Original Pronunciation


Performance time: 8 O'Clock - Runtine 2 hours

Watch a 10 minute intro to OP here



Ben Crystal - Passion in Practice


Ben is the artistic director of Passion in Practice and was the co-writer of Shakespeare’s Words (Penguin 2002) and The Shakespeare Miscellany (Penguin 2005) with his father David Crystal. His first solo book, Shakespeare on Toast – Getting a Taste for the Bard (Icon 2008) was shortlisted for the 2010 Educational Writer of the Year Award.



A quartet series for Arden Shakespeare / Bloomsbury - Springboard Shakespeare was published June 2013, You Say Potato: A Book about Accents September 2014, and An Illustrated Dictionary of Shakespeare was published April 2015 with OUP.


The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust - Call for New Trustees

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.346  Tuesday, 28 July 2015


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

Date:         July 27, 2015 at 3:31:22 PM EDT

Subject:    The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust - Call for New Trustees


The British Shakespeare Association

Message from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust inviting applications for new Trustees.


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Would you like to play a major part in Shakespearian history?


The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust based in Stratford-upon-Avon was formed in 1847 following the purchase of Shakespeare’s Birthplace as a national memorial. We are currently looking to appoint new Trustees to our Board.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the charity which promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times, is recruiting Trustees to join a new Board to lead and guide ambitious plans to develop new audiences at home and worldwide. We are looking for volunteers to join the Board which will be appointed later this year ahead of the formal change to governance arrangements, which is expected to be completed in summer 2016.

Governed by an Act of Parliament, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is a registered charity which came into existence as a result of the purchase of Shakespeare’s Birthplace and later the other Shakespeare family homes. Today is cares for world-class collections for the benefit of all and welcomes almost a million visitors a year to its sites and educational programmes including the Shakespeare Week campaign which in 2015 attracted over 7,300 primary schools. At the heart of the world of Shakespeare, the Trust connects people of all ages and backgrounds with the world’s greatest playwright.

In 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Trust will re-open the site of New Place (Shakespeare’s final home) as a landmark heritage attraction.

We are currently looking to appoint new Trustees with the following qualifications, skills and experience:

• Shakespeare Scholarship
• Collections, Conservation and Museums
• Learning and Education
• Fundraising and Development
• Volunteers, People and Human Resources
• Digital Media and IT
• Property Asset Management
• Visitor Attractions

We need strategic thinkers who can apply independent judgement, speak their minds and work effectively on a Board with other Trustees.

The commitment is approximately one day per month and allowable expenses will be met.

To find out more about the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust please visit www . shakespeare . org . uk

To find out more about the role please visit http ://www . hays . co . uk/jobs/sbt/index . htm 


Please apply by sending your CV and a covering letter to explain your interest in joining the Trust to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


However, if you would prefer a confidential conversation before applying please call John Lavictoire on 01212368982. 


CFP: The Early Modern Line: A Symposium

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.345  Tuesday, 28 July 2015


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

Date:         July 27, 2015 at 12:38:36 PM EDT

Subject:    CFP: The Early Modern Line: A Symposium


CFP: The Early Modern Line: A Symposium


The Early Modern Line: A Symposium

Friday 18th September 2015 – Brotherton Library, University of Leeds


The Early Modern Lines Research Network is hosting a discursive symposium with keynote presentations from Dr Matthew Eddy (Durham University), Matthias Garn, Master Mason, and carver Kibby Schaefer, alongside an exhibition of items from the Library’s Special Collections.


We invite proposals for 10-minute lightning papers on any topic considering the ‘early modern line’, conceived of in the broadest possible sense. Papers should be designed to provoke discussion, raise problems, puzzle out ideas and ask questions rather than provide answers, and should present work in progress rather than polished research.


Abstracts should be 150–200 words, outlining some of the main points you wish to discuss. Please email them – or any queries you might have – to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 10th August 2015. Travel bursaries, generously provided by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities, are available to all postgraduate students attending the symposium. Please indicate in your email if you would like to be considered for a bursary.


Topics for papers might include, but are not limited to:


  • Lines as organisational technologies; e.g. tables, diagrams and brackets
  • The importance of the line in scientific, philosophical and mathematical disciplines
  • Architectural and artistic lines
  • Poetic lines
  • Framing devices in early modern books
  • Conceptual, metaphorical or figural lines
  • Genealogical lines
  • The line in three dimensions
  • Cartography, trade and travel routes
  • The line in military strategy
  • Chronological lines and histories
  • Decorative lines and pattern
  • Folds, cuts, tears and creases
  • Typography
  • Plotlines
  • Weaving, stitching and knitting
  • Lines of influence
  • Applying modern theories to early modern lines

The International Christopher Marlowe

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.342  Monday, 27 July 2015


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

Date:         July 24, 2015 at 6:08:06 PM EDT

Subject:    The International Christopher Marlowe




We are very excited to announce our provisional conference programme. All speakers, panels, and paper titles are still subject to change. Registration for the event is now open; click here for more details.



University of Exeter, 7th – 8th September 2015





9.15-10.00        Registration, coffee


10.00-10.15       Edward Paleit (Exeter), Welcome


10.15-12.00     Session 1: Marlowe’s Tamburlaine and the East


Simon May (Oxford), ‘Marlowe’s Tamburlaine: Ambiguity and the Near East’


Chloe Houston (Reading), ‘Valiant Tamburlaine, the man of fame’: gender, Persia and romance in Tamburlaine

Professor Matthew Dimmock (Sussex), ‘Tamburlaine’s Material Worlds’


12.00-12.45     Lunch


12.45-14.00     Provocation and Subversion in Marlowe


Professor Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam), ‘Marlowe’s Provocative Play Names’


Vincenzo Pasquarella, ‘Italian Masks/Italianate Devils: The Metamorphic Deceptions in Marlowe’s Edward II


14.00-14.15     Coffee Break


14.15-15.45     Session 3: Marlowe’s International Perspectives


Chloe Preedy (Exeter), ‘Europe by Air: International Flight in Marlowe’s Drama’


Barbara Wooding, ‘‘With twice twelve Phrygian ships I ploughed the deep’: Marlowe and journeys of the imagination.’


15.45-16.00     Coffee break


16.00-17.30     Session 4: Marlowe and European politics


Edward Paleit (Exeter), ‘Whose resistance theory is it anyway? The virtual excommunication of Marlowe’s Edward II’


Georgina Lucas (Birmingham/Shakespeare Institute), ‘ “An action bloody and tyrannical”: Tyranny and Resistance in Marlowe’s The Massacre at Paris


17.45-19.00     Keynote: Professor Alan Stewart (Columbia)

                        (Followed by Q&A)


20.00    Conference Dinner: Côte Brasserie, Cathedral Green, Exeter





9.00-10.45       Session 4: Religious Conflict in Marlowe


Professor Catherine Gemelli Martin (Memphis), ‘Marlowe’s Massacre at Paris and the Wars of Religion’


Killian Schindler (Fribourg), ‘Predestination and Religious Toleration: New International Contexts for Doctor Faustus


Meadhbh O’Halloran (Cork), ‘Marlowe’s Mediterranean’


10.45-11.00     Coffee


11.00-12.45     Session 5: Giordano Bruno, Philosophy and Religion

Professor Rosanna Camerlingo (Perugia), ‘Brunian Marlowe’


Luca Bocchetti (Verona), ‘Benvolio, Christ and Actaeon: the Italian Neoplatonic Legacy of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus and Giordano Bruno’s Spaccio de la bestia trionfante.


Cristiano Ragni (Perugia) ‘ “What irreligious pagans’ parts be these?” Machiavelli, Bruno, Gentili and the idea of religion in Marlowe’s Massacre.’


12.45-13.30     Lunch


13.45-15.15     Session 5: Marlowe from Marlowe to modernity

Professor Richard Hillman (Tours), ‘Dr. Faustus and contemporary French translations of the Faustbuch


George Oppitz-Trotman (UEA), ‘Doctor Faustus and the English Comedians’


15.15-15.30     Coffee


15.30-16.45     Session 5, continued


Conny Loder (LMU Munich), ‘Christopher Marlowe’s influence on literary, dramatic and intellectual trends in Germany in the seventeenth century’


Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen (Leiden), ‘Marlowe, Shakespeare & Religion in the Twenty-First Century: Two Dutch Case Studies’


17.00-18.00     Drinks reception





We are very pleased to announce that registration for The International Christopher Marlowe Conference is now open! Follow the link below to register through University of Exeter’s online store.


There are a number of registration options available, some of which include on-campus accommodation. Should you wish to book additional nights in Pennsylvania Court, please use the link below, and choose “Pennsylvania Court” from the dropdown Location menu:


If you are a postgraduate student, please note that we have a number of bursaries available. These are in addition to the bursaries previously advertised.



The deadline to register is 25 August. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. See you in Exeter!


CFP: 7th Biennial British Shakespeare Association Conference, 8-11 September 2016

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.337  Wednesday, 22 July 2015


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

Date:        July 21, 2015 at 11:03:53 AM EDT

Subject:    CFP: 7th Biennial British Shakespeare Association Conference, 8-11 September 2016


7th Biennial British Shakespeare Association Conference 

Shakespearean Transformations: Death, Life, and Afterlives

University of Hull, 8-11 September 2016


Keynote speakers:


Susan Bassnett (University of Warwick)

Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex)

Michael Neill (University of Auckland)

Claudia Olk (Free University of Berlin)

Barrie Rutter (Northern Broadsides)

Tiffany Stern (University of Oxford)

Richard Wilson (Kingston University)




‘Remember me!’ commands the ghost of Hamlet’s father at a moment in English history when the very purpose of remembrance of the dead was being transformed. How does the past haunt the present in Shakespeare? What do Shakespeare’s works reveal about the processes of mourning and remembrance? Shakespeare breathed new life into ‘old tales’: how do his acts of literary resuscitation transform the material he revived and what it signifies? This major international conference will investigate the ways in which Shakespeare remembered the past and we remember Shakespeare. 


The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death offers us a timely opportunity to reflect upon the continuation of his life and art diachronically, spatially from the Globe across the globe, and materially on stage, page, canvas, music score, and screen. How does Shakespeare continue to haunt us? The second strand of the conference focuses on Shakespeare’s literary, dramatic, and transcultural afterlives. The conference thus also seeks to explore the various ways in which Shakespeare’s ghost has been invoked, summoned up, or warded off over the past four centuries. 


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Shakespearean transformations: borrowing/adaptation/appropriation/intertextuality 
  • Shakespeare and death 
  • Speaking to/of and impersonating the dead in Shakespeare 
  • Shakespeare, religion, and reformations of ritual 
  • Shakespeare and memory/remembrance 
  • Shakespeare and time: temporality/anachronism/archaism 
  • Shakespeare and early modern conceptions of ‘life’ 
  • Emotion and embodiment in Shakespeare 
  • Performing Shakespeare: now and then 
  • Transcultural Shakespeare 
  • Critical and theoretical conceptions of/engagements through Shakespeare 
  • Textual resurrections: editing Shakespeare 
  • Rethinking Shakespearean biography 
  • Enlivening Shakespeare teaching 
  • Shakespeare in a digital age

The conference will be held in the official run-up to Hull’s year as the UK’s City of Culture in 2017. The programme will include plenary lectures, papers, seminars, workshops, and performances at Hull Truck and the Gulbenkian Centre. There will also be special workshops and sessions directed towards pedagogy.


We welcome proposals for papers (20 minutes), panels (90 minutes), or seminars/workshops (90 minutes) on any aspect of the conference theme, broadly interpreted. Abstracts (no more than 200 words) should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 December 2015.



Participants must be members of the British Shakespeare Association at the time of the conference. Details of how to join can be found here:


CFP: WSC 2016 Seminar "Shakespeare, Collaboration, and Co-Creation"

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.333  Monday, 20 July 2015


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

Date:         July 20, 2015 at 5:54:36 AM EDT

Subject:    Announcement Seminar WSC 2016 - Call for papers


Shakespeare, Collaboration, and Co-Creation - Call for Papers WSC 2016


Leaders: Matthias Bauer (Tübingen University), John D. Cox (Hope College), David Scott Kastan (Yale University), and Angelika Zirker (Tübingen University)


It is the aim of the seminar to offer a new perspective on Shakespeare and his contemporaries by refocusing notions of creativity and artistic production as co-creativity. Whereas social and textual practices of collaboration in Early Modern theatre have been widely studied (mostly with the aim of identifying Shakespeare’s or any other individual author’s part), comparatively little work has been done on the poetics of co-authorship. We suggest that it is fruitful to establish links between concepts of the writer as a co-creator and the works themselves, which may, in various forms, appear as the result of collaboration—even when authored by Shakespeare (or another writer) alone. Thus we hope to provide a platform for reconsiderations of what it meant to produce poetry and drama in Shakespeare’s time, and to establish the idea that, more often than not, co-creation lay at the heart of literary production. 


We invite papers that address religious and secular, Christian and classical notions of (co-)creativity, but also central notions of poetic creativity, such as the poet as a “maker” and the concept of imitation, as well as literary products that are regarded as being written with the idea of co-creation in mind. 


PD Dr. Angelika Zirker

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen


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