Book Announcement: New Readings of the Merchant of Venice
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0044 Tuesday, 5 February 2013
From: Horacio Sierra <
Date: February 5, 2013 9:43:12 AM EST
Subject: Book Announcement
I am pleased to announce the publication of my edited collection, New Readings of the Merchant of Venice, from Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN: 1443841765.
The last decade has witnessed a spate of high-profile presentations of The Merchant of Venice: the 2004 Michael Radford film, 2010’s New York City “Shakespeare in the Park” production, as well as the play’s Tony Award-nominated 2010-11 Broadway run. Likewise, new scholarly works such as Kenneth Gross’s Shylock is Shakespeare (2006) and Janet Adelman’s Blood Relations (2008) have offered poignant insights into this play. Why has this drama garnered so much attention of late? What else can we learn from this contentious comedy? How else can we read the drama’s characters? Where do studies of The Merchant of Venice go from here?
This collection offers readers sundry answers to these questions by showcasing a sampling of ways this culturally arresting play can be read and interpreted. The strength of this monograph lies in the disparate approaches its contributors offer – from a feminist view of Portia and Nerissa’s friendship to psychoanalytic readings of allegories between the play and Shakespeare’s Pericles to a reading of a Manga comic book version of The Merchant of Venice. Each essay is supported by a strong basis in traditional close reading practices. Our collection of scholars then buttresses such work with the theoretical or pedagogical frameworks that reflect their area of expertise. This collection offers readers different critical lenses through which to approach the primary text.
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Readings-Merchant-Venice-Horacio-Sierra/dp/1443841765/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359464098&sr=1-1&keywords=new+reading+of+the+merchant+of+venice
Cambridge Scholars Publishing link: http://www.c-s-p.org/Flyers/New-Readings-of-The-Merchant-of-Venice1-4438-4176-5.htm
Assistant Professor of English
Bowie State University
CFP 2013 Blackfriars Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0042 Monday, 4 February 2013
From: Sarah Enloe <
Date: Friday, February 1, 2013 3:15 PM
Subject: CFP 2013 Blackfriars Conference
Seventh Blackfriars Conference: 23 - 27 October 2013
On odd numbered years since the first October the Blackfriars Playhouse opened, scholars from around the world have gathered in Staunton, during the height of the Shenandoah Valley’s famed Fall colors, to hear lectures, see plays, and learn about early modern theatre. In 2013, the American Shakespeare Center’s Education and Research Department will once again host Shakespeareans, scholars and practitioners alike, to explore Shakespeare in the study and Shakespeare on the stage and to find ways that these two worlds – sometime in collision – can collaborate. Past conferences have included such notable scholars as Andrew Gurr, the “godfather” of the Blackfriars Playhouse, Tiffany Stern, Russ McDonald, Gary Taylor, Stephen Greenblatt, Roz Knutson, Tina Packer, Scott Kaiser, Stephen Booth, George T. Wright, and many more in five days full of activities.
Except for banquets, all events – papers, plays, workshops, – take place in the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, the Blackfriars Playhouse. This conference distinguishes itself from saner conferences in a variety of other ways. First, to model the kind of collaboration we think possible we encourage presenters to feature actors as partners in the demonstration of their theses. For instance, in 2009, Gary Taylor’s keynote presentation “Lyrical Middleton” featured ASC actors singing and dancing to the songs in Middleton’s plays. Second, we limit each paper session to six short papers (10 minutes for solo presentations, 13 minutes for presentations with actors). Third, we enforce this rule by ursine fiat – a bear chases from the stage those speakers who go over their allotted time.
Delegates also attend all of the plays in the ASC 2013 Fall Season – Romeo and Juliet, All’s Well that Ends Well, Troilus and Cressida, Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer, and Bob Carlton’s Return to the Forbidden Planet, – and, for the past several conferences, bonus plays written by their colleagues and performed by actors in the Mary Baldwin College MFA in Shakespeare in Performance program. The spirit of fun that imbues the conference manifests itself in the annual Truancy Award, for the sensible conferee who – visiting the Shenandoah Valley at the height of Fall – has the good sense to miss the most sessions.
The 2013 gathering will honor George Walton Williams IV and will include keynote addresses from Russ McDonald, Ann Thompson, Peter Holland, and Abigail Rokison.
ASC Education and Research extends this call for papers on any matters to do with the performance of early modern drama (historical, architectural, political, dramatical, sartorial, medical, linguistical, comical, pastoral) to all interested parties for our biennial conference to be held at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia, 23-27 October 2013. The deadline to submit your abstract is 31 May 2013.
Submit an Abstract for consideration; Deadline: May 31st, 2013.
or, for more information, please email Sarah Enloe, Director of Education, at
American Shakespeare Center
Director of Education
The American Shakespeare Center recovers the joy and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education.
Book Notice: Who Hears in Shakespeare?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0034 Wednesday, 30 January 2013
From: Walter Cannon <
Date: January 29, 2013 9:14:30 PM EST
Subject: Book Notice: Who Hears in Shakespeare?
Laury Magnus and I have recently published Who Hears in Shakespeare? Auditory Worlds on Stage and Screen. Our publisher, Roman and Littlefield, is making it available to SHAKSPER subscribers at a discount price, available at the Rowman and Littlefield website listed below.
Just as a very small biographical note, Michael Shurgot, Yu Jim Ko, and I were all in the very first NEH summer seminar that Ralph Cohen offered at James Madison. And Laury was in the next one, if my sequence is right. It might be interesting (to Ralph for sure) to tally the number of books that have been inspired by things that Ralph put in motion—we have dedicated our volume to him.
Who Hears in Shakespeare? Auditory Worlds on Stage and Screen.
Edited by Laury Magnus and Walter W. Cannon.
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2012.
This volume, examining the ways in which Shakespeare’s plays are designed for hearers as well as spectators, has been prompted by recent explorations of the auditory dimension of early modern drama by scholars such as Andrew Gurr, Bruce Smith, and James Hirsh. To look at the acoustic world of the plays involves a real paradigm shift that changes how we understand virtually everything about Shakespeare’s plays: from the architecture of the buildings, to playing spaces, to blocking, and to larger interpretative issues, including our understanding of character based on players’ responses to what they hear, mishear, or refuse to hear. Who Hears in Shakespeare? Auditory Worlds on Stage and Screen is comprised of three sections on Shakespeare’s texts and performance history: “The Poetics of Hearing and the Early Modern Stage”; “Metahearing: Hearing, Knowing, and Audiences, Onstage and Off”; and a final section entitled “Transhearing: Hearing, Whispering, Overhearing, and Eavesdropping in Film and other Media.”
Chapters by noted scholars explore the complex reactions and interactions of onstage and offstage audiences and show how Shakespearean stagecraft, actualized both on stage and/or adapted on screen, revolves around various situations and conventions of hearing, such as soliloquies, asides, eavesdropping, overhearing, and stage whispers. In short, Who Hears in Shakespeare? enunciates Shakespeare’s nuanced, powerful stagecraft of hearing. The volume ends with Stephen Booth’s Afterword, a meditation on hearing in Shakespeare that returns us to consider Shakespearean “audiences” and their responses to what they hear—or don’t hear—in Shakespeare’s plays.
Bernice W. Kliman
Kathleen Kalpin Smith
About the Editors:
Laury Magnus is Professor of Humanities at the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.
Walter W. Cannon is Professor of English at Central College in Pella, Iowa.
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2012
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BritGrad 2013 Conference Registration
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0031 Monday, 28 January 2013
From: British Graduate Shakespeare C <
Date: January 28, 2013 4:03:10 AM EST
Subject: BritGrad 2013 Conference Registration
Registration is now open for the Fifteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, June 6-8 2013. We welcome abstracts from graduate students on any topic in the field of Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies. Undergraduate students in their final two years of study are also invited to attend the conference as auditors.
BritGrad is run by students for students, and it provides a friendly and stimulating academic forum in which graduate students from all over the world can present their research and meet together in an active centre of Shakespeare scholarship. The setting for this exciting conference is the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute, in the heart of Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. This provides a uniquely located campus base from which to visit the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and historical properties, and the specialised research libraries of the Shakespeare Institute and the Shakespeare Centre archives.
This year’s conference will feature talks by Martin Wiggins (The Shakespeare Institute) and Catherine Richardson (University of Kent), Jonathan Slinger (Royal Shakespeare Company), and Mairi Macdonald (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust), among other plenary speakers. Delegates also have the opportunity to attend the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet, directed by David Farr and starring Jonathan Slinger, at a group-booking price on the 6 June evening. Lunch will be provided on each day, and there will also be a dance and a drinks reception for the delegates.
We invite abstracts of approximately 200 words for papers twenty minutes in length (3,000 words or less) on subjects relating to Shakespeare and/or Renaissance studies. Delegates wishing to give papers must register by Friday 25 April; auditors must register by Thursday 23 May.
Online registration is now open here: http://britgrad.wordpress.com/registration .
A copy of the registration form is also attached to this email, and is downloadable as well from http://britgrad.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/britgrad-registration-2013.pdf .
Please see the attached Call for Papers for further information. A printable poster is also attached, for university departmental contacts to display at their institutions. Due to the growing success of this annual conference, we strongly encourage early registration to ensure a place on the conference programme.
We look forward to seeing you at another successful conference.
All the best,
The BritGrad Committee
The Fifteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference
6-8 June 2013
The Shakespeare Institute
Mason Croft, Church Street
BritGrad 2013 Poster: BritGrad Poster 2013
BritGrad 2013 CFP: BritGrad 2013 CFP
BritGrad 2013 Registration: BritGrad 2013 Registration
A Special Evening with Julie Taymor
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0025 Sunday, 27 January 2013
From: John F Andrews <
Date: January 23, 2013 12:17:01 PM EST
Subject: A Special Evening with Julie Taymor
A Special Evening with Julie Taymor
Monday, January 28, at 6:00 p.m., $15
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
3 Spruce Street in Lower Manhattan
Call 866-811-4111 or 212-346-1715
Best known for The Lion King, which opened on Broadway in 1997 and has now become a global phenomenon, JULIE TAYMOR is the recipient of dozens of prestigious honors, among them two Tony Awards for that show alone. She is renowned not only for her unique approach to drama (most recently as director and writer of the book for another hit musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) but for her achievements in cinema and opera, among them an acclaimed Magic Flute at the Met. Outgrowths of her pioneering early work with Theatre for a New Audience include riveting film adaptations of Titus Andronicus (starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange) and The Tempest (with Helen Mirren as Prospera). Ms. Taymor has also garnered two Academy Awards and six Oscar nominations for Frida, a feature she directed with Salma Hayek in the title role. She’ll discuss her remarkable career with the Shakespeare Guild’s John Andrews and Pace University’s Cosmin Chivu in a “Masters Series” setting that will be familiar to TV audiences who enjoy Inside the Actors Studio.
For more information about The Shakespeare Guild, and for details about upcoming attractions (among them a February 25 program about Words from the White House with lexicographer Paul Dickson at the National Arts Club, and a May 23 gathering at The Players with painter Everett Raymond Kinstler, whose portrayals of stars like Tony Bennett, Katharine Hepburn, and Tom Wolfe have led admirers to compare him with the legendary John Singer Sargent), visit www.shakesguild.org
CFP: Diversity and Homogeneity
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0024 Sunday, 27 January 2013
From: Agnieszka Rasmus <
Date: January 20, 2013 3:27:47 AM EST
Subject: Call for Papers
Call for Papers
Diversity and Homogeneity:
The Politics of Nation, Class, and Gender in Drama, Theatre, Film and Media
Including a Shakespeare Day
25-27 October 2013
The Department of Drama and Pre-1800 Literature and the International Shakespeare Centre at the University of Łódź invite you to attend the 7th Biannual “Drama Through the Ages and Medieval Literature Conference”.
The organizers wish to address the dynamics of the binary opposite of diversity and homogeneity. The democratic culture of the West, often seeing itself as the carrier of global standards, is ideologically paradoxical in itself. On the one hand, its fundamental premise is the freedom of each individual, which should seemingly embrace diversity and nourish difference as society’s organizing principle. On the other, however, its practice is to normalise people’s behaviour and effectively marginalise individuals that do not conform to the legal norms set by the majority, in effect creating a homogeneously sanitised and orderly society.
The aim of the conference is to look at how issues connected with the politics of nation, class, and gender are rendered in drama, theatre, film and media. Particular attention will be paid to the problem of multiculturalism, nationalism, social hierarchies, minorities, and identity.
As one conference day will be devoted exclusively to the analysis of the above thematic areas in the context of Shakespearean studies, we wish to extend the invitation to Shakespearean scholars wanting to address the issues of the politics of nation, class and gender in Shakespeare’s dramatic output as well as in contemporary reworkings of his plays in theatre, film and media.
Topics might include (but are not limited to):
* the politics of cultural/national/gender/religious/ethnic identity
* the politics of recognition
* the global – the national – the local
* sexual politics
* gender politics
* the politics of nation, class and gender in Shakespeare
We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers:
Professor Judith Buchanan, University of York
Professor Christy Desmet, University of Georgia
Doctor Imke Lichterfeld, University of Bonn
Professor Ewa Mazierska, University of Central Lancashire
Professor Barbara Ozieblo, University of Málaga
Professor Kay Stanton, California State University, Fullerton.
All abstracts (maximum of 350 words) must contain the title of the proposed paper, the name of the author and contact information (institutional affiliation, mailing address and email address). Abstracts should be submitted before no later than June 1st 2013. Selected papers will be published in a post-conference volume.
Conference fee: 400 PLN for academics holding positions at Polish Universities, 120 Euro for delegates based outside of Poland, and reduced fee of 150 PLN for doctoral students. The fee covers conference materials, lunches, coffee and snacks, and conference reception.
Prof. Krystyna Kujawińska-Courtney
Prof. Jadwiga Uchman
Prof. Andrzej Wicher
dr Magdalena Cieślak
dr Agnieszka Rasmus
dr Monika Sosnowska
Please, send your abstracts or submit queries to:
For updated information about the conference see:
Book Announcement: Shakespeare’s Sense of Character-On the Page and From the Stage
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0020 Friday, 18 January 2013
From: Eleazer Durfee <
Date: January 17, 2013 3:02:04 PM EST
Subject: Shakespeare’s Sense of Character-On the Page and From the Stage
We have recently published a book which may be of interest to your readers-
Shakespeare’s Sense of Character-On the Page and From the Stage
Edited by Yu Jin Ko, Wellesley College, USA and Michael W. Shurgot, South Puget Sound Community College
Series: Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama
Published December 2012
Making a unique intervention in an incipient but powerful resurgence of academic interest in character-based approaches to Shakespeare, this book brings scholars and theatre practitioners together to rethink why and how character continues to matter. Contributors seek in particular to expand our notions of what Shakespearean character is, and to extend the range of critical vocabularies in which character criticism can work. The return to character thus involves incorporating as well as contesting postmodern ideas that have radically revised our conceptions of subjectivity and selfhood. At the same time, by engaging theatre practitioners, this book promotes the kind of comprehensive dialogue that is necessary for the common endeavor of sustaining the vitality of Shakespeare’s characters.
Full details and page extracts are available at www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409440666
Eleazer D. Durfee
Ashgate/Lund Humphries Publishing Company
GW Digital Humanities Symposium
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0018 Thursday, 17 January 2013
From: Emily Russell <
Date: January 16, 2013 8:33:24 PM EST
Subject: Upcoming GW Digital Humanities Symposium
GW Digital Humanities Symposium
Symposium website: http://www.gwu.edu/~acyhuang/DH2013.shtml
Thursday January 24 - Saturday January 26, 2013
A Symposium at George Washington University
Digital humanities is a vibrant field that uses digital technologies to study the interactions between cultural artifacts and the society. In our second decade of the twenty-first century, we face a number of questions about the values, methods, and goals of humanistic inquiries at the intersection of digital media and theory.
Panel presentations are designed with a broad audience in mind and address multiple disciplines that range from computer science and media studies to gender and race studies, digital pedagogy, and literary studies.
Topics we will address in this inaugural GW Digital Humanities Symposium (initiated by Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute and Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Program) include:
Digital and “analogue” scholarship: goals, methods, best practices
Challenges of working with and against multiple media
(In)visible histories of race, gender, and avenues of access
Disability, cultural difference, and linguistic diversity
Visual and print cultures, embodiment, archiving the ephemeral
Canon formation, close and distant reading strategies
Resistance to digital humanities and issues of legitimacy
Promise, perils, and future trends of digital humanities and pedagogy
The symposium will feature provocative 15-minute presentations; a Skype session; hands-on proof-of-concept sessions; digital pedagogy sessions; emphasis on live discussion and debates; free Wi-Fi for all - bring your own laptop, tablet, or smart phone; on-site digital humanities book display and sales; videos of the talks may be available online.
The symposium will begin on Thursday evening with a screening of the film “Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words” (http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c830.shtml) presented by director Yunah Hong. Lily Wong, an Assistant Professor of Literature at American University, will offer a response after the screening. This event will be held in the Media and Public Affairs building on The George Washington University Campus, 805 21st St. NW, room 310. The film will begin at 7:30 and has a run time of about 90 minutes.
Friday’s events will begin at 9 am in the Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st NW, with opening remarks by Alex Huang and Vice Provost Paul Berman followed by the keynote presentation, “The Digital Text as Inhabited Object,” delivered by Elaine Treharne, professor of English at Stanford University. It will be a full day of panels covering a wide range of topics. You can view a schedule of panels and presentation abstracts on the Digital Humanities website. (http://www.gwu.edu/~acyhuang/DH2013.shtml) The symposium will conclude on Saturday with a half-day of panel presentations focusing on pedagogy and best practices. Location information for Saturday’s events will be updated shortly.
Of special interest to members of SHAKSPER are medievalists and early modernists who will be speaking at the conference, including Elaine Treharne, Katherine Rowe, Sarah Werner, Janelle Jenstad, Sheila Cavanagh, Kevin Quarmby, Christy Desmet, Candace Barrington, Jeffrey Cohen, Jonathan Hsy, Peter Donaldson, Alexander Huang, Will Noel, Josh Eyler, Jyotsna Singh, Brett Hirsch, and others.
The Digital Humanities Symposium is a free event and is open to the public but we do ask that you register using the link on the website if you plan to attend. (http://www.gwu.edu/~acyhuang/DH2013.shtml)
Symposium poster: GW Digital Humanities Symposium
Alice Dailey’s The English Martyr from Reformation to Revolution
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0014 Monday, 14 January 2013
From: Kathryn Pitts <
Date: January 11, 2013 2:53:16 PM EST
Subject: Alice Dailey’s The English Martyr from Reformation to Revolution
Alice Dailey publishes book on the martyr figure in Reformation England
NOTRE DAME, IN, January 11, 2013—Alice Dailey, associate professor of English at Villanova University, has published a new book titled The English Martyr from Reformation to Revolution. Observing how martyrdom is constituted through the interplay of historical event and literary form, Dailey explores the development of English martyr literature through the period of intense religious controversy from the heresy executions of Queen Mary to the regicide of 1649.
“Alice Dailey’s innovative new study of English martyrology details the transformations undergone by the narrative forms, theological meanings, and visual imagery of sacred suffering in Reformation England. In the period stretching from the sixteenth century through the end of the English Civil War, the Catholic underground was stymied in its search for the glory of the martyrs by the rhetoric of treason wielded against them by the Protestant state, but periodically sustained by its own powerful and resilient treasury of religious narratives. In this broad and bracing study, Dailey conceives of the Catholic question in a pluralist manner, to include not only the fates of individual Catholics and Catholic communities, but also the survival of Catholic literary and architectural forms in post-Reformation England.” —Julia Reinhard Lupton, The University of California, Irvine
The English Martyr from Reformation to Revolution is part of the ReFormations: Medieval and Early Modern series edited by David Aers, Sarah Beckwith, and James Simpson. Read more:
The English Martyr from Reformation to Revolution, published by the University of Notre Dame Press, is available as a paperback and in an ebook format. Read more:
Contact: Kathryn Pitts
University of Notre Dame Press
310 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Performing the Queen’s Men: Website Change
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0013 Monday, 14 January 2013
From: Helen Ostovich <
Date: January 11, 2013 11:45:00 AM EST
Subject: Performing the Queen’s Men: Website Change
If you have been trying and failing to get into Performing the Queen’s Men, here’s the URL that works: http://thequeensmen.mcmaster.ca/
Helen Ostovich <
Editor, Early Theatre <http://digitalcommons.mcmaster.ca/earlytheatre/>
Professor, English and Cultural Studies