Previewing a BBC Documentary, “The King and the Playwright”
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0512 Wednesday, 12 December 2012
From: John F Andrews <
Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 1:52 PM
Subject: Previewing a BBC Documentary, “The King and the Playwright”
Previewing a BBC Documentary, “The King and the Playwright,” with Columbia’s James Shapiro
Speaking of Shakespeare
After memorable conversations in September with JOHN LAHR, senior theatre critic for the New Yorker magazine, in October with Hunter College’s IRENE DASH, and in November with esteemed director NAGLE JACKSON, the Shakespeare Guild invites you to a special December 17 preview of THE KING AND THE PLAYWRIGHT, a new BBC documentary by Columbia University’s JAMES SHAPIRO.
James Shapiro’s BBC Series on Shakespeare
Monday, December 17, at 7:00 p.m.
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South
No Charge, but Reservations Requested
As the author of such award-winning volumes as Shakespeare and the Jews (1996), Oberammergau (2000), 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005), and Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (2010), Columbia University’s JAMES SHAPIRO has established himself as one of today’s most prominent scholars and reviewers, with frequent appearances on the Charlie Rose Show and other television and radio programs, and with numerous articles in periodicals such as the New York Times. On this occasion he’ll preview a riveting segment from his latest endeavor, a three-hour BBC documentary, The King and the Playwright, which has been shortlisted for a major TV award in the UK. After Mr. Shapiro screens his fascinating account of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot against James I and his court, and its impact on the chief dramatist for the theatrical company that profited from the monarch’s own patronage, he and the Guild’s John Andrews will join the audience for an engaging discussion of the episode.
Looking ahead, we’ll soon be announcing details about a special GIELGUD AWARD gala to take place on Sunday, April 14, at the GIELGUD THEATRE in London. This benefit will feature many of the luminaries who graced our April 2004 GIELGUD CENTENARY GALA, which occurred in the same venue and was co-sponsored by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. For additional information about these and other offerings, as well as about membership in The Shakespeare Guild, visit the website below or contact
John F. Andrews, President
The Shakespeare Guild
Book Announcement: Shakespeare et la postmodernité
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0507 Monday, 10 December 2012
From: Jean-Christophe MAYER <
Date: December 10, 2012 5:01:40 AM EST
Subject: Book Announcement: Shakespeare et la postmodernité
Jean-Christophe Mayer. Shakespeare et la postmodernité : Essais sur l’auteur, le religieux, l’histoire et le lecteur. Bern : Peter Lang, 2012, xii + 305p. ISBN 978-3-0343-1196-0 (paper), ISBN 978-3-0352-0166-6 (eBook).
Book synopsis in English:
Shakespeare is one of the most performed authors worldwide, but his texts have also been a crucial testing ground for a wide variety of critical theorists. This book looks at the impact of the postmodern and poststructuralist movements on literary studies and more specifically on Shakespeare studies. Steering clear of overly dogmatic or reactionary positions, it offers fresh solutions to current critical problems. It invites us to rethink the way we relate to Shakespeare’s text through a re-examination of four key notions: the Author, Religion, History and the Reader. The paradox of Shakespeare’s presence and absence as an author is investigated, as well as the “religious turn” in Shakespeare studies. Through a constructive critique of New Historicism and Presentism, the links between literature and history are reconsidered and established on new ground. Finally, and even if Shakespeare wrote mostly for the stage, the book shows how his early readers significantly transformed the reception of his works.
About the Author:
Jean-Christophe Mayer is a Research Professor of English Renaissance Studies employed by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He is also a member of the Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Classical Age and the Enlightenment (IRCL) at University Paul Valery, Montpellier, France.
Publisher description and orders:
CFP: Plymouth State University Medieval Forum
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0502 Thursday, 6 December 2012
From: Jini Sparkman <
Date: December 6, 2012 4:48:05 PM EST
Subject: Plymouth State University Medieval Forum
Plymouth State University Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Call for Paper and Sessions for the 34th Annual Forum: “Travel, Contact, Exchange.”
Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Plymouth State University’s Forum is the oldest conference of its type in New England. Students and scholars return to New Hampshire’s beautiful White Mountain region year after year for intellectual refreshment, collegial disagreement, and of course, the Medieval Feast. Whether you’re a first-timer or a venerable Friend of the Forum, we welcome you into our academic community.
We look forward to seeing new and old friends at our 34th gathering, focused upon the themes of “Travel, Contact, Exchange” to be held Friday and Saturday April 19-20, 2013.
We invite abstracts in medieval and Early Modern studies that consider how travel, contact, and exchange functioned in personal, political, religious, and aesthetic realms.
How, when, where, and why did cultural exchange happen?
What are the roles of storytelling or souvenirs in experiences of pilgrimage or Crusade?
What is exchanged, lost, or left behind in moments of contact?
How do such moments of contact and exchange hold meaning today?
Papers need not be confined to the theme but may cover many aspects of medieval and Renaissance
life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history and music.
Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Undergraduate student papers or sessions require faculty sponsorship.
This year’s keynote speaker is David L. Simon. He is Jetté Professor of Art at Colby College, where he has received the Basset Award for excellence in teaching. He holds graduate degrees from Boston University and the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London. Among his publications are the catalogue of Spanish and southern French Romanesque sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters and studies on Romanesque architecture and sculpture in Aragon and Navarra, Spain. He is co- author of recent editions of Janson’s History of Art: The Western Tradition and Janson’s Basic History of Western Art. Since 2007 he has co-directed an annual summer course and conference on Romanesque art for the University of Zaragoza, Spain.
For more information visit www.plymouth.edu/medieval
Please submit abstracts and full contact information to Dr. Karolyn Kinane, Director or
Jini Rae Sparkman, Assistant Director:
Abstract deadline: Monday January 14, 2013 Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2013
Book Announcement: A Horse with Wings
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0501 Thursday, 6 December 2012
From: Daeshin Kim <
Date: December 6, 2012 3:42:14 PM EST
Subject: Book Announcement: A Horse with Wings
Songs for Children Sung by Characters From Shakespeare
Book Title: A Horse With Wings
Author: Daeshin Kim
Illustrator: Sohyun An Kim
42 pages, hardcover with dust jacket and CD inside
Published: December 7, 2012
A Horse With Wings contains sixteen original songs and pictures for children, composed and illustrated by Daeshin Kim and Sohyun An Kim respectively, a husband and wife team. Each nursery rhyme is ‘sung by’ a character from Shakespeare—for example, Hamlet sings about his dear departed friend Yorick, and Juliet wonders what’s in a name. Each song also addresses a specific issue with which children can identify, whether it be about rivalry, bullying or simply about the smelliest dog in the world. The Kims’ young daughter Sherman also sings some of the songs.
Book available on Amazon: http://amzn.com/0741480506
Digital music available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/horse-wings-kinderbard-volume/id579649398
Free guide for parents and teachers available at website: http://www.kinderbard.com
Book Announcement: Kozintsev’s Shakespeare Films
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0497 Wednesday, 5 December 2012
From: Tiffany AC Moore <
Date: December 5, 2012 11:38:51 AM EST
Subject: Book Announcement: Kozintsev’s Shakespeare Films
Kozintsev’s Shakespeare Films: Russian Political Protest in Hamlet and King Lear
By Tiffany Ann Conroy Moore
Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-7135-5
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-0028-4
9 photos, notes, bibliography, index
202pp. softcover (6 x 9) 2012
About the Book
This book is a study of Grigory Kozintsev’s two cinematic Shakespeare adaptations, Hamlet (Gamlet, 1964), and King Lear (Korol Lir, 1970). The films are considered in relation to the historical, artistic and cultural contexts in which they appear, and in relation to the contributions of Dmitri Shostakovich, who wrote the films’ scores; and Boris Pasternak, whose translations Kozintsev used. The films are analyzed respective to their place in the translation and performance history of Hamlet and King Lear from their first appearances in Tsarist Russian arts and letters. In particular, this study is concerned with the ways in which these plays have been used as a means to critique the government and the country’s problems in an age in which official censorship was commonplace. Kozintsev’s films (as well as his theatrical productions of Hamlet and Lear) continue along this trajectory of protest by providing a vehicle for him and his collaborators to address the oppression, violence and corruption of Soviet society. It was just this sort of covert political protest that finally effected the dissolution and fall of the USSR.
Book Announcement: Shakespeare and the Shrew
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0496 Wednesday, 5 December 2012
From: Anna Kamaralli <
Date: December 5, 2012 12:11:33 AM EST
Subject: Book Announcement: Shakespeare and the Shrew
I am about as pleased as I ever have been about anything to let you know that my book Shakespeare and the Shrew: Performing the Defiant Female Voice is now in print, as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s “Shakespeare Studies” series.
Here is the link to Palgrave's site:
I have identified twelve characters in Shakespeare’s plays as being derived from the theatrical stock type, the ‘shrew’ (who is included and who omitted will most likely generate plenty of argument before we even delve into the content), and looked at both the text and how they have appeared in performances from around the last twenty years.
This is the dust jacket blurb:
Whenever Shakespeare wrote a ‘shrew’ into one of his plays he created a character who challenged ideas about acceptable behaviour for a woman. This is as true today as when the plays were first performed. A shrew is a woman who refuses to be quiet when she is told to be, who says things that people do not want to hear. She is constructed to alleviate male anxieties through ridicule, but like so many objects of comedy or derision, she is full of power because of her very ability to generate these anxieties. ‘Shrew’ is supposed to be an insult, but has often been used to describe women enacting behaviour that can be brave, clever, noble or just. This book marries an examination of Shakespeare’s shrews in his plays with their history in recent performance, to investigate our own attitudes to hearing women with defiant voices.
Digital Album of Sonnet Setting
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0493 Tuesday, 4 December 2012
From: Stephen Buhler <
Date: December 3, 2012 5:08:45 PM EST
Subject: Digital Album of Sonnet Setting
I’d like to announce a newly released digital album (perhaps more like an EP), Sweet Will & the Saucy Jacks: five of Shakespeare’s sonnets, which I perform to musical settings in a range of pop modes. These versions were recorded with instructional uses in mind – focused on the words, with just a guitar or two for instrumentation. Follow the link for plays and downloads on a Name Your Price (including Free, if you choose) basis as classroom tools, supplemental materials, or simple diversion.
With many thanks,
Stephen M. Buhler
Aaron Douglas Professor of English
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Book Announcement: Shakespeare and the Second World War
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0492 Tuesday, 4 December 2012
From: Irene Makaryk <
Date: December 3, 2012 6:17:08 PM EST
Subject: Book Announcement: Shakespeare and the Second World War
Hello, Fellow Shakespeareans,
Marissa McHugh and I are delighted to share the good news that our multi-authored book, Shakespeare and the Second World War: Memory, Culture, Identity (University of Toronto Press) has just been published.
Here is the link:
and a description from the dust jacket:
Shakespeare’s works occupy a prismatic and complex position in world culture: they straddle both the high and the low, the national and the foreign, literature and theatre. The Second World War presents a fascinating case study of this phenomenon: most, if not all, of its combatants have laid claim to Shakespeare and have called upon his work to convey their society’s self-image.
In wartime, such claims frequently brought to the fore a crisis of cultural identity and of competing ownership of this ‘universal’ author. Despite this, the role of Shakespeare during the Second World War has not yet been examined or documented in any depth. Shakespeare and the Second World War provides the first sustained international, collaborative incursion into this terrain. The essays demonstrate how the wide variety of ways in which Shakespeare has been recycled, reviewed, and reinterpreted from 1939–1945 are both illuminated by and continue to illuminate the War today
Please share this information with interested friends, colleagues, and students, and especially with your university librarian!
Irene (Irena) R. Makaryk
Professor, Department of English
University of Ottawa
Searching SHAKSPER Archive
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0489 Monday, 3 December 2012
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Monday, December 3, 2012
Subject: Searching SHAKSPER Archive
It has been suggested to me privately that it would be useful if I were to provide or remind subscribers of methods for using the SEARCH function at the SHAKSPER web site: shaksper.net .
Below are written instructions and attached is a pdf file of the instructions with illustrations of what is discussed.
Using the SHAKPER.net) Archive functions:
For a simple search, go to the search box to the right side of any page on the site, enter search terms, click go, and scroll through results, selecting the one you are looking for.
Another technique is to bring the cursor over Archive to get the drop down menu.
If you are looking from something from a particular date, you can move down to the year and click to bring up the months of that year.
Clicking on the month provides a complete list of all postings during that month.
Browse through lists to find article you are looking for.
You get the most flexibility by going to the home page drop down menu for Archive and selecting “Search Archive”: http://shaksper.net/archive/search. (You can also get this search box by clicking on “Advanced Search” on the right side of all pages on the site.)
From this click on “Advanced Search” to find these instructions:
Here are a few examples of how you can use the search feature:
Entering this and that into the search form will return results containing both “this” and “that”.
Entering this not that into the search form will return results containing “this” and not “that”.
Entering this or that into the search form will return results containing either “this” or “that”.
Entering “this and that” (with quotes) into the search form will return results containing the exact phrase “this and that”.
If you would further like to search by month, select the month from the drop down menu under “Search by Category”, where you can also limit by “SHAKSPER Book Reviews”, “SHAKPER Roundtable Discussion”, and so on.
If you have any further questions, you can reach me at
Hardy M. Cook
Editor of SHAKSPER
Clink on the following link for a downloadable pdf file with screen captures to illustrate the above instructions: Searching SHAKSPER Archive (3.93 MB)
ISE/Broadview Julius Caesar Published
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0482 Friday, 30 November 2012
From: Michael Best <
Date: Friday, November 30, 2012 2:25 PM
Subject: ISE/Broadview Julius Caesar Published
It is with great pleasure that I write to let you know that the second play in the ISE/Broadview series has been published: John Cox’s Julius Caesar. Congratulations to John on a fine edition, and to Broadview for their usual attractive and professional book design.
You will find it in the Broadview catalogue here:
I’m pleased to say that the next plays in the series—Henry IV, Part One, Twelfth Night, Henry V, and The Winter’s Tale—are in various stages of review and preparation.
Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions
Department of English, University of Victoria
Victoria B.C. V8W 3W1, Canada.
[Editor’s Note: I have augmented Michael Best’s announcement below. Hardy]
Julius Caesar is a key link between Shakespeare’s histories and his tragedies. Unlike the Caesar drawn by Plutarch in a source text, Shakespeare’s Caesar is surprisingly modern: vulnerable and imperfect, a powerful man who does not always know himself. The open-ended structure of the play insists that revealing events will continue after the play ends, making the significance of the history we have just witnessed impossible to determine in the play itself.
John D. Cox’s introduction discusses issues of genre, characterization, and rhetoric, while also providing a detailed history of criticism of the play. Appendices provide excerpts from important related works by Lucretius, Plutarch, and Montaigne.
A collaboration between Broadview Press and the Internet Shakespeare Editions project at the University of Victoria, the editions developed for this series have been comprehensively annotated and draw on the authoritative texts newly edited for the ISE. This innovative series allows readers to access extensive and reliable online resources linked to the print edition.
John D. Cox is DuMez Professor of English at Hope College, Holland, Michigan, and has published widely on Shakespeare’s plays and other Renaissance drama.
Table of Contents:
William Shakespeare and Julius Caesar: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Texts
Characters in the Play
Appendix A: Plutarch's Lives
from Life of Caesar
from Life of Brutus
from Life of Marcus Antonius
Appendix B: Montaigne on Stoicism and Epicurenism
Instructor Copies: Academics teaching relevant courses may request examination copies of titles to consider for text adoption. We ask that you limit your examination copy requests to three or fewer at a time; if you are not confident that you will adopt the book, please help us keep costs down by ordering it instead. If in the future you do decide to assign as a course text a book you have previously ordered personally, Broadview Press will be happy to refund your money.
A Broadview Internet Shakespeare Edition
Written by: William Shakespeare
Edited by: John D. Cox
ISBN: 9781554810505 / 1554810507
Now: CDN & US $13.95
In August: $15.95
Internet Shakespeare Editions edition: http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Foyer/plays/JC.html
Peter Holland to Receive 2012 Sheedy Award
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0479 Wednesday, 28 November 2012
From: Actors From The London Stage <
Date: November 28, 2012 12:18:33 PM EST
Subject: Peter Holland to Receive 2012 Sheedy Award
The Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award is presented annually to an outstanding teacher in the College of Arts and Letters [at Notre Dame College]. Professor Peter Holland is the 2012 Award Recipient. The Sheedy award was founded in 1970 in honor of Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of the College from 1951–69, and acknowledges a faculty member who has sustained excellence in research and instruction over a wide range of courses. This individual must also motivate and enrich students using innovative and creative teaching methods and influence teaching and learning within the department, College, and University.
Peter Holland, one of the central figures in performance-oriented Shakespeare criticism, served as Director of the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon before coming to Notre Dame in 2002. He is editor of Shakespeare Survey as well as a number of other series. Among his books are English Shakespeares: Shakespeare on the English Stage in the 1990s and a major study of Restoration drama The Ornament of Action. He has also edited many Shakespeare plays, including A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Oxford Shakespeare series. In 2007, he completed publication of a five-volume series of collections of essays entitled Rethinking British Theatre History. In 2007-08, he served as President of the Shakespeare Association of America. He was elected an honorary fellow at Trinity Hall, his alma mater and one of the 31 colleges that comprise the University of Cambridge.