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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

London Exhibition: Open City: London, 1500-1700


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0227  Thursday, 7 June 2012


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

Date:         Wednesday, June 6, 2012 4:25 PM

Subject:     London Exhibition: Open City: London, 1500-1700


Open City: London, 1500-1700


Curator(s): Kathleen Lynch and Betsy Walsh


Folger Great Hall


Jun 5–Sep 30

Tickets: FREE


Celebrate London this summer with an in-depth look at the city’s early modern past, a time of fire, plague, and religious schisms, as well as international commerce, explosive population growth, and a bubbling mix of new ideas.


Open City: London, 1500-1700 explores how wide-ranging changes in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries translated into Londoners’ daily lives and familiar gathering places, from churches and marketplaces to public theaters. Filled with rare maps, books, prints, plays, deeds, diaries, and more, the exhibition explores what life was like in a capital city with some surprising similarities to our own.


Over the course of two centuries, London changed from the capital of England, secure within its medieval walls, to a metropolitan seat of empire. Its population grew tenfold. Some urban developments were spurred by the dissolution of the monasteries, a royal decree that was both politically and religiously motivated. Also reshaping the city were natural tragedies, like repeated bouts of the plague or the Great Fire of 1666 that destroyed more than 13,000 homes, 86 churches, and over 400 acres in the heart of the city. Such events had a significant impact on the built environment, opening up spaces for repurposing.

Open City explores activities and pressures that altered Londoners’ sense of community, focusing especially on three types of institutions that touched everyday lives: church, theater, and market. Drawing on materials as disparate as deeds, diaries, engravings, and maps, Open City illustrates the impact of new ideas, new products, and new people in this rapidly growing capital city.


Between 1500 and 1700, London grew from the capital of England with a population of 50,000 to the seat of an emerging empire with a population nearing 500,000. At the beginning of this period, most of London’s population lived within the medieval walls. By the end, only a minority did. However, at no point did the boundaries of the incorporated city contain the vitality of the metropolitan area. Therefore, Open City takes an expansive view of London, with all of its overlapping and competing authorities, and its influx and exchange of ideas, products, habits, and beliefs that characterize city life. Open City looks to three everyday gathering places where people mixed for business, leisure, and worship.



The state religion of England switched from Catholicism to Protestantism (and back again). But the idea that there should be a state church remained, until eventually the religious controversies that disrupted parish communities made way for certain limited principles and practices of religious freedom in London and elsewhere.



Commercial theaters were a new phenomenon in late sixteenth-century London. The public playhouses brought together people from up and down the social scale. The plays also moved up and down the scale of forms of entertainment, from popular to elite. They brought to life scenes from the faraway world, the affairs of state, and London’s own teeming streets.



Diverging interests within trade companies were changing London’s markets. At the same time, international trade opened those markets to new competitions and products from around the world.


Examining the many and often contested activities within church, theater, and market, Open City: London 1500-1700 juxtaposes the changing ways in which Londoners formed communities, negotiated social relations, and understood their places in the world.


Online Exhibition:

Plummer Tempest


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0224  Tuesday, 5 June 2012


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

Date:         June 4, 2012 12:00:52 PM EDT

Subject:     Shakespeare’s The Tempest


Thursday, June 14, NCM Fathom and BY Experience present a one-time only movie theater showing of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's critically acclaimed production of THE TEMPEST, starring Academy Award® Winner Christopher Plummer. 


THE TEMPEST pits the desire for revenge against the demands of love and asks if man is capable of creating a brave new world. The story focuses on Prospero (Christopher Plummer), the banished Duke of Milan. Marooned on a distant island with his daughter, Miranda (Trish Lindström), Prospero has spent twelve years perfecting his magic arts. Now, with the help of the spirit Ariel (Julyana Soelistyo), he raises a storm at sea, bringing within his grasp the enemies who robbed him of his dukedom.


Captured LIVE over two days at the legendary Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, this not-to-be-missed theatrical event also features a post-screening Q&A, captured live in New York with Christopher Plummer and director Des McAnuff, hosted by producer Barry Avrich. You can find information on participating theaters and purchase tickets at


Devin Duntz

Pure on behalf of NCM Fathom

2401 Larimer St.

Denver, CO 80205


Folger Shakespeare Library 80 Years


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0220  Monday, 4 June 2012


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

Date:         Friday, June 1, 2012 4:31 PM

Subject:     Join Us In Celebrating 80 Years 


Dear Friend,


As I reflect on my first year as Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, I’m inspired by what this amazing institution has accomplished. We’ve connected students, teachers, and scholars around the globe with unparalleled resources, and have fascinated thousands with productions like The Gaming Table and our Manifold Greatness exhibition. As we proudly celebrate our 80th year, we are indebted to our supporters for helping us arrive at this moment.


Today I ask you to join me in marking our 80th anniversary by making a gift before June 30 – the end of the fiscal year. You may choose to join or renew your membership at, give a completely tax-deductible gift at, or call (202) 675-0359 to make a donation by phone.


The Folger is a busy place, alive with discovery. Your contribution today sets us firmly on the path to excellence tomorrow by supporting the quality programming and robust services that are our hallmark. Now as ever, it’s only with your generosity that the Folger can continue to thrive.


Again, I thank you sincerely for your support.


With best wishes,

Michael Witmore



How To Make A Gift
ONLINE: Click here to make a gift online through our secure site.
BY PHONE: Call the Development Office at (202) 675-0359.


BY MAIL: Please send a check made payable to “Folger Shakespeare Library” to: 


Folger Shakespeare Library,

Attn: Development Office 

201 East Capitol Street, SE,

Washington, DC 20003

SAA June 2012 Bulletin


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0219  Monday, 4 June 2012


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

Date:         June 4, 2012 8:31:27 AM EDT

Subject:     SAA June 2012 Bulletin


The SAA June 2012 bulletin has just been posted on the SAA website at The bulletin is now an exclusively electronic document but may be downloaded and printed if you prefer examining its pages in hardcopy. In this issue you will find 61 seminars and workshops being offered for the Forty-First Annual Meeting in Toronto to be held on Easter weekend, 28-30 March 2013 at the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The SAA rate at the Royal York is $130 USD per night for single or double occupancy. This rate includes in-room internet access and as well as access to the hotel exercise facilities.


Please examine, too, the selection of special events being planned for the 2013 Meeting including a day trip to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival on Sunday, 31 March.


Seminar and workshop registration is underway now through 15 September and is open only to SAA members; SAA membership dues are charged on an academic year basis, payable now. Both your membership renewal and seminar/workshop registration may be completed online at


I do hope you will plan on joining us in Toronto and wish you the best for the summer months.


Kind regards,

Michele Osherow

Interim Executive Director


The June 2012 SAA Bulletin may also be downloaded from here:  icon SAA June 2012 Bulletin

CFP Shakespeare and Myth — ESRA Conference in Montpellier

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0218  Monday, 4 June 2012

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

Date:         June 4, 2012 5:15:28 AM EDT

Subject:     CFP Shakespeare and Myth — ESRA Conference in Montpellier


The Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the CFP/List of seminars for the “Shakespeare and Myth” ESRA Conference, which will be held in Montpellier (26-29 June 2013).


Choose one and send your abstract before 1 October 2012.


Visit the ESRA webpage:


See attached, or download the seminar presentations at:


Juan F. Cerdá

University of Murcia (Spain)


You may also download the ESRA announcement with seminars here: icon CFP ESRA 2013 (219.03 kB)

Donation Request Consideration


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0216  Friday, 1 June 2012


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

Date:         Friday, June 1, 2012

Subject:     Donation Request Consideration


Dear Subscribers,


SHAKSPER is a free service that has been offered to the Shakespearean academic community for the past twenty-three years. 


Even though there is no charge to subscribe or to use the resources at the SHAKSPER web site:, I do ask that users, with the means, consider donating to support SHAKSPER. As with public services like PBS, I have decided, beyond the footer and web site, to call attention to the donation process once or twice a year.


If you have donated in the past, you have my sincerest thanks. 


If you would like to donate now or in the future, you may go to the SHAKSPER web site <> and click on the Donate button to the right.


Best wishes, 

Hardy M. Cook, Ph.D.  

Professor Emeritus 

Bowie State University 

Editor of SHAKSPER <>   

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PS: I do not acknowledge or keep records of those who donate, so that I am not in any way, even subconsciously, influenced by the donation process. Please note that donations are considered gifts to assist in the work of SHAKSPER.

My Brother Will


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.197  Wednesday, 23 May 2012


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

Date:         May 22, 2012 5:56:09 PM EDT

Subject:     My Brother Will


I’m writing to announce of the release of My Brother Will, my new Shakespearean novel for adults, this time (I mainly write for young people) and which has just been published by British e-publisher AchukaBooks, as a Kindle-only edition (other formats may come later) and is now available for sale on for US and Australian readers:


and for British readers.


(British readers can also buy it at


It’s the story of a pivotal year in the life of the Shakespeare family in Stratford, when Will was sixteen, and told in the voice of his younger brother Gilbert. Informed by the theory that the Shakespeare family were crypto-Catholics, it is a rich evocation of daily life in sixteenth-century Stratford and the surrounding countryside, centred around four festivals. It is a most unusual book which is written in a style pungently reminiscent of the period, yet without quaintness, and rests on a good deal of research on all kinds of aspects of Shakespeare’s background.


Sophie Masson

Author site:

Worlds Together Conference


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.196  Wednesday, 23 May 2012


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

Date:         May 22, 2012 5:05:35 PM EDT

Subject:     Half-price offer for the Worlds Together Conference


A message from Tracy Irish, Education Programme Developer for the World Shakespeare Festival: 


Through a grant provided by the British Council to support the World Shakespeare Festival, produced by the RSC for London 2012, we are delighted to offer a 50% discount on a three day pass to our Worlds Together conference, 6- 8 September at Tate Modern in London.


World Together is an international conference exploring the  value of Shakespeare and the arts in young people’s lives. It is a  collaboration between Tate Modern, The British Museum, The National Theatre and  The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) drawing together different disciplines to  ask what is at stake for children’s cultural lives today. The Shakespeare  strand of this special three day event is for artists and educators passionate  about teaching Shakespeare. It offers exclusive access to leading artists and  practitioners through a range of workshops, discussions, seminars and key note addresses.


The conference pass includes access to the full three day programme of workshops, keynotes, panel discussions and presentations, free entry to the ‘Staging the World’ exhibition at the British Museum and offers for other cultural events connected to the London 2012 festival. A limited number of conference passes are available on a first come, first served basis at £195 (full price is £395).


For details on how to access this offer, please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


For further details of the conference, please click on ‘Worlds Together conference’ from the drop down menu at www . worldshakespearefestival . org . uk/education

CFP: 36th Annual OVSC


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.191  Friday, 18 May 2012


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

Date:         May 16, 2012 2:23:33 PM EDT

Subject:     Updated CFP: 36th Annual OVSC


Extreme(ly) Shakespeare(an)

The 36th Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference 2012

Marietta College

October 18-20, 2012


The planning committee of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference seeks proposals for papers or panels from across today’s theoretical and methodological landscape that engage some facet of the amalgam “Extreme(ly) Shakespeare(an).” “Extreme Shakespeare” alludes to the wide variety of extremities that can be found in Shakespeare’s work. It brings to mind those occasions where the playwright demonstrates either a lack of regard for or a lack of control over the principles of proportionality and balance, to the degree either of those principles were prioritized by dramatists of the early modern period. Of course, extremity is an inherently relative value, which leads to a second facet of the amalgam open to conferees. “Extremely Shakespearean” refers to the fundamental characteristics of Shakespeare’s art, craft, thought, philosophy, etc. How might we best operationalize the term “Shakespearean”? What quality or qualities should we identify as the quintessence of Shakespeare’s work? Conversely, where do we observe Shakespeare at his least Shakespearean? Have we in the past, do we now, and/or might we ever share a persuasive understanding of what constitutes the most significant attributes of Shakespeare? Is the pursuit a noble quest, or a fool’s errand?


The OVSC publishes a volume of selected papers each year and conferees are welcome to submit revised versions of their papers for consideration. Students who present are eligible to compete for the M. Rick Smith Memorial Prize.


Plenary Speakers:


Ralph Alan Cohen

The American Shakespeare Center and Mary Baldwin College


Lina Perkins Wilder

Connecticut College


Featured conference events will include a site-specific production of Hamlet staged by the Marietta College Theatre Department as well as an Esbenshade Series concert with a Shakespearean theme. Other conference events will include a night owl screening of a recent film adaptation, an evening reception at a local establishment, our annual luncheon, coffee, tea & snack breaks that will have you stuffing your pockets “for later,” and all the October foliage your eyes can possibly take in.


Abstracts and panel proposals are due by June 8th for an early decision. The final deadline is August 31st. All submissions and inquiries should be directed to Joseph Sullivan at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by mail to


Joseph Sullivan

English Department

Marietta College

Marietta, OH 45750.


Conference updates will be posted on our webpage as they become available.

The Shakespeare Institute Review CFP


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.189  Wednesday, 16 May 2012


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

Date:         May 16, 2012 4:36:03 AM EDT

Subject:     The Shakespeare Institute Review CFP


The Shakespeare Institute Review is a new online academic journal, which is funded by the University of Birmingham College of Arts and Law. It is run by four research students at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK


Students at this institution, and on other postgraduate Shakespeare programmes, are invited and encouraged to contribute short papers for publication. Each issue of the journal will be themed.


We thought it exhilaratingly inappropriate, and so irresistible, to signal the birth of this journal with an issue looking at death. 


Students are encouraged to submit papers, between 1,500 and 2,500 words, on topics relating to death, mortality and religion in Shakespeare’s plays, or elsewhere in the Early Modern period.


Possible topics might include, but are not restricted to:

  • Critical examinations of the way that various of Shakespeare’s characters deal with death, or die. This could include close-reading, comparative analysis, and analysis from a specific theoretical position (Marxist, feminist, etc.).
  • Historical studies of how mortality or religion was understood in the early Modern period, and of how Shakespeare makes use of (and plays off) those understandings in his plays.
  • Considerations of the political, ethical, religious, spiritual and existential significances of mortality or religion in the Early Modern period, and for Shakespeare’s characters.
  • Comparisons between how Shakespeare understands mortality, and how other creative artists and philosophers—of Shakespeare’s time, or before, or after—have understood it.
  • More intensely personal and experientially engaged writing on how Shakespeare’s plays have helped you deal with death—with your own mortality, or with the death of people that you know. How does Shakespeare make you look at death, and is this vision comforting or distressing? Does Shakespeare get to the truth of death, for you, or not?
  • Reflections on metaphysical and spiritual truths that arise from Shakespeare’s plays.
  • More provocative reflections on how the writing that is produced by the Modern academy—writing that is critical, theoretical, historical—does not deal adequately with death in Shakespeare’s plays, and suggestions as to how this inadequacy can be rectified.

Suggestions of other topics will be warmly received.


Papers should be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with a deadline of 20 May 2012.


All submissions will be reviewed by the editorial board, and those submissions that are selected will be published in our first online issue. Please contact us for further information.


Giulia I. Sandelewski

Ph.D.c Shakespeare Studies

The Shakespeare Institute Review, Co-Editor

BritGrad Publicity Team

SSCC Student Representative

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