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Launch: Issue 7.1. Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0268  Tuesday, 26 June 2012


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

Date:         June 25, 2012 4:41:01 PM EDT

Subject:     Launch: Issue 7.1. Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation


The editors of the peer-reviewed, online, multimedia periodical Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation (CELJ Winner, “Best New Journal,” 2007) are delighted to announce issue 7.1, which features Peter Holland’s plenary lecture from this year’s Shakespeare Association of America meeting (complete with film clips and high-resolution images); Giselle Rampaul’s essay on Shakespeare and King of the Masquerade; Brian Walsh’s discoveries about the Shakespeare windows in Southwark Cathedral (with illustrations); Regula Hohl Trillini’s exhaustive analysis of appropriations of Hamlet’s “To be, or not to be” speech; and book reviews by Julie Sanders and Lisa Bolding.


Please visit the journal (, “like” our Facebook page, tell your friends, and consider sending us your own excellent work.


Best wishes,

Sujata Iyengar, Professor

Co-general editor of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation

Department of English

University of Georgia

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CFP: Shakespeare Jahrbuch


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0258  Wednesday, 20 June 2012


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

Date:         June 20, 2012 5:01:56 AM EDT

Subject:     CFP: Shakespeare Jahrbuch


Call for Papers – Shakespeare Jahrbuch 2014


The 2014 volume of Shakespeare Jahrbuch will be a special issue devoted to “Money and Power”.


Karl Marx thought that “Shakespeare excellently depicted the real nature of money”. Indeed, money plays a central role in Shakespeare’s works: monetary transactions and the exchange of goods, bonds and loans, greed and expenditure, wealth and debt are themes of his plays and poems and provide the sources for their imagery. The language of money permeates the language of love; purses and coins circulate and merchants and moneylenders shape the plot: “To be or not to be” is determined by assets and economic transactions. The shepherd Corin in As You Like It is well aware that “he that wants money, means and content is without three good friends”, and yet wealth is not always a blessing in Shakespeare. His plays react to the economic upheavals in early modern times and they interrogate the inherent moral, religious and political implications. Early modern poetry and drama are simultaneously bound up in economic networks and the underlying power relations of patronage and the corporate structure of London’s theaters.


Analyzing the relationship between “money and power” in Shakespeare is particularly pertinent at a time when debt crises, the influence of financial markets and the divide between rich and poor dominate world politics.

The editorial board of Shakespeare Jahrbuch invites essays on the following topics:


  • Money and power in Shakespeare’s plays
  • Representations of poverty and wealth
  • The circulation of money and goods on the early modern stage
  • Shakespeare and the debate on usury
  • Money and love – monetary and affective economies
  • Shakespeare’s negotiation of early modern economic discourses
  • Shakespeare’s theatre as big business
  • Shakespeare in Political Economy
  • Shakespeare and the debt crisis
  • . . . 

Shakespeare Jahrbuch, the Yearbook of the German Shakespeare Society, is a peer-reviewed journal. It offers contributions in German and English, scholarly articles, an extensive section of book reviews, and reports on Shakespeare productions in the German-speaking world. It also documents the activities of the Shakespeare Society.


Papers to be published in the Shakespeare Jahrbuch should be formatted according to our style sheet.


Please send your manuscripts (of about 6,000 words) to the editor of Shakespeare Jahrbuch, Prof. Dr. Sabine Schülting (email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), by 31 March 2013.

Bedlam Ensemble MM: KickStarter Request


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0254  Monday, 18 June 2012


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

Date:         June 16, 2012 1:14:50 AM EDT

Subject:     Bedlam Ensemble MM: KickStarter Request


KickStarter Request:


Bedlam Ensemble Presents Measure for Measure


Bedlam Ensemble is a non-profit organization dedicated to staging theatre works of high artistic integrity. Bedlam aims to nourish an open an artistic community where artists are free to experiment and challenge themselves within the entertainment industry. The ensemble has a commitment to strike a balance between emerging and veteran artists; between the works of new and established playwrights, and revisiting classic pieces of work with a modern twist. Our ensemble nourishes an open and artistic environment that keeps us engaged in our community and proactive in our pursuit of excellence. 


Measure For Measure

Access Theatre

Performances start 7/25/12


Years ago, Vienna was a place where the people were pure and the city was clean and beautiful.  Fast-forward to today and you find a gritty, dark world filled with sex, drugs, and debauchery.  To bring it back to the glory that it once was, the Duke leaves a pure man, Angelo, in charge to right the sexual wrongs he has let slide for so long. Temptation prevails, however, when a smart, beautiful, and outspoken nun touches Angelo and he offers to save her brother’s life only if she will sleep with him. Measure for Measure is a play that explores sex and power and the interplay between the two.


The production’s gritty contemporary New York City setting brings all of Shakespeare’s themes and characters into the present day, reminding viewers of how vital these words still are. This is where you come in.  Without money all we have is ourselves.  We need the funds to buy everything (props, costumes, set pieces) that will bring this story to thrilling life as you’ve never seen it before.


Directed by Samantha Lee Manas

Produced by Michel Chahade and Samantha Jane Williams

Dramaturgy by Rosa Schneider

Scenic Design by Zachary Tomlinson

Costume Design by Samantha Lee Manas

Graphic Design by Dan Streeting


Kimberly Marie Freeman

Damien Gautier

Graydon Gund

Amelia Huckel-Bauer

Ruya Koman

Jeremy Rafal

John E. Sims

Anna Stefanic

Zachary Tomlinson

Katherine Wilhelmi


We are mounting a production of Measure for Measure set in contemporary New York City and have a kickstarter campaign for the show.  We have huge ideas for the production but cannot execute them without the help of our backers:


Thank you,

Graydon Gund

Associate Producer 

Measure for Measure

Bedlam Ensemble

KinderBard: Kickstarter Request


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0253  Monday, 18 June 2012


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

Date:         June 15, 2012 1:54:25 PM EDT

Subject:     KinderBard: Kickstarter Request


Kickstarter Request


KinderBard: Songs for Children Sung by Characters from Shakespeare


Format: Hardcover picture book + CD; eBook; iPad app


Kickstarter Website:


Three Days Remaining


Pledges: The Kickstarter crowdfunding website takes ‘pledges’ through Amazon, but transactions are only enacted if the creator of the project (me) reaches his goal ($22,000) before the time limit (21st June).  If the creator does not reach his target goal, all transactions are cancelled and the creator receives nothing and the supporters owe nothing (this is to ensure that the creator is not “partially funded” which is not fair to the supporters or the creator).




My family and I have a dream of introducing Shakespeare to young children through song, and we have been working very hard to get these songs professionally recorded, with a view to publishing them together with a picture book, and as part of an interactive app.  We have been featured by the Folger Shakespeare Library (at and just yesterday, my family’s story was posted on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s myShakespeare blog at


We are writing to you because we are nearing the end of a crowdfunding campaign, we have exhausted all of our resources and ideas, and we need a miracle.  


Ours is a small family project, but we really want to create the best possible quality product (it costs a lot of money to produce an album and publish a book and app!) - we hope you will be moved by what we have done so far, and how far we have left to go, and any help at all would be very greatly appreciated.


Daeshin Kim and family

Free Talks Around London Exhibition Begin Monday


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0249  Friday, 15 June 2012


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

Date:         Thursday, June 14, 2012 11:39 AM

Subject:     Free Talks Around London Exhibition Begin Monday


Mondays at 7pm in the theatre
followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibition


June 18: 

John Schofield on St. Paul’s Cathedral Before Christopher Wren

St. Paul’s Cathedral was built to the design of English architect Sir Christopher Wren as part of a major rebuilding program following the 1666 Great Fire of London. However, Wren’s magnificent structure is only the most recent in a succession of Anglo-Saxon and medieval cathedrals on the site. Dr. John Schofield, the Cathedral Archaeologist for St. Paul’s Cathedral, will discuss how recent archaeological and historical research is now reconstructing the pre-Wren medieval cathedral. Reserve your seat.


July 9:
Ralph Alan Cohen on Blackfriars: “The Most Convenient Place”

Before it became synonymous with a theater, the Blackfriars was a London precinct at the nexus of the city, the church, and the court, ideally located at the intersection of London’s two rivers. Ralph Alan Cohen, Director of Mission and Co-Founder of the American Shakespeare Center which is home to a replica of the Blackfriars Playhouse, looks at how the place and the playhouse mirrored one another and made the Blackfriars the place to be and the place to be seen. Reserve your seat.


July 30:
David Schalkwyk and actors from Taffety Punk:
Readings from The Roaring Girl

Actors from DC’s Taffety Punk Theatre Company present a staged reading of excerpts of The Roaring Girl, a bold, brilliant play by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker. The play was first produced in 1611 and was restaged famously in the 1980s by the Royal Shakespeare Company. David Schalkwyk, Folger’s Director of Research, talks about why this “city comedy” reveals so much about Jacobean London. Reserve your seat.


June 5–September 30: 

Open City: London, 1500–1700

Open City explores three everyday gathering places—church, theater, and market—and how they influenced the way in which Londoners formed communities, negotiated social relations, and understood their places in the world. 


201 East Capitol Street, SE  |  Washington, DC 20003

Call for Papers: “Hammering It Out”


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0246  Friday, 15 June 2012


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

Date:         June 15, 2012 11:13:31 AM EDT

Subject:     Call for Papers: “Hammering It Out” 


Call for Papers


“Hammering It Out”: Shakespeare and Cognitive Reading(s)


44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)


March 21-24, 2013

Boston, Massachusetts

Host Institution: Tufts University


Whether in his frequent use of soliloquies, on-stage debates, or vivid metaphorical imagery, Shakespeare dramatizes cognitive processes employed by stage characters; e.g., as imprisoned Richard II notes, “I’ll hammer it out. / My brain I’ll prove the female to my soul, / My soul the father; and these two beget / A generation of still-breeding thoughts” (Richard II 5.5.5-8). We are now more than six decades in to what Howard Gardner has termed the “cognitive revolution,” yet one of its pioneering practitioners in Shakespeare studies, Mary Thomas Crane, recently noted that “cognitive approaches are still not part of the mainstream of literary and cultural criticism” – because the approach does not lend itself to the production of self-contained “readings” or “interpretations” of texts (Representations 108 [Fall 2009], 76). Is this true? This panel invites short (fifteen-minute) paper presentations exploring the theoretical impact, or demonstrating the methodological efficacy, of cognitive approaches to Shakespeare. Presenters may present their own original research findings on individual plays or non-dramatic poems, or engage in a meta-critical survey of the place of cognitive theories in Shakespeare studies today.


Deadline for Abstracts: September 30, 2012


Please send proposals (paper or electronic) to:


Dr. Phil Collington

Associate Professor of English

Dunleavy Hall

5795 Lewiston Road

Niagara University, NY 14109

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Please include with your abstract:


Name and Affiliation

Email address

Postal address

Telephone number

A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)


The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association’s tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.


Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

CFP: This Rough Magic

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0238  Wednesday, 13 June 2012

From:        Michael Boecherer < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Date:         June 12, 2012 8:34:10 AM EDT
Subject:     CFP: This Rough Magic

This Rough Magic ( is a journal dedicated to the art of teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature. We are seeking academic, teachable articles that focus on, but are not limited to, the following categories:

  • Authorship
  • Genre Issues
  • Narrative Structure
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Epic
  • Nation/Empire/Class
  • Economics
  • History
  • Religion
  • Superstition
  • Philosophy and Rhetoric
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Multi-Culturalism
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Art

We also seek short essays that encourage faculty to try overlooked, non-traditional texts inside the classroom and book reviews.

Submission deadline for our Winter 2012 issue is currently October 1st, 2012.

For more information, please visit our website or contact Michael Boecherer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Faculty and Graduate Students are encouraged to submit.

This Rough Magic's editorial board members are affiliated with the following academic institutions and organizations:

  • The American Shakespeare Center
  • Bridgewater State University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Newman University
  • State University of New York - Stony Brook
  • Suffolk County Community College
  • University of Connecticut
  • Vassar College

Michael Boecherer
Department of English
Suffolk County Community College - Riverhead Campus
Telephone: 631-548-2587

Folger Theatre 2012/13 Season Performances


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0231  Friday, 8 June 2012


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

Date:         Thursday, June 7, 2012 11:17 AM

Subject:     Folger Theatre 2012/13 Season Performances


Thursday, June 7, 2012


Folger Theatre’s 2012/13 season is marked by journeys of every kind—tragic, heroic, and mythic. As an added season highlight, we will host the Shakespeare’s Globe production of Hamlet in September, direct from the London stage.


Mark your calendars now and plan ahead to take advantage of our group discounts for one or several of our productions: 


By William Shakespeare 

Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst

SEPTEMBER 8–22, 2012


A raw, thrillingly elemental production of this inexhaustible play, the fullest expression of Shakespeare’s genius. “A stripped-down Hamlet that is fast, fresh, and lucid” (The Daily Telegraph).


Student Matinees: Wednesday, Sept. 19 and Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at 11:30am




Stage version by Jean-Claude Carrière and Peter Brook  

Based on the poem by Farid Uddi Attar

Directed by Aaron Posner  

Original music performed by Tom Teasley

OCTOBER 23 – NOVEMBER 25, 2012


A theatrical adventure soars in this poignant 12th-century Persian fable about the search for the divine.


Student Matinee: Thursday, Nov. 11, 2012 at 11:30am




By William Shakespeare  

Directed by Robert Richmond

JANUARY 22 – MARCH 3, 2013


Imagine the thrilling grasp for power by a young king whose ambition reaches beyond his English court to the fields of France.


Student Matinees: Thursday, Feb. 7 and Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at 11:30am




By William Shakespeare  

Directed by Robert Richmond

APRIL 30 – JUNE 9, 2013


Cast away on the shores of a distant land, lost lovers and their unruly servants

converge and conspire in this romance-filled comedy.


Student Matinees: Thursday, May 9 and Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 11:30am


Teachers and group leaders of high school or younger students may reserve tickets for Hamlet student matinees beginning Monday, June 11 at 10:00am. Tickets for other 2012/13 Folger Theatre productions may be reserved beginning Monday, July 30 at 10:00am.


Student matinee tickets are $25 each for students and chaperones. The Globe’s HAMLET student matinee tickets are just $35. One chaperone is required for every 10-12 students. A 30-minute question and answer session will follow every regular season student matinee performance.


Discounted group tickets are also available to all Folger Theatre performances. The complete schedule for all Folger Theatre productions will soon be available at  


If you are a teacher, don’t forget to access our award-winning teaching materials online at before you come. We look forward to welcoming you to the Folger.



Kiersten Dittrich

Group Sales Manager

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2012 Spring Season at the Blackfriars Playhouse Closing


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0230  Friday, 8 June 2012


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

Date:         Thursday, June 7, 2012 1:21:12 PM GMT-0400

Subject:     2012 Spring Season at the Blackfriars Playhouse Closing


2012 Spring Season CLOSES NEXT WEEKEND


The 2011/12 Almost Blasphemy Tour spent six months on the road before they returned to the Blackfriars Playhouse in April.  When the season closes on June 17th, the troupe will have had more than 150 performances of The Winter’s Tale, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Now, there are only twelve performances left. Catch them while you still can.


The Winter’s Tale (closing June 16) draws you in with a dark and tragic first act, then, after the musical interlude, transports you to pastoral Bohemia, complete with foolery, dancing, singing, and most of all, love. The finale of this roller-coaster ride will leave you believing in miracles.


'Tis Pity She's a Whore (closing June 16), John Ford’s re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet, leads you deep into a story of passion, lust, vengeance, greed, incest, and murder.  You will be on the edge of your seat from the preshow music to a final, bloody scene that rivals any blockbuster film.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream (closing June 17) invites you down a moonlit path of love, wonder, and magic. You will fall under the spell of the magical fairies, in love with the young runaways, and out of your seat laughing at the rude mechanicals.


American Shakespeare Center

10 S. Market St 

Staunton, Virginia 24401

Hamlet Opera


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0229  Friday, 8 June 2012


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

Date:         June 7, 2012 11:46:07 AM EDT

Subject:     Hamlet Opera


Hamlet, the new opera in five acts by Nancy Van de Vate, will be broadcast internationally by Swiss Radio on June 8, 2012.  American and Canadian listeners should go to for the two-hour and 45-minute program, which will begin at 5:48 pm EDT. 


The CDs of the opera are difficult to get in the US at this time but will be available soon from 


This is a fascinating opera, one of the rare examples of an opera being shorter than the play on which it is based (akin to Levy’s Morning Becomes Electra).  It focuses on the most important aspects of the plot, which it enhances with music.  I have listened to the CDs several times, and I hear new and interesting things with each hearing. 


For further information about the broadcast, contact S. Kratsch at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Jeff Dailey

CFP: “The Early Modern Reception of Shakespeare in Print and Manuscript”


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0228  Thursday, 7 June 2012


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

Date:         June 7, 2012 4:15:40 AM EDT

Subject:     CFP: “The Early Modern Reception of Shakespeare in Print and Manuscript”



Dear Colleagues,


This is a call for papers for a seminar entitled “The Early Modern Reception of Shakespeare in Print and Manuscript: The Rise of Shakespearean Cultural Capital?”, which we will be organising at the European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) congress in Montpellier, in southern France, next summer, 26-29 June 2013. 


The goal of this seminar will be to look into the early formation of the Shakespearean myth—how, in other words, belief in the value of his works and in his significance as a writer was constructed. The eighteenth century is often seen as the moment of the true rise of Shakespearean cultural capital. As a result, the early modern reception of Shakespeare in both print and manuscript has received comparatively little attention. The quantity and quality of the early readerly response to Shakespeare, for instance, remains underestimated, despite the fact that it anticipates and initiates in crucial ways the process of Shakespearean myth-making which we more commonly associate with later centuries.


Participants in this seminar will thus be invited to reflect upon the early modern presence of Shakespeare in print and manuscript. 


Colleagues interested in book history, manuscript studies, early modern cultural studies, or the symbolic production, circulation and consumption of Shakespeare in the early modern period will be especially welcome to join the seminar.


Here is a link to information about the seminars at the conference: <>. For more general information about ESRA and next summer’s conference, see here: <>.


If you are interested, please submit an abstract (200-300 words) and a brief bio (150 words) by 1 October 2012 to the convenors: < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > and < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


Best wishes,

Lukas Erne & Jean-Christophe Mayer

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