BSA Education Network & Online Teaching Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.129 Friday, 23 March 2012
From: British Shakespeare Association <
Date: March 23, 2012 8:43:41 AM EDT
Subject: BSA Education Network & Online Teaching Shakespeare
British Shakespeare Association
New magazine and website for teaching Shakespeare & Shakespeare in Education, from the BSA
I am pleased to announce that the British Shakespeare Association’s magazine, Teaching Shakespeare, and the BSA Education Network, Shakespeare in Education, are now available online. To visit the new blog/website and to download the free pilot issue of Teaching Shakespeare, please go to the BSA Education Network: http://shakespeareineducation.com/
Please help! Here’s how you can help us to keep Teaching Shakespeare in print: if you think your library might subscribe, now is the time to suggest purchase of the next two issues (£10 for September 2012 and February 2013, p&p included). If you think it might help to be able to show a print copy of the pilot to whomsoever controls your periodicals budget, please contact me
We hope that you will visit the website to read the opening blog by BSA trustee Peter Kirwan, of Nottingham University and, perhaps, to leave a comment on my own post that asks ‘How do you use theatre performances in your teaching?’ If you would like to submit a piece yourself, please contact the site Administrator, Sylvia Morris
Contributions from our readers are most welcome.
We are also keen to post details of conferences and educational events to do with Shakespeare. When you visit the BSA Education Network, be sure to click on ‘Events’ http://shakespeareineducation.com/category/events/ to read about two exciting posts, one from Jane Coles and the other from Tracy Irish. Jane, together with Liam Semler of the University of Sydney, is organising a free symposium, Unlearning Shakespeare, on 28th June 2012 at Oxford Brookes University, where she teaches in the School of Education.
Tracy Irish’s ‘Call for Abstracts’ gives details of a major international conference, Worlds Together: an international conference exploring the value of Shakespeare and the arts in young people’s lives, taking place on London’s South Bank, from 6th- 8th September 2012. Tate Modern, the British Museum, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company will be collaborating to consider ask ‘what is at stake for children’s cultural lives today. N.B. The deadline for abstracts (250 words) is 31st March. Tracy reports that ‘concessions on the ticket price may be available for UK contributors’, adding that ‘further details of bursaries and concessions will follow the submission of a successful abstract’.
Please spread the word about the BSA, by forwarding this email to any of your contacts interested in teaching Shakespeare and Shakespeare in Education. If you are on Facebook or Twitter, you can use the link on the Home/Welcome page of the Education Network website.
With thanks and all good wishes,
Chair of the Education Committee
The British Shakespeare Association
Recent Entries in Lexicons of Early Modern English
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.126 Thursday, 22 March 2012
From: T. Hawkins <
Date: March 21, 2012 8:21:17 PM EDT
Subject: Recent Entries in Lexicons of Early Modern English
Lexicons of Early Modern English - Word of the day
Glossator, or Glossographer, he that makes a Glosse or Comment to interpret the hard meaning of words or things. Edward Phillips, The New World of English Words (1598)
Locating historical references and accessing manuscripts can be difficult with countless hours spent searching for a single text for the sparsest of contributions to your research.
Lexicons of Early Modern English is a growing historical database offering scholars unprecedented access to early books and manuscripts documenting the growth and development of the English language. With more than 580,000 word-entries from 176 monolingual, bilingual, and polyglot dictionaries, lexical encyclopedias, hard-word glossaries, spelling lists, and lexically-valuable treatises surviving in print or manuscript from the Tudor, Stuart, Caroline, Commonwealth, and Restoration periods, LEME sets the standard for modern linguistic research on the English language.
Use Modern Techniques to Research Early Modern English!
- 176 Searchable lexicons
- 122 Fully analyzed lexicons
- 588,721 Total word entries
- 368,372 Fully analyzed word entries
- 60,891 Total English modern headwords
Lexicons recently added to LEME - http://leme.library.utoronto.ca/
Anonymous, Catholicon Anglicum: The Remedy for all Diseases (ca. 1475), an English-Latin dictionary from Lord Monson’s manuscript, reconstructed from a 19th-century Early English Text Society edition. The earliest such lexicon surviving in the language holding some 7,180 word-entries, distinguishes itself by the extensive use of Latin synonyms in explanations.
John Lydgate, The Horse the Ghoos and the Sheep (1477)
William Caxton, French and English (ca. 1480)
Anonymous, The Fromond List of Garden Plants (ca. 1525),a list of about 138 plants associated with Thomas Fourmond / Formond of Carssalton, Surrey (died March 21, 1542/43). The list has nine sections: for a garden, for pottage, for sauce, for the cop, for salad, to still, for savour and beauty, roots, and for an herber.
Niels Hemmingsen, A Postle, or Exposition of the Gospels (1569), a translation of Niel Hemmingsen’s Postilla seu enarratio Evangeliorum (Copenhagen, 1561)
John Florio, Florio his First Fruits (1578), parallel Italian-English dialogues, followed by a brief Italian-English glossary and a grammar
Anonymous, The Academy of Pleasure (1656)
William Lucas, A Catalogue of Seeds, Plants, &c. (ca. 1677) a trade-list in eleven sections: seeds of roots, sallad seeds, potherb seeds, sweet herb seeds, physicall seeds, flower seeds, seeds of evergreen & flowering trees, sorts of pease, beans, &c., seeds to improve land, flower roots, and sorts of choice trees & plants
Peter Levins, Manipulus Vocabulorum (London, 1570), a dictionary of 8,940 English-Latin word-entries, organized by English rhyme-endings (with accentuation). This analyzed text owes much to Huloet (added in 2009) and replaces the simple transcription now in the LEME database.
Coming soon to LEME
Henry Hexham’s Copious English and Netherduytch Dictionarie (English-Dutch; 1647-48)
John Rider’s Bibliotheca Scholastica, an English-Latin dictionary first published by the University of Oxford in 1589.
University of Toronto Press Journals
5201 Dufferin St., Toronto, ON, Canada M3H 5T8
Tel: (416) 667-7810 Fax: (416) 667-7881
Terry Eagleton Lecture: March 25
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.113 Friday, 16 March 2012
From: Lowell Duckert <
Date: Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 13:07:55 -0400
Subject: Terry Eagleton Lecture: March 25, 7:30 p.m.
[from Leigh Harrison]
To whom it may concern:
I’m pleased to announce that Terry Eagleton will give a lecture at the National Cathedral on Sunday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are just $5 and available at the door for “Jesus & Tragedy,” Eagleton’s thoughts on what he terms a “tragic humanism” and its implications for our world.
Terry Eagleton, one of the most talked-about scholars and cultural theorists of our time, explores how the life and death of Jesus might be understood in terms of tragedy. By affirming the worth of humanity even in the face of the worst evils, he argues, the “tragic humanism” of Jesus provides a hope for a radical remaking of human life in political, economic, and social terms.
Terry Eagleton is professor of cultural theory at the National University of Ireland, Galway; professor of English literature at Lancaster University; and distinguished visiting professor of English literature at the University of Notre Dame. He is also the author of many books, including The Idea of Culture, Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic, the bestselling text Literary Theory: An Introduction, Trouble with Strangers: A Study of Ethics, On Evil, Why Marx Was Right, and the forthcoming Event of Literature.
Please post and/or share the attached flyer with your colleagues.
Stacy Keach, The Shakespeare Society, “Shakespeare’s Sisters”
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.099 Friday, 9 March 2012
From: John F Andrews <
Date: Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 14:27:14 -0700
Subject: Stacy Keach, The Shakespeare Society, “Shakespeare’s Sisters”
A Conversation with Actor Stacy Keach
MONDAY, MARCH 19, at 8:00 p.m.
DICAPO OPERA THEATRE, 184 East 76th Street, Manhattan
General Admission $30; Special Discount $25
STACY KEACH is currently starring in Broadway’s acclaimed Other Desert Cities. Best known to many of his television fans as Mickey Spillane detective Mike Hammer, Mr. Keach is also familiar for such popular films as Brewster McCloud, Doc, End of the Road, Escape from LA, Fat City, Luther, Nice Dreams, That Championship Season, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Killer Inside Me, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, The New Centurians, The Ninth Configuration, and Up in Smoke. But what he finds most satisfying is the Shakespearean acting he has done in such classic roles as Falstaff, Henry V, King Lear, Macbeth, and Richard III. Clive Barnes, who observed a number of superb Hamlets during his many years as drama critic for the New York Times, has commented that the best ever “was Keach, whose neurotic passion and fierce poetry were quite wonderful.” Described by one reviewer as “the finest American classical actor since John Barrymore,” Mr. Keach has received a Golden Globe, three Obies, and multiple nominations for Emmy and Tony awards. Last year he garnered his third Helen Hayes Award for a Kennedy Center production of Frost/Nixon in which he portrayed a disgraced former President. Mr. Keach has performed not only on Broadway but in such additional settings as Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Lincoln Center, the National Theatre of Great Britain, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the London West End’s Wyndham Theatre. He was recently honored with the prestigious Millennium Recognition Award for his many contributions to the classical repertory.
This event will be hosted by Artistic Director MICHAEL CAPASSO of the Dicapo Opera Theatre and co-sponsored by The Shakespeare Society, whose Artistic Director, MICHAEL SEXTON, will join the Guild’s JOHN ANDREWS in conversation with Mr. Keach. It is open to the general public at $30 (plus a $3 service charge for orders placed online). For tickets at the $25 member rate (plus a $2.50 service charge for orders placed online), visit http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=CON100, click on the “Enter Discount Code” link below the “General Admission” price, type in SHAKES, click on the “Use Code” box to the immediate right, and then click on “Find Tickets” to proceed. If you have any difficulty with these steps, simply reply to this e-mail or call (505) 988-9560, and the Guild will be happy to assist you. For the Dicapo Box Office, call (212) 288-9438, extension 10.
An Evening with The Shakespeare Society
TUESDAY, MARCH 20, at 8:00 p.m.
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan
No Admission Charge, but Reservations Requested
Since its founding by Nancy Becker and Adriana Mnuchin in 1997, THE SHAKESPEARE SOCIETY has presented scores of challenging programs for general audiences and served thousands of students and teachers through its many educational initiatives. We’re thus delighted to welcome Executive Director MADELINE AUSTIN, Artistic Director MICHAEL SEXTON, and Society board President K. ANN MCDONALD, who’ll talk with the Guild’s JOHN ANDREWS about the Society’s history, mission, and recent offerings, among them evenings with such stars as F. Murray Abraham, Zoe Caldwell, Richard Easton, Ralph Fiennes, Roger Rees, and Marian Seldes. Ms. Austin is an experienced Off-Broadway producer, actor, and theater administrator. For a decade she worked alongside Gerald Schoenfeld, legendary Chairman of the Shubert Organization, and for five years in Washington she was a performing member of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s touring company. Mr. Sexton recently directed Titus Andronicus for the Public Theater. Last spring he created Margaret: A Tyger’s Heart, a Red Bull Theater adaptation of the three Henry VI plays and Richard III. He has directed for the Humana Festival, the Juilliard School, New Dramatists, NYTW, NYU, Soho Rep, and the Sundance Theater Lab. A litigator who is now affiliated with Robinson McDonald & Canna, Ms. McDonald has served on the Society’s board since 1998 and presided over it as President since 2007.
Georgianna Ziegler & ‘Shakespeare’s Sisters’
MONDAY, APRIL 16, at 8:00 p.m.
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan
No Admission Charge, but Reservations Requested
In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf lamented that if Shakespeare had “had a wonderfully gifted sister, called Judith,” she would never have been able to develop her talents and achieve success in the way her famous brother did. Perhaps so. But in Edward Rothstein’s enthusiastic February 24 New York Times review of “Shakespeare’s Sisters: Voices of English and European Writers, 1500-1700” (http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/r/edward_rothstein/index.html), an exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill that closes May 20, we learn that there were dozens of “women from Britain, France, and Italy, many of them celebrated in their own time,” whose brilliant careers prove that Ms. Woolf was unduly melancholy. The curator who organized this show is GEORGIANNA ZIEGLER, who oversees the Folger’s Reference department and occupies a post that has been endowed by Louis B. Thalheimer. A former President of the Shakespeare Association of America, Dr. Ziegler spent a decade at the University of Pennsylvania’s renowned Furness Library before she moved to Washington in 1992. Her previous exhibitions have introduced viewers to “Shakespeare’s Unruly Women,” to “Elizabeth I, Then and Now,” to “Shakespeare for Children,” and to “Marketing Shakespeare: The Boydell Gallery (1789-1805) and Beyond.” Dr. Ziegler’s conversation with the Guild’s John Andrews will be illustrated with images of the most notable female authors of the period and with copies of pages from many of their publications.
For more information about these and other programs, among them a new CENTENNIAL FRIDAYS series at the St. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe’s New Mexico Museum of Art, visit the website below and take a look at the Current Events page. To reserve space for events that will occur at the National Arts Club, all you need to do is reply to this message or call the telephone number below.
John F. Andrews
The Shakespeare Guild
5B Calle San Martin
Santa Fe, NM 87506
Phone 505 988 9560
CFP: 36th Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.098 Friday, 9 March 2012
From: Joseph Sullivan <
Date: March 9, 2012 9:28:56 AM EST
Subject: CFP: 36th Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
The 36th Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
October 18-20, 2012
The planning committee of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference seeks proposals for papers or panels from across today’s theoretical and methodological landscape that engage some facet of the amalgam “Extreme(ly) Shakespeare(an).”
“Extreme Shakespeare” alludes to the wide variety of extremities that can be found in Shakespeare’s work. It brings to mind those occasions where the playwright demonstrates either a lack of regard for or a lack of control over the principles of proportionality and balance, to the degree either of those principles were prioritized by dramatists of the early modern period.
Of course, extremity is an inherently relative value, which leads to a second facet of the amalgam open to conferees. “Extremely Shakespearean” refers to the fundamental characteristics of Shakespeare’s art, craft, thought, philosophy, etc. How might we best operationalize the term “Shakespearean”? What quality or qualities should we identify as the quintessence of Shakespeare’s work? Conversely, where do we observe Shakespeare at his least Shakespearean? Have we in the past, do we now, and/or might we ever share a persuasive understanding of what constitutes the most significant attributes of Shakespeare? Is the pursuit a noble quest, or a fool’s errand?
The OVSC publishes a volume of selected papers each year and conferees are welcome to submit revised versions of their papers for consideration.
2012 Plenary Speakers:
Ralph Alan Cohen
The American Shakespeare Center and Mary Baldwin College
Lina Perkins Wilder
Abstracts and panel proposals are due by June 8th for an early decision. The final deadline is August 31st. All submissions and inquiries should be directed to Joseph Sullivan at
or by mail to Joseph Sullivan / English Department / Marietta College / Marietta, OH 45750.
Conference updates will be posted on our webpage as they become available:
The Delights of Rare Titles
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.092 Wednesday, 7 March 2012
From: ASC <
Date: Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 13:21:13 -0500 (EST)
Subject: The Delights of Rare Titles
Rare Titles Surprise and Delight
The titles may be rare and the plots less familiar, but the 2012 Actors’ Renaissance Season productions of Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher’s Philaster, or Love Lies a-Bleeding; Thomas Middleton’s A Mad World, My Masters; and Christopher Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage reveal just how fun a trip into the unknown can be.
The Actors’ Renaissance Season closes April 8th.
On Sunday, March 11, 2012, at 7:30 pm, students from Staunton’s own Stuart Hall School present a staged reading of John Lyly’s Mother Bombie:
On one side of town, two fathers seek a financially advantageous marriage between their simple-minded offspring; while on the other side of town, two fathers oppose the marriage of their romantically star-crossed teens. John Lyly, one of Shakespeare’s most important influences, cooks up hilarious chaos by mixing in four plotting pages, several disguises, and a nurse who has exchanged a few infants here and there.
American Shakespeare Center
10 S. Market St
Staunton, Virginia 24401
CFP: The British Graduate Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.085 Monday, 4 March 2012
From: Giulia Sandelewski <
Date: March 5, 2012 1:32:20 PM EST
Subject: CFP: The British Graduate Conference
Call for Papers: The British Graduate Conference
June 14-16, 2012
We invite graduate students with interests in both Shakespeare and Renaissance studies to join us in June for the Fourteenth Annual British Graduate Conference.
The interdisciplinary conference provides a friendly but stimulating academic forum in which graduate students from all over the world can present their research and meet together in an active centre of Shakespeare research: Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon- Avon. Undergraduate students in their final two years of study are also invited to attend the conference as auditors.
The conference will feature talks by Peter Holland (Notre Dame), Tiffany Stern (Oxford), Paul Menzer (Mary Baldwin), and Katherine Duncan-Jones (Oxford). Delegates also have the opportunity to attend the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard III, part of the World Shakespeare Festival, at a group-booking price. Lunch will be provided on each day, and we will be hosting a dance and a drinks reception for the delegates.
We invite abstracts of approximately 200 words for papers twenty minutes in length (3,000 words or less) on subjects relating to Shakespeare and Renaissance studies. Delegates wishing to give papers must register by Friday May 4, 2012. Due to the growing success of this annual conference, we strongly encourage early registration to ensure a place on the conference programme.
We welcome abstracts from graduate students with an interest in Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies.
For more information about the conference, please see our website: http://britgrad.wordpress.com/ or e-mail us at
All the best,
Giulia I. Sandelewski
The Fourteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference
14-16 June 2012
The Shakespeare Institute
Mason Croft, Church Street
Request for Editorial Assistants
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.081 Saturday, 3 March 2012
From: Ben Fisler <
Date: March 2, 2012 3:49:23 PM EST
Subject: Request for Editorial Assistants
The editor of Ecumenica is looking for volunteer assistance for the spring general issue. Any graduate students or junior scholars interested in earning a CV credit and getting experience in academic publishing may do so by volunteering 4-5 hours total to help the journal prepare selected articles. You must be available to complete the work during March. If interested, please be sure to include your availability in your application letter.
Volunteers will be credited in the journal as editorial assistants for the issue. Any scholar with interests in the relationships between faith/spirituality and theatre is invited to contact the editors, for work on this or a future issue. Interested individuals should contact assistant editor Ben Fisler at:
. Please send current CV. For more information on Ecumenica, see our website at www.ecumenicjournal.org, or our Facebook Fan page.
Memory/Reason/Imagination: Symposium in Honor of Daniel Traister
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.080 Saturday, 3 March 2012
From: John Pollack <
Date: February 29, 2012 7:29:02 AM EST
Subject: Memory/Reason/Imagination: Symposium in Honor of Daniel Traister
The University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to invite you to attend:
Librarians and Scholars—Past, Present, and Future
A Symposium in Honor of Daniel Traister
March 30-31, 2012
In honor of our colleague Daniel Traister on the occasion of his retirement, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries will host a symposium examining the worlds of librarians and scholars, and how these worlds intersect with and influence each other. Themes to be addressed by symposium speakers will include:
* History of Collections and Collecting: Encyclopedism vs. Curiosity
* Epistemology and Its Classifications in Libraries
* History of Librarianship/Portraits of Librarians
* The Role of the Librarian: Scholar and/or Professional
* Changes and Continuities in the Digital Age: Textual Conversion, Reading Practices, and Knowledge
Crossing disciplines and time periods, these themes reflect some of the broad interests that Dan has brought to his own work at institutions including the New York Public Library and the University of Pennsylvania. Dan has shared his insights with colleagues and students at those institutions as well as at Rare Book School, where for many years he taught courses and influenced a new generation of librarians. In addition, he has published many articles and reviews on scholarly and library-related topics.
Keynote addresses will be delivered by Roger Chartier (Collège de France and University of Pennsylvania) and Michael Suarez (University of Virginia and Director, Rare Book School). Other speakers include John Bidwell (Morgan Library), Rachel Buurma (Swarthmore College), Rosemary Cullen (Brown University), Lynne Farrington (University of Pennsylvania), James Green (Library Company of Philadelphia), Andrea Immel (Princeton University), Zachary Lesser (University of Pennsylvania), Jack Lynch (Rutgers University), Kathy Peiss (University of Pennsylvania), Alice Schreyer (University of Chicago), Jacob Soll (Rutgers University), and Peter Stallybrass (University of Pennsylvania).
Registration is free and available on the website. A tentative schedule has been posted.
We are grateful for conference support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania; the Department of English, University of Pennsylvania; Wendy Wilson & Bruce McKittrick; and Bruce McKittrick Rare Books.
We hope to see you in March.
Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
Lean & Hungry Theater “The Tempest” LIVE March 4
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.074 Wednesday, 22 February 2012
From: WAMU 88.5 <
Date: Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 15:58:10 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Lean & Hungry Theater “The Tempest” LIVE March 4
On Sunday, March 4, WAMU 88.5 and Washington, D.C.’s only radio drama company, Lean & Hungry Theater, will present a special live-to-air broadcast of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, at the state-of-the-art Wilson High School Auditorium in northwest D.C. Be a part of the audience as actors at stationary microphones transform Shakespeare’s work into a radio broadcast that listeners of any age will enjoy.
Set in the distant future in the Naples Galaxy, Lean & Hungry’s The Tempest is a sci-fi adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play. Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, live on a small planet, where their spaceship crash landed after Prospero was ousted from his dukedom by his brother. With only Miranda, the hideous alien Caliban, and a sentient computer program named Ariel for company, Prospero seizes the opportunity for revenge by creating a cosmic tempest that forces Antonio and the Queen, along with the queen’s son Ferdinand, to crash land when they fly close to Prospero’s planet. Using his mastery of technology, Prospero sends everyone into a mad, hilarious dance until he brings them all together for the final confrontation.
Audience members are invited to participate in the post-production discussion moderated by WAMU 88.5’s Kojo Nnamdi.
Presented by WAMU 88.5 & Lean & Hungry Theater
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Location: Wilson High School Auditorium
3950 Chesapeake Street NW
Washington, DC 20016
Please arrive for seating no later than 5:50 p.m.
Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase online.
For more information, email
WAMU 88.5 FM
American University Radio
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016