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Shakespeare-Themed Book Reviews and Course Adoptions

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.329  Monday, 28 July 2014

 

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

Date:         July 17, 2014 at 5:45:51 PM EDT

Subject:    Shakespeare-Themed Book Reviews and Course Adoptions

 

Colleagues,

 

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

 

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

 

For the rest of you, I’ll let the list know when the book is officially available this autumn.

 

-Lois Leveen

 
 
Lear and Families

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.328  Monday, 28 July 2014

 

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

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;

Editor, Style.

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

Date:         July 22, 2014 at 8:55:54 AM EDT

Subject:    CfP: The IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence

 

Dear Colleague,

 

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,

Ilaria Natali

___________________________

University of Florence, Italy

IASEMS member 

 

IASEMS

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

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

 
 
Romeo and Juliet in Harlem . . .

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.315  Friday, 11 July 2014

 

From:        Aleta Chappelle (AletaFilms) < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         July 9, 2014 at 5:41:02 PM EDT

Subject:    Romeo and Juliet in Harlem . . . 

 

My name is Aleta Chappelle and I wrote the screenplay adaptation and I’m the director of ROMEO AND JULIET IN HARLEM. The film has been accepted at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival and it will screen Wednesday, July 16th at 7PM.

 

We would love to get the word out to the Shakespeare community, not only because we’d love to have them come to the screening but also we’d love them to follow our progress on Facebook.

 

Here’s our Facebook page;

 

https://www.facebook.com/RomeoandJulietinHarlem

 

Here’s more info about the screening and tickets;

 

http://wl.flavorus.com/event/ROMEO-AND-JULIET-IN-HARLEM/252417?afflky=DowntownFilmFestivalLA

 

Our “new” shorter ROMEO & JULIET in HARLEM Trailer:

http://youtu.be/Xug1Xq9iCfM

 

 

I know it’s short notice but I hope you can help us. This is a unique production with a total cast of color and our goal it to keep Shakespeare’s works alive as we perform his text in a modern day urban setting.

 

Please contact me if you have questions or need more information.

 

Thank you,

Aleta

 
 
Shakespeare Digital Challenge

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.314  Friday, 11 July 2014

 

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

Date:         July 9, 2014 at 5:55:44 PM EDT

Subject:    Shakespeare Digital Challenge

 

From Alexa Huang, Chair of the MLA Committee on the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare 

 

Announcement

 

The New Variorum Shakespeare Digital Challenge: The Second Round

 

The MLA Committee on the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare (NVS) is sponsoring its second digital challenge to find the most innovative and compelling uses of the data contained in one of the NVS editions. This year the MLA is making available the XML files and schema for two volumes, The Winter’s Tale and The Comedy of Errors, under a Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0 license.

 

Scholars can freely download the XML files and schema from GitHub: https://github.com/mlaa/nvs-challenge.

 

The committee seeks entries featuring new means of displaying, representing, and exploring this data in the most exciting API, interface, visualization, or data-mining project. It is especially interested in entries that combine the NVS data with another Shakespearian project, such as Folger Digital Texts, Internet Shakespeare Editions, or Open Source Shakespeare. The goal is to see the possibilities of the NVS in digital form and, in particular, the innovations in scholarly research that might be enabled by opening up the NVS’s code. Projects will thus be judged both on the quality of the interface they provide for the NVS and on the insights produced by the mash-up.

 

The deadline for entries is 1 September 2014. The committee will assess the submissions and select the winner no later than 1 October 2014. The prize of $500 and an award certificate will be given at the 2015 MLA convention in Vancouver.

 

Entries may be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Questions about the NVS Digital Challenge should be addressed to Kathleen Fitzpatrick, director of scholarly communication, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

For more information about our partner projects, please contact Michael Best ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), of Internet Shakespeare Editions, or Eric Johnson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), of Open Source Shakespeare and Folger Digital Texts.

 

Please note that our partners are available to answer questions about the resources, not to provide technical support.

 

For more info and to see winners of the first round, visit: http://www.mla.org/nvs_challenge

 
 
Global Shakespeare—Announcement and Job Opportunity

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.311  Wednesday, 9 July 2014

 

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

Date:         July 9, 2014 at 10:03:50 AM EDT

Subject:    Global Shakespeare—Announcement and Job Opportunity

 

I am the administrator working on Global Shakespeare which is a new partnership between Queen Mary University of London and Warwick University which aims to shape the future research agenda in Shakespeare studies across criticism, performance, history and media; from television to digital reproduction. It is being led by David and has recently been launched with a Masters programme beginning 2014/15.

 

Our website is www.globalshakespeare.ac.uk

 

And we are very excited to be recruiting two Global Shakespeare Research Fellows through Warwick with a deadline of 23rd July. The job advert is live and is can be accessed through this link. http://bit.ly/1qKtTDk

 

Anna Boneham 

Executive Officer Global Shakespeare

Queen Mary University of London

University of Warwick

 
 
Full-time Professeur-e Associé-e / Professor of Modern English Literature

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.309  Tuesday, 8 July 2014

 

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

Date:         July 8, 2014 at 12:49:08 PM EDT

Subject:    Full-time Professeur-e Associé-e / Professor of Modern English Literature 

 

Full-time Professeur-e Associé-e / Professor of Modern English Literature

Department of English

Faculty of Letters

University of Lausanne

 

Start date: 1 August 2015

Reference: Offer n°3334

 

The Department of English at the University of Lausanne is seeking to appoint a Professor (Professeur-e Associé-e) of Modern English Literature, with expertise in any area of English Literature from 1550 to the present. Preference may be given to candidates specialising in pre-nineteenth century literature and/or drama and/or interdisciplinary studies. 

 

The successful candidate will be a scholar of international standing, with an excellent record of research and publication and at least one monograph published by a widely respected press. She or he will also be a versatile and inspiring teacher, with experience of lecturing, teaching and supervising at undergraduate and postgraduate level. At Lausanne, the new Professor will be expected to teach six hours within the BA and MA programme, and additionally to supervise MA and PhD theses.

 

He or she will also be expected to play an active role in senior administration, to develop research of international standing in his or her field of expertise, and to work collaboratively with colleagues in the Department, and in the Faculty of Arts more generally. A reasonable proficiency in French is expected for this post, and a high level of proficiency is required within two years.

 

Applications should include: a cover letter, CV with complete list of publications and the names of three referees, as well as a copy of the highest degree obtained. All applicants must hold a PhD (or corresponding title) in English Literature. 

 

Applications should be sent electronically, in one Word-doc attachment file, to Eva Suarato < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

 

Further information about the Department of English is available at: 

http://www.unil.ch/angl

 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Rachel Falconer, email: 

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

 

Closing date for applications: 30 September 2014.

 

Seeking to promote an equitable representation of men and women among its staff, the University encourages applications from women.

 

 

Rachel Falconer

Professor of Modern English Literature

English Department 

University of Lausanne

Anthropole 5132

UNIL-Dorigny

CH-1015

 

http://people.unil.ch/rachelfalconer

 
 
Latest Issues of Shakespeare Magazine

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.305  Monday, 7 July 2014

 

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

Date:         July 4, 2014 at 4:05:13 PM EDT

Subject:    Latest Issues of Shakespeare Magazine

 

http://www.shakespearemagazine.com/latest-issues/

 

ABOUT

 

A warm welcome to the website of Shakespeare Magazine!

 

As you’d expect from the name, it’s a magazine dedicated to exploring and celebrating the life and works of William Shakespeare.

 

We launched our first issue on 23 April 2014, as the world celebrated 450 years since the birth of the Bard.

 

We’ve quickly found readers in all corners of the globe, and it’s clear that Shakespeare Magazine is a truly international publication.

 

Shakespeare is England’s greatest gift to the world, so Shakespeare Magazine is completely free to anyone and everyone, no matter who you are or where you are.

 

The Shakespeare Magazine website is a place where you can read the latest issue of the magazine and peruse the latest Shakespeare News.

 

You can also follow our Twitter feed (with other social media channels coming soon). And we’ll be posting Shakespeare features, offers and competitions that won’t be available elsewhere.

 

Shakespeare Magazine aims to give a new voice to Shakespeare fans everywhere. I hope you’ll visit us often.

 

Enjoy your magazine and website.

 

Pat Reid

Founder & Editor, Shakespeare Magazine

 
 
BSA: Elections to the Board of Trustees

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.296  Wednesday, 2 July 2014

 

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

Date:         July 1, 2014 at 10:47:54 AM EDT

Subject:    Elections to the Board of Trustees

 

British Shakespeare Association


Every three years, we invite members of the British Shakespeare Association to stand for election to the Board of Trustees. There are 6 elected members of the Board and they play a very important role in guiding the work of the BSA and ensuring that the organisation is soundly managed and keeps true to the values and charitable objects in our constitution. We welcome applications from a broad range of candidates.

 

As a Trustee, you will also be a company director (as the BSA is a charitable company) and you will have a number of legal responsibilities as set out by the Charity Commission and the BSA’s articles of association. There is no pay for Trustees but reasonable expenses will be met. We meet three times a year (usually in Stratford-upon-Avon) and at the Annual General Meeting. However, most of the real discussions take place online before meetings. The term of office is three years, after which you will have the option of standing for a further three years.

 

To apply, please complete the attached form (if you've not been able to download it please email me directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and return electronically to the address on the form by the 8th September 2014. Only electronic copies will be accepted. The form will then be vetted by a Nominations Committee to make sure that your application is valid. Once we have all applications in they will be put out to the full membership for election with a view to confirming the membership of the new Board at our November/December AGM. The first meeting of the new Board will take place in January 2015 with further meetings in May and September.

 

This is an opportunity to help shape the next three years of the BSA. I very much hope you will consider standing. If you are at the conference this weekend, I will be very happy to discuss this opportunity with you, as will all of the current Trustees who will be there. We are also holding a special ‘meet the Board’ session at the conference—see the programme for details. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

The position of Web Officer will be advertised separately.

 

best wishes

Stuart Hampton-Reeves

Chair of the Board of Trustees

 

BSA Nomination Form: icon BSA Trustee Nomination Form (45.94 kB)

 
 
Shakespeare’s Globe: King Lear - Folger Shakespeare Library

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.291  Monday, 30 June 2014

 

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

Date:         June 27, 2014 at 1:15:54 PM EDT

Subject:    Shakespeare’s Globe: King Lear - Folger Shakespeare Library

 

http://www.folger.edu/wosummary.cfm?woid=932

 

Shakespeare’s Globe: King Lear

 

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Bill Buckhurst

Composed by Alex Silverman

 

Folger Elizabethan Theatre

 

Sep 5–21

 

Weary of his royal duties, King Lear proposes to break up his kingdom and divide it among his three daughters. Shakespeare’s Globe’s King Lear stars Joseph Marcell, well known as Geoffrey the English butler on the hit TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and internationally known as a classical actor and seen in Folger Theatre’s 2007 As You Like It.

 

 
University of Warwick Job Search: Global Shakespeare Research Fellow x2 (75003-064)

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.290  Monday, 30 June 2014

 

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

Date:         June 27, 2014 at 1:14:46 PM EDT

Subject:    University of Warwick Job Search: Global Shakespeare Research Fellow x2 (75003-064)

 

https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?amNvZGU9MTQyMzY2NSZ2dF90ZW1wbGF0ZT0xNDU3Jm93bmVyPTUwNjI0NTImb3duZXJ0eXBlPWZhaXImYnJhbmRfaWQ9MCZ2YWNfeHRyYTUwNjI0NTIuNTJfNTA2MjQ1Mj0yMzk5NDQmcG9zdGluZ19jb2RlPTYzNSZyZXFzaWc9MTQwMzcwODE2Ny1jZmNmNjhhMjJjODA3NzFlODY5NmIxYWFkNWIwMDMxMjBhZTc3MWMx=&jcode=1423665&vt_template=1457&owner=5062452&ownertype=fair&brand_id=0&vac_xtra5062452.52_5062452=239944&posting_code=635&reqsig=1403708167-cfcf68a22c80771e8696b1aad5b003120ae771c1

 

 

Global Shakespeare Research Fellow x2 (75003-064) 

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Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only

Department

Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning

Sub Department

Global Shakespeare

Salary

£28,132 - £36,661 pa

Location

University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Fixed Term 2 years 

 

University of Warwick & Queen Mary University of London 

 

Global Shakespeare is a new research and teaching collaboration between University of Warwick & Queen Mary University of London. We are looking to recruit two Research Fellows to contribute to Global Shakespeare research, teaching and international networking. 

 

Regular travel between the two sites will be required and office space will be available to the postholders at both locations. 

 

There is some flexibility in the candidates’ areas of specialisation. Interest in and expertise in new media will be especially valued, and the command of a language other than English is desirable. 

 

Interview date: Week commencing Monday 28 July 2014

Job Description

Job Purpose 

 

Contribute to Global Shakespeare research, teaching and international networking by assisting the Academic Director on research and teaching projects, archiving and extending collaborative contacts, and producing own research in publications that develop and enhance the reputation of Global Shakespeare internally and externally. 

 

The postholder will be under the supervision and direction of Professor David Schalkwyk, Academic Director Global Shakespeare at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Warwick. 

 

Duties and Responsibilities 

 

There is some flexibility in the candidates’ areas of specialisation. We are particularly interested in candidates who are able to contribute to Global Shakespeare as a centre for innovative research, a focus for teaching and pedagogy and the locus of collaborative relationships between Queen Mary University of London, the University of Warwick, and the global community of Shakespeare scholars and theatre practitioners. Interest in and expertise in new media will be especially valued, and the command of a language other than English is desirable. 

 

Global Shakespeare is a joint project with Queen Mary University of London. Regular travel between the two sites will be required and office space will be available to the postholder(s) at both locations. 

 

Research 

 

1. Establish a sound base within Global Shakespeare in order to pursue individual and collaborative research of high quality. Support Global Shakespeare fully in the preparation of material required for the research evaluation. 

 

2. Promote collaborative and interdisciplinary research at an international level that reflects the aims and objectives of Global Shakespeare. 

 

3. Contribute to the editing and dissemination of the electronic journal “Global Shakespeare”. 

 

4. Participate in the gathering and publication of an archive pertaining to research, teaching, performance and media presence of Global Shakespeare across the world. This will include managing archives, websites and new media, and the establishment of online teaching programmes. 

 

5. Publish research in appropriate journals and publish and disseminate the result of research and scholarship in other outlets. 

 

6. Attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences, and contribute to the external visibility of Global Shakespeare. 

 

7. Contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and contractual purposes to support the Global Shakespeare research strategy. 

 

8. Draft research reports for the Director. 

 

 

Teaching 

 

9. Contribute to the teaching and learning programmes of Global Shakespeare, in particular the Associate Student module at Undergraduate level. 

 

 

Administration and Other Activities 

 

9. Undertake such specific departmental roles and management functions as may be reasonably required by the Director. 

 

10. Administer conferences, seminars and events in the Global Shakespeare programme. 

 

11. Attend meetings and participate (where necessary) in other committees and working groups within Global Shakespeare, the Faculties and the Universities. 

 

12. Participate in relevant professional activities. 

 

13. Engage in continuous professional development. 

 

14. Undertake external commitments that enhance the reputation of Global Shakespeare and its collaborating universities. 

 

15. Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work. 

 

The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The postholder will be required to be flexible in their duties.

 

 

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Good honours degree in English, Drama or Comparative Literature. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

A PhD in a relevant discipline. (a)

Essential Criteria 3

Ability or potential to publish excellent work in relevant fields. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 4

Evidence of quality research from experienced candidates or strong research potential from less experienced candidates (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 5

Good effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and training skills. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 6

Good interpersonal skills. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 7

Ability to work independently and as part of a team on research programmes. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 8

Ability to initiate, plan organise, implement and deliver programmes of work to tight deadlines. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 9

A range of Quantitative and/or Qualitative research skills. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 10

Evidence of engagement with multi/inter/transdisciplinary approaches to Shakespeare. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 11

Evidence of engagement with the international community of Shakespeare scholars. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 12

Willingness to travel between Warwick University and Queen Mary University of London (a) (c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Ability or potential to generate external funding (grants, contracts etc) to support research projects. (a) (c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Proven research and teaching experience in Higher Education. (a) (c)

Desirable Criteria 3

Fluency in more than one language. (a) (c)

Desirable Criteria 4

Expertise in IT and familiarity with an online environment. (a) (c)

Desirable Criteria 5

Experience of developing digital media techniques for conducting and/or disseminating research. (a) (c)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars

 

For further information about Global Shakespeare, please visit this website

 

For further information about IATL, please visit the departmental website

 

For further information on key partner Queen Mary University of London, please visit this website.

 
 
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