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Much Ado About Nothing Trailer

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0100  Tuesday, 12 March 2013

 

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

Date:         March 10, 2013 2:37:17 PM EDT

Subject:     Much Ado About Nothing Trailer 

 

[Editor’s Note: Thanks to Mike Jensen for calling my attention to this article and trailer. –Hardy]

 

From The Week <http://theweek.com>

 

http://theweek.com/article/index/241090/watch-the-first-trailer-for-joss-whedons-much-ado-about-nothing

 

The first trailer for Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing

 

By Scott Meslow

 

The Avengers director gathers some of his favorite actors for a decidedly small-scale adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy

 

The trailer: After the bluster and bombast of 2012’s superhero mashup The Avengers — it was the highest-grossing movie of the year, and is the third-highest grossing movie of all time — director Joss Whedon took a break from blockbusters by directing a film that couldn’t possibly be more different: A small-scale, black-and-white adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. The movie, which debuts in the U.S. on June 7, was filmed in just 12 days at Whedon’s personal residence in Santa Monica, Calif. Much Ado About Nothing boasts a cast almost entirely comprised of fan-favorite actors from Whedon’s past projects, including Alex Denisof as Benedick and Amy Acker as Beatrice — both alums of the TV show Angel — Nathan Fillion, of Fox’s shortlived series Firefly, as Dogberry, and Clark Gregg (The Avengers) as Leonato. Has Whedon done the Bard justice with Much Ado About Nothing, or will the film be put to death by the wagging tongues of critics? 

 

The reaction: Though this is the first Much Ado About Nothing trailer released for a general audience, a few select critics have seen the film during early screenings at film festivals — and fortunately, the reaction has largely been positive. “It’s rather joyous to see a name director pursue a true passion project and realize it with simplicity, elegance, and emotional directness,” says Hannah McGill at The List. “Whedon and Shakespeare are truly a match made in heaven,” agrees Tom Clift at Moviedex. And the cast lives up to the material, says Linda Holmes at NPR: “A project this simple would be nowhere without the actors, and Whedon gets fine work out of just about everybody.”

 
 
A New Variorum Edition Notice

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0099  Tuesday, 12 March 2013

 

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

Date:         March 11, 2013 10:47:30 AM EDT

Subject:     A New Variorum Edition Notice

 

A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare

 

The series is seeking an editor to bring to completion the volume on The Two Gentlemen of Verona that was begun by the late Trevor Howard-Hill.

 

The publisher of this series is the Modern Language Association of America. Title pages and prefaces scrupulously record the contributions of all who work on the volumes. Editorial principles are available at www.mla.org/shakespeare_varpdf.  Please contact Paul Werstine, co-general editor, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The latest published volumes in the series are The Winter’s Tale, edited by Robert Kean Turner and Virginia Westling Haas (2005), and The Comedy of Errors, edited by Standish Henning (2011). King Lear, edited by Richard Knowles, is at press. 

 
 
Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Publication and Webinar

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0098  Tuesday, 12 March 2013

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

Date:         Sunday, March 10, 2013 12:58 PM

Subject:     Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Publication and Webinar

 

[Editor’s Note: I have adapted the information below from various e-mails I have received from Paul Edmondson. –Hardy]

 

The Cambridge University Press will launch Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy with The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust at this year’s celebration of Shakespeare’s Birthday in Stratford and at The Shakespeare Centre.

 

 

The book will also form the basis of an event at this year’s Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival, a webinar towards the end of April sponsored by C.U.P. (and hosted by The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust), and a podcast to be made with the University of Warwick in time for Shakespeare’s Birthday. 

 

You might like to let your colleagues, students, friends, and contacts know about a webinar, ‘Proving Shakespeare’, we’re hosting about Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy on Friday 26 April at 6.30 pm (British Time). You can register for it free of charge via this link:

 

I’ll be chairing a discussion for an hour with Stanley Wells and we are delighted to be joined by our special guest, Ros Barber, author of The Marlowe Papers: A Novel in Verse. If you sign up you’ll be able to listen to webinar live and submit questions during the discussion. You can sign up by clicking here.

 

http://bloggingshakespeare.com/shakespeare-beyond-doubt

 

Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy

Paperback (ISBN-13: 9781107603288)

Hardback (ISBN:9781107017597)

 

Did Shakespeare write Shakespeare, and why should we care? 

  • A collection of essays by major authorities in the field discuss the authorship debate surrounding Shakespeare’s work 
  • Provides a wide range of discussions of all significant aspects of the topic in a readable and engaging style 
  • Offers a comprehensive and grounded scholarly exploration of this hotly debated field

Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy is organized in three sections. The first is ‘Sceptics’. There you will find essays on the most popular alternative nominees for the authorship, namely Sir Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, and Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford. These have been produced by world experts on those three subjects (Alan Stewart, Charles Nicholl, and Alan Nelson), all of whom set out authoritatively to demonstrate how none of those nominees could have written, or indeed were capable of having written, the works of Shakespeare. The ‘unreadable’ work of Delia Bacon is re-appraised by Graham Holderness and Matt Kubus has contributed a piece about the many other ‘unusual suspects’ who have been nominated over the years.

 

Section two, ‘Shakespeare as Author’, presents the evidence for Shakespeare and includes an essay which considers how we construct early modern biographies by Andrew Hadfield and an overview of all the allusions to Shakespeare up to 1642 by Stanley Wells. John Jowett shows how we know Shakespeare collaborated (thereby making a nonsense of any ‘cover-up’ story), and Mac Jackson shows what we can learn from stylometric tests for different authorial hands. James Mardock and Eric Rasmussen look at what the textual evidence of the printed works tells us about their author, and Dave Kathman finds Warwickshire writ large across Shakespeare’s work. Carol Rutter demonstrates that the whole of Shakespeare was written by someone who attended grammar school but who did not need to have attended university, and Barbara Everett shows how absurd it is to read the works as truthful windows onto Shakespeare’s own life.

 

The third and final section, ‘A Cultural Phenomenon: Did Shakespeare Write Shakespeare?’, includes articles by Kate McLuskie on conspiracy theories, by Andrew Murphy on the clash between professional academics and amateurs with regard to Delia Bacon, and by Paul Franssen on how the authorship discussion has been treated in works of fiction. Stuart Hampton-Reeves critiques the anti-Shakespearian ‘Declaration of Reasonable Doubt’ and Douglas Lanier critiques the film Anonymous. My contribution is a piece about the so-called ‘Shakespeare Establishment’ and the authorship discussion. 

 

The volume closes with an ‘Afterword’ by James Shapiro and ‘A Selected Reading List’ by Hardy Cook.

 
 
The Inner Life of Shakespeare’s Sonnets

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0095  Friday, 8 March 2013

 

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

Date:         March 1, 2013 11:26:16 AM EST

Subject:     The Inner Life of Shakespeare’s Sonnets 

 

Monday March 25, 7:30pm 

 

A Talk

Shakespeare and The Sonnets

With

John Wolfson

Curator of Rare Books, Globe Theatre

and

Randy Harrison and Byron Jennings

 

The Inner Life of Shakespeare’s Sonnets

 

John Wolfson describes how the sonnets related to Shakespeare’s personal life and how scholars have subsequently interpreted and mis-interpreted them. A unique and pithy evening of witty, insightful scholarship and passionate acting.

 

Tickets www.redbulltheater.com

212.352.3101

 

Location

Lucille Lortel Theater 

121 Christopher Street 

Corner of Perry & Hudson

 
 
Conference Notice: Popes and the Papacy

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0094  Friday, 8 March 2013

 

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

Date:         March 8, 2013 5:32:25 AM EST

Subject:     Conference Notice: Popes and the Papacy

 

Dear All,

 

An exciting interdisciplinary two-day conference will be held at Sussex University, Falmer, Brighton, UK on 24-26 June 2013 on ‘Popes and the Papacy in Early Modern English Culture’.

 

 

The conference scope is very broad and will cover diverse aspects of early modern culture, including anti-Catholicism, literary and pictorial representations of the papacy, recusant culture, diplomacy and correspondence, art and architecture, religious controversy, and moral improprieties. 

 

The deadline for short paper proposals is 15 March, but this may be extended. Short paper proposals are still welcome.

 

Keynote speakers are: Peter Lake (Vanderbilt University), Susannah Monta (University of Notre Dame) and Alison Shell (UCL).

 

Here’s a link to the conference notice:http://popesandthepapacy.wordpress.com/

 

And a link to the Call For Papers: http://popesandthepapacy.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/

 

All the best

Duncan Salkeld

 
 
Second Annual London Shakespeare Lecture in Honor of Professor Stanley Wells, C.B.E.

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0090  Tuesday, 26 February 2013

 

From:        Actors From The London Stage < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         February 26, 2013 2:04:50 PM EST

Subject:     Don’t Miss Nicholas Hytner!

 

Sir Nicholas Hytner to Deliver Second Annual London Shakespeare Lecture in Honor of Professor Stanley Wells, C.B.E. 

 

The University of Notre Dame, The Shakespeare Institute and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust present “Stand and Unfold Yourself” – How to do Shakespeare by Sir Nicholas Hytner, Artistic Director of the National Theatre. This is the second public lecture about Shakespeare in a series named in honor of former Shakespeare Institute director Professor Stanley Wells, C.B.E. The lecture will take place at Trafalgar Hall, Notre Dame London on March 5, 2013 at 6 pm GMT (1 pm ET) and will be live-streamed at: http://shakespeare.nd.edu/events/stanley-wells-lecture/

 
 
Call For Papers - Wooden O Symposium, August 12-14, 2013

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0086  Monday, 25 February 2013

 

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

Date:         February 25, 2013 12:42:24 PM EST

Subject:     Call For Papers - Wooden O Symposium, August 12-14, 2013

 

Call For Papers—Wooden O Symposium, August 12-14, 2013

 

The 2013 Wooden O Symposium will be held on the campus of Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, August 12-14. The Wooden O Symposium, sponsored by the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Southern Utah University and the Gerald Sherratt Library is a cross-disciplinary, peer-reviewed conference focusing on the text and performance of Shakespeare's plays. Scholars attending the conference will have the unique opportunity of immersing themselves in research, text, and performance in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western U.S.

 

The Wooden O Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic related to Shakespeare and early modern drama. The symposium encourages papers and panels that relate to the Utah Shakespeare Festival's 2013 summer season: King John, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Tempest. 

 

Selected papers from the symposium are published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Wooden O.

 

Deadline for proposals is May 1, 2013. Proposals may be submitted via post or email.  Panel chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than May 15. 

 

250-word abstracts or session proposals (including individual abstracts) should include the following: name, affiliated institution, academic rank (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate student, aficionado,) and contact information including email.

 

Wooden O Symposium

c/o Utah Shakespeare Festival

351 W. University Blvd. 

Cedar City, UT 84720     

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

http://www.bard.org/woodeno

 
 
ISE Newsletter—The Shakespeare Herald

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0081  Friday, 22 February 2013

 

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

Date:         Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:28 PM

Subject:     ISE Newsletter—The Shakespeare Herald

 

View The Shakespeare Herald in Browser: 

 

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The Shakespeare Herald

February 2013

 

Welcome to this first issue of The Shakespeare Herald, the newsletter of the Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE). In this issue we trumpet some important upgrades to the site, the completion of some of our individual plays online, now fully edited by Shakespeare scholars, our plunge into the increasingly populated area of social networking, and ways we are creating partnerships with theaters as a way of enhancing our database of Shakespeare in performance.

 

I contribute a short piece on magic in Shakespeare, and the magic of the Web. Our team members contribute information about recent updates, and the use of ISE texts in the theater. 

 

We are committed to the concept of open access for academic work of the highest quality, but are offering libraries an opportunity to provide their clients with an enhanced version of the site when they become Friends of the ISE. We continue our tradition of introducing Shakespeare on stage and (digital) page in new and intuitive formats. We bring fully-edited, peer-reviewed works to a computer—or mobile device—near you. One major update to the site is a version optimized for smart phones—something that will be appreciated by all those students we dodge as they walk across campus with eyes glued on the small screens they hold.

 

On whatever size screen you are viewing this newsletter, please check out the full articles online.

 

 

We look forward to hearing from you. Please email queries to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

All good wishes,

Michael Best

President and Coordinating Editor

Department of English, University of Victoria, BC

 

The ISE is made possible by generous support from the University of Victoria, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and by libraries that have become Friends of the ISE. 

 
 
Proceedings of the Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference 2009-2011

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0079  Thursday, 21 February 2013

 

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

Date:         February 21, 2013 7:23:35 AM EST

Subject:     Proceedings of the Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference 2009-2011

 

The British Institute Publishes Online The First Volume of the Proceedings of the Conference “Shakespeare and His Contemporaries” 2009-2011

 

The British Institute of Florence is pleased to announce the online publication of the first volume of Proceedings of the “Shakespeare and His Contemporaries” Graduate Conference, comprising papers chosen from the three conferences organised by the Institute in the period 2009-2011.

 

The Shakespeare Graduate Conferences – with the participation of scholars such as Prof. Emerito Alessandro Serpieri, Prof. Fernando Cioni, Prof.ssa Claudia Corti and Prof.ssa Paola Pugliatti of Florence University, of Prof. Keir Elam of Bologna University, and Prof.ssa Carla Dente of Pisa University, founding member of the Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies – were devised to allow young doctoral candidates at Italian universities, as well as those who have recently taken their doctorate, an opportunity to present their research to peers and professors.

 

The volume gathers together papers in English and Italian that in their variety of content and methodology reflect the current lively interest in Shakespearean studies in Italy: some concentrate on individual works by the great playwright while others address more general themes relating to the historico-cultural period.

 

Proceedings of the “Shakespeare and His Contemporaries” Graduate Conference is now available in pdf format on the Institute’s website at www.britishinstitute.it/en/library/harold-acton-library.asp.

 

The publication of the proceedings will be announced at the Cultural Programme on Wednesday 17 April 2013 and at the opening session of the Fifth edition of the Shakespeare Graduate Conference on Thursday 18 April 2013, during Shakespeare Week 2013.

 

For further information, please contact Sofia Novello, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
 
Susannah Carson on ‘Living with Shakespeare’

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0072  Monday, 18 February 2013

 

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

Date:         Saturday, February 16, 2013 10:16 PM

Subject:     Susannah Carson on ‘Living with Shakespeare’

 

Monday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m.    

National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

No Charge, but 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.

 
 
Launch: Issue 7.2. of Borrowers and Lenders

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0071  Monday, 18 February 2013

 

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

Date:         February 15, 2013 5:46:28 PM EST

Subject:     Launch: Issue 7.2. of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation

 

The editors of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation are delighted to announce the launch of issue 7.2, featuring a lavishly-illustrated essay by Alfredo Modenessi on Indian and “Indian” Othellos, Stephannie Gearhart’s analysis of Lear’s Daughters, Pamela Swanigan’s multimedia exposition on the music of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, as well as a special cluster on Shakespeare and African American Poetics (in association with the Langston Hughes Review and one on Punchdrunk Theatre’s cult New York Haunted House/Macbeth installation, Sleep No More

 

Please visit www.borrowers.uga.edu for the current Table of Contents.

 
 
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