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Year of Shakespeare

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.178  Monday, 7 May 2012

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

Date:         April 30, 2012 6:16:39 AM EDT

Subject:     Year of Shakespeare

 

Dear friends,

 

We’d like to invite you to visit our new interactive website, which launched last week: www.yearofshakespeare.com.

 

As some of you may know, this summer the UK is staging a six-month celebration of Shakespeare called the World Shakespeare Festival. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, developed by major institutional partners such as Shakespeare’s Globe and the British Museum, and funded through public and private initiatives related to the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the WSF announces itself as ‘a celebration of Shakespeare as the world’s playwright’ and brings together work from over 50 arts organizations from across the globe.

 

In an attempt to document and discuss the performances and ideas emerging from the WSF, the Shakespeare Institute, the University of Warwick, and The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust have created www.yearofshakespeare.com, which is an interactive, digital project that will include reviews of each of the productions; special features from academics, artists, and educators involved in the festivities; and space for interested readers from across the world to comment on and discuss ideas arising from the WSF. The central aims of our project, which is funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, are to open up debate about the role of Shakespeare in global culture and to broaden the discussion about what constitutes a ‘successful’ intercultural performance.

 

We’d like to invite you to participate in our project by visiting www.yearofshakespeare.com and reading more about what’s happening in the WSF and what our team of researchers is making of it. You’ll already find reviews of the Globe’s South African Venus and Adonis, Russian Measure for Measure, and Kenyan Merry Wives, as well as the RSC's Comedy of Errors and Tempest. New reviews are coming in almost everyday, so it's worth checking in frequently.


We’d also like to invite you to contribute some of your own thoughts about global Shakespeare, whether in response to a WSF performance you’ve seen or more broadly in response to some of the issues arising in the discussion forum and on Twitter (#WSF2012 and #G2G). There’s space following every review for comments and discussion, so please do get involved! The project aims to gather thoughts from those outside of the UK as well as inside it, so please let us know what you think about the idea of a Hip Hop Othello, of Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad, or a Shakespeare-inspired Aztec history cycle.


Finally, please also share our website with any friends, colleagues, students, or listserv members that you think might also be interested – as mentioned, we’re aiming for as broad a discussion as possible, so all opinions and perspectives are heartily welcomed!


Looking forward to continuing the discussion online…

 

All the best,
Erin Sullivan, Paul Prescott, and Paul Edmondson (Project Leaders)

 
 
Early Modern Women Journal Move

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.173  Friday, 27 April 2012

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

Date:         April 25, 2012 3:10:43 PM EDT

Subject:     Early Modern Women Journal Move

 

As of June 1, 2011, the editorial offices for the Early Modern Women Journal have moved to University of Miami, and subscription management has moved to Arizona State University.

 

EDITORIAL INFORMATION:

Mihoko Suzuki, Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Humanities, Anne Cruz, Professor of Spanish, and Mary Lindemann, Professor of History, all of the University of Miami, Coral Gables will assume editorship of the Journal, beginning June 1, 2011.

 

All submissions should now be sent to:

  • Mihoko Suzuki
  • Director, Center for the Humanities
  • PO BOX 248292
  • University of Miami
  • Coral Gables, FL 33124
  • 305-284-5623, 1557 (office)
  • 305-284-1580 (Center)
  • This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Visit the new journal website: http://humanities.miami.edu/publications/

 

SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION:

Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies has taken over publication of the annual Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal. ACMRS has now assumed all managing editing responsibilities including subscription records and bookkeeping. 

 

For subscription inquiries, please contact:

  • William Gentrup, PhD
  • Assistant Director
  • ACMRS (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies)
  • Arizona State University
  • Box 874402
  • Tempe, AZ 85287-4402

Ph: 480-965-4661 | Fax: 480-965-1681 | Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.acmrs.org

 
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.172  Friday, 27 April 2012

From:        Hardy Cook <editor@shaksper,net>

Date:         April 25, 2012 4:42:44 PM EDT

Subject:    CSC’s Most Romantic Summer

 

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

 

It’s another fun-filled, romantic summer of classics! This year, we’re producing what may be Shakespeare's most famous play—Romeo and Juliet. The production will combine a Renaissance world with modern performance poetry to create a unique theatrical experience, directed by CSC’s Jenny Leopold. In addition, CSC offers a sparkling version of Jane Austen's witty and beloved romance, Pride and Prejudice directed by international theatre artist Isabelle Anderson. Tickets are on sale now, and remember, kids 18 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

 

THE SUMMER OPENS JUNE 8TH!

 

Come see your favorite or come see both (two show package is only $54). Bring your kids on family-friendly Sundays or bring a date for a romantic evening on Fun Formal Fridays or come on any day for a great evening of outdoor theater from Maryland’s leading classics theater.

 

PURCHASE TICKETS

 

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company-in-the-Ruins is not your typical theater experience. We promise NEVER to tell you not to unwrap your candies during the show! Instead, we think of your experience at the Ruins as a theater party. You can rent an intimate table for two or reserve a whole picnic table for a big group—as long as you make it fun.

 Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful park, bring your kids or friends, bring a bottle of wine. We open the gates 90 minutes before show-time for this purpose and so that you can watch The Show Before the Show which will feature musicians, poets, dress-up stations, and 1800s games. This year, due to popular demand, we've added more talk-back sessions before and after the show—we call them CSC: Extended Versions. We’ve also got a special weekend devoted to Poetry Out Loud and another to Jane Austen.

 

People from all over the Baltimore-Washington region along with northern Virginians and southern Pennsylvanians are making Chesapeake Shakespeare in the Ruins a yearly tradition. We hope you will too!

 

PERFORMANCES

Romeo and Juliet

&

Pride & Prejudice

June 8 - July 29, 2012

 

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Sundays at 6 p.m.

Ticket Information

  • Adults: $36
  • Special Thursday Adult Rate: $29
  • Seniors: $29
  • Special rate for students under 25 for Thursdays and Fridays: $15
  • Children 18 and under: FREE (limit two per paying adult)
  • Two Show Package: $54 (pre-orders only)
  • Friday Tables For Two: $30; Picnic Tables: $60

Group Tickets: 410-313-8661

All ticket service fees are included in price

 

Extended version dates to come

Poetry Out Loud Weekend June 15-18

Jane Austen Weekend June 22-24

 

Performances held outdoors at the

Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park

overlooking Historic Ellicott City

 
Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.171  Friday, 27 April 2012

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

Date:         Wednesday, April 25, 2012 6:17 PM

Subject:     Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing

 

One of the odder vanity productions I know about is Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing. We have known that this was to be filmed for some time, but photography is apparently complete according to this New York Times article on Whedon’s The Avengers. The link to the entire article is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/movies/joss-whedon-directs-the-avengers.html

 

The paragraph referencing the Shakespeare film is, “In characteristic Whedon-esque style he took about two weeks after finishing principal photography on “The Avengers” to shoot a film version of “Much Ado About Nothing” at his home in Santa Monica, Calif.  

 

The direct link to the film website is: http://muchadothemovie.com/

 

The PDF press release is here: http://muchadothemovie.com/documents/MuchAdoPressRelease.pdf

 

I’m not optimistic that the film will go into general release, but it may well turn up on the web at some point.

 

All the best, 

Mike Jensen 

www.michaelpjensen.com

 
I, Iago by Nicole Galland

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.170  Friday, 27 April 2012

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

Date:        April 24, 2012 9:48:40 AM EDT

Subject:     I, Iago by Nicole Galland 

 

I, IAGO (William Morrow Paperback Original; 978-0062026873; $14.99; April 24, 2012) is a retelling of Shakespeare’s classic Othello and features literature’s most infamous villain: Iago. But despite Iago’s leading role and almost incessant chatter throughout the play, he becomes suddenly silent near the end leaving generations guessing as to why he committed such heinous crimes. Now just in time for Shakespeare’s birthday, Nicole Galland’s meticulously researched reveals the true motivations behind the character whose name has become synonymous with evil. 

 

Iago’s childhood days are filled with mischief and adventures as he navigates a magical Venice with his naive best friend and partner-in-crime Roderigo. But in a world where duplicity is revered, Iago quickly earns the insulting nickname “honest Iago.” When his father forces Iago to enroll in the military, his life is changed—his friendship with Roderigo dissolves and he meets and falls hopelessly in love with the witty and charming Emilia during Carnivale.

 

A successful young soldier and adoring husband to Emilia, Iago’s desire to rise in rank and good regard under the command of General Othello informs his actions and begins to cloud his thinking. Gradually, Galland introduces all of the celebrated characters Shakespeare lovers know well—from Roderigo and Othello to Desdemona and Cassio—and in a fascinating manner, we learn about Iago’s intricate relationships and dynamics with each of them. Nicole says, “When creating the characters in I, IAGO, I relied on information in the original Othello text. Although the play appears to be about innocent people being tragically duped and destroyed by the villain, a closer look reveals that there are few real innocents in this story.”

 

Historical fiction at its finest, I, IAGO proves to be the perfect blend of romance, humor, power, irony, and ultimately, betrayal.

 
CFP: RSA 2013 Renaissance Studies and New Technologies

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.168  Friday, 27 April 2012

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

Date:         April 25, 2012 5:29:06 PM EDT

Subject:    CFP: RSA 2013 Renaissance Studies and New Technologies

 

With apologies for cross-posting:

 

CFP: RSA 2013 Renaissance Studies and New Technologies: 

 

Since 2001, the Renaissance Society of America annual meetings have featured panels on new technologies for scholarly research, publishing, and teaching. At the 2013 meeting (San Diego, 4-6 April 2013), several panels will cover these new and emerging projects and methodologies. We seek proposals in and beyond the following areas:

 

* new technology and research (individual or group projects)

 

* new technology and teaching (individual or group projects)

 

* new technology and publication (e.g. from the vantage point of authors, traditional and non-traditional publishers)

 

We welcome proposals for papers, panels, demonstrations, and/or workshop presentations that focus on these issues and others. Your proposal should include a title, a 150-word abstract, and a one-paragraph CV.

 

Please send proposals before Wednesday 6 June 2012 to Michael Ullyot < ullyot {at} ucalgary.ca >

 

** Through the support of Iter, we are pleased to be able to offer travel subventions on a competitive basis to graduate students who present on these panels. Those wishing to be considered for a subvention should indicate this in their abstract submission. **

 

NB: All participants must be members of the RSA by August 2013 or they cannot be included in the program.

 

William R. Bowen, University of Toronto Scarborough

Diane Jakacki, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ray Siemens, University of Victoria

Michael Ullyot, University of Calgary

 
The British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.167  Friday, 27 April 2012

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

Date:         April 24, 2012 1:40:59 PM EDT

Subject:    The British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

 

The Shakespeare Institute

The University of Birmingham

June 14-16, 2012

Call for papers

Deadline Friday 4 May 2012

 

We invite graduate students with interests in both Shakespearean and Renaissance studies to join us in June for the Fourteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference.

 

The interdisciplinary conference provides a friendly but stimulating academic forum in which graduate students from all over­ the world can present their research and meet together in an active centre of Shakespearean research and theatre: Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Undergraduate students in their final two years of study are also invited to attend the conference as auditors.

 

The conference will feature talks by Peter Holland (Notre Dame), Tiffany Stern (Oxford), Paul Menzer (Mary Baldwin), Martin Butler (Leeds), Deborah Shaw (RSC), René Weis (UCL), and Katherine Duncan-Jones (Oxford). Delegates have the opportunity to attend the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard III, part of the World Shakespeare Festival, at a group-booking price. Lunch will be provided each day, and delegates are invited to a dance and drinks reception one night.

 

We invite abstracts of approximately 200 words for papers twenty minutes in length (3,000 words or less). Delegates wishing to give papers must register by Friday 4 May 2012. We strongly encourage early registration to ensure a place on the conference programme.

 

Our website contains more information about the event and venue,

including prices and downloadable registration forms:

www.britgrad.wordpress.com

 

Find us on Facebook:

BritGrad 2012

 

Email us with questions at:

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

We welcome abstracts from graduate students with an interest in Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies.

 

For more information about the conference, please see our website: http://britgrad.wordpress.com/

 

If you wish to have this email address removed from the BritGrad mailing list, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the words “mailing list” in the subject line.

 

All the best,

The Fourteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

14-16 June 2012

The Shakespeare Institute

Mason Croft, Church Street

Stratford-upon-Avon WARKS

CV37 6HP

 
 
Out of the Shadow of Shakespeare

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.166  Thursday, 26 April 2012

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

Date:         April 24, 2012 7:21:51 AM EDT

Subject:    Out of the Shadow of Shakespeare

 

Dear SHAKSPERians

 

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

 

Gabriel Egan

 

Out of the Shadows

 
 
University of St Andrews CFP

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.165  Thursday, 26 April 2012

 

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

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Matt Kozusko

Associate Professor of English

Ursinus College

 
 
Shakespeare and Performance

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.163  Thursday, 26 April 2012

 

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

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 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

http://us.macmillan.com/shakespearesgreatstageoffools/RobertBell

 

Costuming the Shakespearean Stage: Visual Codes of Representation in Early Modern Theatre and Culture by Robert Lublin

http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754662259

 

Best,

Sarah Farrell

Early Modern Studies Journal

Book Review Editor

 
 
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