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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} >


** 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:


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


For more information about the conference, please see our website:


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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




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


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



Sarah Farrell

Early Modern Studies Journal

Book Review Editor

iPad App


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.162  Thursday, 26 April 2012


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

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.







Sonnet Trainer App


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.161  Thursday, 26 April 2012


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

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.


Kind regards,

Frank Landsbergen

Shakespeare and Emotions at Anzsa


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.158  Friday, 13 April 2012


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

Date:         April 13, 2012 11:28:51 AM EDT

Subject:    Shakespeare and Emotions at Anzsa


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

Folger Shakespeare Library: Shakespeare’s Birthday and More

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.154  Thursday, 12 April 2012

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

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

7:30 pm



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, 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]


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