New Year’s Greetings for 2013


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0001  Tuesday, 1 January 2013


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

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: 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 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, 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: Further information about the list itself is here:  


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.  <> 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:


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 ( 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: 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 <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

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 




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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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).


Shakespeare 450: Call for Program Proposals (DEADLINE EXTENDED)


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0530  Monday, 24 December 2012


From:        Yan Brailowsky <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 21, 2012 10:07:05 AM EST

Subject:     Shakespeare 450: Call for Program Proposals (DEADLINE EXTENDED)


The deadline to send program proposals for SHAKESPEARE 450, the week-long conference in Paris in April 2014 to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, has been extended to January 6, 2013.


The international organizing committee welcomes seminar, workshop or panel proposals on all aspects of Shakespeare’s works, their reflections in painting, sculpture, opera, on radio and screen, as well as issues of performance, critical theory, poetics, commemorations, textual and scenic rewritings, translation, biography.


Please send your proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The CFP is available online:


Best wishes,

Yan Brailowsky

Société française Shakespeare


The Société française Shakespeare is organizing in Paris a week-long conference from 21-27 April 2014 to coincide with the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. The program will include plenary lectures, roundtables, workshops, seminars, panels, along with performances at various venues, theatres, concert halls, museums, libraries, artists’ studios and bookshops


The conference is backed by a large number of French and international institutions and organizations.


The international organizing committee welcomes seminar, workshop or panel proposals on all aspects of Shakespeare’s works, their reflections in painting, sculpture, opera, on radio and screen, as well as issues of performance, critical theory, poetics, commemorations, textual and scenic rewritings, translation, biography.


For 2014, panel proposals will welcome up to four papers per session.  Panels may extend for more than one session. Workshop and seminar/roundtable proposals may include more participants; it is up to the organizers to determine their precise form (open discussion, position papers followed by a roundtable discussion, etc.).


Panel, seminar and workshop proposals should include:

- name and university affiliation of proposed leader(s);

- title of panel, seminar or workshop;

- a 500–750 word description stating topic, relevance and approach;

- a 5-line bio of each seminar leader including their email address(es).


Please send your proposals by 10 December 2012 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


For more information, see:


BSA Honorary Fellows 2013


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0529  Monday, 24 December 2012


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

Date:         December 22, 2012 7:19:22 AM EST

Subject:     BSA Honorary Fellows 2013


At its recent meeting of the Board of Trustees the BSA, and on the recommendation of the Honorary Fellowship Committee, it was unanimously decided to appoint two Honorary Fellowships for 2013. 


Members of the British Shakespeare Association will be delighted to learn that the two Honorary Fellows for 2013 will be Professor Terence Hawkes and Professor Stanley Wells, both of whom have graciously accepted the invitations issued by the Honorary Fellowship Committee of the BSA. 


Professors Hawkes and Wells have led the field of Shakespeare Studies over the past 50 years, and both continue to contribute to its advancement. They were also instrumental in the setting up of the BSA. An event to celebrate their installation as Honorary Fellows will take place in Stratford at some time during 2013, and members will be notified once arrangements are in place. This will be the first event of its kind in the history of the BSA, and will set a precedent for the award of Honorary Fellowships in those interstitial years when the biennial Conference does not take place.

John Drakakis

Chair of the Fellowship Committee


Call for Submissions: APPOSITIONS: Studies in Renaissance / Early Modern Literature & Culture


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0528  Thursday, 20 December 2012


From:        Scott Howard <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 19, 2012 2:54:51 PM EST

Subject:     Call for Submissions: APPOSITIONS: Studies in Renaissance / Early Modern Literature & Culture


Dear Colleagues,


We are accepting submissions (article manuscripts) for Volume Six (2013) of APPOSITIONS: Studies in Renaissance / Early Modern Literature and Culture, (, ISSN: 1946-1992


Appositions is an electronic, international, peer-reviewed, MLA-indexed, EBSCO-distributed journal for studies in Renaissance / Early Modern Literature and Culture.


Call for Submissions: APPOSITIONS: Studies in Renaissance / Early Modern Literature and Culture seeks article manuscripts for our annual peer review cycle, October – May.


Electronic Submissions: Send submissions to showard [at] attached as a single .doc, .rtf, or .txt file. Visuals should be attached individually as .jpg, .gif, or .bmp files. Please include the words “Appositions Submission” in the subject line of your message.


APPOSITIONS: Studies in Renaissance / Early Modern Literature and Culture, (, ISSN: 1946-1992


Announcement: Latest Issue of Cahiers Elisabethains


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0520  Monday, 17 December 2012


From:        Jean-Christophe MAYER <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 17, 2012 6:20:45 AM EST

Subject:     Announcement: Latest Issue of Cahiers Elisabethains


The latest issue of Cahiers Elisabethains is now available: Cahiers Elisabethains 82 (2012).


* Please note also that article submissions are now open for the next issues of the journal. For details about submissions and/or subscriptions, please see the end of this message.





“Cruelty destroys all praise for honourable valour”: Reflections on Boudica in Petruccio Ubaldini (Samantha Frenee)


“Have Not They Suffer’d?”: Pain and Comedic Structure in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Kimberly Huth)


“What Warlike Noise Is This?” Hamlet, Sovereignty, and Lethe Wharf (Suzanne Stein)





Epic Antecedents of the Ghost of Hamlet’s Father: Reminiscence and Allusion? (H. Gaston Hall)


On the Last Four Lines of Paradise Lost (Joseph P. Jordan)



Pedestrian Shakespeare and Punchdrunk’s Immersive Theatre (Colette Gordon )





En Midsommernatts Drom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), directed by Peer Perez Oian, for the Bergen Festival, Studio Theatre, The National Theatre, Bergen, Norway, 5 June 2012 (Stuart Sillars)


Macbeth, directed by John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg for the National Theatre of Scotland, Rose Theatre, Lincoln Center, New York, 7 July 2012 (Todd Andrew Borlik)


Dido, Queen of Carthage, by Christopher Marlowe, Actors’ Renaissance Season, American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Virginia, 22 March, 2012 (Marina Favila)


Henry V, directed by Des McAnuff, The Festival Theatre, Stratford, Ontario, 3 July, 2012 (Dana E. Aspinall)


Julius Caesar, directed by Gregory Doran for the RSC, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 July 2012 (Peter J. Smith)


The Comedy of Errors, directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi for the RSC, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, April 2012 (Elizabeth Sharrett)


Twelfth Night, directed by David Farr for the RSC, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 25 April 2012 (Peter J. Smith)


The Tempest, directed by David Farr, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 7 May 2012 (Peter J. Smith)


Troilus and Cressida, directed by Mark Ravenhill for the RSC and Elizabeth LeCompte for the Wooster Group, The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 9 August 2012 (Janice Valls-Russell)


Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Iqbal Khan for the RSC, The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1 August 2012 (Peter J. Smith)


Westward Ho!, directed by Perry Mills, for Edward’s Boys, Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon, 11 March 2012 (Elizabeth Dutton)


Bingo: Scenes of Money and Death, by Edward Bond, directed by Angus Jackson, Young Vic Theatre, London, 20 February 2012 (Laura Estill)

Hamlet, directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst, a touring production by Shakespeare’s Globe, the Bodleian Quad, Oxford, 25 July 2012 (Eleanor Collins)


The Winter’s Tale and Henry V, directed by Edward Hall for Propeller, The Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames, 24 and 25 March 2012 (Neil Allan)


Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Peter Reid for AC Productions, Project Arts Theatre, Templebar Dublin, 18 August 2012 (Derek Dunne)


Les Trois Richard [The Three Richards], after Richard III, directed by Dan Jemmett, translated by Mériam Korichi, Amphithéâtre d’O, Montpellier, 7 & 8 June 2012 (Gaëlle Ginestet)





Richard Marienstras, Shakespeare et le desordre du monde, foreword by Elise Marienstras, edited and introduced by Dominique Goy-Blanquet (Gallimard, 2012) (Jean-Christophe Mayer)


Eric Rasmussen and Anthony James West, eds., The Shakespeare First Folios: A Descriptive Catalogue (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) (Noriko Sumimoto)


Lois Potter, The Life of William Shakespeare: A Critical Biography (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) (R. S. White)


Joel B. Davis, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia and the Invention of English Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) (Danielle Clarke)


George Peele, The Troublesome Reign of John, King of England, ed. Charles R. Forker, The Revels Plays (Manchester University Press, 2011) (Charles Whitworth)


Bruce Danner, Edmund Spenser’s War on Lord Burghley, Early Modern Literature in History Series (Palgrave Macmillan 2011) (Joan Fitzpatrick)


Kevin A. Quarmby, The Disguised Ruler in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (Ashgate, 2012) (Eoin Price)


Sarah Carter, Ovidian Myth and Sexual Deviance in Early Modern English Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) (Atsuhiko Hirota)


William Baker and Kenneth Womack, eds., The Facts on File Companion to Shakespeare, 5 vols. (Facts on File, 2012) (Yves Peyré)


James Daybell, The Material Letter in Early Modern England: Manuscript Letters and the Culture and Practices of Letter-Writing, 1512-1635 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) (Kerry Gilbert-Cooke)



BOOKS RECEIVED (presented & commented):


David Carnegie & Gary Taylor, eds., The Quest for Cardenio: Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), xiv+420pp., ISBN 978-0-19-964181-9, £35.00.


Pascale Drouet, Mise au ban et abus de pouvoir: Essai sur trois pièces tragiques de Shakespeare, série Britannia (Paris: Presses Universitaires Paris Sorbonne, 2012), 318pp., ISBN 978-2-84050-852-6, €22.00.


Richard Hillman, French Reflections in the Shakespearean Tragic: Three Case Studies (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012), 236pp., ISBN 978-0-7190-8717-2, £60.00.


Thomas Betteridge & Greg Walker, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Drama (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), xx+688pp., ISBN 978-0-019-956647-1, £95.00.


Roger Kuin, ed., The Correspondence of Sir Philip Sidney, 2 vols. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), lxx+1382pp., ISBN 978-0-19-964540-4/541‑1 (pack: 978-0-19-955822-3), £250.00.


Stephen Bardle, The Literary Underground in the 1660s: Andrew Marvell, George Wither, Ralph Wallis and the World of Restoration Satire and Pamphleteering (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), 184pp., ISBN 978-0-19-966085-8, £60.00.


Lady Margaret Douglas and Others, The Devonshire Manuscript: A Women’s Book of Courtly Poetry, ed. Elizabeth Heale, The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series 19 (Toronto: Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, 2012), xiv+278pp., ISBN 978-0-7727-2128-0, Can$24.50.


Peter J. Smith, Between Two Stools (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012), xii+292pp., ISBN 978-0-7190-8794-3, £65.00.



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More information: <>


With our best wishes for the festive season,

Jean-Christophe Mayer and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin

Co-General Editors




Previewing a BBC Documentary, “The King and the Playwright”


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0512  Wednesday, 12 December 2012


From:        John F Andrews <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Tuesday, December 11, 2012 1:52 PM

Subject:     Previewing a BBC Documentary, “The King and the Playwright” 


Previewing a BBC Documentary, “The King and the Playwright,” with Columbia’s James Shapiro



Speaking of Shakespeare


After memorable conversations in September with JOHN LAHR, senior theatre critic for the New Yorker magazine, in October with Hunter College’s IRENE DASH, and in November with esteemed director NAGLE JACKSON, the Shakespeare Guild invites you to a special December 17 preview of THE KING AND THE PLAYWRIGHT, a new BBC documentary by Columbia University’s JAMES SHAPIRO.



James Shapiro’s BBC Series on Shakespeare


Monday, December 17, at 7:00 p.m.    

National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South 

No Charge, but Reservations Requested


As the author of such award-winning volumes as Shakespeare and the Jews (1996), Oberammergau (2000), 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005), and Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (2010), Columbia University’s JAMES SHAPIRO has established himself as one of today’s most prominent scholars and reviewers, with frequent appearances on the Charlie Rose Show and other television and radio programs, and with numerous articles in periodicals such as the New York Times. On this occasion he’ll preview a riveting segment from his latest endeavor, a three-hour BBC documentary, The King and the Playwright, which has been shortlisted for a major TV award in the UK. After Mr. Shapiro screens his fascinating account of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot against James I and his court, and its impact on the chief dramatist for the theatrical company that profited from the monarch’s own patronage, he and the Guild’s John Andrews will join the audience for an engaging discussion of the episode.



Looking ahead, we’ll soon be announcing details about a special GIELGUD AWARD gala to take place on Sunday, April 14, at the GIELGUD THEATRE in London. This benefit will feature many of the luminaries who graced our April 2004 GIELGUD CENTENARY GALA, which occurred in the same venue and was co-sponsored by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. For additional information about these and other offerings, as well as about membership in The Shakespeare Guild, visit the website below or contact


John F. Andrews, President

The Shakespeare Guild      

Book Announcement: Shakespeare et la postmodernité


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0507  Monday, 10 December 2012


From:        Jean-Christophe MAYER <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 10, 2012 5:01:40 AM EST

Subject:     Book Announcement: Shakespeare et la postmodernité 


Book Announcement:

Jean-Christophe Mayer. Shakespeare et la postmodernité : Essais sur l’auteur, le religieux, l’histoire et le lecteur. Bern : Peter Lang, 2012, xii + 305p. ISBN 978-3-0343-1196-0 (paper), ISBN 978-3-0352-0166-6 (eBook).


 Book synopsis in English:


Shakespeare is one of the most performed authors worldwide, but his texts have also been a crucial testing ground for a wide variety of critical theorists. This book looks at the impact of the postmodern and poststructuralist movements on literary studies and more specifically on Shakespeare studies. Steering clear of overly dogmatic or reactionary positions, it offers fresh solutions to current critical problems. It invites us to rethink the way we relate to Shakespeare’s text through a re-examination of four key notions: the Author, Religion, History and the Reader. The paradox of Shakespeare’s presence and absence as an author is investigated, as well as the “religious turn” in Shakespeare studies. Through a constructive critique of New Historicism and Presentism, the links between literature and history are reconsidered and established on new ground. Finally, and even if Shakespeare wrote mostly for the stage, the book shows how his early readers significantly transformed the reception of his works.


 About the Author:


Jean-Christophe Mayer is a Research Professor of English Renaissance Studies employed by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He is also a member of the Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Classical Age and the Enlightenment (IRCL) at University Paul Valery, Montpellier, France.


 Publisher description and orders:

CFP: Plymouth State University Medieval Forum


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0502  Thursday, 6 December 2012


From:        Jini Sparkman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 6, 2012 4:48:05 PM EST

Subject:     Plymouth State University Medieval Forum


Plymouth State University Medieval and Renaissance Forum 


Call for Paper and Sessions for the 34th Annual Forum: “Travel, Contact, Exchange.”


Medieval and Renaissance Forum


Plymouth State University’s Forum is the oldest conference of its type in New England. Students and scholars return to New Hampshire’s beautiful White Mountain region year after year for intellectual refreshment, collegial disagreement, and of course, the Medieval Feast. Whether you’re a first-timer or a venerable Friend of the Forum, we welcome you into our academic community.


We look forward to seeing new and old friends at our 34th gathering, focused upon the themes of “Travel, Contact, Exchange” to be held Friday and Saturday April 19-20, 2013.


We invite abstracts in medieval and Early Modern studies that consider how travel, contact, and exchange functioned in personal, political, religious, and aesthetic realms.

  • How, when, where, and why did cultural exchange happen?
  • What are the roles of storytelling or souvenirs in experiences of pilgrimage or Crusade?
  • What is exchanged, lost, or left behind in moments of contact?
  • How do such moments of contact and exchange hold meaning today?

Papers need not be confined to the theme but may cover many aspects of medieval and Renaissance

life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history and music.


Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Undergraduate student papers or sessions require faculty sponsorship.


This year’s keynote speaker is David L. Simon. He is Jetté Professor of Art at Colby College, where he has received the Basset Award for excellence in teaching. He holds graduate degrees from Boston University and the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London. Among his publications are the catalogue of Spanish and southern French Romanesque sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters and studies on Romanesque architecture and sculpture in Aragon and Navarra, Spain. He is co- author of recent editions of Janson’s History of Art: The Western Tradition and Janson’s Basic History of Western Art. Since 2007 he has co-directed an annual summer course and conference on Romanesque art for the University of Zaragoza, Spain.


For more information visit


Please submit abstracts and full contact information to Dr. Karolyn Kinane, Director or
Jini Rae Sparkman, Assistant Director: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Abstract deadline: Monday January 14, 2013 Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2013 


Book Announcement: A Horse with Wings


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0501  Thursday, 6 December 2012


From:        Daeshin Kim <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 6, 2012 3:42:14 PM EST

Subject:     Book Announcement: A Horse with Wings


Songs for Children Sung by Characters From Shakespeare


Book Title: A Horse With Wings

Author: Daeshin Kim

Illustrator: Sohyun An Kim

ISBN-10: 0741480506

ISBN-13: 978-0741480507

42 pages, hardcover with dust jacket and CD inside

Published: December 7, 2012


Book Description:

A Horse With Wings contains sixteen original songs and pictures for children, composed and illustrated by Daeshin Kim and Sohyun An Kim respectively, a husband and wife team. Each nursery rhyme is ‘sung by’ a character from Shakespeare—for example, Hamlet sings about his dear departed friend Yorick, and Juliet wonders what’s in a name. Each song also addresses a specific issue with which children can identify, whether it be about rivalry, bullying or simply about the smelliest dog in the world. The Kims’ young daughter Sherman also sings some of the songs.


Book available on Amazon:


Digital music available on iTunes:


Free guide for parents and teachers available at website:


Book Announcement: Kozintsev’s Shakespeare Films


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0497  Wednesday, 5 December 2012


From:        Tiffany AC Moore <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 5, 2012 11:38:51 AM EST

Subject:     Book Announcement: Kozintsev’s Shakespeare Films


Kozintsev’s Shakespeare Films: Russian Political Protest in Hamlet and King Lear


By Tiffany Ann Conroy Moore

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-7135-5
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-0028-4
9 photos, notes, bibliography, index
202pp. softcover (6 x 9) 2012



About the Book

This book is a study of Grigory Kozintsev’s two cinematic Shakespeare adaptations, Hamlet (Gamlet, 1964), and King Lear (Korol Lir, 1970). The films are considered in relation to the historical, artistic and cultural contexts in which they appear, and in relation to the contributions of Dmitri Shostakovich, who wrote the films’ scores; and Boris Pasternak, whose translations Kozintsev used. The films are analyzed respective to their place in the translation and performance history of Hamlet and King Lear from their first appearances in Tsarist Russian arts and letters. In particular, this study is concerned with the ways in which these plays have been used as a means to critique the government and the country’s problems in an age in which official censorship was commonplace. Kozintsev’s films (as well as his theatrical productions of Hamlet and Lear) continue along this trajectory of protest by providing a vehicle for him and his collaborators to address the oppression, violence and corruption of Soviet society. It was just this sort of covert political protest that finally effected the dissolution and fall of the USSR.

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