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.


European Shakespeare Congress (ESRA)


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0362  Tuesday, 4 September 2012


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

Date:         September 4, 2012 10:04:51 AM EDT

Subject:     Reminder: European Shakespeare Congress (ESRA)


Dear List Members,


This is just to remind you that 1 October 2012 is the deadline for submitting a proposal (abstract and brief bio) for a seminar paper at the European Shakespeare Congress (ESRA) on “Shakespeare and Myth”, which will be held in Montpellier, France (26-29 June 2013).


Seminar presentations can be downloaded from the ESRA website


or at



Jean-Christophe Mayer


on behalf of the other members of the organising committee

(Florence March, Janice Valls-Russell and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin)


ESRA Announcement


In 2011, the Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft – in collaboration with ESRA – organized a major conference to commemorate 400 years of The Tempest with plenaries and seminars addressing the theme of “Shakespeare’s Shipwrecks” from a vast number of angles. The conference, held in Weimar, Germany, between 28 April and 1 May 2011, was attended by many members of the German Shakespeare Society and ESRA members from across the globe.

During the general meeting on the last day of the conference, the General Meeting of ESRA enthusiastically accepted the proposal by Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin to organize the 2013 ESRA conference in Montpellier, France, between 26 and 29 June 2013. The conference to be organized by the University of Montpellier will be devoted to “Shakespeare and Myth.”


At the Weimar gathering, the members of ESRA elected a new board:


Board Members:

  • Ton Hoenselaars, Chair (Utrecht University)
  • Clara Calvo, Conference (University of Murcia)
  • Jacek Fabiszak, Treasurer (Adam Mickiewicz University)
  • Juan F. Cerdá, Secretary (University of Murcia)
  • Michael Dobson (The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)
  • Boika Sokolova (University of Notre Dame in London)
  • Andreas Höfele (University of Munich)
  • Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin (University of Montpellier)
  • HONORARY PRESIDENT: Ángel-Luis Pujante


Webmaster: Juan F. Cerdá


We hope to welcome many of you as members of our new Association, online at the Discussion Group, and at our future conferences. 


Register with us at the website.

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us via the Secretary, Juan F. Cerdá (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

CFP: Service Shakespeare


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0358  Thursday, 30 August 2012


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

Date:         August 30, 2012 9:56:38 AM EDT

Subject:     Call for Papers


I am delighted to announce that I shall edit a special section in Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation ( about what for now we are calling Service Shakespeare. This is a call for papers with apologies for cross postings.


By Service Shakespeare, I mean Shakespeare used in the service of different populations, especially needy or isolated populations. Perhaps the best-known example is the Shakespeare in prisons programs, and the best-known example of this is the documentary Shakespeare Behind Bars. I hope to cast the net rather widely. My own contribution will be about using Shakespeare as a therapy for Alzheimer’s patients. Topics may include Shakespeare amongst those with other illnesses, with mental disabilities, the homeless, the poor, Shakespeare produced for those in the armed services, and serving the handicapped in professional theatre companies. Let these serve as examples of the sort of topics sought, not as limitations. I am open to any great idea as long as the emphasis is on using Shakespeare to serve others or as a therapy. Please contact me with your proposals.


Michael P. Jensen

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Book Announcement: Shakespeare and World Literature


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0347  Friday, 24 August 2012


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

Date:         August 22, 2012 3:40:33 PM EDT

Subject:     Book Announcement: Shakespeare and World Literature


A new book that may be of interest to SHAKSPER members - 


Weltliteratur und Welttheater: Ästhetischer Humanismus in der kulturellen Globalisierung

[World Literature and World Theatre: Aesthetic Humanism in Cultural Globalization]


By Alexander C. Y. Huang

Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag, 2012. ISBN 978-3-8376-2207-2


About the Book


The aestheticization of politics in the twentieth century has structured political life as an art form of expression. As a secular investment in shared cultural values, aesthetic humanism has been deployed by artists to counter various practices of subjugation such as colonialism and cultural imperialism that have dominated the recent historical record of globalization.This book draws on theories of aesthetic humanism to explain the force of literature in globalization. The phenomenon is notable in the translation and adaptation of Shakespearean comedies and sonnets, European reception of Asian performances of Shakespeare, French-Chinese playwright Gao Xingjian, and satirical and humorous stories. This is the case because aesthetic humanism promotes multiple perspectives on the continuously unfolding revolution of modernity. 


Sample Chapter [PDF]:


Available in paperback from


GW Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare and Gail Paster Lecture


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0346  Friday, 24 August 2012


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

Date:         Wednesday, August 22, 2012 8:36 PM

Subject:     George Washington University MEMSI Upcoming Events


GW Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare and Gail Paster Lecture 



Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare



George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare, a signature program for undergraduate students. The program offers a select group of students a unique opportunity to explore the works of William Shakespeare in a global and multimedia context.


Program Highlights


  • Enjoy small classes and intimate interaction with award-winning professors
  • Subsidized, faculty-led study tour of London and Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Meet the head of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and leading scholars and artists in London
  • Attend performances at the Folger Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre Company in D.C.
  • Participate in events at the Folger Shakespeare Library and on campus
  • Take advantage of undergraduate research fellowships
  • Use cutting-edge digital tools for the study of Shakespeare and for creative work


Program Website:






Dean’s Lecture on Shakespeare Series



Friday September 7, 2012, 3:30 pm.  

Post Hall, George Washington University’s Mount Vernon Campus

Free shuttle available from Foggy Bottom:


Inaugural Dean’s Lecture on Shakespeare by Dr. Gail Kern Paster (Director Emerita of the Folger Shakespeare Library)


“Shylock, Othello, and the Theatrical Coding of Difference: Images from the Folger Picture Archive”


Images of Shylock and Othello from the Folger image database show how these figures of the Jew and the Moor as Other have been represented since the eighteenth century have been presented for consumption and display. Setting images side by side has great heuristic potential for understanding the theatrical coding of difference in an historical trajectory.  The talk is designed for a broad audience.  It is free and open to the public, and it will be followed by a reception.




Images from the Dugdale Archive


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0336  Wednesday, 15 August 2012


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

Date:         Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Subject:     Images from the Dugdale Archive 


SHAKSPER subscriber Joseph Egert obtained from the Dugdale Archive at Merevale Hall (UK) photographs of a Dugdale MS notebook page dated “1634” (Dugdale MS-Vol. VII-p.10), containing Dugdale’s handwritten transcriptions of the Holy Trinity Church epitaphs of (1) William Shakespeare, (2) his wife Anne (d.1623), (3) his daughter Susanna (d.1649), (4) his son-in-law John Hall (d.1635), and (5) his grandaughter’s husband Thomas Nashe (d.1647). These notes formed the basis of the printed versions on page 518 and 520 of Dugdale’s Antiquities of Warwickshire (1656). 


The Dugdale family representative has granted Egert permission to publish these facsimiles online, and he has chosen SHAKSPER as the place those images will reside. 


These images are From the Merevale Archives with the permission of Sir William Dugdale, who retains copyright. 


We all owe Dr. Egert and the Merevale Archives thanks for allowing SHAKSPER to distribute and archive these images. 


The images may be found at the Reference Files section under the Scholarly Resources tab at the SHAKSPER archive:


The images from the Archive are followed by images from the 1656 Dugdale Antiquities of Warwickshire. Following these will be photographs I took of the Funerary Monument in Holy Trinity Church, which will be followed by a compilation file I composed of these and other related images. Hardy M. Cook, Editor. 


Compilation File:


pdf  William Shakespeare’s Funerary Monument

Actors From The London Stage: Actors From The London Stage


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0332  Monday, 13 August 2012


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

Date:         August 7, 2012 6:09:44 PM EDT

Subject:     Upcoming Tours!


Actors From The London Stage


The Merchant of Venice

Tour Schedule: 


September 12, 13, 14 -- performances at Washington Hall, University of Notre Dame

September 17 - 23 -- The University of Texas at San Antonio

September 24 - 30 -- Wellesley College

October 1 - 7 -- The University of Texas at Austin

October 8 -1 4 -- The Penn State University

October 22 - 28 -- Kansas State University



We are currently booking the next two tours of Actors From The London Stage.


We have several weeks open for booking of our Spring 2013 Tour of Hamlet , which commences January 21 and concludes March 10.


Our Fall 2013 tour will be Othello and is available for bookings now.


Contact Chuck Gessert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. now to book your residency


BSA’s Biannual Magazine ‘Teaching Shakespeare’



The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0331  Monday, 13 August 2012


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

Date:         August 6, 2012 8:56:14 AM EDT

Subject:     BSA’s Biannual Magazine ‘Teaching Shakespeare’


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The next two issues of the BSA’s biannual magazine Teaching Shakespeare


The next two issues of Teaching Shakespeare will appear in September 2012 and February 2013. Members of the BSA will receive electronic copies.


Print copies will also be available to members and non-members (£10 for the two issues, postage and packing included). Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to take up this offer.


After publication of the third issue, in February 2013, we shall review our policy to decide if we are
able to continue producing both print and digital versions, or whether we shall publish the magazine in a ‘digital-only’ format.


Please help! Here’s how you can help us to keep Teaching Shakespeare in print:

Ask your library or department to purchase print copies of the next two issues (£10 for the two issues, postage and packing included). Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to take up this offer.


To read the first issue of Teaching Shakespeare (February 2012), go to the BSA Education Network:
http ://shakespeareineducation  .  com/   


Please spread the word about the BSA, by forwarding this email to any of your contacts
 interested in teaching Shakespeare and Shakespeare in Education


With thanks and all good wishes,


James Stredder,

   Chair of the Education Committee

   The British Shakespeare Association



Sarah Olive 


   Teaching Shakespeare


SINRS ONE-DAY SYMPOSIUM Renaissance Republicanism


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0328  Friday, 3 August 2012


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

Date:         August 3, 2012 7:43:30 AM EDT

Subject:     SINRS



Renaissance Republicanism


Saturday, 24 November, 2012


School of Arts and Humanities

Pathfoot Building,

University of Stirling


From the middle of the sixteenth to the middle of the seventeenth centuries in England, Scotland, and on the continent of Europe the issue of governance was repeatedly addressed. There has been a tendency in scholarship to reason backwards from the English Revolution and to seek to find evidence for these considerations of various alternatives to monarchy. With the publication of a translation of Aristotle’s The Politics in 1598, and with the already extant publication of the writings of George Buchanan and Bishop John Ponet, in addition to Sir Thomas Smith’s De Republica Anglorum (1572), Hooker’s The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (1596), Lewis Lewkenor’s translation of Contarini’s The Commonwealth and Government of Venice (1599), Bodin’s Sixe Bookes of the Commonwealth (1606), through to Sir Robert Filmer’s Patriarcha (1639), political theorists were particularly fascinated by the concept of ‘republicanism’. This interest also extended into the drama of the period, with settings in Venice and considerable focus on Roman history. Plays by the likes of Shakespeare, Jonson, Webster, and Massinger dramatise elements of the history of Rome and of the Italian city states. In addition to publication and performance, writers such as Fulke Greville circulated their own thoughts on governance, as evidenced in his long poem ‘A Treatise on Monarchy’ (c.1600). In addition, the writings of Machiavelli, Luther, Calvin, and Hobbes all have a significant bearing on this theme.


This symposium aims to investigate the ‘republican’ strain in the political and religious thinking of the period and in artistic representations, and seeks to try to distinguish between ‘republicanism’ as an alternative mode of government and criticism, occasional, and/or developed, directed at absolute monarchy. What we discover may indicate a reformulation of ideas about Renaissance censorship, as well as providing a discriminating insight into some of the ways in which critical, or indeed, subversive thinking was possible during this period.


The seminar will take the form of a series of short papers (15-20 mins) on any aspect of this rich and complicated theme. 


Anyone wishing to offer a paper at the Symposium, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please also complete the following slip and return it by Monday 1 October 2012 to:


Dr Angus Vine,

SINRS Symposium,

Division of Literature and Languages,

School of Arts and Humanities,

University of Stirling,

Stirling, FK9 4 LA,



There is a fee of £35 for the day which will cover coffee, tea, and buffet lunches. Cheques to be made payable to The University of Stirling.

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