The Delights of Rare Titles
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.092 Wednesday, 7 March 2012
From: ASC <
Date: Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 13:21:13 -0500 (EST)
Subject: The Delights of Rare Titles
Rare Titles Surprise and Delight
The titles may be rare and the plots less familiar, but the 2012 Actors’ Renaissance Season productions of Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher’s Philaster, or Love Lies a-Bleeding; Thomas Middleton’s A Mad World, My Masters; and Christopher Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage reveal just how fun a trip into the unknown can be.
The Actors’ Renaissance Season closes April 8th.
On Sunday, March 11, 2012, at 7:30 pm, students from Staunton’s own Stuart Hall School present a staged reading of John Lyly’s Mother Bombie:
On one side of town, two fathers seek a financially advantageous marriage between their simple-minded offspring; while on the other side of town, two fathers oppose the marriage of their romantically star-crossed teens. John Lyly, one of Shakespeare’s most important influences, cooks up hilarious chaos by mixing in four plotting pages, several disguises, and a nurse who has exchanged a few infants here and there.
American Shakespeare Center
10 S. Market St
Staunton, Virginia 24401
CFP: The British Graduate Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.085 Monday, 4 March 2012
From: Giulia Sandelewski <
Date: March 5, 2012 1:32:20 PM EST
Subject: CFP: The British Graduate Conference
Call for Papers: The British Graduate Conference
June 14-16, 2012
We invite graduate students with interests in both Shakespeare and Renaissance studies to join us in June for the Fourteenth Annual British Graduate 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 Shakespeare research: 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), and Katherine Duncan-Jones (Oxford). Delegates also 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 on each day, and we will be hosting a dance and a drinks reception for the delegates.
We invite abstracts of approximately 200 words for papers twenty minutes in length (3,000 words or less) on subjects relating to Shakespeare and Renaissance studies. Delegates wishing to give papers must register by Friday May 4, 2012. Due to the growing success of this annual conference, we strongly encourage early registration to ensure a place on the conference programme.
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/ or e-mail us at
All the best,
Giulia I. Sandelewski
The Fourteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference
14-16 June 2012
The Shakespeare Institute
Mason Croft, Church Street
Request for Editorial Assistants
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.081 Saturday, 3 March 2012
From: Ben Fisler <
Date: March 2, 2012 3:49:23 PM EST
Subject: Request for Editorial Assistants
The editor of Ecumenica is looking for volunteer assistance for the spring general issue. Any graduate students or junior scholars interested in earning a CV credit and getting experience in academic publishing may do so by volunteering 4-5 hours total to help the journal prepare selected articles. You must be available to complete the work during March. If interested, please be sure to include your availability in your application letter.
Volunteers will be credited in the journal as editorial assistants for the issue. Any scholar with interests in the relationships between faith/spirituality and theatre is invited to contact the editors, for work on this or a future issue. Interested individuals should contact assistant editor Ben Fisler at:
. Please send current CV. For more information on Ecumenica, see our website at www.ecumenicjournal.org, or our Facebook Fan page.
Memory/Reason/Imagination: Symposium in Honor of Daniel Traister
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.080 Saturday, 3 March 2012
From: John Pollack <
Date: February 29, 2012 7:29:02 AM EST
Subject: Memory/Reason/Imagination: Symposium in Honor of Daniel Traister
The University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to invite you to attend:
Librarians and Scholars—Past, Present, and Future
A Symposium in Honor of Daniel Traister
March 30-31, 2012
In honor of our colleague Daniel Traister on the occasion of his retirement, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries will host a symposium examining the worlds of librarians and scholars, and how these worlds intersect with and influence each other. Themes to be addressed by symposium speakers will include:
* History of Collections and Collecting: Encyclopedism vs. Curiosity
* Epistemology and Its Classifications in Libraries
* History of Librarianship/Portraits of Librarians
* The Role of the Librarian: Scholar and/or Professional
* Changes and Continuities in the Digital Age: Textual Conversion, Reading Practices, and Knowledge
Crossing disciplines and time periods, these themes reflect some of the broad interests that Dan has brought to his own work at institutions including the New York Public Library and the University of Pennsylvania. Dan has shared his insights with colleagues and students at those institutions as well as at Rare Book School, where for many years he taught courses and influenced a new generation of librarians. In addition, he has published many articles and reviews on scholarly and library-related topics.
Keynote addresses will be delivered by Roger Chartier (Collège de France and University of Pennsylvania) and Michael Suarez (University of Virginia and Director, Rare Book School). Other speakers include John Bidwell (Morgan Library), Rachel Buurma (Swarthmore College), Rosemary Cullen (Brown University), Lynne Farrington (University of Pennsylvania), James Green (Library Company of Philadelphia), Andrea Immel (Princeton University), Zachary Lesser (University of Pennsylvania), Jack Lynch (Rutgers University), Kathy Peiss (University of Pennsylvania), Alice Schreyer (University of Chicago), Jacob Soll (Rutgers University), and Peter Stallybrass (University of Pennsylvania).
Registration is free and available on the website. A tentative schedule has been posted.
We are grateful for conference support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania; the Department of English, University of Pennsylvania; Wendy Wilson & Bruce McKittrick; and Bruce McKittrick Rare Books.
We hope to see you in March.
Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
Lean & Hungry Theater “The Tempest” LIVE March 4
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.074 Wednesday, 22 February 2012
From: WAMU 88.5 <
Date: Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 15:58:10 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Lean & Hungry Theater “The Tempest” LIVE March 4
On Sunday, March 4, WAMU 88.5 and Washington, D.C.’s only radio drama company, Lean & Hungry Theater, will present a special live-to-air broadcast of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, at the state-of-the-art Wilson High School Auditorium in northwest D.C. Be a part of the audience as actors at stationary microphones transform Shakespeare’s work into a radio broadcast that listeners of any age will enjoy.
Set in the distant future in the Naples Galaxy, Lean & Hungry’s The Tempest is a sci-fi adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play. Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, live on a small planet, where their spaceship crash landed after Prospero was ousted from his dukedom by his brother. With only Miranda, the hideous alien Caliban, and a sentient computer program named Ariel for company, Prospero seizes the opportunity for revenge by creating a cosmic tempest that forces Antonio and the Queen, along with the queen’s son Ferdinand, to crash land when they fly close to Prospero’s planet. Using his mastery of technology, Prospero sends everyone into a mad, hilarious dance until he brings them all together for the final confrontation.
Audience members are invited to participate in the post-production discussion moderated by WAMU 88.5’s Kojo Nnamdi.
Presented by WAMU 88.5 & Lean & Hungry Theater
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Location: Wilson High School Auditorium
3950 Chesapeake Street NW
Washington, DC 20016
Please arrive for seating no later than 5:50 p.m.
Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase online.
For more information, email
WAMU 88.5 FM
American University Radio
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.070 Monday, 20 February 2012
From: Michael Boecherer <
Date: February 19, 2012 1:37:13 PM EST
Subject: CFP: This Rough Magic
This Rough Magic (www.thisroughmagic.org) is a journal dedicated to the art of teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature. We are seeking academic, teachable articles that focus on, but are not limited to, the following categories:
•Philosophy and Rhetoric
We also seek short essays that encourage faculty to try overlooked, non-traditional texts inside the classroom and book reviews. For more information, please visit our website www.thisroughmagic.org or contact Michael Boecherer (
). Faculty and Graduate Students are encouraged to submit.
This Rough Magic is affiliated with the following academic institutions:
•Bridgewater State University
•The Catholic University of America
•State University of New York - Stony Brook
•Suffolk County Community College
Department of English
Suffolk County Community College - Riverhead Campus
Chesapeake Shakespeare's Merchant
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.066 Sunday, 19 February 2012
From: Chesapeake Shakespeare Company <
Date: February 16, 2012 1:13:09 PM EST
Subject: Merchant Opens This Friday--Inside Scoop
This production is indoors at the 1820 Oliver’s Carriage House in Columbia, Maryland. With its huge beams and stone fireplace, this clearly isn't a theatre space, but we turn it into a great opportunity to experience Shakespeare as if it were in your living room. The lights are on, and the actors are only a couple of feet away from you. It’s a chance to see a lot of the careful, thoughtful work that’s gone into making these performances glow with passion.
A fairy tale romance between Portia and Bassanio is assisted and encouraged by the generous merchant, Antonio. When Antonio must default on a loan, Shylock, an abused and bitterly vengeful Jewish moneylender, demands the gruesome payment of a pound of flesh and only the clever Portia seems able to save Antonio from the consequences of his anti-Semitism.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
at Oliver’s Carriage House, Columbia, Maryland
February 17 - March 24
Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00, Saturdays at 3:00 & 8:00
(no performances March 1, 2, 3, & 10)
Seniors 65+: $29
Under-25: $15 (not recommended for children under 12) ticket service fees included in ticket price
Pay-What-You-Will Preview: Thursday, February 16 at 8:00
Extended Versions: Saturday, February 25 and Friday, March 23
Call 410.313.8661 (Mon. - Fri. 12:00 -4:30)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.062 Monday, 13 February 2012
From: Sean Lawrence <
Date: Monday, 13 Feb 2012 12:12:53 -0800
Subject: EMLS 16.1
To whom it may concern:
The first number of volume 16 of Early Modern Literary Studies has recently been posted. As usual, it is available for download free and without subscription at the following web address: http://purl.org/emls
The table of contents follows.
Early Modern Literary Studies 16.1 (2012)
Pious Aeneas, False Aeneas: Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage and the Gift of Death. Mathew Martin, Brock University. 
The publication of No-body and Some-body: humanism, history and economics in the early Jacobean public theatre. Anthony Archdeacon, Liverpool Hope University. 
Fair Foul and Right Wrong: The Language of Alchemy in Timon of Athens. Anna Feuer, Wolfson College, Oxford. 
England’s Adam: the short career of the Giant Samothes in English Reformation thought. Jack P. Cunningham, Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln. 
Learning to Obey in Milton and Homer. Daniel Shore, Georgetown University. 
John M. Adrian, Local Negotiations of English Nationhood, 1570-1680. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Patrick J. Murray, University of Glasgow. 
David J. Baker. On Demand: Writing for the Market in Early Modern England. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2010. Jonathan P. Lamb, University of Kansas. 
Elizabeth Clarke, Politics, Religion and the Song of Songs in Seventeenth-Century England. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Marie-Louise Coolahan, National University of Ireland, Galway. 
A. D. Cousins and Alison V. Scott, eds. Ben Jonson and the Politics of Genre. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009. Bernadette Andrea, University of Texas, San Antonio. 
Simon C. Estok. Ecocriticism and Shakespeare: Reading Ecophobia. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Todd Borlik, Bloomsburg University. 
Jane Kingsley-Smith. Cupid in Early Modern Literature and Culture. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. William Junker, University of St. Thomas. 
Kirk Melnikoff, ed., Robert Greene. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011. Jenny Sager, Jesus College, Oxford. 
Two productions of Dr Faustus on Bankside, presented by Little Goblin Productions at the Rose Theatre, and by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Summer 2011. Neil Forsyth, University of Lausanne. 
Hamlet presented by the Jungle Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 26 August – 9 October, 2011. Bruce E. Brandt South Dakota State University. 
East Anglia Shakespeare, Summer/Autumn 2011. Michael Grosvenor Myer. 
Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, Henry IV Part Two, Love’s Labor’s Lost, The African Company Presents Richard III, and Ghostlight, presented by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, February-November 2011. Geoff Ridden, Southern Oregon University. 
Othello presented at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 27th September 2011. Claire Warden, University of Lincoln. 
The Two Noble Kinsmen, King Edward III, and Double Falsehood, presented by Atlanta's New American Shakespeare Tavern (March-June 2011). Joanne E. Gates, Jacksonville State University. 
The Tempest (Stormen), presented by the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, November 19, 2010. Neil Forsyth and Anna Swärdh University of Lausanne and University of Karlstad. 
’Tis Pity She’s A Whore, a rehearsed reading presented at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin. 9th June 2011. Edel Semple, University College Dublin. 
NEH Institute on Roman Comedy in Performance
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.061 Monday, 13 February 2012
From: Timothy Moore <
Date: February 11, 2012 1:15:40 PM EST
Subject: NEH Institute on Roman Comedy in Performance
An NEH Summer Institute for College and University Faculty, “Roman Comedy in Performance,” will be held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina from June 24th through July 20th , 2012. Co-directed by Professors Sharon L. James (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Timothy J. Moore (University of Texas at Austin), the NEH Summer Institute will give NEH Summer Scholars (twenty-two university or college faculty members and three graduate students) the opportunity to discuss the performance practice and social significance of Roman Comedy with leading experts in the field and to practice scholarship through performance, producing their own performances of scenes from the plays of Plautus and Terence. The NEH Summer Scholars for this Institute will include non-classicists as well as classicists, and no knowledge of Latin is required.
Participants will receive a stipend of $3,300.
Applications are due by March 1, 2012. For more information, consult http://nehsummer2012romancomedy.web.unc.edu/ or write to either co-director:
Timothy J. Moore
Department of Classics
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station, C3400
Austin, TX 78712-0308
NEH Summer Institute: Roman Comedy in Performance: http://nehsummer2012romancomedy.web.unc.edu/
Doctoral Studentship at Queen’s
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.053 Tuesday, 7 February 2012
From: Laury Magnus <
Date: February 7, 2012 10:14:56 AM EST
Subject: Doctoral Studentship at Queen’s
[Editor’s Note: I got this from Laury Magnus, who got it from Mike Jensen, who got it from Ann Thompson, who got it from Tom Healy. –Hardy]
Funded three-year PhD international studentship:
Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, has been awarded funds for the support of PhD studentships in certain strategic priority areas. Funding has been awarded to the School of English for the international studentship described here.
Professor Mark Thornton Burnett (School of English); Dr Ramona Wray (School of English)
Shakespeare and the Soundtrack
Shakespeare on film is often seen as a primarily verbal or visual phenomenon; by contrast, this project argues that the filmic representations of the likes of Lawrence Olivier, Orson Welles and Kenneth Branagh are enhanced, complicated and finessed by the ways in which the soundtrack stands in for, or translates, the Shakespearean word. The role of music in Shakespeare film takes multiple forms, including lush refrains, action genre pop scores, classically-inspired requiems, and romantic themes, but a common denominator is the synecdoche-like place of musical motifs with reference to language. Tracing the means whereby music operates, the study investigates points of connection between multiple acoustic levels, placing together examples that disclose unexpected comparative possibilities. For example, in addition to exploring some familiar Anglophone instances – among them, Hamlet, Othello and King Lear – the project enfolds discussion of less well-known films from China, Japan and India, such as The Banquet, an adaptation of Hamlet, An Okinawan Night’s Dream (an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Yellamma, an adaptation of Macbeth. Here, the focus is on how particular forms of instrumentation – indigenous styles of strings, percussion and woodwind – work not only to mediate Shakespearean rhetoric but also to place it in alternative cultural registers that are aurally apprehended. Essentially, then, a comparative study, ‘Shakespeare and the Soundtrack’ allows methodologies that have previously operated only in narrow national and educational contexts to cross-fertilize, elaborating models of intertextual dialogue and demonstrating how creative modes of words and music offer valuable lessons for our own and media responsive global age.
Candidates with a range of different combinations of knowledge and skill may be considered. For those whose primary background is in literature, the equivalent of Grade 7 Theory in Music might be helpful, but other evidence of musical understanding might be acceptable. For those whose primary background is in Music, some relevant literary modules at university level, or equivalent evidence of knowledge, would be helpful.
International / non-EU students (students from China, Japan, India, Australia, Canada and the US, for example)
Closing date for applications:
2 March 2012