Out of the Shadow of Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.166 Thursday, 26 April 2012
From: Gabriel Egan <
Date: April 24, 2012 7:21:51 AM EDT
Subject: Out of the Shadow of Shakespeare
At Loughborough University (in the UK East Midlands, 10 miles north of Leicester, 50 miles north-east of Stratford-upon-Avon) there will be a half-day meeting called ‘Out of the Shadow of Shakespeare’ on Saturday 28 April from 1 to 5pm. It’s about the staging of plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries.
The event will include a talk on staging non-Shakespearean drama, a workshop on staging scenes from Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Fletcher’s The Nightwalkers, and a roundtable Q&A with theatre practitioners, directors and performers. Attached is a flyer for the event. The event is free and all are welcome, but you have to book your place by emailing the organizer Kate Woods <
Out of the Shadows
University of St Andrews CFP
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.165 Thursday, 26 April 2012
From: Toria Johnson <
Date: April 19, 2012 8:11:21 PM EDT
Subject: University of St Andrews CFP
Bonds, Lies, and Circumstances: Discourses of Truth-Telling in the Renaissance
An International and Interdisciplinary Conference
21st - 23rd March, 2013
School of English, University of St Andrews
If a lie had no more faces but one, as truth had, we should be in farre better termes than we are: For whatsoever a lier should say, we would take it in a contrarie sense. But the opposite of truth has many shapes, and an undefinite field.
Michel de Montaigne, ‘Of Lyers’ (Florio translation -1603)
Can we say that truth has ‘no more faces than one’? Montaigne implies that human relationships with truth are straightforward, whereas our attitudes towards falsehood are complicated by its multiplicity. But how stable is the notion of ‘truth’? Does truth - like falsehood - appear in many forms, and if so, can we ever take it at face value?
Legal, emotional, and spiritual concerns—all vital to truth-telling discourses—are intimately bound in the Renaissance. This conference offers a forum for the exploration of their intersections. The study of legal culture has become increasingly central to the analysis of early modern literary texts, and legal paradigms are inescapable when scholars turn their attention, as many have recently done, to the equivocal power of language to bind people together. We find the legal value of such bonds—in the form of oaths, promises and contracts—going hand in hand with interpersonal relationships and their emotional and spiritual dimensions.
Our objective is to foster debate about the marriage between two clearly connected fields: Law and Literature; and the study of early modern emotion. How do these fields work together? We form bonds; we tell lies; we search for and construct truths: but under what circumstances?
Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to
- The connections between law, emotion, and obligation, and how the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries engage with these dynamics.
- The formation and evaluation of bonds in the early modern world.
- How public/private spaces affect attitudes towards truth-telling.
- The relationship between faith, truth, and honesty in the Renaissance.
- How belief and trust are generated.
- The binding power of language and rhetoric.
- Transmissions of knowledge, belief, and emotion.
Confirmed keynote speakers are:
John Kerrigan (Cambridge), on Bonds
Andrew Hadfield (Sussex), on Lies
Lorna Hutson (St Andrews), on Circumstances
Proposals for 20-minute papers should include an abstract (of no more than 200 words), 3 keywords, and 3 citations, and should be emailed to
. We are happy to consider proposals for panels; in the event that we are unable to accommodate the panel, papers will be considered on an individual basis.
All abstracts must be received by July 31st 2012.
We welcome proposals from researchers at all stages of their careers, working in departments of Art History, Comparative Literature, English, History, Languages, Law, Theology, and other relevant subject areas. General questions can be directed to the conference organizers - Rachel Holmes and Toria Johnson - at
In conjunction with the Centre for Mediaeval and Early Modern Law and Literature (CMEMLL), with generous support from the Society for Renaissance Studies.
CFP: Borrowers & Lenders Seeking Reviews for Sleep No More
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.164 Thursday, 26 April 2012
From: Matthew Kozusko <
Date: April 17, 2012 3:36:31 PM EDT
Subject: CFP: Borrowers & Lenders Seeking Reviews for Sleep No More
CFP: Reviews of NYC run of SLEEP NO MORE
Borrowers & Lenders, The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, is soliciting contributors to a composite (and possibly collaborative) review of Punchdrunk’s New York City production of Sleep No More, an ongoing interactive performance project based on Macbeth. Meant in part to accommodate and record the experience of attending this production, this composite review will attempt to capture the dynamic in which each audience member’s participation in the performance yields a unique dramatic experience.
Contributors will be asked to respond to their experience of the production in whatever format they like (we can accommodate most audio, video, and graphic media). B&L performance reviews typically eschew standard, evaluative responses to productions in favor of thesis-driven commentary, and such a model would be welcome here, though not strictly required. The project will use a wiki space, and contributors will have the option to post drafts of their responses and then to revise them (or not) at any point during the submission window, April 23 – June 23, 2012. All posted contributions will be visible to other contributors for the duration of the submission window. Contributors will also have the option to remain anonymous. Responses should run 1,000 - 3,000 words and will be subject to editing for length and content.
If you are interested, please contact the Appropriations in Performance editor, Matt Kozusko, at
Associate Professor of English
Shakespeare and Performance
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.163 Thursday, 26 April 2012
From: Sarah Gail Farrell <
Date: April 17, 2012 11:42:38 AM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare and Performance
The Early Modern Studies Journal, formerly the Early English Studies Journal, is looking for a few book reviewers for our upcoming volume titled: Shakespeare and Performance. If you are interested please send an email to
, attaching an electronic copy of your professional resume and, if possible, a sample copy of a previous book review you have had published. The books that are currently available for review are seen below.
Shakespeare’s Great Stage of Fools by Robert H. Bell
Costuming the Shakespearean Stage: Visual Codes of Representation in Early Modern Theatre and Culture by Robert Lublin
Early Modern Studies Journal
Book Review Editor
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.162 Thursday, 26 April 2012
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Subject: iPad App
From Bryn Mawr College Web Site
Bryn Mawr Now
“To be or not to be?” There’s an App for That…
Posted April 19, 2012
A signature work of the Bard just became more accessible, thanks to a new iPad app developed by Bryn Mawr College Professor Katherine Rowe and University of Notre Dame Associate Professor of English Elliott Visconsi.
Designed to bring a worldwide audience together around Shakespeare’s plays, The Tempest for iPad is more than a digital book. The app is designed for social reading, authoring and collaboration. Readers have access to audio recordings of the play that provide alternative performances of key passages, and they can customize their experience, using only the content and tools they want, when they want them.
“We are discovering that one of the most important components of learning at any stage of our lives is the ability to stretch ourselves just the right amount,” says Rowe. “Our app invites Shakespeare fans and potential fans to do that—it can grow with you as a reader.” The app was engineered at Notre Dame’s Center for Research Computing.
The first play printed in Shakespeare’s First Folio of 1623, The Tempest is thought to be inspired by European discoveries of the New World. Its hauntingly beautiful verse makes it among the most frequently performed and beloved of Shakespeare’s plays, and it has been selected as a theme for the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
The app can accommodate any Shakespeare-literacy level, from academics who want input from the world’s leading Shakespeare scholars to those who are simply curious about Shakespeare or want a lively introduction to the play.
“Our goal is to invite all readers of Shakespeare—students, teachers, scholars, fans—to gather around this magnificent play. The iPad makes new styles of reading and writing, authoring and sharing possible, and we designed this app to create a thrilling new way for everyone to experience Shakespeare. This app is not just for the classroom. It’s designed for anyone who loves Shakespeare, or anyone who wants to love Shakespeare but needs some help to do so,” says Visconsi.
Readers of The Tempest for iPad can learn from short expert commentaries provided by the world’s leading Shakespeare scholars, artists and teachers; enjoy a full-length, scrolling audio performance of the play by the internationally known touring company Actors from the London Stage; or create a custom play text using key passages. Illustrations, podcasts, teaching materials, and videos from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the world’s premier destination for Shakespeare research, are included in the app.
The Tempest for iPad is available through iTunes for $13.99. Visconsi and Rowe, with the support of Notre Dame and a team of investors, have created a startup company in South Bend, Luminary Digital Media LLC.
Luminary aims to develop many more applications designed to bring together readers worldwide around core humanities texts. Additional information is available at the Luminary website.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.161 Thursday, 26 April 2012
From: Frank Landsbergen <
Date: April 15, 2012 6:36:33 AM EDT
Subject: Sonnet Trainer App
My name is Dr. Frank Landsbergen. I have recently published an Android-app with which users can train their knowledge of Shakespeare's Sonnets, and I thought it would be nice to bring this to the attention of your site.
There are already several apps with which you can read the sonnets, but this app is different in that the user has to ‘rewrite’ a sonnet, either by reconstructing each line, which has been broken up into parts, or by choosing the correct line from three options. This way, users can practice their knowledge of the sonnets.
The app is called 'Shakespeare Sonnet Trainer' and can be found in the app store through the link below. There is a free version for the sonnets 1-50, and a paid version for all the sonnets.
An iPhone version is scheduled for this fall.
Shakespeare and Emotions at Anzsa
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.158 Friday, 13 April 2012
From: BSA <
Date: April 13, 2012 11:28:51 AM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare and Emotions at Anzsa
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SHAKESPEARE AND EMOTIONS
The 11th Biennial International Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association in collaboration with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
27-30 November 2012
The University of Western Australia
Perth, Western Australia
Keynote speakers include Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare’s Globe London), Philippa Kelly (California Shakespeare Theater and UNSW), Steven Mullaney (University of Michigan) and Barrie Rutter (Artristic Director, NorthernBroadside Theatre Company). Additional keynote speakers are to be announced.
The study of emotions in history, literature, and other aspects of culture is a burgeoning field, and Shakespeare takes a very central and influential place. The conveners invite papers on any aspect of the ways in which Shakespeare and/or his contemporaries represented emotions in poetry, drama, and other works, and/or how these representations have been received by audiences and readers from the sixteenth century to the present day.
There are paradoxes to be explored—how ‘the bodily turn’ of physiological influence on emotions could in turn generate more modern models of inner consciousness alone; how concepts rooted historically in Elizabethan and Jacobean England could be adapted to fit the philosophies and concepts of later ages, through eighteenth-century literature of sensibility, nineteenth-century and Darwinian approaches, twentieth-century psychologism stimulated by Freud, and a host of others. Did Shakespeare tap into a ‘collective unconscious’ of ‘universal’ stories, or did he arbitrarily choose stories to dramatise which his affective eloquence incorporated into world literature? Why have his works proved so durable in their emotional power, both in themselves and adaptations into other media such as opera, music, film and dance? Equal attention is invited to plays in performance and in ‘closet’ critical readings, as well as textual studies and adaptations.
The New Fortune Theatre, built in 1964 to the exact dimensions of The Fortune playhouse that rivaled Shakespeare’s Globe in seventeenth-century London, will be available for original practice performances, open rehearsals, and stage-based research papers, etc.
If you wish your presentation to be considered for a Performance Workshop on the New Fortune stage, please indicate this clearly in your title.
Abstracts of c.200 words should be submitted for consideration to
>, addressed to Bob White, Chris Wortham, Danijela Kambaskovic-Sawers, Mark Houlahan, and Brett D. Hirsch. Abstracts should be received by 1 July 2012.
Please bear in mind that although our venues have full capability for Powerpoint presentations and projecting files from your computers, wireless Internet reception is in some rooms unavailable. If you will need Internet access for your presentation, please make this clear in your abstract to allow us to programme accordingly.
For more details about the conference, visit http://conference.anzsa.org/
Folger Shakespeare Library: Shakespeare’s Birthday and More
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.154 Thursday, 12 April 2012
From: Folger Shakespeare Library <
Date: Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 15:54:00 -0400
Subject: Folger Shakespeare Library: Shakespeare’s Birthday and More
What’s On at the Folger
Mirth and Merriment
Special Events: Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House
It’s April, the month we welcome spring at the Folger and celebrate Shakespeare. Enjoy music, games, and more during our annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House! Children and adults can participate in free crafts and activities, take to the Folger stage for spontaneous Shakespeare performances, and explore the Folger’s historic building. During the closing festivities, all are welcome to share birthday cake on the front lawn.
Sunday, April 22
Noon to 4:00 pm
Discover Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s Life
Listen: Songs Inspired by Shakespeare
Tales of Innocence
Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture
Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale offers a fascinating glimpse into childhood. Young Prince Mamillius, who haunts the play even after his death, provides a lens for exploring critical themes. The annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture by Sarah Beckwith deals with questions of initiation, inheritance, innocence, truth, and doubt.
Plus, view images from Folger Theatre’s 2009 production of The Winter’s Tale on Flickr.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Get a Seat: Reserve Online
On Flickr: Images from The Winter’s Tale
A Trace of Shakespeare
In the News: Restored Scribble May be Shakespeare Signature
Could this be Shakespeare's signature? Probably not, but researchers are investigating when and how a mysterious signature on the title page of Archaionomia, a treatise on Anglo-Saxon law in the Folger collection, first appeared on the page's top border. Using multi-spectral imaging technology, the researchers are studying images not visible to the human eye to compare the signature to other known Shakespeare signatures—as well as those of well-known forgers.
For a detailed look at the digital imaging process, read the post by guest contributor Roger Easton of Rochester Institute of Technology on The Collation blog.
Blogworthy: Spectral Imaging of Shakespeare’s “Seventh Signature”
[Editor’s Note: I would encourage readers to look at the “Spectral Imaging of Shakespeare’s “Seventh Signature” cited above. Further, at the SHAKSPER web site, in the Scholarly Resources, Pedagogy section, I discuss in my first Cook’s Tour how to access the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Digital Image Collection which contains William Lambarde’s Archaionomia, the work in which the signature is found. In addition to your being able to read the how-to instructions article online at http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/cooks-tour, you can download a pdf version of it below. Once you have the Luna software installed, you are able to examine the page yourselves by continuing to zoom-in on the image. Actually, quite fun. –Hardy]
Cook’s Tour One: Cook Tour One (116.13 kB)
From Shakespeare’s Sisters to Birthday Sonnets and the Making of Dictionaries
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.153 Thursday, 12 April 2012
From: John F Andrews <
Date: Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 17:20:13 -0600
Subject: From Shakespeare’s Sisters to Birthday Sonnets and the Making of Dictionaries
GEORGIANNA ZIEGLER & ‘Shakespeare’s Sisters’
MONDAY, APRIL 16, at 8:00 p.m.
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan
No Admission Charge, but Reservations Requested
In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf lamented that if Shakespeare had “had a wonderfully gifted sister, called Judith,” she would never have been able to develop her talents and achieve success in the way her famous brother did. Perhaps so. But in Edward Rothstein’s enthusiastic February 24 New York Times review of “Shakespeare’s Sisters: Voices of English and European Writers, 1500-1700” (http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/r/edward_rothstein/index.html), an exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill that closes May 20, we learn that there were dozens of “women from Britain, France, and Italy, many of them celebrated in their own time,” whose brilliant careers prove that Ms. Woolf was unduly melancholy. The curator who organized this show is GEORGIANNA ZIEGLER, who oversees the Folger’s reference department and occupies a post that has been endowed by Louis B. Thalheimer. A former president of the Shakespeare Association of America, Dr. Ziegler spent a decade at the University of Pennsylvania’s renowned Furness Library before she moved to Washington in 1992. Her previous exhibitions have introduced viewers to “Shakespeare’s Unruly Women,” to “Elizabeth I, Then and Now,” to “Shakespeare for Children,” and to “Marketing Shakespeare: The Boydell Gallery (1789-1805) and Beyond.” Dr. Ziegler’s engaging conversation with the SHAKESPEARE GUILD’s John Andrews will be illustrated with portraits of notable female authors of the early-modern period and with images from many of their publications.
Discount Tickets for CSC’s ‘DREAM’ Production
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT $49.50 THROUGH MAY 20
CLASSIC STAGE COMPAMY, 136 East 13th Street, Manhattan
Regularly $75 Tuesday-Thursday, $80 Friday-Sunday
Under the direction of Tony Speciale, the CLASSIC STAGE COMPANY is now presenting A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM in a production that stars Bebe Neuwirth and Christina Ricci and features Jordan Dean, Nick Gehlfuss, David Greenspan, Halley Wegryn Gross, Anthony Heald, Erin Hill, Chad Lindsey, Taylor Mac, James Patrick Nelson, Steven Skybell, and Rob Yang. For details visit www.classicstage.org, and for the $49.50 discounted SHAKESPEARE GUILD price for tickets that are usually $75 on weekdays and $80 on weekends, proceed to www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/905515/prm/MIDSGUILD and enter code MIDSGUILD. You may also take advantage of this special offer by visiting the Box Office at 136 East 13th Street (between Third and Fourth Avenues) or by calling either 212-352-3101 or 866-811-4111.
A Festive Shakespeare’s Birthday SONNET SLAM
MONDAY, APRIL 23, Beginning at 1:00 p.m.
NAUMBURG BANDSHELL in CENTRAL PARK
Free and Open to the Public
WILLFUL PICTURES, an organization headed by Melinda Hall (a director, teacher, and filmmaker who is producing a documentary in which luminaries such as F. Murray Abraham, Robert Brustein, Stacy Keach, and Sir Ben Kingsley talk about how Shakespeare changed their lives), is presenting its second annual SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHDAY SONNET SLAM at the beautiful Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. Come rain or shine, 154 presenters will recite all 154 of the playwright’s immortal lyrics. For details, see www.facebook.com/events/347696721921637/.
SHAKESPEARE WEEK at New York Public Library
MONDAY, APRIL 23, THROUGH FRIDAY, APRIL 27
STEPHEN A. SCHWARZMAN BUILDING, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
Free and Open to the Public
Jay Barksdale of the NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY has arranged an enticing assortment of activities for the week when Shakespeare’s birthday is traditionally celebrated. Among other things, there will be a master class for young actors, a display of Elizabethan maps and treasures such as the 1623 First Folio of the playwright’s dramatic works, some recitations by talented actors and actresses, and a series of orations and presentations by key writers and scholars. At 1:15 p.m. on Monday, April 23, for example, Robert Armitage (Humanities Bibliographer at the Library) will talk about Shakespeare: From Stratford-upon-Avon to the New York Public Library. At the same time on Tuesday, April 24, Margaret Mikesell Tabb (Professor of English at John Jay College, CUNY) will discuss Fathers and Sons in HAMLET. On Wednesday, April 25, Linda Neiberg (Graduate Center, CUNY) will explore ways of Marmorializing the Dead in ROMEO AND JULIET, OTHELLO, and THE WINTER’S TALE. On Thursday, April 26, Andras Kisery (City College of New York) will focus on Hamlet and the Ambassadors. And on Friday, April 27, Barry Nass (Hofstra University) will connect The Parable of the Good Samaritan and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. All of these events are free of charge and are open to the public. For additional information see www.nypl.org/blog/2011/04/11/shakespeare-week-stephen-schwarzman-building.
JESSE SHEIDLOWER, Editor at Large for the OED
TUESDAY, MAY 22, at 8:00 p.m.
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan
No Admission Charge, but Reservations Requested
JESSE SHEIDLOWER is President-Elect of the American Dialect Society and Editor at Large for the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary. He recently published a revised edition of The F-Word, his classic survey of an expletive that has become so mainstream in recent years that it has now lost much of its initial power to shock. Mr. Sheidlower has been a guest on such programs as 60 Minutes and Charlie Rose, and he was a prominent talking head in Robert MacNeil’s PBS series Do You Speak American? Mr. Sheidlower has written for The Atlantic, Esquire, Food & Wine, Harper’s, Lingua Franca, New York, The New York Times, and Playboy, and his website, www.jessesword.com, a trove of blogs and articles about virtually every aspect of our fascinating language. During a wide-ranging discussion with the SHAKESPEARE GUILD’s John Andrews, he’ll explore how dictionaries evolve with the times. Among other things, he’ll talk about changing attitudes to words that relate to sex, bodily functions, and other controversial topics. He and Mr. Andrews will also examine how today’s social norms have altered the way audiences respond to wordplay and innuendo that either offended or went unnoticed by Victorian readers, but which Shakespeare and his contemporaries considered pertinent and amusing.
For more information about these and other programs, among them a new CENTENNIAL FRIDAYS series at the St. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe’s New Mexico Museum of Art, visit the website below and take a look at the Current Events page.
John F. Andrews
The Shakespeare Guild
5B Calle San Martin
Santa Fe, NM 87506
Phone 505 988 9560
Notice Regarding New Variorum Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.152 Thursday, 12 April 2012
From: Paul Werstine <
Date: April 12, 2012 11:16:54 AM EDT
Subject: Notice Regarding New Variorum Shakespeare
A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare
The following editors of volumes in progress for A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare are seeking assistant editors:
Maurice Hunt, Baylor University: Cymbeline
Joseph Porter, Duke University: Othello
James Schiffer, SUNY New Paltz: Twelfth Night
William Proctor Williams, University of Akron: Titus Andronicus
The publisher of this series is the Modern Language Association of America. Title pages and prefaces scrupulously record the contributions of all who work on the volumes. Editorial principles are available at www.mla.org/shakespeare_varpdf. Please contact Paul Werstine, co-general editor, at
. The latest published volumes in the series are The Winter’s Tale, edited by Robert Kean Turner and Virginia Westling Haas (2005), and The Comedy of Errors, edited by Standish Henning (2011). King Lear, edited by Richard Knowles, is at press.