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Book Signing!

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.121  Monday, 19 March 2014

 

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

Date:         March 9, 2014 at 10:39:40 AM EDT

Subject:    Book Signing!

 

Dear reading friends,

 

Dark Venus is due out this month. I'll be reading from it and signing books Tuesday March 25 at 7 p.m., Granada Books, 1224 State Street next door to the Granada Theater in the back room and Thursday March 27, Chaucer's Books at 3321 State Street in the Loreto Plaza. 

 

Volume 2 of my Shakespeare Actor Trilogy, Dark Venus is a story of love and poetry as well as theatre. Besides continuing the adventures of the boy actor Alexander (Sander) Cooke—who in my version was born female—it focuses on a remarkable woman, Amelia Bassano Lanyer. The presumed dark lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets, Amelia published her own book of poetry in 1611. This novel shows what drove her to write it. Press release attached.

 

Please come to one of these two readings and tell your friends, especially those intrigued by poetry, Shakespeare, the woman’s voice in the tumultuous days of Queen Elizabeth I. Yes, there’s a political murder in this book, as there was in volume one, The Secret Player.

 

Press release attached.

 

Hope to see you there,

Jinny

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: George Spitzer, Nebbadoon Press 

325 E. Figueroa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 

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Dark Venus releases March 23, volume two of a three-book series of historical novels set in Shakespeare’s England. 

 

Jinny Webber, a professor of English in Santa Barbara, CA, 

recreates the England of William Shakespeare. 

 

Vol. 2: In DARK VENUS: Alexander (Sander) Cooke, protagonist of The Secret Player, befriends Amelia Bassano Lanyer, the presumed Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Historically, Amelia published a book of poetry in 1611, long after her affair with William Shakespeare. Dark Venus shows what drove Amelia to write that book, a first for a woman in Queen Elizabeth’s England. The friendship of Amelia and Sander plays out amidst the political turmoil that leads to the murder of Sander’s friend and patron Ferdinando Stanley, the Earl of Derby. 

 

Vol. 1: THE SECRET PLAYER: The protagonist Alexander Cooke, known as Sander, becomes a favorite performer of women’s roles on the London stage, where only males are allowed to act. A dangerous secret: Sander was born female. She is at risk of flogging or even death if her identity is discovered. A few suspect the truth, including William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth. Adding to her risks, she and he poet John Donne fall in love. In life and onstage, Sander Cooke dares to challenge the status quo. 

 

Vol 3: BEDTRICK (to be released in 2015): Sander’s brother John Cooke impregnates the seamstress Frances and refuses to marry her. A seemingly simple solution is for Alexander to marry Frances. Can a woman get away wit

 

Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.120  Monday, 19 March 2014

 

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

Date:         March 8, 2014 at 9:03:21 AM EST

Subject:    Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference 

 

Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference 2014

 

On Thursday 10 April The British Institute of Florence holds the 6th edition of the Shakespeare Graduate Conference on the theme Forms of Nationhood. The event is in collaboration with IASEMS - Italian Association of Shakespeare and Early Modern Studies - and with the University of Florence. Entrance is free and open to all. Seats are limited. Booking is recommended (by email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at +39 055 26778270). Please note that it is possible to reserve a place for the light lunch in the Library and that we request a contribution for the lunch.  Please specify when you contact us whether you wish to be added to the lunch reservation list.

 

Sofia Novello

Library Assistant & Co-ordinator of the Shakespeare Graduate Conference

The British Institute of Florence

Palazzo Lanfredini

Lungarno Guicciardini 9

50125 Firenze

Italia

Phone +39 055 2677 8270

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

 

Shakespeare Graduate Conference Programme:   pdf  Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Grad Student Conference 2014

 

B&L is out!

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.119  Monday, 19 March 2014

 

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

Date:         March 7, 2014 at 4:15:24 PM EST

Subject:    B&L is out!

 

The Editors of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation joyfully announce the release of Volume 8.2 (Fall 2013/Winter 2014) at www.borrowers.uga.edu! Articles include Theresa DiPasquale’s richly illustrated exploration of Hawaiian Shakespeares, William Carroll’s witty discussion of the fictional afterlife of Shakespeare’s “fiend-like Queen” (including A.J. Hartley’s co-authored novelization of Macbeth) Lady Macbeth, Sebastian Lefait’s analysis of the televised Royal Shakespeare Company Hamlet (with several film-clips), and Kim Sturgess’s provocative response to the Shakespearean conspiracy film Anonymous. We also have a special cluster on “Service Shakespeare,” edited by Mike Jensen, which includes essays by Jensen, Yu Jin KoSheila Cavanagh, Geoff Ridden, and Isabelle Schwartz-Gastine as well as by active theatre practitioners Jim Amberg, Michael Bahr, and Don Weingust. We also include a review of Maurizio Calbi’s recent book, Spectral Shakespeares.

 

Please read us, “like” us on Facebook, cross-post this message, and, of course, keep on sending us your fine scholarly work on Shakespeare and appropriation!

 

Dr. Sujata Iyengar, Professor of English

Co-general editor of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation

Department of English

Park Hall

University of Georgia

Athens, GA 30602-6205

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Lecture, "Shakespeare and Catholicism"

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.115  Thursday, 6 March 2014

 

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

Date:         March 6, 2014 at 11:41:32 AM EST

Subject:    Lecture, "Shakespeare and Catholicism"

 

Dennis Taylor is giving the Thomas Grace S.J. Memorial lecture at Holy Cross College, Worcester, March 20, 4PM. The title is “Shakespeare and Catholicism.” Taylor is Emeritus Professor of English from Boston College, and founding editor of the journal, Religion and the Arts. He has published various essays on Shakespeare and edited Shakespeare and the Culture of Christianity in Early Modern England.

 

Dennis Taylor

Emeritus Professor of English

Editor Emeritus, Religion and the Arts

Boston College

Chestnut Hill MA 02467

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Teaching Shakespeare Issue 6 - Call for Papers

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.110  Wednesday, 5 March 2014

 

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

Date:         March 4, 2014 at 6:12:46 PM EST

Subject:    Teaching Shakespeare Issue 6 - Call for Papers

 

Call for papers – Teaching Shakespeare in Japan

 

Thanks to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, issue 6 of the British Shakespeare Association magazine Teaching Shakespeare will focus on Japan.

 

We are seeking contributors who have:

 

· taught or studied Shakespeare in Japan – in schools, colleges, universities, language learning or arts organisations

 

·taught Japanese students studying Shakespeare outside Japan

 

·studied Shakespeare outside Japan (and are usually Japanese residents)

 

·been inspired by Japanese productions, arts and culture etc. in teaching or staging of Shakespeare anywhere . . . and have something to say about the experience.

 

Articles are short, 500-1000, words but we welcome a range of formats: interviews, vox pops, lesson plans, reviews and storyboards.

 

Please do get in touch with ideas (approx. 150-word abstract) or questions at or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 30th, It is envisaged that accepted articles would be submitted by August 30th 2014.

 

Past issues are freely available to read online or download at http://www.britishshakespeare.ws/education/teaching-shakespeare/

 

 

Conference Registration and New Website

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.109  Wednesday, 5 March 2014

 

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

Date:         March 4, 2014 at 9:46:58 AM EST

Subject:    Conference Registration and New Website

 

Dear Members,

Registration for the 6th Bienniel British Shakespeare Association conference at the University of Stirling is now open at: http://intel-events.co.uk/CurrentEvent.aspx?ID=24

 

I hope you will join us in Stirling on 3rd-6th July. The team there have put together an excellent conference with keynote lectures from Professor Margreta de Grazia, Professor Andrew Murphy, Professor John Drakakis, Dr Colin Burrow and Dr Michael Bogdanov. We will also be honoring this year's Hon Fellow Professor John Russell Brown for his outstanding contribution to Shakespeare scholarship and theatre production. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

 

I am also very pleased to be able to announce that our website has had a long overdue revamp. The new website has been available for several weeks at the usual address, www.britishshakespeare.ws. Ten years ago, our website looked quite different. This is a page archived from March 2004: http://web.archive.org/web/20040330140457/http://www.britishshakespeare.ws/ I am sure you will agree that we've come a long way since then!

 

Later this year we will be holding elections to the Board of Trustees and I will be writing to all members soon with details of the procedures. In the meantime, if you are interested in putting yourself forward for election, please do not hesitate to get in touch for an informal discussion.

 

Best wishes
Stuart Hampton-Reeves
Chair of the Board of Trustees

 

Thursday at UMD: Henry S. Turner

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.103  Monday, 3 March 2014

 

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

Date:         March 3, 2014 at 12:39:42 PM EST

Subject:    Thursday at UMD: Henry S. Turner

 

 

Please join us for Thursday’s event in the Marshall Grossman Lecture Series:

 

Henry S. Turner, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Thursday, March 6, 3:30pm

2115 Tawes Hall

 

Universitas: On Corporations and Pluralism, 1516-2016

 

This talk looks closely at the history of the corporation in sixteenth-and seventeenth-century England and the way it was taken up by literary writers, with particular reference to More and Shakespeare. It considers the nature of corporate ontology and corporate personhood, with some speculations about fictional and philosophical writing in the period, and about theater as a corporate art. The talk concludes by suggesting how a history of corporations could be generative for political theory, especially of a pluralist variety.

 

http://www.english.umd.edu/events/5477

 

 

Please also mark your calendars for Bruce Holsinger at the end of April:

 

Bruce Holsinger, University of Virginia

Monday April 28, 4:30pm

Room TBD

 

The Voices of Medieval London: History, Fiction, Historical Fiction

 

London, 1385. Surrounded by ruthless courtiers—including his powerful uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt’s artful mistress, Katherine Swynford—England’s young, still untested king, Richard II, is in mortal peril, and the danger is only beginning. Medieval scholar Bruce Holsinger draws on his vast knowledge of the medieval period to add colorful, authentic detail—on everything from poetry and bookbinding to court intrigues and brothels—to his brilliantly constructed literary mystery, A Burnable Book. Join us for a reading from the novel followed by a lively discussion.

 

http://www.english.umd.edu/events/5552

 

All are welcome! Events are free and open to the public.

 

Scott A. Trudell

Assistant Professor

Department of English

3243 Tawes Hall

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742

www.scotttrudell.com

 

MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership Project (PPP)

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.100  Friday, 28 February 2014

 

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

Date:         Friday, February 28, 2014

Subject:    MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership Project (PPP)

 

[Editor’s Note:  I am pleased to announce this project of the Map of Early Modern London. The article below is reprinted from the MoEML site with permission. –Hardy]

 

http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/blog_2014-02-26_mclean-fiander.htm.htm

 

MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership Project (PPP) is launched!

26 Febrary 2014 

Kim McLean-Fiander and Janelle Jenstad

 

MoEML is thrilled to announce that our pilot Pedagogical Partnership Project (PPP)—an innovative model for teachers, student researchers, and digital humanities projects—is now up and running.

 

What is the PPP?

We at MoEML are keen to honour our pedagogical origins while upholding scholarly standards. Thus, we have developed a partnership project whereby we team up with professors in other locations, supply teaching materials (i.e., a MoEML Encyclopedia topic that needs content; a blurb for their class syllabus; suggested forms of assessment; and comprehensive Research Guidelines for their students), and have the students contribute to MoEML (by researching their assigned topic and writing an encyclopedia article) under the close supervision of their professor (who acts as a MoEML Guest Editor for the article) on site.

 

Who Benefits?

We think we’ve devised a win-win-win model. The professors/Guest Editors benefit from having an innovative pedagogical experience to add to their teaching dossier not to mention the resulting online publication; the students benefit by honing their research skills and potentially having their work published on a widely-used scholarly website; and MoEML benefits by generating new content that has been guest edited by professionals with proven scholarly credentials.

 

Pedagogical Partners 2014

Our first two pedagogical partners are Professor Peter C. Herman at San Diego State University and Professor Kate McPherson at Utah Valley University. Professor Herman’s research seminar on Shakespeare will collectively produce an article on the Blackfriars Theatres and Professor McPherson’s Shakespeare’s Histories & Comedies class will write an article on The Curtain Theatre.

 

MoEML team meets Pedagogical Partners via Skype Video

MoEML team members recently met up with both partnership classes via Skype video calls. These Skype meetings gave us a chance to explain to our partners how their work will fit into the bigger MoEML picture, and gave the students the opportunity to ask us questions such as the following: I’m an undergraduate and I’ve never done research before. What happens if the work I do isn’t scholarly enough? Where do I go to find information on the Blackfriars Theatre—to the library or to the internet? Would you accept contributions from an individual student or just from a guest-edited classroom assignment?”

 

We reassured the first student that the onsite professor would guide the class through the whole research process and also act as Guest Editor for the class’s contribution to ensure that it meets the appropriate scholarly standards. We pointed the second student to the comprehensive Guide for Student Researchers that we have posted on our website. We told the third student that we’re always willing to consider contributions from individual students. Each contributor just needs to follow our Contributor’s Guidelines and meet our scholarly criteria.

 

Meeting the 30-40 students from San Diego, California, and Ogden, Utah via Skype was fun, but it also allowed our MoEML Research Assistants to see the potential reach of the work they do on the project every day. MoEML RA, Zaqir Virani, said the experience added a whole new dimension to the work I do on the project. It was the first time I’ve seen other people using our site. They exist, and were excited about MoEML! I can now picture the people who use the site and for what. Other words used to describe the Skype encounter included wicked, radical, and bodacious!

 

MoEML hopes that students from both San Diego and Ogden will consider contributing stories about their participation in this innovative, international pedagogical experiment to our News page, or to this, our Blog. We’ll keep you up-to-date with how things progress in the coming months. 

 

CFP: American Folklore Society Medieval and Early Modern Section

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.092  Wednesday, 26 February 2014

 

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

Date:         February 26, 2014 at 8:56:51 AM EST

Subject:    CFP: American Folklore Society Medieval and Early Modern Section

 

Please distribute to interested parties.

 

Call for Papers: American Folklore Society (Medieval and Early Modern Folklore Section)

 

Santa Fe, New Mexico November 5-8

 

Abstracts due Mar. 26, 2014

 

I invite all interested scholars to propose papers for panels sponsored by the Medieval and Early Modern Folklore section of the American Folklore Society, to be presented at the Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico (Nov. 5–8, 2014). We are organizing two panels at this year's meeting:

 

1) Shakespeare and Folklore: How do Shakespeare and his contemporaries incorporate folklore into the theater of the Early Modern period, and help preserve knowledge and tradition in a changing world? How has the continued popularity of Shakespeare fostered its own traditions and incorporated new material into its performance. Papers that deal with media representations are welcome.

 

2) Open Topics: The theme for the conference this year is "Folklore at the Crossroads" (http://www.afsnet.org/?page=2014AMTheme), but papers may deal with any aspect of medieval or early modern folklore.

 

Please send BOTH the short abstract (100 words) AND the long abstract (300) for your 15-20-minute paper to Kerry Kaleba at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 26, 2014. I will also need to submit your institutional affiliation (or status as an independent scholar), and presentation title to AFS. Please include an e-mail address or a phone number where you can be reached before March 31. If your proposal is accepted, you will need to complete and submit the AFS online registration form for a participant in an organized panel at www.afsnet.org by March 31, 2014.

 

Best, 

Kerry Kaleba

Co-Convener Medieval and Early Modern Section

 

SHAKSPER Facebook Page

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.091  Wednesday, 26 February 2014

 

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

Date:         Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Subject:    SHAKSPER Facebook Page

 

Dear SHAKSPER Subscribers,

 

I am delighted to announce that SHAKSPER now has its own Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/shaksper.

 

The page was built and designed by my friend Tanya Gough, whom some of you may know from her previous incarnation as the owner of Poor Yorick, the all things Shakespearean video store in Stratford, Ontario.

 

The SHAKSPER Facebook page features the following:

 

Page to Join the SHAKSPER list,

Page for Announcements,

Page for Current Postings,

Page for Online Shakespeare Resources, and

and much more.

 

I think that this Facebook page will evolve in its uses but will be a way to attract new subscribers, to call my attention to possible articles for SHAKSPER, to chat, and so on.

 

Please let me know what uses you think are appropriate and “Like” the page to receive message from it on your wall.

 

A warning though, not all of the “Tabs” are visible, such as Join, Announcements, Current Posting, in mobile apps, so the page is best viewed from a browser.

 

Please join me in welcoming this new feature of SHAKSPER as it enters its second quarter century.

 

Best wishes,

Hardy M. Cook

Editor of SHAKSPER

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Shakespeare and Bollywood Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.089  Friday, 21 February 2014

 

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

Date:         February 20, 2014 at 9:05:35 PM EST

Subject:    Shakespeare and Bollywood Conference

 

On 27 June 2014, Royal Holloway will host a one-day graduate conference on Shakespeare in Bollywood with the renowned critic Dr. Poonam Trivedi of Delhi University as keynote speaker. The day aims to bring together academics and practitioners in the field to gain a better understanding of the current state of research in this vibrant field. Organised by Koel Chatterjee and Preti Taneja in the English Department with the support of Dr Deana Rankin,Deputy Director of the MA in Shakespeare, with funding from the RHUL Research Fund and the English Department, this conference will, we hope, be the first of a series of events on Shakespeare and Indian Cinema culminating on a larger-scale conference and film festival in 2016.

 

Please find attached the CFP for the 2014 conference. 

 

The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 3rd March, 2014.

 

Regards,

Koel Chatterjee

PhD Candidate

Royal Holloway, University of London 

 

Call for Papers

Shakespeare and Bollywood

27 June, 2014

Royal Holloway, University of London

 

Keynote Speaker: 

Dr. Poonam Trivedi, University of Delhi

 

Shakespeare has been a part of Bollywood since its inception – the Parsi Theatre tradition did much to shape the silent film era to the mid-1950s; vernacular translations resulting from the Bengal Renaissance influenced 1960s films first in Bengal and then in Bombay; and Hollywood remakes through the years have produced Bollywood remakes. This one-day conference seeks to gather graduate and early career researchers and practitioners together to discuss the relationship between Shakespeare and Hindi Cinema/Bollywood and to establish the state of current scholarship in the fascinating, under-examined field.

 

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of Shakespeare and Bollywood. Topics could include:

  • Prehistories
  • Commercial Hindi Shakespeare films
  • Economics – global and local
  • Gendering Shakespeare/ Gendering Bollywood
  • Hindi Art-House Shakespeare films
  • Shakespearean songs and Bollywood music
  • Shakespearean Actors and Film-makers
  • ‘Academic’ Shakespeare vs. ‘Popular’ Shakespeare
  • Translation theory and practice
  • Adaptation theory
  • Hybridity and (post)-colonial theories
  •  Art work and promotional material – posters, flybills, film trailers, coffee table books

 

Abstracts of 300 words (plus a 50 word bio) should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3 March, 2014.

 

We will contact all those who send abstracts by 24 March, 2014.  

 

The conference fee is £25 (to include light refreshments).

 

This conference is planned as the first of a series of events culminating in an international conference and film festival on Shakespeare and Indian Cinema in 2016.

 

The organisers, Koel Chatterjee and Preti Taneja, wish to thank the Royal Holloway Research Fund and the English Department for funding the event. 

 

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