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The Lizz Ketterer Trust


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0237 Thursday, 22 September 2011

From:         Will Sharpe < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         September 21, 2011 4:42:47 AM EDT

Subject:      The Lizz Ketterer Trust


Dear Friends,


The link below advertises a production of Hamlet that we are performing at the Shakespeare Institute next month to raise funds to establish a scholarship in the name of our beloved friend, Dr Lizz Ketterer, who died tragically young earlier this year. Please take a moment to look at our website and consider either coming to the show or donating some money if it's not possible to make the trip here (and for some of you it clearly isn't). We are in the final stages of setting ourselves up as a registered charity and details will be shortly available of how donations can be made. Please feel free to share this with anyone you think might be interested. We also have a Facebook page (link below), and the more people who know about us the better so please 'like' us and share our link on your profiles if you feel so inclined. I could go on, but the website tells all. If you have any inquiries about anything at all, please direct them to our email address,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Many thanks to all,


Teaching the Early Modern Period

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0235  Monday, 19 September 2011

From:         Lowell Duckert < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         Wednesday, 14 Sep 2011 14:05:36 -0400

Subject:      Teaching the Early Modern Period


Teaching the Early Modern Period 

Edited by Derval Conroy and Danielle Clarke


“This book is an excellent addition to materials on pedagogy not simply for the early modern period but in general. The range of responses is fittingly diverse and much thought has been put into designing a well-crafted and innovative collection. The key importance of the volume is its geographical, disciplinary, and cultural range. One of the great virtues of this book is its diversity, and it will appeal to scholars, postgraduates, and teachers in the UK, USA, Europe, and Australia.”—Jerome de Groot, University of Manchester, UK


Teaching the Early Modern Period is an innovative project that brings together leading early modernists drawn from a wide geographical and disciplinary background. Scholars from English, History, and French Studies unite in this unique volume to examine the challenges, and solutions to those challenges, which the early modern period provides in the third-level classroom. Nine essays are interspersed with fourteen shorter reflections by contributors from Ireland, the UK, France, the Netherlands, South Africa, Canada, and the USA; the volume hence provides a rare transcontinental insight into current pedagogical praxis in a number of Western national traditions, presenting a wide range of case-studies of how research can inform teaching from scholars who refuse to accept a divorce between the two.





Introduction; D. Clarke & D. Conroy


The Scholarship of Teaching the Early Modern: An Overview; D. Conroy



Part I: The Early Modern in the Digital Age


Renaissance Teaching and Learning: Humanist Pedagogy in the Digital Age and What It Might Teach Us; D. Clarke


Information Revolutions Past and Present, and Teaching the Early Modern Period; P. Dover



Part II: The Early Modern and Its Others


'Other voices': The Early Modern Past in Provincial America; J. Dewald


Exploring the Limits of the Thinkable; S. Stuurman


Lobola, the Intombi, and the Soft-Porn Centaur:  Teaching King Lear in the Post-Apartheid South African Classroom; D. Seddon


Windows of Gold; R. Whelan


A Renaissance Woman Adrift in the World; M. E. Wiesner-Hanks


Worlds Apart, Worlds Away: Integrating the Early Modern in the Antipodes; S. Broomhall


Paradise Regained? Teaching the Multicultural Renaissance; J. Grogan


Shakespeare and the Problem of the Early Modern Curriculum; A. Hadfield



Part III: The Early Modern in the Contemporary Classroom: Course Design and Classroom Practice


An Early Modern Challenge: Finding the Student In-Road; P. Cheney


Teaching Shakespeare Historically; M. Burnett


The Importance of Being Endogenous; A. Viala


Literature, Philosophy and Medicine: Strategies for an Interdisciplinary Approach to the Seventeenth Century; B. Höfer


Versailles; H. Goldwyn


Paradoxical Creativity: Using Censorship to Develop Critical Reading and Thinking; K. Waterson


T-shirt Day, Utopia and Henry VIII's Dating Service: Using Creative Assignments to Teach Early Modern History; C. Levin


The Importance of Boredom in Learning About the Early Modern; C. Sullivan



Part IV: Performing the Early Modern


French Seventeenth-Century Theatre: Saying is Believing; H. Phillips


Teaching Early-Modern Spectacle through Film: Exploring Possibilities,  Challenges, and Pitfalls through a French Corpus; G. Spielmann


Relevance and Its Discontents: Teaching Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette; A. Wygant


Presence, Performance, and Critical Pleasure: Play and Prerequisites in Research and Teaching; C. Biet



Derval Conroy is Lecturer in French at University College Dublin, Ireland. She has published extensively on women and women writers in seventeenth-century France.


Danielle Clarke is Associate Professor of English Renaissance Language and Literature at University College Dublin, Ireland. She has published widely on questions of gender, language, and representation in the early modern period.

CFP: Shakespeare and Performance

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0234  Monday, 19 September 2011


From:         Sarah Gail Farrell < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         September 15, 2011 12:04:15 PM EDT

Subject:      CFP: Shakespeare and Performance


Early Modern Studies Journal (EMSJ) formerly Early English Studies (EES) is an online journal under the auspices of the University of Texas, Arlington, English Department and is devoted to literary and cultural topics of study in early modern period. EES is published annually, peer-reviewed, and open to general submission.  


The 2012 issue will focus on Shakespeare and Performance.  We are interested in articles that consider any aspect of performance in historical or contemporary productions of Shakespeare and his contemporary playwrights.  The following list is of possible topics, but should not be considered exhaustive:

  • Comparative performance in England
  • Comparative performances in England and other countries
  • Street performance
  • Provincial performance
  • Performance of Guilds
  • Women and Performance
  • Boy’s companies
  • Current Productions of early modern plays
  • Shakespeare Festivals
  • Playing spaces
  • Actors and the text
  • Theatrical Gesture
  • Court Performances and Masques

Please submit double-spaced manuscripts in Times New Roman, 12 pt font that do not exceed thirty pages in length, including notes (9,000 words total); electronic submission in Word format is required.  Please use endnotes rather than a bibliography, formatting to Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Ed. The author’s name, affiliation, and academic history should be included on the first page of the document. Thereafter, the author’s name should not appear in the document. Submissions are due January 31, 2012. The issue will appear in Fall 2012. Please contact Dr. Amy Tigner at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any queries. 


Sarah Farrell

Review Editor

Early Modern Studies Journal

Original Pronunciation


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0230  Tuesday, 13 September 2011


From:         David Crystal < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:          September 13, 2011 4:24:55 AM EDT

Subject:      Original Pronunciation


This is to let colleagues know that a clearing-house site for productions and projects in original pronunciation went live this week. You can find it at


David Crystal

CFP Deadline OVSC--September 15th


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0229  Tuesday, 13 September 2011


From:         Joseph Sullivan < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:          September 12, 2011 8:14:36 PM EDT

Subject:      CFP Deadline OVSC--September 15th


The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference


Call For Papers


Shakespeare and Ethics


Michigan State University

November 3-5, 2011


Extended deadline for abstract submission: September 15, 2011.


The planning committee of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference is seeking abstracts and paper proposals that investigate questions of ethics in the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. We're thinking of ethics in a broad sense, to include issues of gender, race, class, culture, religion, labor, economics, justice, environmentalism, and nature. Papers might consider issues of ethics as they are reflected upon within a particular play or more broadly within the dramatic and poetic works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and may take up questions concerning the role of Shakespeare as a cultural icon and literary figure, his works within the performance tradition or in the English and global literary canons, and in relation to early modern as well as contemporary values.


Abstracts are due by September 15, 2011. All inquiries should be directed to: Sandra Logan This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or c/o Department of English / 201 Morrill Hall / Michigan State University / 48824. E-mail abstracts to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject line OVSC Proposal. Please include contact information, academic affiliation, if any, and status: independent, faculty, grad student, or undergrad.


Keynote Speakers:


Emily Bartels – Professor of English, Rutgers University. She is the author of Speaking of the Moor: Alcazar to Othello (2008), and Spectacles of Strangeness: Imperialism, Alienation, and Marlowe (1993), and extensive publications on critical race studies in the early modern period, as well as questions of early modern gender and desire. She is currently working on a monograph on Intertextual Shakespeare.


Bradin Cormack – Associate Professor of English, University of Chicago. He is the author of A Power to Do Justice: Jurisdiction, English Literature, and the Rise of Common Law, 1509–1625 (2007), and a wide range of publications on law, drama, and poetry in the work of Shakespeare and other early modern authors.


OVSC invites graduate and undergraduate students to compete for the M. R. Smith Prize. Select conference proceedings are published in a juried, online journal.

Colloquium on Othello at Fairleigh Dickinson University


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0225  Friday, 9 September 2011


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

Date:         September 8, 2011 9:47:08 PM EDT

Subject:      Colloquium on Othello at Fairleigh Dickinson University


Othello is the subject of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s 19 Annual Shakespeare Colloquium, which will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Madison, New Jersey.  The colloquium is free and open to the public. All New Jersey teachers who participate are eligible for Professional Development Credits.


Speakers will be Allison Deutermann of Baruch College, CUNY; Ian Smith of Lafayette College; Jeffery Alan Triggs of Rutgers University; and Eric Johnson-DeBeaufre of Drew University.


Allison Deutermann will decipher the effects of confession in accordance to Othello. Ian Smith’s presentation, “Race, Comedy, and Othello” will examine the role of racism in creating social harmony for an exclusive majority.  Eric Johnson-DeBeaufre will link the issues of male friendship and shared expression in Othello. The colloquium will conclude with Jeffery Alan Trigg’s comparison of Shakespeare’s play with Arrigo Boito’s libretto for Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Otello.


The colloquium is supported by Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Columbia University Seminars office, and individual donations. Organizer and project director is Harry Keyishian. For further information, or to register, please call 973-443-8711 or email Harry Keyishian at This e-mail 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.

Conference July 2012

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0224  Wednesday, 7 September 2011

From:         Eddie Baart < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:          September 7, 2011 6:36:40 AM EDT

Subject:      Conference July 2012


The Eighth Triennial Congress and Conference of the Shakespeare Society of Southern Africa


3-5 JULY 2012


Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Eastern Province, South Africa


It is with pleasure that we invite you to participate in our forthcoming Conference.


Theme: Staging Shakespeare – Direction, Design and Reception: 

This conference looks at Shakespeare in the theatre, with particular attention to the contemporary and historical challenges of staging his plays. Accounts by directors, theatre practitioners, and theatre historians are particularly welcome. We are very pleased that the following have agreed to give plenary lectures:


 Robert Gordon.  Professor of Drama and Director of the Pinter Centre for Research in Writing and Performance of Goldsmith College, University of London


Dame Janet Suzman, the famous Shakespearean actress and author of Acting with Shakespeare


Scott Newstok, Professor at Rhodes College, Tennessee. Author of many books and articles on Shakespeare




Papers of 25 minutes duration are invited on the following or related topics: 

  • Shakespeare on stage: contemporary approaches
  • Visualising the Shakespearean stage: stark or sumptuous?
  • Staging Shakespeare’s text: what price language?
  • Beyond Words: Shakespeare and Physical Theatre
  • Styling Shakespeare for film
  • Staging my country’s Shakespeare
  • The influence of Victorian Shakespeare on stage and in literature
  • Tweaking Shakespeare - the director’s ‘Aye’: feminist/proletarian/(anti-) sexist/religious/eco-critical productions
  • Shakespearean music and choreography
  • Touring Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare on the South African stage
  • Shakespeare between cultures: reaching the multivalent audience
  • Indigenising Shakespeare on stage
  • Staging Shakespeare in translation.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to the conference coordinator, Warren Snowball ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by 29th February 2012. Those who wish to put together special interest sessions should notify the coordinator concerning the proposed topic and participants.


For further information and to answer any queries, please contact the conference secretary, Eddie Baart:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




Monday 2nd July  Transport from Port Elizabeth airport and settling into accommodation

              Evening - Welcoming cocktail party given by Rhodes University


Tuesday 3rd July  Registration, Congress Business Meeting, Presentation of papers

              Evening free for delegates to sample the National Arts Festival


Wednesday 4th July   Presentation of papers,

               Afternoon game drive and conference dinner


Thursday 5th July    Presentation of papers,

               Evening - specially commissioned performance of a Shakespeare play.


Registration: A website for registration for the conference is under construction.


Accommodation: As the National Arts Festival is running at the same time, accommodation in Grahamstown will be at a premium.  Delegates may stay  in a residence of Rhodes University at a reasonable cost,  Accommodation is in single rooms with communal toilet facilities.  Breakfast is provided.  The Conference proceedings are held on the Rhodes campus, within easy walking distance of the residences.


The National Festival of the Arts is running in Grahamstown from 28th June to 8th July with hundreds of shows in the Main Program and on the Fringe. Delegates to the Shakespeare Conference may wish to extend their stay to sample the Festival.  There are also many famous game parks close to the town (Shamwari, Kwandwe, Pumba ....) which provide one-day game drives.


For more information on Rhodes University refer to


For more information on the Eastern Cape refer to


Emeritus Professor Eddie Baart

Administrative Secretary

Shakespeare Society of Southern Africa

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

phone: 046 603 7288

Latest Issue of Cahiers Elisabethains


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0219  Tuesday, 6 September 2011


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

Date:         September 6, 2011 9:00:36 AM EDT

Subject:      Latest Issue of Cahiers Elisabethains


The Latest Issue Of Cahiers Elisabethains Is Now Available: N° 79 (2011)


* 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.





Dramatizing Belief: Charlatans, Credulity and Faith in John Heywood’s Four PP

Peter Happe


Hope, Despair and the Voicing of Renaissance Homoeroticism in Richard Barnfield’s “Certaine Sonnets”

Clinton E. Hammock


The Ambivalence of Revenge and of the Avenger’s Role in Hamlet: The Function of Letters and Emblematic Allusions

Michele Marrapodi


The Wilderness Metaphor in The Duchess of Malfi

Michael Steffes




Shakespeare’s Sir John Oldcastle and Jonson’s Ursula the Pig Woman

Joan Fitzpatrick




“The actors are come hither”: Andrzej Wajda’s Shakespearean Happening in Gdansk

Jerzy Limon




Fausuto no Higeki [The Tragedy of Doctor Faustus], directed by Yukio Ninagawa, Theatre Cocoon, Tokyo, 17 July 2010 (Tomonari Kuwayama)


La Nuit des rois [Twelfth Night], translated by Jean-Michel Déprats, directed by Nicolas Briançon, Festival “Le Printemps des Comédiens”, Amphithéâtre d’O, Montpellier, 17 June 2010 (Nathalie Crouau & Gaëlle Ginestet)


Roméo et Juliette [Romeo and Juliet], directed by Françoise Chatôt, Théâtre Gyptis, Marseille, France, 15 March 2011 (Florence March)


La Comédie des erreurs [The Comedy of Errors], directed by Dan Jemmett, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris, 5 and 8 February 2011 (Stéphane Huet)


La Nuit des rois [Twelfth Night], adapted and directed by Jean-Michel Rabeux, MC93 (Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis), Bobigny, 22 March 2011 (Stéphane Huet)


The Coveted Crown: Henry IV, Parts I and II, directed by Patrick Swanson, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Midway Studios, Fort Point Channel, Boston, USA, 20 November 2010 (Kaara L. Peterson)


The Duchess of Malfi, directed by Laurie Sansom, The Royal Theatre, Royal and Derngate, Northampton, 19 October 2010 (Eleanor Collins)

Richard II, directed by Andrew Hilton, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol, 25 February 2011 (Peter J. Smith)


The Comedy of Errors, directed by Andrew Hilton, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol, 30 April 2011 (Yolana Wassersug)


Hamlet, directed by Nicholas Hytner, Olivier Theatre, National, London, 7 October, 26 October and 26 November 2010 (Peter J. Smith)


King Lear, directed by Michael Grandage, Donmar Warehouse, London, 13 January 2011 (Colette Gordon)


As You Like It, directed by Stephen Unwin for the Rose Theatre, Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames, 24 February 2011 (Neil Allan)


Hamlet, an RSC Young People’s Shakespeare production directed by Tarell Alvin McCraney, The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 10 September 2010 (Richard Kenney)


Measure for Measure, directed by Amy Hodge, The Provincial, Cardiff, 24 November 2010 (P. B. Roberts)


Doctor Faustus, directed by Toby Frow, The Royal Exchange, Manchester, 21 September 2010 (Kath Bradley)




Julie Sanders, ed., Ben Jonson in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) (Warren Chernaik)


James Schiffer, ed., Twelfth Night: New Critical Essays (London and New York: Routledge, 2011) (Walter Cannon)


Jane Kingsley-Smith, Cupid in Early Modern Literature and Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) (Sarah Carter)


Michael D. Bristol, ed., Shakespeare and Moral Agency (London & New York: Continuum, 2010) (Dana E. Aspinall)


Scott L. Newstok, Quoting Death in Early Modern England: The Poetics of Epitaphs Beyond the Tomb (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) (Joseph Sterrett)


Lloyd Edward Kermode, ed., Three Renaissance Usury Plays, Revels Plays Companion Library (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2009) (Charles Whitworth)


Richard Rowland, Thomas Heywood’s Theatre, 1599-1639: Locations, Translations, and Conflict (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010) (Eoin Price)


Julian Curry, Shakespeare On Stage: Thirteen Leading Actors on Thirteen Key Roles (London: Nick Hern Books, 2010) (Kevin A. Quarmby)


Erica Sheen, Shakespeare and the Institution of Theatre: “The Best in this Kind” (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) (Eoin Price)




Compiled by Janice Valls-Russell


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CFP for B&L: Shax and Af Am Poetics


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0211  Friday, 2 September 2011

From:         Sujata Iyengar < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         September 1, 2011 5:37:00 PM EDT

Subject:      CFP for B&L: Shax and Af Am Poetics


Call for Papers: Shakespeare and African American Poetics: Special Issue of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation in association with The Langston Hughes Review 


The editors of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation (B&L), in association with the editor of the The Langston Hughes Review (LHR), extend a call for essays on the topic of "Shakespeare and African American Poetics." We encourage authors to understand "Poetics" in its most expansive sense. Essays on this rich subject might take as their themes not only the work of Langston Hughes himself but also that of Toni Morrison, Frederick Douglass, Gwendolyn Brooks, Richard Wright, Rita Dove, Gloria Naylor, Natasha Trethewey, Edmonia Lewis, and other luminaries of African American arts. We are keen to encourage essays on "reverse appropriation" too -- i.e. we are not necessarily seeking straightforward "source studies" but interventions in the debates surrounding cultural appropriation as a process that moves back and forth between dominant and minority cultures. Successful essays should contribute toward our understanding of Shakespeare and the artist whose work it engages. In other words, an essay about Toni Morrison and Shakespeare should advance existing scholarship on both Morrison and on Shakespeare.


Send completed essays to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or to the editors of B&L (addresses below) by March 1, 2012. Essays will be sent to one Shakespearean and to one scholar of African American literature. Essays will be published online in a special issue or cluster of B&L.


About the Journals:

The Langston Hughes Review is the official publication of the Langston Hughes Society. LHR welcomes prose and poetry pertaining to Langston Hughes specifically, or more generally to his cultural milieu. It also publishes general articles on literature, culture, and performance, as well as special topics issues. LHR is fully indexed in the MLA Bibliography. LHR is currently edited by Dr. Ron Baxter Miller, University of Georgia.


Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation is a peer-reviewed, online, multimedia journal that welcomes original scholarship engaging with the afterlives of Shakespearean texts and their literary, filmic, multimedia, and critical histories. It encourages contributors to use the online format to its best advantage, in particular, by imagining how to enhance or illustrate their essays with multimedia (screen captures, sound clips, images, and so on). B&L won the CELJ's "Best New Journal" Award in 2007. B&L is fully indexed in the MLA Bibliography. B&L is currently co-edited by Dr. Christy Desmet (cdesmet [at] Dr. Sujata Iyengar (iyengar [at] ; correspondence should be addressed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or to Managing Editor Dr. Allison Lenhardt (alenhard[at]


Dr. Sujata Iyengar, Associate Professor

Park Hall

Department of English

University of Georgia

Athens, GA 30602-6205


706 542 1261 (messages only)

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CFP for Early Theatre: Special Topic: Women and Performance


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0207  Tuesday, 30 August 2011


From:         Peter A. Parolin < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:          August 29, 2011 1:04:17 PM EDT

Subject:      CFP for Early Theatre: Special Topic: Women and Performance


Early Theatre: Special Issue on Women and Performance 

Publication Date: Summer 2012


Papers are solicited for a special issue of Early Theatre on women and performance, to be published in Summer 2012. The deadline for submission is November 30, with acceptances indicated by February.


From REED and the growing body of work by comparatists and theater historians, we now know that early modern women, including Englishwomen and foreign players, performed at all social levels and in all performance spaces except the all-male stage. More work needs to be done: first in collecting evidence of female performance in England and second in assessing how new research changes our reading of early modern theater and drama.


The rubric of female performance includes all forms of performance and entertainment, not just scripted drama. Work exploring other theatrical traditions and innovations is also welcome, as are essays addressing methodological questions. For example, what do we mean when we speak of a "performance record," and how do we make sure to interpret all the levels of evidence within such records? How do the categories we use to discuss performance shape our reading of the evidence and our understanding of women’s roles?


Editors for this issue are Peter Parolin (University of Wyoming) and James Stokes (University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point); submissions will be peer reviewed.


Guidelines for contributors:


Papers should be submitted to the website of Early Theatre. The link is: It is important to follow the submission procedures and the house style outlined on this page.


On the webpage, contributors are asked to type author and abstract information. In the drop-down bar, please identify your submission as “Special Issue.”

Finally, contributors should submit file names that start with 15.1 and continue with a short title for the paper.


Consideration of manuscripts will begin upon receipt of submissions. Questions are welcome to Peter Parolin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Kalamazoo CFP: "Aglæca: What’s in a Word?"


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0202  Friday, 26 August 2011


From:         Lowell Duckert <   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 13:32:44 -0400

Subject:      Kalamazoo CFP: "Aglæca: What’s in a Word?"



Oregon Medieval English Literature Society Session for the International Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

May 10-13, 2012


Session IV: Aglæca: What’s in a Word?


The term aglæca has received more than its share of critical attention, but there is still some disagreement on what it means in its many manifestations.  In Christ and Satan, GuthalcJulianaThe Phoenix, and The Whale its context in explicitly religious, but this is not necessarily the case in Beowulf (where it occurs most often).  Because the word refers to Sigemund, Beowulf, Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon, understanding its denotation and its connotation(s) has presented scholars with a number of difficulties.


This session invites presenters to (re)consider those difficulties—to consider a single word, aglæca, in new and different ways.  What are we to make of its use in the Old English corpus?  Are there new etymological or linguistic insights to help us find our way?  Do contemporary theories on monsters and/or gender shed light on these issues?  How much should its religious usage outside Beowulf affect our understanding of it in the poem itself?  A variety of approaches are possible: papers may focus on a specific text (not necessarily Beowulf) or on the word across the Old English corpus, they may be largely theoretical or pursue close readings of only a few lines.


Please send queries or abstracts (of no more than 250 words) to Marcus Hensel (   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by 15 September 2011 for consideration.  Any papers not included in this session will be forwarded to the Congress Committee for possible inclusion in the General Sessions. 

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