CFP: Shakespeare, Performance, Place


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0391  Monday, 24 September 2012


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

Date:         September 21, 2012 7:50:51 PM EDT

Subject:     CFP: Shakespeare, Performance, Place


British Shakespeare Association




Shakespeare, Performance, Place

2-3 November 2012

Queen’s University, Belfast


This two-day conference investigates Shakespearean performance and its relationship to place, location and geography. The themes are chosen to coincide with the first Shakespearean production to be staged at Belfast’s new Lyric Theatre and performance is defined broadly to encompass theatrical event, film, television and mass media. Plenary speakers include Dr Patrick Lonergan (Galway), Dr Lucy Munro (Keele), Prof. Stuart Hampton-Reeves (University of Central Lancashire) and Prof. Mark Thornton Burnett (QUB).


The conference is a collaboration between the School of English, Queen’s University, the British Shakespeare Association and the Irish Renaissance Seminar.


The conference fee is £30, which includes a tour of the new Lyric Theatre, a ticket to see Macbeth (directed by Lynne Parker), a new Shakespeare film showing, coffee, lunches and reception.


If you are interested in offering a paper or just attending the conference please contact Dr Ramona Wray before 28 September 2012. A number of postgraduate bursaries have been generously provided by the BSA – again please contact Dr Ramona Wray for details.


Shakespeare Event Fri Sept 28, 1:00 Univ of Maryland


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0384  Tuesday, 18 September 2012


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

Date:         September 18, 2012 9:57:43 AM EDT

Subject:     Shakespeare Event Fri Sept 28, 1:00 Univ of Maryland


SHAKSPER subscribers might be interested in the following talk by Alex Huang on Friday Sept 28th, (1:00 p.m.) which is being presented in conjunction with the UMD School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies /National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts co-production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Both are in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. 



Professor Alex Huang


Director of the Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Program


Associate Professor of English, Theatre and Dance, 
East Asian Languages and Literatures, and International Affairs 
George Washington University



Public Lecture


“What country, friends, is this?”

The Meanings of Shakespeare and Asia Today


This illustrated presentation explores the unique challenges and rewards of touring Shakespeare productions, drawing on several cases of Asian adaptations at the World Shakespeare Festival at the London Globe during the London Olympics in summer 2012.


Friday September 28, 2012

1:00 to 2:00 pm

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Leah M. Smith Hall, (room #2200)

Presented in conjunction with the UMD School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies /National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts co-production of




Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre

September 27-30, 2012



Public Lecture co-sponsored by:
The UMD Center for East Asian Studies

The Shakespeare Globe USA Research Archive

School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies

Department of English

UMD Asian American Studies Program

UMD PhD Program in Theatre and Performance Studies.


Alex Huang is Director of the Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Program and Associate Professor of English, Theatre and Dance, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and International Affairs at George Washington UniversityHis teaching and publications are unified by a commitment to understanding the mobility of early modern and postmodern cultures in their literary, performative, and digital forms of expression.


He has published widely in English, German, and Chinese on cultural globalization, translation, intercultural performance, Shakespeare, Chinese and diaspora studies, and digital humanities. His first book Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange (Columbia University Press), which received the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize, the Colleagues’ Choice Award of the International Convention for Asian Scholars (ICAS), and an honorable mention of New York University’s Joe A. Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama or Theatre. His new book Weltliteratur und Welttheater: Ästhetischer Humanismus in der kulturellen Globalisierung (World Literature and World Theatre: Aesthetic Humanism in Cultural Globalization, 2012) examines the role of aesthetic humanism in the recent historical record of globalization. His other books include Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia and Cyberspace (Purdue University Press; co-edited) and Class, Boundary and Social Discourse in the Renaissance (co-edited). He is also a contributor to the iPad app on The Tempest ( 


Supported by the ACLS, ISA, Folger Institute, NEH, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, SSHRC, and several other institutions and agencies, Huang's research has been published in Theatre Journal, Shakespeare Survey, Theatre Survey, Asian Theatre Journal, MLQ: Modern Language Quarterly, Shakespeare Bulletin, Shakespeare, Shakespeare Studies, China Review International, Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, World Literature Today, and other peer-reviewed journals and books from Oxford, Cambridge, Toronto, and other publishers. 


Huang is currently a General Editor of the Shakespearean International Yearbook, chair of the MLA committee on the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare, Performance Editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions, and Research Affiliate in Literature at MIT where he co-founded and co-directs Global Shakespeares (, an open-access digital performance video archive. He is the incoming President of the Mid-Atlantic Association for Asian Studies (MAR/AAS), and has made guest appearances on BBC Radio, BBC 2, BBC TV, and other television and radio programs to discuss Shakespeare and globalization.



Prof. Franklin J. Hildy

Director of the PhD Program in

Theatre and Performance Studies


School of Theatre, Dance,

    and Performance Studies

2809 Clarice Smith PAC

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742-1601


phone 301-405-3157 fax 301-314-9599


Latest Issue of Cahiers Elisabethains


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0378  Thursday, 13 September 2012


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

Date:         September 13, 2012 12:58:38 PM EDT

Subject:     Latest Issue of Cahiers Elisabethains


Dear List Members,


The latest issue of Cahiers Elisabethains is now available: Cahiers Elisabethains 81 (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.




Editorial Policy






The Gods’ Lasciviousness, Or How To Deal With It? The Plight Of Early Modern Mythographers (Charlotte Coffin)


The Changeling at Court (Mark Hutchings)


Massinger’s Believe As You List and the Politics of Necessity (Marina Hila)



The Pricking in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 20 (Rodney Stenning Edgecombe)



The American Shakespeare Center: “They Do it With the Lights On” (Marina Favila)



A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Theu Boermans for Het Nationale Toneel, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, 10 January 2012 (Coen Heijes)


Troilus and Cressida, directed by Tina Packer, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts, 28 April 2012 (Kaara L. Peterson)


Twelfth Night, directed by Melia Bensussen for the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Plaza Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, 15 October 2011 (Richard J. Larschan)


Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Joe Dowling for the Guthrie Theater, Wurtele Thrust Stage, Minneapolis, 6 October 2011, centre-front stalls, and 3 November 2011


& Julius Caesar, directed by Rob Melrose for the Acting Company in partnership with the Guthrie Theater, Dowling Studio, Minneapolis, 17 January 2012 (Gayle Gaskill)


Measure for Measure, directed by Roxana Silbert for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 November 2011 (John Jowett)


The Taming of the Shrew, an RSC Young People’s Shakespeare production directed by Tim Crouch, using an abridged text edited by the director, The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 10 October 2011 (Jon Harvey)


Doctor Faustus, directed by Matthew Dunster, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 23 June 2011 (Eleanor Collins)


A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Sean Holmes for Filter, Curve, Leicester, 2 November 2011 (Peter Kirwan)


The Changeling, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, Young Vic, London, 25 February 2012 (Penelope Geng)


King Lear, directed by Andrew Hilton, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol, 29 February 2012 (Peter J. Smith)


Richard III and The Comedy of Errors, directed by Edward Hall for Propeller, Hampstead Theatre, London, 29 June 2011 (José A. Pérez Diez)


The Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Matthew Dunster, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, 14 October 2011 (Elinor Parsons)


Macbeth [Aspects], directed by Julien Guill, La Laiterie des Beaux-Arts, Montpellier, 27 February 2011 (Gaëlle Ginestet)


’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, by John Ford, directed by Declan Donnellan, Les Gémeaux, Scène Nationale-Sceaux, Sceaux, 4 December and 8 December 2011 (Stéphane Huet)


Le Songe d’une nuit d’été [A Midsummer Night’s Dream], directed by Nicolas Briançon, Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, Paris, 22 October 2011 (Estelle Rivier)


Roméo et Juliette, directed and translated by Olivier Py, Théâtre National Populaire de Villeurbanne, 12 January 2012 (Nathalie Crouau)



Gilles Monsarrat, Sir Brian Vickers FBA, and R. J. C. Watt, eds., The Collected Works of John Ford, vol. 1 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011) (Yves Peyré)


Iain Beavan, Peter Davidson and Jane Stevenson, eds., The Library and Archive Collections of the University of Aberdeen: An Introduction and Description (Manchester: Manchester University Press, with the University of Aberdeen, 2011) (Stuart Sillars)


Maria Franziska Fahey, Metaphor and Shakespearean Drama: Unchaste Signification (Houndmills and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) (David Coleman)


Graham Holderness, Nine Lives of William Shakespeare (London and New York: Continuum, 2011) (Alice Leonard)


Alexander C. Y. Huang, Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009) (Jesse Field)



Compiled by Janice Valls-Russell


INDEXES (Cahiers Élisabéthains 71-80): after page 92

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Co-General Editors


The Merchant of Venice in London and U.S. Cities


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0377  Wednesday, 12 September 2012


From:        Actors From The London Stage <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 12, 2012 7:21:08 AM EDT

Subject:     The Merchant of Venice in London and U.S. Cities


The Merchant of Venice 


Actors From The London Stage will present The Merchant of Venice at The University of Notre Dame this week, the University of Texas at San Antonio, next week, and Wellesley College, University of Texas at Austin, Penn State University, and Kansas State University in the following weeks. 


They will conclude their tour with performances at The Cockpit in London.


The Cockpit is at Gateforth Street (Off Church Street) London NW8 8EH 

4th November at 5.00 

5th November at 7.30



Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS) has been touring US campuses for over 36 years. Our principles remain the same as ever: to allow the discovery of the genius of Shakespeare – in class through the active involvement with the students, in performance through the release of the audience’s imagination. The plays are performed with minimal props and no set, through the skills of just five actors without a director. Shakespeare’s language is the true star as, we believe, he intended.


AFTLS is proudly supported by Shakespeare at Notre Dame.


New Blog: Guy Earl of Warwick


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0373  Friday, 10 September 2012


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

Date:         September 9, 2012 1:41:28 AM EDT

Subject:     New Blog: Guy Earl of Warwick


I am just letting list members know that I have started a blog dedicated to discussion of a play called The Tragical History, Admirable Atchievments and various events of Guy Earl of Warwick, printed in 1661 by Thomas Vere and William Gilbertson.

To answer the obvious question of why I’d dedicate a whole blog to such an obscure play, the reason is that I suspect that, although printed in 1661, Guy of Warwick is actually a work from the Elizabethan period, and that the play’s clown, called Sparrow, is a satire on Shakespeare. The idea is not original. It was first proposed by Alfred Harbage in 1941, but didn’t gain much traction until decades later when Helen Cooper revisited it in ‘Guy of Warwick, Upstart Crows and Mounting Sparrows’ (in Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson: New Directions in Biography, 2006). Since then, the idea has attracted more attention. Helen Moore has discussed it in her edition of Guy of Warwick for the Malone Society (2006), as has Katherine Duncan-Jones recently in ‘Shakespeare, Guy of Warwick, and Chines of Beef’ (Notes and Queries, March 2009) and Shakespeare: Upstart Crow to Sweet Swan: 1592 - 1623 (2011), 12-13.

 I have been studying Guy of Warwick for a number of years, and have had three papers related to the subject published in Notes and Queries. Full-text versions of these papers are available on the blog, but a very brief summary of my (radical) hypothesis is as follows:

1. In The Two Gentlemen of Verona Shakespeare used the characters of Lance and Crab to satirise Thomas Nashe and Ben Jonson for their roles in the Isle of Dogs affair. Since The Isle of Dogs was played in July 1597, Two Gentlemen must be later than anyone has previously supposed. I proposed a date in late 1597 or early 1598.


2. In retaliation to being satirised in Two Gentlemen, Jonson wrote Guy of Warwick in collaboration with another playwright [currently unidentified], using the clown Sparrow to satirise Shakespeare. Based on my proposed dating of Two Gentlemen, I suggested that Guy of Warwick was probably written in the first or second quarter of 1598.


As you can see, my overall hypothesis includes a significant reappraisal of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The argument for it does not rely at all on any link with Guy of Warwick, which is a supplementary hypothesis. So even if you think you may not be interested in Guy of Warwick, you might like to at least read my Two Gentlemen paper.

The blog is at

John Peachman

Call for Papers: ‘On Page and Stage: Shakespeare, 1590-1890’


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0372  Thursday, 6 September 2012


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

Date:         September 6, 2012 6:42:08 AM EDT

Subject:     Call for Papers: ‘On Page and Stage: Shakespeare, 1590-1890’


British Shakespeare Association


The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies – Bangor-Aberystwyth, the British Shakespeare Association and the School of English, Bangor University, are pleased to announce:


‘On Page and Stage: Shakespeare, 1590-1890’


8th December 2012 – a one-day conference at Bangor
 University Conference Organisers: Stephen Colclough & Andrew Hiscock


Guest Speaker: Professor Andrew Gurr (Reading University)

Shakespeare editor and author of ‘Playgoing in Shakespeare’s London’


This one-day conference focuses upon performances, interpretations and publications of Shakespeare in the pre-modern period in the UK and beyond. It is envisaged that delegates will be addressing this subject from a number of disciplinary perspectives and presentations on the following subjects would be particularly welcome:

  • Shakespearean Performances 1590-1890s and Performance Reportage
  • Shakespearean Theatre History 1590-1890
  • World Shakespeares 1590-1890 
  • Critical Responses to Shakespeare 1590-1890: e.g. journalism, diaries, correspondence 
  • Reading Shakespeare 1590-1890: e.g. criticism, education, annotated editions 
  • Material Shakespeare 1590-1890: mise-en-scène and mise-en-page 
  • Shakespeare as Political Icon 1590-1890

These and other related subjects will be considered for presentation at this conference. Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent to the conference organising committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Friday 12th October 2012. All abstracts should include the proposer’s name, title, mailing address, email address, institutional affiliation, student/employed status.


Call for Ideas on Othello


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0369  Wednesday, 5 September 2012


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

Date:         September 4, 2012 10:09:52 PM EDT

Subject:     Call for Ideas on Othello


For possible inclusion in the beginning stage of a collection of essays on Othello (with a major publisher), please send very brief proposals (a few sentences at most) of possible essay topics to Robert C. Evans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

20th Annual Shakespeare Colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0368  Wednesday, 5 September 2012


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

Date:         September 5, 2012 3:07:37 PM EDT

Subject:     20th Annual Shakespeare Colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson 


20th Annual Shakespeare Colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson University


MADISON, NJ (September 4, 2012)—Fairleigh Dickinson University will host its annual Shakespeare Colloquium on Saturday, October 20, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the College at Florham in Malcolm Sturchio Hall (room S-11) in the Science Building. This year’s seminar will feature four distinguished speakers who will explore Shakespeare’s plays on English history, ranging from Edward III to Richard III


Speakers include Professors Jean E. Howard (Columbia University), Vimala C. Pasupathi (Hofstra University), Phyllis Rackin (University of Pennsylvania, Emeritus), and Thomas Pendleton (Iona College). The colloquiums are coordinated by Harry Keyishian, professor emeritus at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and supported by the Columbia University Seminar on Shakespeare.   


Jean E. Howard’s topic is “Women and the Story of the Nation in ‘The Reign of King Edward III.’”  Discussing a play that many scholars now believe was written by Shakespeare, she will demonstrate the atypical ways it reveals the role of women in the making of kings, including their education and military conquests. Vimala C. Pasupathi’s presentation, “For Love or Money? Shakespeare’s Mercenary Scots,” deals with the role of mercenary soldiers in the history plays and the challenge mercenaries present to traditional monarchy.


In the afternoon session, Phyllis Rackin will discuss “Conscience and Complicity in Richard III,” showing how the play’s theatrical power depends on dramatizing the villain’s charming ways. Thomas A. Pendleton will demonstrate aspects of Shakespeare’s technique by screening scenes from several productions of Richard II.


These programs are free and open to the public, and New Jersey teachers are eligible to receive professional development hours for their participation.


The colloquium is supported by Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Columbia University Seminars office, and individual donations. Organizer and project director for the colloquiums is Harry Keyishian, professor emeritus of English. 


For further information, or to register please call 973-443-8711 or email Dr. Harry Keyishian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Fairleigh Dickinson University is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940. 

Speaking of Shakespeare: Irene Dash and James Shapiro


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0367  Wednesday, 5 September 2012


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

Date:         September 4, 2012 8:55:44 PM EDT

Subject:     Speaking of Shakespeare: Irene Dash and James Shapiro


Speaking of Shakespeare


The Shakespeare Guild launches its 2012-13 season at the National Arts Club in Manhattan with two programs that celebrate the classical tradition in the performing arts. On Monday, September 17, we’ll enjoy a delightful conversation with critic, biographer, playwright, and novelist John Lahr. And on Monday, October 22, we’ll enjoy a survey of Shakespeare’s role in the American musical with Hunter College’s Irene Dash.


Looking ahead, we’re pleased to announce that on Monday, December 17, Columbia University’s James Shapiro will treat us to a preview of The King and the Playwright, his 3-part BBC documentary about Jacobean Shakespeare, which has been short-listed for a major television award in the United Kingdom. Professor Shapiro is the author of Shakespeare and the Jews, and he recently won the Theatre Library Association’s coveted George Freedley Memorial Award for Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?



Shakespeare and the American Musical


Monday, October 22, at 8:00 p.m.   

National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South 

No Charge, but Reservations Advised


Have you ever wondered how a poet whose 450th birthday is less than two years away continues to supply material for films, TV screenplays, Broadway hits, and other forms of popular entertainment? If so, you’ll want to join us for a chat with Hunter College’s Irene Dash, who’ll talk about Shakespeare and the American Musical, copies of which will be on hand for purchase and inscription. Russell Jackson, a consultant for several of Kenneth Branagh’s cinemas, has praised Professor Dash’s new book for its “lively and expert understanding of the theatrical medium” and its “thorough and scholarly” grounding in plays that have inspired classics like Kiss Me, Kate and West Side Story. A pioneer in early-modern gender studies, Irene Dash is widely admired for such influential volumes as Wooing, Wedding, and Power: Women in Shakespeare’s Plays (1981) and Women’s Worlds in Shakespeare’s Plays (1997). 



The Guild is honored to be joining the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry as co-sponsor of a four-part series of SantaFe ShakesScenes, concert presentations that will combine drama and music to explore enduring themes in Shakespeare’s most popular plays for audiences in the Land of Enchantment. These Sunday matinees, to take place at The Forum on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, will occur at 4:00 p.m. on September 9, 16, 23, and 30. They’ll be directed by Robert Benedetti, an artist whose work on stage and screen has garnered numerous awards, among them an Emmy and a Peabody, and they’ll feature such talented performers as Nicholas Ballas, Acushla Bastible, Charles Gamble, Kristie Karsen, Suzanne Lederer, and Jonathan Richards. To obtain more detail about these 75-minute programs – A Fool to Make Me Merry, The Very Ecstasy of Love, Not Wisely But Too Well, and The Depths and Shoals of Honor – see


For information about membership in The Shakespeare Guild, and for additional background about these and other offerings, including the Guild’s plans for future presentations of the Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts, both in New York and in London, contact


John F. Andrews

The Shakespeare Guild

5B Calle San Martin       

Santa Fe, NM 87506        

Phone 505 988 9560     

Frank Wadsworth


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0364  Tuesday, 4 September 2012


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

Date:         Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Subject:     Frank Wadsworth


I learned from Tom Reedy that Frank Wadsworth died recently.


Tom has set up a Wikipedia page as a memorial:


Frank W. Wadsworth (June 14, 1919 – August 9, 2012) was an American Shakespearean scholar, author, and sportsman.


Life: He was born in New York City, the son of Prescott Kingsley Wadsworth and Elizabeth Downing (Whittemore) Wadsworth. He graduated from the Kent School in 1938 and served as a naval aviator in WWII. After the war he completed his A.B. degree at Princeton University, as well as his M.A. and Ph.D. He served on the faculty teaching English literature at the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Pittsburgh, and was a founder and Vice President for Academic Affairs for Purchase College. He also served as a member of the Selection Committee for The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation; and as a member of the Advisory Council, Department of English Princeton University.


He was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in 1961, and was the recipient of numerous academic awards and honors, including a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library

Fellow, and honorary Phi Beta Kappa.


Wadsworth was a trustee of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research from 1970 to 2006, an organization supporting anthropological research, and served as Chairman of the Board from 1977 to 1987. In recognition of his commitment to the scholarly integrity of anthropology, the Foundation renamed the Professional Development International Fellowship the Wadsworth Fellowship Program. His hobbies included horseback riding and sailing. He is buried in Arlington, Vermont.


[ . . . ]


The Poacher from Stratford: Wadsworth was probably best known to the public for his The Poacher from Stratford (1958), a popular defense of Shakespeare’s authorship and the first such book written by an academic Shakespearean scholar. He thought that Shakespeare scholars should not dismiss the claims of those who believe that someone other than Shakespeare wrote the canon, and that treating the subject with silence worked instead to encourage rather than discourage such theories. [ . . . ]


An obituary appeared in the New York Times on August 15, 2012:


Another at the “The Wenner-Gren Blog” with picture:

“Global Hamlets” Symposium, Rhodes College, October 5


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0363  Tuesday, 4 September 2012


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

Date:         September 3, 2012 11:14:26 PM EDT

Subject:     “Global Hamlets” Symposium, Rhodes College, October 5


On October 5, 2012, the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment at Rhodes College will host a symposium on adaptations and appropriations of “Hamlet” across the globe, in Arab, British, Chinese, and South African contexts:


Speakers include Alexander Huang (George Washington University), Nick Hutchison (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), Margaret Litvin (Boston University), and David Schalkwyk (Folger Shakespeare Library).


Their lectures will be free and open to the public.


Co-sponsors include Rhodes College programs in Asian Studies, British Studies at Oxford, English, International Studies, and Theatre. 


Please contact Scott Newstok (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further information.






Thanks to the generosity of the late Dr. Iris Annette Pearce, Rhodes College enjoys an unusually wide range of Shakespeare-related resources. The Pearce Shakespeare Endowment was established in 2007 to enrich courses in Shakespeare and support events for the entire campus as well as the greater Memphis community. Dr. Pearce attended Rhodes College in the 1940s, when it was named Southwestern at Memphis, before graduating from Vanderbilt University. During World War II, she joined the women’s corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve (WAVES). As a medical student, she followed a long-established path in her family, where four generations of physicians preceded her. Yet she was also breaking new ground as a woman: she was one of only two female students in her University of Tennessee class; she served as the first female internal medicine resident at John Gaston Hospital (The Med); and she eventually became the director of the City of Memphis Hospitals while serving as a professor at the University of Tennessee. Her bequest generously continues to support her lifelong enthusiasm for Shakespeare. The late professor of Shakespeare studies at Rhodes, Dr. Cynthia Marshall, was instrumental in establishing preliminary planning for this bequest.


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