Shakespeare and Digital Games

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.130  Friday, 14 March 2014


From:        Stefan Köhler <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         March 13, 2014 at 4:24:56 PM EDT

Subject:    Shakespeare and Digital Games


“Projekt A.R.I.E.L. (ARTificial Research in Electronical Live) proudly presents the SturmMOD, part of a theater/media arts production started in summer 2008 as an experiment by students of the Scenic Arts at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. This modification of the first person shooter game “Far Cry” was not only used in live performances, as can be seen in this picture,



but was also made available for download to anyone who wanted to play Shakespeare in a new and different (digital) way:


Until now nearly 17.500 players in total were able to explore this virtual adaption of selected places and events described by William Shakespeare in his play “The Tempest” (in German: “Der Sturm”) and to develop their own perspectives on things (e.g. by taking over the role of Caliban left alone after the end of the play, experiencing the environment from his point of view, as in the latest version of the modification—the Caliban Edition).


If you now want to visit Prospero’s Island as well, be sure you have a copy of the game “Far Cry” installed, ideally already patched to version 1.4, as the modification will not run on its own!


Also, if you want to give feedback or maybe use the modification in class or if you work on a similar project or if you are interested to learn more about the project/in a scientific exchange on the topic of “Shakespeare and digital games”, don’t hesitate to contact me via: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 


CFP: Local and Global Myths in Shakespearean Performance

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.128  Thursday, 13 March 2014


From:        Aneta Mancewicz <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         March 13, 2014 at 5:30:07 AM EDT

Subject:    CFP: Local and Global Myths in Shakespearean Performance


Call for Papers


Essay Collection

Local and Global Myths in Shakespearean Performance


Co-edited by


Aneta Mancewicz

Senior Lecturer in Theatre, University of Bedfordshire, UK


Alexa Huang

Professor of English, George Washington University, USA



Heiner Müller observed that in Hamlet “The invasion of the times into the play constitutes myth” (“Shakespeare a Difference”, trans. Carl Weber, p. 120). Over the centuries, intrusions of history have invested Hamlet and other Shakespeare’s plays with a mythical status on stages in Europe and beyond. Shakespeare has been used to construct the sense of nationhood, to voice political anxieties, and to address social tensions. The mythical position of Shakespeare’s plays has encouraged the perpetuation of set images, ideas, and values originating in the works themselves but also reflecting the times and cultures, into which they have been appropriated. As Müller explained, “Myth is an aggregate, a machine to which always new and different machines can be connected” (p. 120). Having achieved a mythical status, Shakespeare’s plays have continued to generate myths that contribute to the development of contemporary performance and culture. 


The topic encourages both case studies of performances of myths rooted in local contexts, as well as investigations of the global nature of Shakespeare’s myths. We welcome articles that critically examine specific productions or engage more broadly with global and local myths in Shakespearean performance. The following questions provide possible points of departure for the discussion in the essays:

  1. What myths have been generated locally and globally around Shakespearean performance?
  2. Can we trace common patterns across different regions of the world, comparing, for example, European, Asian or American myths generated by the intrusion of history into the staging of Shakespeare?
  3. Do myths help us to comprehend the world and communicate with audiences across cultures, or do they impose patterns of interpretation onto Shakespeare’s plays and our experience of history?

Please contact Aneta Mancewicz if you are interested in submitting an article. Please submit your article of 6000 words with a short bio of 150 words by October 1, 2014 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Aneta Mancewicz

Senior Lecturer in Theatre

Course Co-ordinator BA (Hons) in Theatre and Professional Practice

Course Co-ordinator BA (Hons) in English and Theatre Studies

University of Bedfordshire

Performing Arts and English

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Marjorie Garber: “Occupy Shakespeare”

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.126  Wednesday, 12 March 2014


From:        Newstok Scott <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         March 11, 2014 at 11:22:11 PM EDT

Subject:    Marjorie Garber: “Occupy Shakespeare” 


March 27: Lecture by Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Marjorie Garber (Harvard University):


“Occupy Shakespeare: Shakespeare and/in the Humanities”


7pm, Hardie Auditorium, Rhodes College. Free and open to the public.


There was a time when Shakespeare’s plays were not considered serious enough, or appropriate for, study in libraries or universities. And there was a time, a slightly later time, when Shakespeare’s plays were considered the property of a subset of the learned class, different from, and distinct from, the practitioners of applied or practical knowledge. Today the plays are part of contemporary culture, in popular music, advertising, and journalistic headlines; and they are also part of literary culture, the culture of “the humanities.” In fact, for many people, Shakespeare is the humanities, quoted, cited, and sung as an authority on philosophy, statecraft, character, love and death. What’s next for Shakespeare studies, in and beyond the academy? What can the itinerary of “Shakespeare” in the last hundred years tell us about the future of the humanities in the twenty-first century?


Marjorie Garber is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English and Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, and Chair of the Committee on Dramatic Arts. She has published seventeen books and edited seven collections of essays on topics from Shakespeare to literary and cultural theory to the arts and intellectual life. Garber has served as Director of the Humanities Center at Harvard, Chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, and Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. She is the former President of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes and a continuing member of its advisory board. She currently serves as a Trustee of the English Institute and on the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies and a member of the American Philosophical Society. In 2010, she chaired the judging committee of the non-fiction category of the National Book Awards. This past summer, she was a featured commentator on the BBC/PBS television series, “Shakespeare Uncovered.”


Garber’s visit is co-sponsored by the Rhodes College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; the Department of English; the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program; Greek & Roman Studies; the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment; the Search program; and the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities.


Please contact Scott Newstok (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further information.






Thanks to the generosity of the late Dr. Iris Annette Pearce, Rhodes College enjoys an unusually wide range of Shakespeare-related resources. The Pearce Shakespeare Endowment was established in 2007 to enrich courses in Shakespeare and support events for the entire campus as well as the greater Memphis community. Dr. Pearce attended Rhodes College in the 1940s, when it was named Southwestern at Memphis, before graduating from Vanderbilt University. During World War II, she joined the women’s corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve (WAVES). As a medical student, she followed a long-established path in her family, where four generations of physicians preceded her. Yet she was also breaking new ground as a woman: she was one of only two female students in her University of Tennessee class; she served as the first female internal medicine resident at John Gaston Hospital (The Med); and she eventually became the director of the City of Memphis Hospitals while serving as a professor at the University of Tennessee. Her bequest generously continues to support her lifelong enthusiasm for Shakespeare. The late professor of Shakespeare studies at Rhodes, Dr. Cynthia Marshall, was instrumental in establishing preliminary planning for this bequest.


Book Signing!

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.121  Monday, 19 March 2014


From:        Jinny Webber <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         March 9, 2014 at 10:39:40 AM EDT

Subject:    Book Signing!


Dear reading friends,


Dark Venus is due out this month. I'll be reading from it and signing books Tuesday March 25 at 7 p.m., Granada Books, 1224 State Street next door to the Granada Theater in the back room and Thursday March 27, Chaucer's Books at 3321 State Street in the Loreto Plaza. 


Volume 2 of my Shakespeare Actor Trilogy, Dark Venus is a story of love and poetry as well as theatre. Besides continuing the adventures of the boy actor Alexander (Sander) Cooke—who in my version was born female—it focuses on a remarkable woman, Amelia Bassano Lanyer. The presumed dark lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets, Amelia published her own book of poetry in 1611. This novel shows what drove her to write it. Press release attached.


Please come to one of these two readings and tell your friends, especially those intrigued by poetry, Shakespeare, the woman’s voice in the tumultuous days of Queen Elizabeth I. Yes, there’s a political murder in this book, as there was in volume one, The Secret Player.


Press release attached.


Hope to see you there,





Contact: George Spitzer, Nebbadoon Press 

325 E. Figueroa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 

800-500-9086 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Dark Venus releases March 23, volume two of a three-book series of historical novels set in Shakespeare’s England. 


Jinny Webber, a professor of English in Santa Barbara, CA, 

recreates the England of William Shakespeare. 


Vol. 2: In DARK VENUS: Alexander (Sander) Cooke, protagonist of The Secret Player, befriends Amelia Bassano Lanyer, the presumed Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Historically, Amelia published a book of poetry in 1611, long after her affair with William Shakespeare. Dark Venus shows what drove Amelia to write that book, a first for a woman in Queen Elizabeth’s England. The friendship of Amelia and Sander plays out amidst the political turmoil that leads to the murder of Sander’s friend and patron Ferdinando Stanley, the Earl of Derby. 


Vol. 1: THE SECRET PLAYER: The protagonist Alexander Cooke, known as Sander, becomes a favorite performer of women’s roles on the London stage, where only males are allowed to act. A dangerous secret: Sander was born female. She is at risk of flogging or even death if her identity is discovered. A few suspect the truth, including William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth. Adding to her risks, she and he poet John Donne fall in love. In life and onstage, Sander Cooke dares to challenge the status quo. 


Vol 3: BEDTRICK (to be released in 2015): Sander’s brother John Cooke impregnates the seamstress Frances and refuses to marry her. A seemingly simple solution is for Alexander to marry Frances. Can a woman get away wit


Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.120  Monday, 19 March 2014


From:        Sofia Novello <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         March 8, 2014 at 9:03:21 AM EST

Subject:    Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference 


Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference 2014


On Thursday 10 April The British Institute of Florence holds the 6th edition of the Shakespeare Graduate Conference on the theme Forms of Nationhood. The event is in collaboration with IASEMS - Italian Association of Shakespeare and Early Modern Studies - and with the University of Florence. Entrance is free and open to all. Seats are limited. Booking is recommended (by email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at +39 055 26778270). Please note that it is possible to reserve a place for the light lunch in the Library and that we request a contribution for the lunch.  Please specify when you contact us whether you wish to be added to the lunch reservation list.


Sofia Novello

Library Assistant & Co-ordinator of the Shakespeare Graduate Conference

The British Institute of Florence

Palazzo Lanfredini

Lungarno Guicciardini 9

50125 Firenze


Phone +39 055 2677 8270

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Shakespeare Graduate Conference Programme:    pdf  Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Grad Student Conference 2014


B&L is out!

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.119  Monday, 19 March 2014


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

Date:         March 7, 2014 at 4:15:24 PM EST

Subject:    B&L is out!


The Editors of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation joyfully announce the release of Volume 8.2 (Fall 2013/Winter 2014) at! Articles include Theresa DiPasquale’s richly illustrated exploration of Hawaiian Shakespeares, William Carroll’s witty discussion of the fictional afterlife of Shakespeare’s “fiend-like Queen” (including A.J. Hartley’s co-authored novelization of Macbeth) Lady Macbeth, Sebastian Lefait’s analysis of the televised Royal Shakespeare Company Hamlet (with several film-clips), and Kim Sturgess’s provocative response to the Shakespearean conspiracy film Anonymous. We also have a special cluster on “Service Shakespeare,” edited by Mike Jensen, which includes essays by Jensen, Yu Jin KoSheila Cavanagh, Geoff Ridden, and Isabelle Schwartz-Gastine as well as by active theatre practitioners Jim Amberg, Michael Bahr, and Don Weingust. We also include a review of Maurizio Calbi’s recent book, Spectral Shakespeares.


Please read us, “like” us on Facebook, cross-post this message, and, of course, keep on sending us your fine scholarly work on Shakespeare and appropriation!


Dr. Sujata Iyengar, Professor of English

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

Department of English

Park Hall

University of Georgia

Athens, GA 30602-6205

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Lecture, "Shakespeare and Catholicism"

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.115  Thursday, 6 March 2014


From:        Dennis Taylor <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         March 6, 2014 at 11:41:32 AM EST

Subject:    Lecture, "Shakespeare and Catholicism"


Dennis Taylor is giving the Thomas Grace S.J. Memorial lecture at Holy Cross College, Worcester, March 20, 4PM. The title is “Shakespeare and Catholicism.” Taylor is Emeritus Professor of English from Boston College, and founding editor of the journal, Religion and the Arts. He has published various essays on Shakespeare and edited Shakespeare and the Culture of Christianity in Early Modern England.


Dennis Taylor

Emeritus Professor of English

Editor Emeritus, Religion and the Arts

Boston College

Chestnut Hill MA 02467

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Teaching Shakespeare Issue 6 - Call for Papers

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.110  Wednesday, 5 March 2014


From:        British Shakespeare Association <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         March 4, 2014 at 6:12:46 PM EST

Subject:    Teaching Shakespeare Issue 6 - Call for Papers


Call for papers – Teaching Shakespeare in Japan


Thanks to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, issue 6 of the British Shakespeare Association magazine Teaching Shakespeare will focus on Japan.


We are seeking contributors who have:


· taught or studied Shakespeare in Japan – in schools, colleges, universities, language learning or arts organisations


·taught Japanese students studying Shakespeare outside Japan


·studied Shakespeare outside Japan (and are usually Japanese residents)


·been inspired by Japanese productions, arts and culture etc. in teaching or staging of Shakespeare anywhere . . . and have something to say about the experience.


Articles are short, 500-1000, words but we welcome a range of formats: interviews, vox pops, lesson plans, reviews and storyboards.


Please do get in touch with ideas (approx. 150-word abstract) or questions at or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 30th, It is envisaged that accepted articles would be submitted by August 30th 2014.


Past issues are freely available to read online or download at



Conference Registration and New Website

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.109  Wednesday, 5 March 2014


From:        British Shakespeare Association <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         March 4, 2014 at 9:46:58 AM EST

Subject:    Conference Registration and New Website


Dear Members,

Registration for the 6th Bienniel British Shakespeare Association conference at the University of Stirling is now open at:


I hope you will join us in Stirling on 3rd-6th July. The team there have put together an excellent conference with keynote lectures from Professor Margreta de Grazia, Professor Andrew Murphy, Professor John Drakakis, Dr Colin Burrow and Dr Michael Bogdanov. We will also be honoring this year's Hon Fellow Professor John Russell Brown for his outstanding contribution to Shakespeare scholarship and theatre production. I look forward to seeing many of you there.


I am also very pleased to be able to announce that our website has had a long overdue revamp. The new website has been available for several weeks at the usual address, Ten years ago, our website looked quite different. This is a page archived from March 2004: I am sure you will agree that we've come a long way since then!


Later this year we will be holding elections to the Board of Trustees and I will be writing to all members soon with details of the procedures. In the meantime, if you are interested in putting yourself forward for election, please do not hesitate to get in touch for an informal discussion.


Best wishes
Stuart Hampton-Reeves
Chair of the Board of Trustees


Thursday at UMD: Henry S. Turner

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.103  Monday, 3 March 2014


From:        Scott A. Trudell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         March 3, 2014 at 12:39:42 PM EST

Subject:    Thursday at UMD: Henry S. Turner



Please join us for Thursday’s event in the Marshall Grossman Lecture Series:


Henry S. Turner, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Thursday, March 6, 3:30pm

2115 Tawes Hall


Universitas: On Corporations and Pluralism, 1516-2016


This talk looks closely at the history of the corporation in sixteenth-and seventeenth-century England and the way it was taken up by literary writers, with particular reference to More and Shakespeare. It considers the nature of corporate ontology and corporate personhood, with some speculations about fictional and philosophical writing in the period, and about theater as a corporate art. The talk concludes by suggesting how a history of corporations could be generative for political theory, especially of a pluralist variety.



Please also mark your calendars for Bruce Holsinger at the end of April:


Bruce Holsinger, University of Virginia

Monday April 28, 4:30pm

Room TBD


The Voices of Medieval London: History, Fiction, Historical Fiction


London, 1385. Surrounded by ruthless courtiers—including his powerful uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt’s artful mistress, Katherine Swynford—England’s young, still untested king, Richard II, is in mortal peril, and the danger is only beginning. Medieval scholar Bruce Holsinger draws on his vast knowledge of the medieval period to add colorful, authentic detail—on everything from poetry and bookbinding to court intrigues and brothels—to his brilliantly constructed literary mystery, A Burnable Book. Join us for a reading from the novel followed by a lively discussion.


All are welcome! Events are free and open to the public.


Scott A. Trudell

Assistant Professor

Department of English

3243 Tawes Hall

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742


MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership Project (PPP)

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.100  Friday, 28 February 2014


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

Date:         Friday, February 28, 2014

Subject:    MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership Project (PPP)


[Editor’s Note:  I am pleased to announce this project of the Map of Early Modern London. The article below is reprinted from the MoEML site with permission. –Hardy]


MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership Project (PPP) is launched!

26 Febrary 2014 

Kim McLean-Fiander and Janelle Jenstad


MoEML is thrilled to announce that our pilot Pedagogical Partnership Project (PPP)—an innovative model for teachers, student researchers, and digital humanities projects—is now up and running.


What is the PPP?

We at MoEML are keen to honour our pedagogical origins while upholding scholarly standards. Thus, we have developed a partnership project whereby we team up with professors in other locations, supply teaching materials (i.e., a MoEML Encyclopedia topic that needs content; a blurb for their class syllabus; suggested forms of assessment; and comprehensive Research Guidelines for their students), and have the students contribute to MoEML (by researching their assigned topic and writing an encyclopedia article) under the close supervision of their professor (who acts as a MoEML Guest Editor for the article) on site.


Who Benefits?

We think we’ve devised a win-win-win model. The professors/Guest Editors benefit from having an innovative pedagogical experience to add to their teaching dossier not to mention the resulting online publication; the students benefit by honing their research skills and potentially having their work published on a widely-used scholarly website; and MoEML benefits by generating new content that has been guest edited by professionals with proven scholarly credentials.


Pedagogical Partners 2014

Our first two pedagogical partners are Professor Peter C. Herman at San Diego State University and Professor Kate McPherson at Utah Valley University. Professor Herman’s research seminar on Shakespeare will collectively produce an article on the Blackfriars Theatres and Professor McPherson’s Shakespeare’s Histories & Comedies class will write an article on The Curtain Theatre.


MoEML team meets Pedagogical Partners via Skype Video

MoEML team members recently met up with both partnership classes via Skype video calls. These Skype meetings gave us a chance to explain to our partners how their work will fit into the bigger MoEML picture, and gave the students the opportunity to ask us questions such as the following: I’m an undergraduate and I’ve never done research before. What happens if the work I do isn’t scholarly enough? Where do I go to find information on the Blackfriars Theatre—to the library or to the internet? Would you accept contributions from an individual student or just from a guest-edited classroom assignment?”


We reassured the first student that the onsite professor would guide the class through the whole research process and also act as Guest Editor for the class’s contribution to ensure that it meets the appropriate scholarly standards. We pointed the second student to the comprehensive Guide for Student Researchers that we have posted on our website. We told the third student that we’re always willing to consider contributions from individual students. Each contributor just needs to follow our Contributor’s Guidelines and meet our scholarly criteria.


Meeting the 30-40 students from San Diego, California, and Ogden, Utah via Skype was fun, but it also allowed our MoEML Research Assistants to see the potential reach of the work they do on the project every day. MoEML RA, Zaqir Virani, said the experience added a whole new dimension to the work I do on the project. It was the first time I’ve seen other people using our site. They exist, and were excited about MoEML! I can now picture the people who use the site and for what. Other words used to describe the Skype encounter included wicked, radical, and bodacious!


MoEML hopes that students from both San Diego and Ogden will consider contributing stories about their participation in this innovative, international pedagogical experiment to our News page, or to this, our Blog. We’ll keep you up-to-date with how things progress in the coming months. 


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