Book Announcement: Shakespeare’s Sense of Character-On the Page and From the Stage
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0020 Friday, 18 January 2013
From: Eleazer Durfee <
Date: January 17, 2013 3:02:04 PM EST
Subject: Shakespeare’s Sense of Character-On the Page and From the Stage
We have recently published a book which may be of interest to your readers-
Shakespeare’s Sense of Character-On the Page and From the Stage
Edited by Yu Jin Ko, Wellesley College, USA and Michael W. Shurgot, South Puget Sound Community College
Series: Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama
Published December 2012
Making a unique intervention in an incipient but powerful resurgence of academic interest in character-based approaches to Shakespeare, this book brings scholars and theatre practitioners together to rethink why and how character continues to matter. Contributors seek in particular to expand our notions of what Shakespearean character is, and to extend the range of critical vocabularies in which character criticism can work. The return to character thus involves incorporating as well as contesting postmodern ideas that have radically revised our conceptions of subjectivity and selfhood. At the same time, by engaging theatre practitioners, this book promotes the kind of comprehensive dialogue that is necessary for the common endeavor of sustaining the vitality of Shakespeare’s characters.
Full details and page extracts are available at www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409440666
Eleazer D. Durfee
Ashgate/Lund Humphries Publishing Company
GW Digital Humanities Symposium
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0018 Thursday, 17 January 2013
From: Emily Russell <
Date: January 16, 2013 8:33:24 PM EST
Subject: Upcoming GW Digital Humanities Symposium
GW Digital Humanities Symposium
Symposium website: http://www.gwu.edu/~acyhuang/DH2013.shtml
Thursday January 24 - Saturday January 26, 2013
A Symposium at George Washington University
Digital humanities is a vibrant field that uses digital technologies to study the interactions between cultural artifacts and the society. In our second decade of the twenty-first century, we face a number of questions about the values, methods, and goals of humanistic inquiries at the intersection of digital media and theory.
Panel presentations are designed with a broad audience in mind and address multiple disciplines that range from computer science and media studies to gender and race studies, digital pedagogy, and literary studies.
Topics we will address in this inaugural GW Digital Humanities Symposium (initiated by Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute and Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Program) include:
Digital and “analogue” scholarship: goals, methods, best practices
Challenges of working with and against multiple media
(In)visible histories of race, gender, and avenues of access
Disability, cultural difference, and linguistic diversity
Visual and print cultures, embodiment, archiving the ephemeral
Canon formation, close and distant reading strategies
Resistance to digital humanities and issues of legitimacy
Promise, perils, and future trends of digital humanities and pedagogy
The symposium will feature provocative 15-minute presentations; a Skype session; hands-on proof-of-concept sessions; digital pedagogy sessions; emphasis on live discussion and debates; free Wi-Fi for all - bring your own laptop, tablet, or smart phone; on-site digital humanities book display and sales; videos of the talks may be available online.
The symposium will begin on Thursday evening with a screening of the film “Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words” (http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c830.shtml) presented by director Yunah Hong. Lily Wong, an Assistant Professor of Literature at American University, will offer a response after the screening. This event will be held in the Media and Public Affairs building on The George Washington University Campus, 805 21st St. NW, room 310. The film will begin at 7:30 and has a run time of about 90 minutes.
Friday’s events will begin at 9 am in the Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st NW, with opening remarks by Alex Huang and Vice Provost Paul Berman followed by the keynote presentation, “The Digital Text as Inhabited Object,” delivered by Elaine Treharne, professor of English at Stanford University. It will be a full day of panels covering a wide range of topics. You can view a schedule of panels and presentation abstracts on the Digital Humanities website. (http://www.gwu.edu/~acyhuang/DH2013.shtml) The symposium will conclude on Saturday with a half-day of panel presentations focusing on pedagogy and best practices. Location information for Saturday’s events will be updated shortly.
Of special interest to members of SHAKSPER are medievalists and early modernists who will be speaking at the conference, including Elaine Treharne, Katherine Rowe, Sarah Werner, Janelle Jenstad, Sheila Cavanagh, Kevin Quarmby, Christy Desmet, Candace Barrington, Jeffrey Cohen, Jonathan Hsy, Peter Donaldson, Alexander Huang, Will Noel, Josh Eyler, Jyotsna Singh, Brett Hirsch, and others.
The Digital Humanities Symposium is a free event and is open to the public but we do ask that you register using the link on the website if you plan to attend. (http://www.gwu.edu/~acyhuang/DH2013.shtml)
Symposium poster: GW Digital Humanities Symposium
Alice Dailey’s The English Martyr from Reformation to Revolution
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0014 Monday, 14 January 2013
From: Kathryn Pitts <
Date: January 11, 2013 2:53:16 PM EST
Subject: Alice Dailey’s The English Martyr from Reformation to Revolution
Alice Dailey publishes book on the martyr figure in Reformation England
NOTRE DAME, IN, January 11, 2013—Alice Dailey, associate professor of English at Villanova University, has published a new book titled The English Martyr from Reformation to Revolution. Observing how martyrdom is constituted through the interplay of historical event and literary form, Dailey explores the development of English martyr literature through the period of intense religious controversy from the heresy executions of Queen Mary to the regicide of 1649.
“Alice Dailey’s innovative new study of English martyrology details the transformations undergone by the narrative forms, theological meanings, and visual imagery of sacred suffering in Reformation England. In the period stretching from the sixteenth century through the end of the English Civil War, the Catholic underground was stymied in its search for the glory of the martyrs by the rhetoric of treason wielded against them by the Protestant state, but periodically sustained by its own powerful and resilient treasury of religious narratives. In this broad and bracing study, Dailey conceives of the Catholic question in a pluralist manner, to include not only the fates of individual Catholics and Catholic communities, but also the survival of Catholic literary and architectural forms in post-Reformation England.” —Julia Reinhard Lupton, The University of California, Irvine
The English Martyr from Reformation to Revolution is part of the ReFormations: Medieval and Early Modern series edited by David Aers, Sarah Beckwith, and James Simpson. Read more:
The English Martyr from Reformation to Revolution, published by the University of Notre Dame Press, is available as a paperback and in an ebook format. Read more:
Contact: Kathryn Pitts
University of Notre Dame Press
310 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Performing the Queen’s Men: Website Change
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0013 Monday, 14 January 2013
From: Helen Ostovich <
Date: January 11, 2013 11:45:00 AM EST
Subject: Performing the Queen’s Men: Website Change
If you have been trying and failing to get into Performing the Queen’s Men, here’s the URL that works: http://thequeensmen.mcmaster.ca/
Helen Ostovich <
Editor, Early Theatre <http://digitalcommons.mcmaster.ca/earlytheatre/>
Professor, English and Cultural Studies
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0010 Thursday, 10 January 2013
From: Red Bull Theater <
Date: January 10, 2013 10:02:41 AM EST
Subject: Meet THE WHITE DEVIL - Monday Jan 14th @ 7:30pm
Monday January 14, 7:30pm
A Staged Reading of
The White Devil
by John Webster
A black-as-pitch Jacobean tragedy, rife with Machiavellian characters – each more brutal and libidinous than the next.
Lucille Lortel Theater
121 Christopher Street
Invitation to Join the Asian Shakespeare Association
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0006 Monday, 7 January 2013
From: Asian Shakespeare Association <
Date: January 4, 2013 8:31:09 PM EST
Subject: Invitation to Join the Asian Shakespeare Association
Call for Participation
Help us found the Asian Shakespeare Association [http://asianshakespeare.org].
Asia has affected the studies and performances of Shakespeare in Asia and around the world. This calls for a collective effort—increasing exchanges and collaborations among Asian Shakespeareans and between Asia and the rest of the world. But given the vastness and diversity of Asia, the richness of its scholarship and theatres, we can, should, and must do more. The time has come to establish a formal association: a non-profit, non-government organization dedicated to researching, producing, teaching, translating, and promoting Shakespeare from an Asian perspective.
A draft constitution has been created. The next step is to recruit more participants and to elect an executive committee through an online vote. More detail about membership, governance, conferences and other matters will be discussed in the executive committee when it is formed.
If you support the idea, please sign up. Online registration opens on 1 January 2013.
If you register before 31 January 2013, you can log in to nominate candidates for the executive committee. The nomination will close after 31 January 2013. Online election for committee members will open on 1 February and close on 28 February 2013.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know.
We look forward to your participation. Please also help to spread the word in your community.
Asian Shakespeare Association Foundational Members
Abad, Ricardo (Philippines)
Al-Dabbagh, Abdulla (United Arab Emirates)
Atienza, Michaela (Philippines)
Billings, Timothy James (United States)
Burt, Richard (United States)
Chakravarti, Paromita (India)
Chaudhuri, Sukanta (India)
Chaudhury, Sarbani (India)
Cheng, Chaoxiang (China)
Chopra, Vikram (India)
Gleckman, Jason (Hong Kong)
Han, Younglim (Korea)
Ho, Elaine (Hong Kong)
Huang, Alexander C. Y. (United States)
Ick, Judy Celine (Philippines)
Jimenez, Florianne (Philippines)
Kim, Kang (Korea)
Lamb, Julian (Hong Kong)
Lee, Hyon-u (Korea)
Lei, Bi-qi Beatrice (Taiwan)
Li, Ruru (United Kingdom)
Lim, Swee Huat Walter (Singapore)
Low binti Abdullah, Nurul Farhana (Malaysia)
Lu, Po-Shen (Taiwan)
Luo, Yimin (China)
Minami, Ryuta (Japan)
Motohashi, Ted (Japan)
Mukherjee, Shreyosi (Singapore)
Perng, Ching-Hsi (Taiwan)
Suematsu, Michiko (Japan)
Tierney, Robert (United States)
Trivedi, Poonam (India)
Tsoi, Sik Cheong Hardy (Hong Kong)
Ueda, Kuniyoshi Munakata (Japan)
Wong, Katrine (Macau)
Wu, Hsing-kuo (Taiwan)
Yang, Gary Lingui (China)
Yoshihara, Yukari (Japan)
Zhang, Chong (China)
Rare Edition of 4-text Hamlet Available from Folger
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0004 Friday, 4 January 2013
From: Georgianna Ziegler <
Date: January 3, 2013 9:34:53 AM EST
Subject: Rare Edition of 4-text Hamlet Available from Folger
The Folger Library has just digitized the rare, proof copy of Teena Rochfort Smith’s Four-Text Edition of Shakspere’s Hamlet. This was prepared in 1883 and never published, likely due to Teena’s tragic death soon afterwards, but the Folger acquired a copy of the proofs.
The story is told by Ann Thompson in “Teena Rochfort Smith, Frederick Furnivall, and the New Shakspere Society’s Four-Text Edition of Hamlet,” SQ 49 (1998): 125-39.
Here is the reference with links to the record in our online catalog and to the fully digitized item:
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. [Hamlet] A four-text edition of Shakspere’s Hamlet : 1. quarto 1, 1603 -- 2. quarto 2, 1604 -- 3. folio 1, 1623 -- 4. a revized text : in parallel columns / edited by Teena Rochfort Smith. 1883. PR2807 1883b Sh.Col., 21 images. (Hamnet, LUNA)
Louis B. Thalheimer Head of Reference
Folger Shakespeare Library
Long Island Student Shakespeare Festival
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0002 Tuesday, 1 January 2013
From: Jeff Dailey <
Date: December 29, 2012 11:57:57 PM EST
Subject: Long Island Student Shakespeare Festival
I am the founder of the Long Island Student Shakespeare Festival.
Long Island Student Shakespeare Festival is Held in April at the Washington School in Deer Park and is pen to students in middle school and high school.
Each group of students performs a scene from Shakespeare. The scene will be preceded by a spoken introduction. There are also Shakespeare-related activities for students. Each group receives feedback on its performance.
This is a celebration, not a competition.
Long Island Student Shakespeare Festival aims to acquaint students and teachers with the performance of Elizabethan / Jacobean texts.
The Festival strives to get students and teachers to realize that Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be performed, to engage students in the interpretation of complicated texts, to help satisfy the terms of the Common Core Standards, to have students learn about the conventions of acting and stagecraft, and to have fun.
Registration for the 2013 is now open. If anyone on SHAKSPER is interested or knows someone who teaches Shakespeare in a secondary school, please contact me at
Long Island Student Shakespeare Festival
New Year’s Greetings for 2013
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0001 Tuesday, 1 January 2013
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Subject: New Year’s Greetings for 2013
Dear SHAKSPER Subscribers:
Happy New Year to all and welcome to volume 24 of SHAKSPER.
Ken Steele, then a graduate student at the University of Toronto, founded SHAKSPER on July 26, 1990: http://shaksper.net/archive/1990/25-july/22-10001-shaksper-initial-message. But volume numbers are associated with years, so SHAKSPER enters its 24th year of service today.
Many of you know the story; a few have even been around since the inception or near the list’s commencement. Yet the story bears repeating.
I met Ken Steele at the 1990 Shakespeare Association of America annual meeting in Philadelphia where he shared with me his ideas about founding an electronic conference dedicated to Shakespeare on the model of HUMANIST, the prototype for all academic e-mail distribution lists. We were both members of a seminar on computing approaches to Shakespeare as were Michael Best (founder and Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions) and James L. Harner (World Shakespeare Bibliography Online).
About a dozen Shakespeareans including myself formed the core of founding members. On February 21, 1992, I became SHAKSPER’s co-editor, at first being responsible for the file server. On March 25, I took over the editing of the daily submissions into the digests. On June 3, Ken decided to take a leave of absence from his graduate studies, and I became SHAKSPER’s owner, editor, and moderator.
The list’s more than 1,100 members have joined from 70ish countries. These members include prominent Shakespearean academics and theater practitioners, and students and teachers from across the educational spectrum as well as just interested participants.
The SHAKSPER homepage concisely describes the conference:
SHAKSPER, now in its twenty-fourth year of serving the academic community, is an edited and moderated, international, e-mail distribution list for discussion among Shakespearean scholars, researchers, instructors, students, and anyone sharing their academic interests and concerns. In addition to regular mailings to members, anyone can use the Internet to access the archives and other SHAKSPER materials from the SHAKSPER web site shaksper.net. SHAKSPER strives to emphasize the scholarly by providing the opportunity for the formal exchange of ideas through queries and responses regarding literary, critical, textual, theoretical, and performative topics and issues. For readers’ convenience, these messages are lightly edited and grouped in separate digests according to topic, and then e-mailed to subscribers in a daily compilation digest with a table of contents for ease of reading. Announcements of conferences, of calls for papers, of seminars, of lectures, of symposia, of job openings, of the publication of books, of the availability of online and print articles, of Internet databases and resources, of journal contents, of festivals, and of academic programs of study are a regular features as are reviews of scholarly books, of past and present theatrical productions, and of Shakespeare and Shakespeare-inspired films—in addition to “popular” culture references to Shakespeare or his works. SHAKSPER also provides occasion for spontaneous informal discussion, eavesdropping, peer review, and a sense of belonging to a worldwide scholarly community. The SHAKSPER web site has a number of special features, including periodic Roundtable discussions, concentrating on significant topics derived from issues of current interest in the discipline. SBReviews, highlights book reviews of books vetted by the SHAKSPER Book Review Panel and reviewed by peers selected by the Panel. These reviews first are distributed as regular digests and then are mounted in the Scholarly Resources section of the SHAKSPER web site.
To the above, I would like to add that SHAKSPER’s original web site was designed by Eric Luhrs; the current one, by Ron Severdia, founder of PlayShakespeare.com, which hosts SHAKSPER. My debt and gratitude to both these extraordinary individuals cannot adequately be measured.
My SHAKSPER’s New Year’s resolutions are to revise my “Selected Guide to Shakespeare on the Internet” (suggestions are welcome and will be judiciously considered) and to investigate the ongoing viability of the SBReviews and SHAKSPER Roundtables in their current configurations.
Organizations periodically require new members to re-energize themselves. If you find SHAKSPER useful, please recommend it to your colleagues, students, and friends. Information about subscribing can be found here: http://shaksper.net/contact. Further information about the list itself is here: http://shaksper.net/about/general-information.
Now for the REALLY hardcore fans, below is a Bibliography of three essays I have written about SHAKSPER and links to download pdf versions of those essays.
Cook, Hardy M. “Behind the Scenes with SHAKSPER: The Global Electronic Shakespeare Conference.” College Literature 36, no. 1 (2009): 105-20. Available at Behind the Scenes with SHAKSPER.
---. “Shakespeare on the Internet. ” Shakespeare in the Media: From the Globe Theatre to the World Wide Web. Second Edition.Eds. Stefani Brusberg-Kiermeier and Jörg Helbig. Berlin; Bern; Bruxelles; New York; Oxford; Wien: Peter Lang, 2009. (Second Edition online Shakespeare on the Internet (331.27 kB)).
---. “SHAKSPER: An Academic Discussion List.”Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation. 2.2. Winter/Fall 2006. <http://lachesis.english.uga.edu/cocoon/borrowers/> Available at SHAKSPER Academic List
Best wishes for the New Year,
PS: Donations to support SHAKSPER can be made through the link on every page of the SHAKSPER web site: http://shaksper.net.
PPS: Below is a charming note I received that shows the often hidden value of SHAKSPER:
I just wanted to take the time to contact you and let you know that my classmates and I have really enjoyed using your page (http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/shakespeare-on-the-internet) for our Shakespeare projects and presentations. My tutor, Mrs. Walker, thought it would be nice if we wrote you a thank you note (using her email) to let you know that it’s been such a great help :)
As a thank you, we all thought it would be nice send along another helpful resource that we came across during our project: http://www.theaterseatstore.com/shakespeare-king-of-theatre It has some helpful information and resources to learn all about Shakespeare and his works (biography, his tragedies, comedies, poems, etc). We thought it might help out other students too.
And if you decided to add it to you other resources, I’d love to show Mrs. Walker that the site was up to share with other students as well learning about William Shakespeare :)
But thank you! And I hope to hear back from you soon.
Emma Kendall (and the rest of Mrs. Walker’s students!)
Elmgrove Community Center
Transformative Literacies Conference At UMD - Deadline Extension
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0531 Monday, 24 December 2012
From: Emily Russell <
Date: Saturday, December 22, 2012 9:53 AM
Subject: Transformative Literacies Conference At UMD - Deadline Extension
The call for papers deadline for the Transformative Literacies conference at the University of Maryland has been extended. The new deadline is Jan 25 - please see below for more details.
Transformative Literacies: A Medieval and Early Modern Studies Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Maryland, College Park – April 19th-20th, 2013
**DEADLINE EXTENDED: ABSTRACTS NOW DUE JANUARY 25TH, 2013**
The Graduate Field Committee in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Maryland invites submissions that explore the topic of “Transformative Literacies” for a graduate student-faculty conference that will be held April 19th-20th, 2013, at the University of Maryland, College Park. This two-day interdisciplinary conference aims to foster insightful and vigorous conversation on this topic through an innovative format that includes paper panels, roundtables, and plenary sessions. The keynote speakers will include Dr. Jonathan Hsy, Assistant Professor of English at George Washington University, and Dr. Amy Landau, Associate Curator of Islamic Art and Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum.
The Committee seeks submissions that explore the ways in which written and visual materials transformed the medieval and early modern world. Suggestions for related topics include but are not limited to: the creation, collection, and use of illuminated manuscripts; the history of the book; the history of the printing press and various printing techniques; technological advances related to literacy; the role of the print, both as a textual illustration and as a work of art; collecting practices for books and printed materials; the role and legacy of works of medieval and early modern literature; the influence of classical literary sources; access to literary and visual sources; the impact of theatrical performances; the role of literary institutions, including universities, libraries, and monasteries; the significance of written and visual materials in matters of religion and politics; textual and visual sources as propaganda; literacies in the non-Western world; myths about literacy; and the relationship between gender and literacies.
We invite participants from all disciplines who specialize in the medieval and early modern periods, and we especially encourage submissions from scholars in non-Western fields and those who engage the concept of literacy in new and creative ways.
Please send abstracts via email to
no later than Friday, January 25th, 2013. For 15-20-minute papers, please send a 300-word titled abstract; for a complete 3-4-person panel, please send an overall title and individual 300-word titled abstracts for each paper. Please indicate “Transformative Literacies 2013” in your subject line and include an e-mail address and a telephone number at which you may be reached. Be sure to note in your email any expected audio-visual needs (including special software needs).