The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.353 Thursday, 21 August 2014
From: Paul Muller-Reed <
Date: August 13, 2014 at 2:11:29 PM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare 4th Folio
I am the Pres. of New England Auctions and we will be auctioning off an original 1695 4th folio of Shakespeare's Works on Sept. 30th of this year.
Mr. William Shakespear’s Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. Unto which is added, Seven Plays, never before Printed in Folio: Viz. Pericles Prince of Tyre. The London Prodigal. The History of Thomas Lord Cromwel. Sir John Oldcastle Lord Cobham. The Puritan Widow. A Yorkshire Tragedy. The Tragedy of Locrine. The Fourth Edition.
London: Printed for H. Herringham, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley, at the Anchor in the Exchange, the Crane in St. Pauls Church-Yard, and in Russel-Street Covent-Garden. 1685.
Folio (13-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches). Engraved portrait of Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout printed on the initial leaf with Ben Jonson’s verses “To The Reader” printed below, ornamental woodcut initials. Collation: 2, A4; A-Y6; Z4; Bb-Zz6; *Aaa-*Ddd6; *Eee8; Aaa-Zzz6; Aaaa-Bbbb6; Cccc2. 458 leaves.
This volume is paged in three parts: 1-272, 1-328, 1-303, with the following irregularities in pagination: in part I, the pagination 96 is followed by 99; 160 by 163; 254 by 243; and that by 254 repeated. Pages 33, 107,109,190, 191, 219, 246 are respectively misprinted 23, 109, 111, 186, 187, 221, 234. In part III: page 67 is misprinted 76.
“Copies even of this edition are difficult to find in choice and pure state.” –Hazlitt, page 547.
The Silver-Mathews volume has been treated well over the years with many leaves retaining a freshness reflecting the care of ownership from the date of is printing. The leaves show a minimal evidence of handling with the exception of an occasional finger or ink smudge. An occasional stray ash has produced small holes on some leaves. An extremely skilled hand was given the task to close a few margin tears. Varying light browning and a light stain to the bottom margin sporadically affecting signatures.
Paper defect H2 (affecting 1 letter) and top margins of S2, Z2, Z4 & Oo4 , tiny ash holes affecting leaves *5, B6, G4, H3, M5, N3, N4, P2, Q, Cc2, Hh, Xx3, Ggg, Tt2, Uu5, Zz4, Ddd2, Fff2, Hhh5, Mmm6, Yyy5 (6 affecting a letter), skilled closed marginal tears to title (two – 1cm), frontispiece (3 at 2cm), *6 (2cm), B6 (1cm), P6 (1cm), Kk4 (1 cm), Kkk3 (1cm). Several later margin tears affect leaves Y3, Ee3, Ee5 & Nn4.
New England Auctions
PBS Shakespeare Uncovered
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.347 Tuesday, 19 August 2014
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: August 17, 2014 at 8:36:51 AM EDT
Subject: PBS Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS Shakespeare Uncovered can be streamed from links below:
The Tempest with Trevor Nunn
Hamlet with David Tennant
Richard II with Derek Jacobi
The Comedies with Joely Richardson
Henry IV & V with Jeremy Irons
Recent Additions to Lexicons of Early Modern English
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.346 Tuesday, 19 August 2014
From: UTP Journals <
Date: August 18, 2014 at 10:48:39 AM EDT
Subject: Recent Additions to Lexicons of Early Modern English
Recently added to Lexicons of Early Modern English
§ Stephen Batman, "A note of Saxon wordes" (1581)
§ Edmund Bohun, Geographical Dictionary (1693): 11,681 word-entries
§ Richard Boothby, A Brief Discovery or Description of the Most Famous Island of Madagascar (1646)
§ Thomas Dekker, O per se O (1612)
§ John Heydon, "A Chymical Dictionary" (English; 1662): 70 word-entries.
§ Gregory Martin, The New Testament of the English College of Rheims (1582)
§ Gerhard Mercator, Historia Mundi Or Mercator's Atlas (1635)
§ Guy Miège, A New Dictionary French and English, with another English and French (1677): 18,376 word-entries, 73,641 sub-entries
§ John Ogilby, Asia, the First Part (1673)
§ John Rider, Bibliotheca Scholastica (English-Latin, 1589): 42,000 word-entries and sub-entries.
§ Richard Rowlands, A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence in Antiquities (1605; Richard Verstegan; text replaced by an extended and analyzed version)
§ Nicholas Stone, Enchiridion of Fortification (1645)
§ John Thorie, The Theatre of the Earth (1601; place-names): 3,100 word-entries.
§ John Turner, A Book of Wines (1568)
Coming soon to LEME
§ Ortus Vocabulorum (Latin-English, 1500): 25,500 word-entries.
§ Henry Hexham, A Copious English and Netherdutch Dictionary (1647): 33,000 word-entries.
Lexicons of Early Modern English is a growing historical database offering scholars unprecedented access to early books and manuscripts documenting the growth and development of the English language. With more than 600,000 word-entries from 184 monolingual, bilingual, and polyglot dictionaries, glossaries, and linguistic treatises, encyclopedic and other lexical works from the beginning of printing in England to 1702, as well as tools updated annually, LEME sets the standard for modern linguistic research on the English language.
Use Modern Techniques to Research Early Modern English!
199 Searchable lexicons
148 Fully analyzed lexicons
664 546 Total word entries
444 971 Fully analyzed word entries
573 423 Total analyzed forms and subforms
444 972 Total analyzed forms
128 451 Total analyzed subforms
60 891 Total English modern headwords
LEME provides exciting opportunities for research for historians of the English language. More than a half-million word-entries devised by contemporary speakers of early modern English describe the meaning of words, and their equivalents in languages such as French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and other tongues encountered then in Europe, America, and Asia.
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Shakespeare and the Visual Arts - Call for Papers - New Deadline
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.344 Monday, 11 August 2014
From: Michele Marrapodi <
Date: August 10, 2014 at 6:02:11 PM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare and the Visual Arts - Call for Papers - New Deadline
Call for Papers - New deadline
SHAKESPEARE AND THE VISUAL ARTS:
The Italian Influence
Michele Marrapodi and Keir Elam
Critical investigation into the rubric of “Shakespeare and the visual arts” has generally focused on the influence exerted by the works of Shakespeare on a number of artists, painters, and sculptors in the course of the centuries. Drawing on the poetics of intertextuality, and profiting from the more recent concepts of cultural mobility and permeability between cultures in the early modern period, this volume will study instead the use or mention of Renaissance material arts and artists in Shakespeare’s oeuvre. Among the great variety of possible topics, contributors may like to consider:
- the impact of optics and pictorial perspective on the plays or poems;
- anamorphosis and trompe l’oeil effects on the whole range of visual representation;
- the rhetoric of “verbal painting” in dramatic and poetic discourse;
- the actual citation of classical and Renaissance artists;
- the legacy of iconographic topoi;
- the humanistic debate or Paragone of the Sister Arts;
- the use of emblems and emblematic language;
- explicit and implicit ekphrasis and ekphrastic passages in the plays or poems;
- ekphrastic intertextuality, etc.
Contributors are invited to submit proposals by 30 September 2014 to the addresses of the editors below. They should send a one-page abstract of their proposed chapter on the relationship between the age of Shakespeare and Renaissance visual culture, including theoretical approaches to the arts in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Each abstract (approx. 300 words) should include the author’s name, email, affiliation, and title of the proposed contribution.
Prof. Michele Marrapodi
University of Palermo, Italy.
Prof. Keir Elam
University of Bologna, Italy.
Folger Digital Editions: The Poems
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.341 Sunday, 10 August 2014
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: August 8, 2014 at 10:07:43 AM EDT
Subject: Folger Digital Editions: The Poems
The Folger Digital Texts now has Shakespeare's Sonnets, Venus and Adonis, Lucrece, and The Phoenix and the Turtle
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.336 Tuesday, 29 July 2014
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I leave tomorrow for London, Stratford, and then back to London.
This is my ISC and theater trip.
I will be able to edit submissions tomorrow, but then there will be an interruption for a few days until I get over jet jag and settled into the too aggressive itinerary I have set for myself.
Shakespeare Magazine - New Issue
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.330 Monday, 28 July 2014
From: Pat Reid <
Date: July 22, 2014 at 8:29:53 AM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare Magazine - New Issue
I wanted to let you know that the third issue of Shakespeare Magazine is now available to read online:
Highlights include The Shakespeare Guide to Brazil, Shakespeare's Cleopatra on screen, Henry IV in Washington DC and an exhibition of beautiful French Shakespeare costumes.
I very much hope you enjoy the issue, and please feel free to share with anyone you feel may be interested.
All best wishes,
Pat Reid - Editor, Shakespeare Magazine
NB Shakespeare Magazine is a completely free online magazine. You don’t have to ‘Follow’ or sign up - just click or swipe to start turning the pages.
Shakespeare-Themed Book Reviews and Course Adoptions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.329 Monday, 28 July 2014
From: Lois Leveen <
Date: July 17, 2014 at 5:45:51 PM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare-Themed Book Reviews and Course Adoptions
As some of you know, JULIET’S NURSE is being published by Simon & Schuster this September. It imagines the 14 years leading up to the events in Romeo and Juliet, as told from the pov of the nurse. There is much Shakespeare but also much medieval/Renaissance Italian history woven in, and I’m honored to say the audiences who’ve heard scenes from it (at Shakespeare 450 in Paris, as well as the Kalamazoo Medievalist Congress) have responded quite warmly, and Arthur Little at UCLA has already read the book and given it a lovely blurb.
If any of you do reviews of Shakespeare-themed works, S&S has advanced reader copies available for reviewers. You can request one from Mellony Torres <
In addition, I know a September pub date makes it difficult to consider a book for the 2014-15 school year, but if you use contemporary fiction in any of your classes and think you might want to put JULIET’S NURSE on your syllabus, I think you should be able to request as ARC for consideration. Those requests should go to Megan Reid <
For the rest of you, I’ll let the list know when the book is officially available this autumn.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.328 Monday, 28 July 2014
From: John Knapp <
Date: July 17, 2014 at 11:53:25 AM EDT
Subject: Lear and Families
Readers of SHAKSPER might be interested in reading Joe Carroll’s essay, “An Evolutionary Approach to Shakespeare’s King Lear” in a recent collection of mine: Critical Insights: Family. Ipswich, MA: Salem P, 2013: 83-103.
John V. Knapp,
Professor of English, Emeritus;
Department of English,
Northern Illinois University
CFP: The IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.327 Monday, 28 July 2014
From: Ilaria Natali <
Date: July 22, 2014 at 8:55:54 AM EDT
Subject: CfP: The IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence
Please find enclosed the CFP for the forthcoming IASEMS (Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies) Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence, “Humour in Shakespeare’s Arcadia: Gender, Genre, and Wordplay in Early Modern Comedy”. The conference will take place in Florence (Italy), 23rd April 2015, and is in continuity with the annual Graduate Conference organized by The British Institute of Florence. The deadline for proposals is Friday 31 October 2014.
We hope this event may be of interest to some of you and would be very grateful for circulation or publication of the attached PDF document.
Thank you in advance for your attention,
University of Florence, Italy
Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies
Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
The IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence
Call for Papers
HUMOUR IN SHAKESPEARE’S ARCADIA:
GENDER, GENRE, AND WORDPLAY IN EARLY MODERN COMEDY
Florence 23rd April 2015
The 2015 IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute in Florence is a one-day interdisciplinary and bilingual English-Italian forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years. This year’s conference will focus on the theme of comedy in early modern texts, and on how humour is produced in language and plot, what purposes it serves and how it can be related to issues of gender and genre. From Mikhail Bakhtin’s emphasis on the comic body to more recent explorations of the way erotic desire can be displaced by humour, early modern texts offer endless examples of improvisatory, situational or physical humour (whether deriving from the Elizabethan clown tradition or from the comic counterparts in medieval miracle and mystery plays) as well as sophisticated scripted humour and parody of romantic clichés. As is well known, humour, or “comic relief” can also be found in non-comic texts, such as tragedies, romances, epic poetry or pamphlets, often causing disruption of generic expectations and blurring the lines of genre distinction. Proposals can therefore address, from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, the impact and the implications of humour or comedic infiltrations in a wide range of early modern English texts.
Candidates are invited to send a description of their proposed contribution according to the following guidelines:
• the candidate should provide name, institution, contact info, title and a short abstract of the proposed contribution (300 words for a 20-minute paper), explaining the content and intended structure of the paper, and including a short bibliography
• abstracts are to be submitted by Friday 31 October 2014 by email to
• all proposals will be blind-vetted. The list of selected papers will be available by the end of November 2014
• each finished contribution is to last no longer than 20 minutes and is to be presented in English (an exception will be made for Italian candidates of departments other than English, who can present papers in Italian): Candidates whose first language is not English will need to have their proposals and final papers checked by a mother-tongue speaker
• participants will be asked to present a final draft of the paper ten days before the Conference.
Selected speakers who are IASEMS members can apply for a small grant (http://www.maldura.unipd.it/iasems/iasems_about.html)
For further information please contact Ilaria Natali (