A Conversation with Director Jesse Berger


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0251  Wednesday, 15 May 2013


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

Date:         May 15, 2013 1:33:54 PM EDT

Subject:     A Conversation with Director Jesse Berger


A Conversation with Director Jesse Berger


Wednesday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m.

National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

No Charge, but Reservations Requested

To reserve, simply e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 505-988-9560.


As founding artistic director of Red Bull Theater, a company that performs at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in the West Village and draws its name from a London playhouse that was created around 1600, JESSE BERGER has adapted and produced such Jacobean mainstays as Edward II, Pericles, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Volpone, The Witch of Edmonton, and Women Beware Women. His scripts for two of these classics have been published by Dramatists Play Service. Mr. Berger has worked with such actors as F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Ashley, Michael Learned, Kelly McGillis, and Patrick Stewart, and his efforts have taken him to such prestigious settings as the Denver Theatre Center, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, Shakespeare’s Globe in London, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington. He has taught at the American Academy of Dramatic Art, the Juilliard School of Drama, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting. During his time in the Nation’s Capital, he won a Helen Hayes Award for his direction of Marat/Sade


CFP: Société française Shakespeare: Global Shakespeare, Paris


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0246  Tuesday, 14 May 2013


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

Date:         May 14, 2013 10:33:21 AM EDT

Subject:     CFP: Société française Shakespeare: Global Shakespeare, Paris


Société française Shakespeare conference on “Shakespeare 450,” Paris, 21-27 April 2014


Global Shakespeare as Methodology

Call for papers


Seminar leader: Alexander Huang, George Washington University.


Global Shakespeare as a cultural phenomenon and a field of study has gained much of its vitality from the sheer multiplicity of genres, cultures, and artistic and academic investments in performances as multilingual affairs. Global Shakespeare festivals, performances, and courses are proliferating, because they seem to answer competing structural demands on artists and scholars to be more transnational in outlook while sustaining traditional values. Recent studies that treat “global Shakespeare” not as news-worthy curiosities but as methodology have made meaningful contributions to Shakespeare studies. 


This seminar explores, among other topics, the potential of global Shakespeare as methodology. Papers may address emerging methodological issues by examining well-known instances such as the internationalism of Michael Almereyda’s film Hamlet or traveling stage works such as Grupo Galpão’s Romeu e Julieta. What does it entail to practice, teach, and study global Shakespeare in 2014? What is the value of local knowledge? How do aesthetics and international politics shape the conflicting myths of Shakespeare as a global author and national poet? What values and ideas does global Shakespeare sustain or undermine? 


Annotated, English-subtitled videos of works discussed in the seminar may be available on the open-access Global Shakespeares digital performance archive: Seminar contributors and participants in the Shakespeare 450 conference can take advantage of the digital archive’s curatorial functions to facilitate further discussion. 


Deadline: August 15, 2013


Submit your name, job title, affiliation, email, paper title, and a 250-word abstract to Alexander Huang (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by August 15, 2013


Shakespeare’s Globe May News

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0245  Tuesday, 14 May 2013

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

Date:         Tuesday, May 14, 2013 7:46 AM

Subject:     Shakespeare’s Globe May News


The Season of Plenty is off to a cracking start and continues to delight with a sprightly staging of The Tempest. Jeremy Herrin’s production has received several 4 star reviews. Particularly praised were fine performances of the cast, including the charming Jessie Buckley and Joshua James as the young lovers, Roger Allams’ touchingly paternal Prospero and Colin Morgan’s highly energetic Ariel.


The magic continues when seasonal A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens at the end of May. Get closest to the action with a yard ticket for just £5. 


Taking full advantage of the British summer, King Lear is making its way around a variety of open air, and some indoor, venues across the UK and further afield. After a brief stint at the Globe from 13 - 18 May, it will play at Brighton festival before heading to West Sussex. Currently in rehearsals our other touring productions The Taming of the Shrew and the three Henry VI plays head out in June.


This year our cinema series opens with Henry V, followed by Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew from the 2012 season. New locations for 2013 include venues in Hong Kong, Sweden and the Czech Republic.

Globe cinema screenings 2013. Dates and locations have been announced for venues in UK, Ireland and Australia, with many UK locations now on sale. This year includes screenings in venues across New Zealand, Hong Kong, Sweden and the Czech Republic. 


Henry V will be the first production. Shakespeare’s masterpiece of the turbulence of war and the arts of peace tells the romantic story of Henry’s campaign to recapture the English possessions in France. But the ambitions of this charismatic king are challenged by a host of vivid characters caught up in the real horrors of war.


Henry V, which opened the new Globe with the words ‘O for a muse of fire’, celebrates the power of language to summon into life courts, pubs, ships and battlefields within the ‘wooden O’ - and beyond.


Much loved for his performance as Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (2010), Jamie Parker returns to Hal’s journey as Henry V. Other credits included The History Boys at the National Theatre, on Broadway and on film.


UK, IE from 3 June

AU from 2 June

NZ from 1 June

SE, CZ, HK, RU, USA from September




Complementing productions in the Season of Plenty, a new audio-visual lecture series exploring film adaptations of Shakespeare’s work, Howard on Shakespeare: Stage and Screen opens with an exploration of key scenes, rival visions, and extraordinary moments in King Lear on 16 May.


Running for two weeks in the summer, Shakespeare’s Globe Summer School, for 16-19 year olds gives budding actors a chance to improve their acting skills and understanding of Shakespeare. Master classes with professional actors and Shakespeare scholars help prepare students preparing for Drama school auditions.


CFP: Seminar 5: Shakespeare and the Visual Arts


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0240  Monday, 13 May 2013


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

Date:         May 13, 2013 8:43:27 AM EDT

Subject:     CFP: Seminar 5: Shakespeare and the Visual Arts


Seminar 5: Shakespeare and the Visual Arts

Shakespeare Anniversary, Paris

Call for Papers


Seminar leader: Michele Marrapodi, University of Palermo


Critical investigation into the rubric of “Shakespeare and the visual arts” has generally focused on the influence exerted by the works of Shakespeare on a number of artists, painters, and sculptors in the course of the centuries. Relying on the aesthetics of intertextuality and profiting from the more recent concepts of cultural mobility and permeability between cultures in the early modern period, this seminar will study instead the dramatic use and function of Renaissance material arts and artists in Shakespeare’s oeuvre. Among the great variety of possible topics, participants in the “Shakespeare and the visual arts” Seminar may like to consider:

  • the impact of optics and pictorial perspective;
  • anamorphosis and trompe l’oeil effects on the whole range of visual representation; 
  • the rhetoric of “verbal painting” in dramatic discourse;
  • the actual citation and intertextuality of classical and Renaissance artists;
  • the legacy of iconographic topoi;
  • the humanistic debate or Paragone of the Sister Arts;
  • the use of emblems and emblematic language;
  • explicit and implicit ekphrasis and ekphrastic passages in the plays
  • ekphrastic intertextuality, etc.

Registered participants are invited to submit by 10th August 2013 to the address below a one-page abstract of their proposed article on any aspect of the relationship between the age of Shakespeare and Renaissance arts, including the theoretical approach of the arts in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Every abstract (approx. 250 words) should include the participant’s name, email, affiliation, and title of the proposed contribution.


Prof. Michele Marrapodi

Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia

University of Palermo

Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0239  Monday, 13 May 2013


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

Date:         May 13, 2013 8:41:27 AM EDT

Subject:     Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies


Dear SHAKSPEReans,

I am pleased to announce the publication of the following new books in the Ashgate series “Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies”:



Shakespeare Among the Courtesans

Prostitution, Literature, and Drama, 1500-1650

Duncan Salkeld, University of Chichester, UK 


“Courtesans – women who achieve wealth, status, or power through sexual transgression – have played both a central and contradictory role in literature: they have been admired, celebrated, feared, and vilified. This study of the courtesan in Renaissance English drama focuses not only on the moral ambivalence of these women, but with special attention to Anglo-Italian relations, illuminates little known aspects of their lives. It traces the courtesan from a wry comedic character in the plays of Terence and Plautus to its literary exhaustion in the seventeenth-century dramatic works of Dekker, Marston, Webster, Middleton, Shirley and Brome. The author focuses especially on the presentation of the courtesan in the sixteenth century - dramas by Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Lyly view the courtesan as a symbol of social disease and decay, transforming classical conventions into English prejudices.


Renaissance Anglo-Italian cultural and sexual relations are also investigated through comparisons of travel narratives, original source materials, and analysis of Aretino's representations of celebrated Italian courtesans. Amid these fascinating tales of aspiration, desire and despair lingers the intriguing question of who was the 'dark lady' of Shakespeare's sonnets.”



Machiavellian Encounters in Tudor and Stuart England

Literary and Political Influences from the Reformation to the Restoration

Edited by Alessandro Arienzo, the University of Naples, ‘Federico II’, Italy and Alessandra Petrina, the Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy


“Taking into consideration the political and literary issues hanging upon the circulation of Machiavelli’s works in England, this volume highlights how topics and ideas stemming from Machiavelli’s books-including but not limited to the Prince- strongly influenced the contemporary political debate.


The first section discusses early reactions to Machiavelli’s works, focusing on authors such as Reginald Pole and William Thomas, depicting their complex interaction with Machiavelli. In section two, different features of Machiavelli’s reading in Tudor literary and political culture are discussed, moving well beyond the traditional image of the tyrant or of the evil Machiavel. Machiavelli’s historiography and republicanism and their influences on Tudor culture are discussed with reference to topical authors such as Walter Raleigh, Alberico Gentili, Philip Sidney; his role in contemporary dramatic writing, especially as concerns Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare, is taken into consideration. The last section explores Machiavelli’s influence on English political culture in the seventeenth century, focusing on reason of state and political prudence, and discussing writers such as Henry Parker, Marchamont Nedham, James Harrington, Thomas Hobbes and Anthony Ascham.


Overall, contributors put Machiavelli’s image in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England into perspective, analyzing his role within courtly and prudential politics, and the importance of his ideological proposal in the tradition of republicanism and parliamentarianism.” 



New book proposals and edited collections of essays are welcome.


For a complete list of published and forthcoming books in the series, see the Ashgate website:

Best wishes,
Michele Marrapodi
General Editor

University of Palermo, Italy


Looking for a Third Panelist for Midwest Modern Popular Conference, St. Louis, Oct 11-13



The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0234  Friday, 10 May 2013


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

Date:         May 9, 2013 4:20:18 PM EDT

Subject:     Looking for a Third Panelist for Midwest Modern Popular Conference, St. Louis, Oct 11-13


Hello Colleagues,


I am putting together a panel for the Midwest Modern Popular Culture Conference in St. Louis in October 11-13 2013. Here is a link to the conference site:


We are looking for a third paper to join a forming panel in the area of Print Media and Popular Culture.

  • The first paper will be about reading groups reclaiming Shakespeare from the tyranny of performance criticism. This paper uses as its touchstone the dedication ‘To the Great Variety of Readers’ printed on the title page of the First Folio and the recent scholarship on recognizing Shakespeare is a “literary dramatist.” The paper will also include the slightly subversive nature of lay people reclaiming Shakespeare as popular culture without the need of intermediaries. (In case you don’t know, there’s been a resurgence of reading groups lately.)
  • The second paper will discuss the current boom within popular culture of the Shakespeare authorship question. The paper will NOT discuss who the author is or isn’t but instead look at our fascination with wanting to assign a large body of work to a single author and the various expressions of that fascination. Why does the presence of this debate demand a popular culture presence? (There has been a recent movie and two books were released just weeks ago addressing this.) 

We are looking for a third paper that might address any aspect of; Shakespeare, literary adaptation to other media forms, authors that demand continuing pop culture presence (Jane Austen comes to mind), archetypes from the Shakespearean canon that appear in pop culture on a regular basis (Is Jon Stewart a 21st century Falstaff?) or any other related topic.


The trick is that the panel proposal is due May 15.  So we must have a proposed abstract in the next few days. Please feel free to forward to colleagues at other institutions or independent scholars. 


Please let me know if anyone is interested in this opportunity or if you have any questions.  


Thank you for your attention and patience,

Kristin Bundesen


New Variorum Discount


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0233  Friday, 10 May 2013


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

Date:         Friday, May 10, 2013 10:15 AM

Subject:     New Variorum Discount



Special Discount for New Variorum Editions of Shakespeare


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This special 20% discount is available for all Variorum volumes through 31 May 2013. Enter the promotional code NV13 at checkout to receive this 20% discount.

View the full list of New Variorum Editions of Shakespeare:


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Hollow Crown Finally Scheduled


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0230  Thursday, 9 May 2013


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

Date:         Thursday, May 9, 2013 1:47 PM

Subject:     Hollow Crown Finally Scheduled


[Editor’s Note: I learned the following from Mike Jensen. –Hardy]


PBS has FINALLY announced airdates for THE HOLLOW CROWN films, which went out in England at the time of the Olympics. 



“The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays” 


This ambitious four-part miniseries assembles four of Shakespeare’s history plays – Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II, and Henry V – into a single chronological narrative. The original “Game of Thrones” has inspired bold film adaptations with a cast of leading British and Hollywood talent including Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Patrick Stewart, John Hurt, Julie Walters, David Suchet, Michelle Dockery, and David Morrissey. Fridays, September 20-October 11. 9:00 p.m. ET 


“The Hollow Crown – Richard II” – September 20 

“The Hollow Crown – Henry IV, Part I” – September 27 

“The Hollow Crown – Henry IV, Part II” – October 4 

“The Hollow Crown – Henry V” – October 11 


All the best, 

Mike Jensen 

author site:


Fulbright US Scholar Distinguished Chair at the Global Shakespeare Center in the United Kingdom - AY 2014-15


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0227  Wednesday, 8 May 2013


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

Date:         May 8, 2013 12:50:55 PM EDT

Subject:     Fulbright US Scholar Distinguished Chair at the Global Shakespeare Center in the United Kingdom - AY 2014-15 


Dear Colleague,


I am writing to alert you to a new U.S. Fulbright Scholar grant opportunity to the United Kingdom for academic year 2014/15 that might be of interest to you or your colleagues:




Hosted jointly by the University of Warwick and Queen Mary, University of London, the Global Shakespeare Center Distinguished Chair will contribute to the intellectual life of the two host universities by conducting research, teaching graduate-level seminars, delivering public lectures and consulting on curriculum development. The newly created Center is intended to shape future research agenda in Shakespeare studies, focusing particularly on ways in which different global perspectives may impact on the field of Shakespeare studies, and on the contribution to this field of performance-based work on Shakespeare. 


The Distinguished Chair will spend one semester in residence at the University of Warwick and one semester at Queen Mary, University of London, respectively, for a total of eight months.


The Global Shakespeare Center has close links with both the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s Globe in London. There will be opportunities to draw on these linkages to establish lasting connections and ties with both institutions.

Qualified applicants in Shakespeare studies, theater studies, drama, performance studies, translation studies, any area of English literature, history or cultural studies that would fit within the broad remit of the newly established Global Shakespeare Center are encouraged to apply.


The largest Fulbright Scholar Program in Europe, the UK now offers 35 Core grants for U.S. faculty and professionals to conduct research, teaching or a combination of the two in a variety of fields. This includes: two grants open in all disciplines at any viable UK institution; two grants under Police Research or Criminal Justice Scholar award; two grants under Northern Ireland Governance and Public Policy award; three Distinguished Chair grants; four Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorships. In addition, unique to the program are 20 university-partnership awards at designated host universities.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens and hold a Ph.D. or appropriate professional/terminal degree at the time of application. The application deadline is August 1, 2013. 


For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please follow the link You may also wish to register for one of our webinars at (including one on the UK), or to join our online community, My Fulbright, a resource center for applicants interested in the program.


I would greatly appreciate if you could share this opportunity with members of your listservs, newsletters or social media group. For further information, please contact Krisztina Miner, Program Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Best wishes,


Krisztina Miner, Ph.D.

Program Officer, Europe and Eurasia

Fulbright Scholar Program

Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

Institute of International Education (IIE)

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CFP: Renaissance Studies & New Technologies, RSA 2014


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0226  Wednesday, 8 May 2013


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

Date:         May 7, 2013 3:44:39 PM EDT

Subject:     CFP: Renaissance Studies & New Technologies, RSA 2014


CFP: Renaissance Studies + New Technologies

RSA 2014, 27-29 March; New York, NY


Since 2001, the Renaissance Society of America (RSA) annual meetings have featured panels on new technologies for scholarly research, publishing, and teaching. At the 2014 meeting in New York, we will offer panels on recent research (with 20-minute papers, followed by questions) and workshops on emerging ideas and methodologies (with 10-minute introductions, followed by hands-on demonstrations).


Your proposal should include a title, a 150-word abstract, and a one-paragraph CV. We welcome proposals from individuals and teams for papers, panels, or workshops in the following areas:





1 / New forms of publication, including social, hybrid, and dynamic editions; from the perspective of authors, editors, and publishers


2 / Training the next generation of digital humanists, for the alt-ac and/or tenure tracks


3 / Scholarship in the public sphere: crowdsourcing, collaboration and resource development; gathering expertise and feedback through social/web 2.0 channels


4 / Digital pedagogy: issues specific to early modern materials/archives; course and assignment designs; collaborating with students (graduate and undergraduate)





1 / Big data and early modern scholarship


2 / Text analysis and early modern language


3 / Data visualizations and/or GIS


4 / Other research, with a focus on results as well as processes



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


Please submit proposals before Wednesday 11 June 2013 via EasyChair:



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

* Laura Estill, Texas A&M

* Diane Jakacki, Bucknell University

* Ray Siemens, University of Victoria

* Michael Ullyot, University of Calgary


Early Theatre 16.1 (June 2013)


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0215  Monday, 6 May 2013


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

Date:         May 6, 2013 1:06:25 PM EDT

Subject:     Early Theatre 16.1 (June 2013)


EARLY THEATRE 16.1 (2013) Contents





The Will of Simon Jewell and the Queen’s Men Tours in 1592

            Chiaki Hanabusa


‘This place was made for pleasure not for death’: Performativity, Language, and Action in The Spanish Tragedy

            Alexandra S. Ferretti


Shared Borders: The Puppet in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair

            Kristina E. Caton


‘Bound up and clasped together’: Bookbinding as Metaphor for Marriage in Richard Brome’s The Love-Sick Court

            Eleanor Lowe


Accidents Happen: Roger Barnes’s 1612 Edition of Marlowe’s Edward II

            Mathew R. Martin


Old Testament Adaptation in The Stonyhurst Pageants

            J. Case Tompkins





Hornpipes and Disordered Dancing in The Late LancashireWitches: A Reel Crux?

            Brett D. Hirsch



Review Essay


Defining Tudor Drama

            Kent Cartwright



Book Reviews


John H. Astington. Actors and Acting in Shakespeare’s Time: The Art of Stage Playing. Cambridge: Cambridge UniversityPress, 2010.

            Reviewed by Eleanor Lowe


Janette Dillon. Shakespeare and the Staging of English History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

            Reviewed by Patrick J. Murray


Christina M. Fitzgerald and John T. Sebastian (eds). The Broadview Anthology of Medieval Drama. Peterborough, ON: Broadview, 2013.

            Reviewed by Chester N. Scoville


Charles R. Forker (ed.). The Troublesome Reign of John, King of England. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011.

            Reviewed by Karen Oberer


Katherine R. Larson. Early Modern Women in Conversation. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

            Reviewed by Sarah Johnson


Christopher Marsh. Music and Society in Early Modern England.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

            Reviewed by Katherine Hunt


Kathryn M. Moncrieff and Kathryn R. McPherson. Performing Pedagogy in Early Modern England: Gender, Instruction, and Performance. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011.

            Reviewed by Yvonne Bruce


Helen Smith. Grossly Material Things: Women and Book Production in Early Modern England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

            Reviewed by Christina Luckyj


Ayanna Thompson. Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race and Contemporary America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

            Reviewed by Jami Rogers


Alden T. & Virginia Mason Vaughan. Shakespeare in America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

            Reviewed by Alan Andrews


Martin Wiggins, in association with Catherine Richardson. British Drama 1533–1642: A Catalogue. Volume I: 1533–1566. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

            Reviewed by Peter Happé



Helen M Ostovich  <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Editor, Early Theatre <>

Professor, English and Cultural Studies

McMaster University


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