The Shakespeare Institute Review and CFP
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0323 Wednesday, 1 August 2012
From: Shakespeare Institute Review <
Date: July 31, 2012 5:24:58 PM EDT
Subject: The Shakespeare Institute Review and CFP
The first issue of The Shakespeare Institute Review was successfully launched at the end of the recent BritGrad conference. The issue, which explores death and mortality in Shakespeare and showcases a marvellous range of contributions, can be found at this link: www.shakesreview.com . Following on from this, we warmly invite submissions for the second issue of the Review, an online academic journal to which postgraduate students of Shakespeare and related programmes are invited to contribute.
Please find attached the latest call for papers. Students are encouraged to submit papers between 1,500 and 2,000 words on topics relating to Shakespeare and the superhuman, with a deadline of 26 August 2012.
Detailed style guidelines can be found here: www.shakesreview.com/style-guidelines.html . Selected submissions will be published in the second issue of the Review, to be launched in late 2012. Further details are in the attached document. Please share it with students of your and other departments who may be interested. If you have further questions or comments regarding the issue, mailing list, etc., please let us know by email at
or via the contact form on www.shakesreview.com .
The Editorial Board --
Giulia Sandelewski, Paul Hamilton and Thea Buckley
Shakespeare Institute doctoral research students
CFP: The Shakespeare Institute Review
The Shakespeare Institute Review is an online academic journal funded by the Birmingham University College of Arts and Law, and to which students at the Shakespeare Institute and on other postgraduate programmes are encouraged to contribute. Each issue has a theme to which contributors are invited to respond.
Continuing on from the first issue of the journal, which explored death and mortality in Shakespeare, we thought it appropriate to segue into an examination of human limitations and the superhumans who transcend them. ‘Superhuman’ might refer to a ‘normal’ human, with otherwise unusual or exceptional skills, abilities, or powers, or to an ‘improved’ human, e.g. by genetic modification, etc. Students are therefore encouraged to submit papers between 1,500 and 2,000 words on topics relating to Shakespeare and the Superhuman. Possible topics might include, but are not restricted to:
Is our notion of superheroes Shakespearean? What place does the superhuman occupy in our collective imagination, from a metaphysical or spiritual standpoint? Why are we fascinated by, e.g., comics, or the Olympics? What psychological need does superhumanity answer; does the ‘super’ liberate us from human constraints?
Critical examinations of Shakespeare’s magical, mythological, heroic, supernatural, psychic, etc., characters. In particular, we would be interested in papers on the idealised and idolised. This could include close reading, comparative analysis, etc.
Considerations of the political, ethical, religious, spiritual, and/or existential significance of the superhuman in the Early Modern period, and of how Shakespeare makes use of (and plays off) those conceptualisations in his works.
More intensely personal and experientially engaged writing on how Shakespeare’s works have affected your understanding of what it means to be human, and what it means to be beyond human? Is it just a matter of possessing certain powers, or is it a quality of mind and attitude? How do we define humanity; where is the line between the human, the super, and/or the divine?
Papers should be submitted to
, with a deadline of 26 August 2012. Please refer to the following style guidelines: www.shakesreview.com/style-guidelines.html
All submissions will be reviewed by the editorial board (Thea Buckley, Paul Hamilton, and Giulia Sandelewski), and those submissions that are selected will be published in our second online issue next term. For further information, please contact us at
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0321 Tuesday, 31 July 2012
From: BSA <
Date: July 30, 2012 1:59:49 PM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare and Japan
On 26 February 2013, a one-day conference at De Montfort University in Leicester on the topic of ‘Shakespeare and Japan’ will offer scholars an opportunity to deliver papers that will be considered for publication in Shakespeare, the journal of the British Shakespeare Association. In 2013 Shakespeare will be publishing a special issue on this topic, edited by Professor Dominic Shellard. Papers are invited on all aspects of ‘Shakespeare and Japan’, ranging from performances, film adaptations, and translations to accounts of the plays’ critical reception in Japan. Abstracts (100-200 words) should be sent to Professor Deborah Cartmell <
> and Professor Gabriel Egan <
> by 6 December 2012. Those unable to attend the conference may also offer a paper for the special issue.
Lecturer in Shakespeare and Theatre
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0320 Tuesday, 31 July 2012
From: BSA <
Date: July 30, 2012 12:55:02 PM EDT
Subject: Lecturer in Shakespeare and Theatre
University of Birmingham
College of Arts and Law
Lecturer in Shakespeare and Theatre
We offer an exciting opportunity to join the internationally renowned Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon as a full-time, permanent Lecturer in Shakespeare and Theatre. The postholder will make an outstanding contribution to the international research profile of the Institute and contribute to the core teaching of the Institute. In particular, the post holder will convene the MA Shakespeare and Theatre and make a major contribution to the new MFA programme in Creativity and Shakespeare as well as developing other practice-based programmes. The post holder will be expected to support distance learning as well as face to face seminars. The successful candidate will have relevant research and teaching experience and be committed to providing a first-class student learning experience. The post is available from 1st January 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter.
For enquiries: contact
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0319 Tuesday, 31 July 2012
From: Fran Teague <
Date: July 27, 2012 12:08:51 PM EDT
Subject: Job Opening
A friend from University of Amsterdam asks if I would pass on this job listing for a department chair: http://www.uva.nl/vacatures/vacatures.cfm/50876E7D-BBE4-41F0-BCED0D6A88ACF096
Broadview ISE As You Like It Published
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0317 Thursday, 27 July 2012
From: Michael Best <
Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 6:31 PM
Subject: Broadview ISE As You Like It Published
It is with great pleasure that I announce that the Broadview Internet Shakespeare Edition of David Bevington’s As You Like It has been published.
Cover Image: Broadview ISE ASL Cover
As You Like It
A Broadview Internet Shakespeare Edition
Written by: William Shakespeare
Edited by: David Bevington
Publication Date: July 13, 2012
ISBN: 9781554810529 / 1554810523
CDN & US $12.95
AUST $ 14.95
Both a witty satire of literary cliché and a tender meditation on the varieties of love, As You Like It continues to be one of Shakespeare’s most beloved and widely performed comedies. In the introduction to this new edition, David Bevington traces the complex relationships between the characters in the play, and explores the history of its criticism from Samuel Johnson to the twenty-first century.
As part of the newly launched Broadview Press / Internet Shakespeare Editions series, this edition features a variety of interleaved materials—from facsimile pages, diagrams, and musical scores to illustrations and extended discussions of myth and folklore—that provide a context for the social and cultural allusions in the play. Appendices offer excerpts from Shakespeare’s key sources and influences, including Thomas Lodge’s Rosalind and Ben Jonson’s Every Man in His Humor.
A collaboration between Broadview Press and the Internet Shakespeare Editions project at the University of Victoria, the editions developed for this series have been comprehensively annotated and draw on the authoritative texts newly edited for the ISE. This innovative series allows readers to access extensive and reliable online resources linked to the print edition.
David Bevington is Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Chicago. His many publications on Shakespeare include an edition of the Complete Works for Longman.
Table of Contents:
William Shakespeare: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
As You Like It
Appendix A: Sources and Influences
from Thomas Lodge, Rosalind (1590)
from "The Table of Gamelyn" (14th Century)
from "Robin Hood and the Beggar"
from John Lyly, Galatea (1592)
from Ben Jonson, Every Man in His Humour (1598)
from Joseph Hall, Satires (1598)
Appendix B: Classical Myths in As You Like It
Academics teaching relevant courses may request examination copies of titles to consider for text adoption. We ask that you limit your examination copy requests to three or fewer at a time; if you are not confident that you will adopt the book, please help us keep costs down by ordering it instead. If in the future you do decide to assign as a course text a book you have previously ordered personally, Broadview Press will be happy to refund your money.
Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions
Department of English, University of Victoria
Victoria B.C. V8W 3W1, Canada.
[Editor’s Note: I have a long association with the Internet Shakespeare Editions as a member of the Editorial Board and as an editor. I have known visionary Michael Best for many years and watched as his dream of a creating “scholarly, fully annotated texts of Shakespeare’s plays freely available in a form native to the medium of the Internet” has evolved and come to fruition. David Bevington’s As You Like It is the first published edition in the ISC collaboration with Broadview Press to create editions that “have been comprehensively annotated and draw on the authoritative texts newly edited for the ISE. This innovative series allows readers to access extensive and reliable online resources linked to the print edition.” To celebrate this achievement, I am supplying a context based on information drawn from the ISC web site: http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca -Hardy]
The Mission of the Internet Shakespeare Editions
Our mission is to inspire a love of Shakespeare’s works in a world-wide audience. We accomplish this with the highest standards of scholarship, design, and usability.
The Internet Shakespeare Editions project began in 1991 when Dr. Michael Best, a Renaissance scholar at British Columbia’s University of Victoria (UVic), developed a HyperCard multimedia resource, Shakespeare’s Life and Times, with design by graphic design specialist Roberta Livingstone. . . . Within three years, a revolution took place in new media, and after further development, Shakespeare’s Life and Times was published by the same company on CD ROM.
In 1996, Best and Livingstone created the first version of the website, Internet Shakespeare Editions, a website with the aim of making scholarly, fully annotated texts of Shakespeare’s plays freely available in a form native to the medium of the Internet. A further mission was to make educational materials on Shakespeare available to teachers and students: using the global reach of the Internet. Over the next few years the Life and Times section was rewritten for the web, with funding from Athabasca University, and all Shakespeare plays were published in old spelling editions.
In November 2005 ISC brought online a newly-designed site with substantial improvements and additional resources. The new site introduced important and exciting new resources: an extensive and growing database of Shakespeare in Performance, and the “illuminated text”: a new way of viewing and exploring Shakespeare’s works with full annotation and illustration.
The result of this upgrade was that traffic to the site increased by over 100%. By 2007 requests for pages reached up to a million pages per month.
In 2010, ISC announced the completion of several plays: As You Like It (David Bevington), Julius Caesar (John Cox), Henry V (James Mardock). and Henry IV, Part One (Rose Gaby).
Although the mission of the ISE is to create digital texts, we remain aware of the power of print as a mature technology. In collaboration with Canadian-based Broadview Press, the ISE is creating texts that use the best of both print and digital media. The texts will take advantage of the revolution that is taking place in students’ study habits, where they will consult the Web before going to their local library. Broadview texts consist of the modern-spelling ISE text with level 1 annotations, an introduction condensed from the online essays on the text, and a selection of the supporting texts created by the editor. The print edition will signal places where especially significant or interesting further information is contained in the online version, and will be designed to be reminiscent of the Web page. Thus the book will provide the convenient portability and capacity for marginal annotation that print does so well; the online versions will provide the capacity for the kind of in-depth research that a digital archive makes possible.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0314 Tuesday, 24 July 2012
From: BSA <
Date: July 24, 2012 5:47:06 AM EDT
Subject: Fellowship Opportunity
British Shakespeare Association
ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800): Early Career International Research Fellowships Program.
As part of its international research collaboration, CHE will fund excellent international Early Career Researchers in the field to visit one or more of the Australian nodes for a period of two months, to work with members of the Centre on a research program of their choice.
Since the object of the Early Career International Research Fellowships is primarily to promote collaborative research, the Fellows will not be required to undertake any undergraduate teaching, but will be required to deliver at least one paper or lecture.
The Fellow will be provided with a return airfare from their home to Australia, accommodation and a daily living allowance for their stay in Australia, and travel between Australian nodes of the Centre.
Intending applicants are eligible to apply if they:
1. Hold a doctorate in a relevant field of study, gained in the period 2004-2012.
2. Are based at a university outside Australia (note: this includes Australian citizens currently working at universities outside Australia).
CHE is now issuing a call for applications for Early Career International Research Fellowships, to be taken over the period 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2014. Applicants should provide:
1. An up-to-date academic CV of no more than 6-pages. Note: applicants' research track records will be judged strictly relative to opportunity.
2. A description, no longer than one A4 page, of the proposed research to be undertaken during the Fellowship, including a statement of how the research relates to the Centre's overall research into the history of emotions in Europe 1100-1800, and the proposed outcomes of the research (e.g. draft of an article, perhaps jointly authored with one or more CHE member(s), development of further research interchange and collaboration activities, and so on). It is expected that CHE support would be acknowledged in any publication deriving from the Fellowship.
3. The name(s) of CHE staff with whom the applicant wishes to collaborate, the preferred dates of the fellowship, and the preferred 'home' university for the duration of the visit.
4. The names and contact details of two referees.
Applications should preferably be sent via email to:
Dr Tanya Tuffrey, Centre Manager:
Or mailed to:
ARC CoE for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800)
Faculty of Arts University of Western Australia M201 / 35 Stirling Highway Crawley WA 6009
Attention: Dr Tanya Tuffrey
Closing date: 20 August 2012
For further information on the Centre’s research programs and projects, please contact the Centre Director: Professor Philippa Maddern:
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0311 Monday, 23 July 2012
From: Joseph Sullivan <
Date: July 20, 2012 11:19:40 AM EDT
Subject: Updated CFP: 2012 OVSC (deadline 8/31)
The 36th Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
October 18-20, 2012 Marietta College
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.
2012 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 performance by the Baltimore Consort. Other conference events will include a night owl screening of Coriolanus, an evening reception at a local establishment, our annual luncheon, coffee, tea and snack breaks that will have you stuffing your pockets “for later,” and all the October foliage your eyes can possibly take in.
The final deadline for abstracts and panel proposals is August 31st. All submissions and inquiries should be directed to Joseph Sullivan at
or by mail to Joseph Sullivan / English Department / Marietta College / Marietta, OH 45750.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0300 Tuesday, 17 July 2012
From: Jinny Webber <
Date: July 15, 2012 11:09:04 AM EDT
Subject: The Secret Player by Jinny Webber
The Secret Player by Jinny Webber, will be published August 6, 2012. The first of a trilogy, it begins the story of the actor Alexander Cooke, player listed in the First Folio who is credited by Edmund Malone as originating Shakespeare’s principal female roles. The fictional twist: in this story, Alexander Cooke was born female.
Copies ordered from the website before the release will be discounted: www.NebbadoonPress.com; Kindle and Nook versions available online after that date.
Cover: The Secret Player (2.51 MB)
New DVD: Shakespeare’s Sonnets
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.02897 Friday, 13 July 2012
From: Louise Machin <
Date: July 13, 2012 7:15:49 AM EDT
Subject: New DVD: Shakespeare’s Sonnets
For Release 20 July 2012 by Illuminations
Illuminations, with Touch Press, Faber and Faber and The Arden Shakespeare, present an exclusive DVD release, Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
Released alongside the acclaimed iPad app, The Sonnets by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Sonnets features specially filmed performances of every Sonnet by a star-studded cast of 42 actors and Shakespearean experts, including Sir Patrick Stewart, Kim Cattrall, David Tennant, Simon Russell Beale, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, Dame Harriet Walter, Simon Callow, Stephen Fry, and poets Don Paterson and Sir Andrew Motion. Other prominent experts on Shakespeare include Professor James Shapiro and voice coach Cicely Berry.
The mysteries and marvels of Shakespeare's Sonnets are revealed as never before in these vivid, compelling and accessible performances.
The DVD also includes a beautiful 24-page booklet featuring every actor, a listing of Sonnets performed by that actor, photograph, and biography.
Price: £14.99 including VAT / length: 180 minutes / format: PAL Region 0
Shakespeare’s Sonnets DVD is available from www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk, thesonnets.tv, Amazon, Moviemail and other good retailers.
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare for iPad is available from the iTunes App Store itunes.com/appstore for £9.99.
Illuminations is a producer and publisher of television, films and DVDs about the arts and performance. Recent productions include Hamlet (2009) with David Tennant, Macbeth (2010) with Patrick Stewart, and Being Shakespeare (2012) with Simon Callow. Gregory Doran’s Julius Caesar with the RSC will be released on DVD in September 2012.
For more information contact Louise Machin on 020 7288 8409 /
Notes to editors:
Faber and Faber (faber.co.uk) is one of the great independent publishing houses in London, with no fewer than twelve Nobel Laureates and six Booker Prize-winners among its authors.
Touch Press (touchpress.com) is a London-based digital publisher who UK and US founders have a distinguished track record of interactive software development. Their launch title, The Elements for iPad, has become an international publishing phenomenon, selling over 280,000 copies.
The Arden Shakespeare (ardenshakespeare.com) is the long-running and pre-eminent publisher of editions of Shakespeare's work for scholars and general readers.
19-20 Rheidol Mews, London N1 8NU
+44 20 7288 8400 F: +44 20 7288 8488
Early Modern Culture: Debate on Materialism in Literary Theory
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.02890 Tuesday, 10 July 2012
From: David Siar <
Date: July 9, 2012 2:04:09 PM EDT
Subject: Early Modern Culture: Debate on Materialism in Literary Theory
The new issue of Early Modern Culture (<http://emc.eserver.org>) contains a lively discussion of an article by David Hawkes entitled “Against Materialism in Literary Theory.” (This article appeared last year in a collection entitled The Return of Theory in Early Modern English Studies, eds. Paul Cefalu and Bryan Reynolds, as is reprinted in EMC with permission of the publishers.) Participants include Michael Booth, Adam Bryx & Bryan Reynolds, William Flesch, Christopher Kendrick, and John Sutton & Evelyn B. Tribble. There is also a response by Hawkes and there are counter-responses by several of the participants.
Early Modern Culture is edited by Crystal Bartolovich and David Siar and is published by the English Server at Iowa State University.
CFP: “Shakespeare in/and Manuscript” (SAA 2013)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.02889 Tuesday, 10 July 2012
From: Jean-Christophe Mayer <
Date: July 8, 2012 5:38:51 AM EDT
Subject: CFP: “Shakespeare in/and Manuscript” (SAA 2013)
Dear SHAKSPER List Members,
This is a call for papers for a seminar entitled “Shakespeare in/and Manuscript”, which we will be organising at the next Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) meeting in Toronto, Canada, 28-30 March 2013.
While the only extant Shakespearean holograph manuscript is notoriously limited to a short scene in a collaborative play (Sir Thomas More), there is a wealth of other Shakespearean manuscripts. Traditionally, the value of these manuscripts was seen to reside in the fact that their texts could provide potentially useful variants for editors in pursuit of a so-called authentic Shakespearean text. Today, although these views have evolved, our understanding of the social and historical dissemination of Shakespeare’s text tends to be informed mainly by the rise of Shakespeare in print.
Participants in this seminar will be invited to consider such phenomena as the cultural mobility of Shakespeare in manuscript, textual bricolage, or indeed the elaboration of a parallel cultural economy—separate but also intimately tied the world of print. Contributors will delve into the archive to explore these other manuscripts, including promptbooks, miscellanies, commonplace books, and manuscript marginalia in printed books. Beyond literary manuscripts that contain Shakespearean text, this seminar encourages participants to consider alternative sources such as account books, songbooks, and diaries, which may also offer insight into particular productions. This investigation of primary materials will highlight the varied and contingent responses to Shakespeare’s plays and poems from the early modern period to the present.
The goal of this seminar is to encourage participants to consider the wide range of Shakespearean manuscripts, to showcase a variety of critical approaches to these primary texts, and to explore some of the new (and often digital) ways to access these sources. Participants will share their expertise(s) in bibliography and textual studies while also providing historical and cultural contexts in which to understand these materials. If possible, the members of this seminar will visit the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library or the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (University of Toronto).
If you are interested, please kindly register for the seminar by 15 September 2012 on the website of the Shakespeare Association of America: <http://www.shakespeareassociation.org/>. Feel free to contact us also if you have any questions.
University of Victoria, Canada
French National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS)
and University of Montpellier