Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0239  Monday, 13 May 2013


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

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

Subject:     Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies


Dear SHAKSPEReans,

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



Shakespeare Among the Courtesans

Prostitution, Literature, and Drama, 1500-1650

Duncan Salkeld, University of Chichester, UK 


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


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



Machiavellian Encounters in Tudor and Stuart England

Literary and Political Influences from the Reformation to the Restoration

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


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


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


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



New book proposals and edited collections of essays are welcome.


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

Best wishes,
Michele Marrapodi
General Editor

University of Palermo, Italy


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



The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0234  Friday, 10 May 2013


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

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

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


Hello Colleagues,


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


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

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

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


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


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


Thank you for your attention and patience,

Kristin Bundesen


New Variorum Discount


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0233  Friday, 10 May 2013


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

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

Subject:     New Variorum Discount



Special Discount for New Variorum Editions of Shakespeare


For a limited time, the Modern Language Association is offering a 20% discount on all volumes in the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare. These acclaimed editions are valuable resources for an international audience of scholars, students, directors, actors, and general readers.

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

View the full list of New Variorum Editions of Shakespeare:


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Hollow Crown Finally Scheduled


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0230  Thursday, 9 May 2013


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

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

Subject:     Hollow Crown Finally Scheduled


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


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



“The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays” 


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


“The Hollow Crown – Richard II” – September 20 

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

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

“The Hollow Crown – Henry V” – October 11 


All the best, 

Mike Jensen 

author site:


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


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0227  Wednesday, 8 May 2013


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

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

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


Dear Colleague,


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




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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

Best wishes,


Krisztina Miner, Ph.D.

Program Officer, Europe and Eurasia

Fulbright Scholar Program

Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

Institute of International Education (IIE)

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CFP: Renaissance Studies & New Technologies, RSA 2014


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0226  Wednesday, 8 May 2013


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

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

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


CFP: Renaissance Studies + New Technologies

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


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


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





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


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


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


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





1 / Big data and early modern scholarship


2 / Text analysis and early modern language


3 / Data visualizations and/or GIS


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



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


Please submit proposals before Wednesday 11 June 2013 via EasyChair:



NB: All participants must be members of the RSA by August 2013 or they cannot be included in the program.


* William R. Bowen, University of Toronto Scarborough

* Laura Estill, Texas A&M

* Diane Jakacki, Bucknell University

* Ray Siemens, University of Victoria

* Michael Ullyot, University of Calgary


Early Theatre 16.1 (June 2013)


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0215  Monday, 6 May 2013


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

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

Subject:     Early Theatre 16.1 (June 2013)


EARLY THEATRE 16.1 (2013) Contents





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

            Chiaki Hanabusa


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

            Alexandra S. Ferretti


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

            Kristina E. Caton


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

            Eleanor Lowe


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

            Mathew R. Martin


Old Testament Adaptation in The Stonyhurst Pageants

            J. Case Tompkins





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

            Brett D. Hirsch



Review Essay


Defining Tudor Drama

            Kent Cartwright



Book Reviews


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

            Reviewed by Eleanor Lowe


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

            Reviewed by Patrick J. Murray


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

            Reviewed by Chester N. Scoville


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

            Reviewed by Karen Oberer


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

            Reviewed by Sarah Johnson


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

            Reviewed by Katherine Hunt


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

            Reviewed by Yvonne Bruce


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

            Reviewed by Christina Luckyj


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

            Reviewed by Jami Rogers


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

            Reviewed by Alan Andrews


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

            Reviewed by Peter Happé



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

Editor, Early Theatre <>

Professor, English and Cultural Studies

McMaster University


Podcasts: Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0214  Monday, 6 May 2013


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

Date:         April 27, 2013 7:24:46 AM EDT

Subject:     Podcasts: Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory


Recently I have been conducting a series of podcast interviews with various literary theorists and Shakespeare scholars on some of the topics above for a series of podcasts which aim to gain an understanding of the current state of play as regards both theory and practice in Shakespeare studies.


The first 12 episodes can be found at the links below (the next will be an interview with H. Aram Veeser):




I have interviewed and am in the process of interviewing people who speak from a variety of different perspectives, including Jonathan Dollimore, Hugh Grady, John Drakakis, Lisa Hopkins, Gabriel Egan, Steven Mullaney, and others. 


Neema Parvini

Lecturer in English Literature

School of English and Languages

University of Surrey


CFP: The Shakespearean Performance Research Group


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0213  Monday, 6 May 2013


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

Date:         May 5, 2013 1:48:04 PM EDT

Subject:     CFP: The Shakespearean Performance Research Group


Call For Papers, Deadline: Monday, June 3rd, 2013


The Shakespearean Performance Research Group

of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)


American Society for Theatre Research / Theatre Library Association 2013 Conference

Dallas, Texas

November 7 – 10, 2013

The Fairmont Dallas Hotel


The Shakespearean Performance Research Group of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) provides an ongoing home for the study of Shakespearean performance within ASTR.


In the spirit of the open-themed Dallas ASTR conference, this year’s Shakespearean Performance Research Group (SPRG) seeks to maintain a focus limited only by Shakespearean performance.  For the 2013 meeting, the SPRG invites papers that broadly interrogate what is meant by Shakespearean performance. For example, this questioning might involve the interplay between early and late modern performance in some dimension, the cultural work that Shakespearean drama and performance continue to do, the ways in which relationships between the “literary” and the “performative” have been construed over more than 400 years of performance, the theories and legacies of Shakespearean performance across performance media, how Shakespeare performance constructs and is constructed by specific communities. Papers accepted to previous sessions have tended to address questions of practical theatre, specific issues in history and historiography, and theoretical concerns, but we are looking for a wide range of engagements with Shakespeare and performance.


Selected papers will be assigned to subgroups by the group’s conveners, Catherine Burriss, Franklin J. Hildy, Robert Ormsby, Don Weingust and W. B. Worthen, and the conveners will organize on-line communication of subgroup members before the conference. At the conference session, papers will be discussed first within subgroups, after which the subgroups will come together to exchange ideas.


This past year, the Shakespearean Performance Research Group began a relationship with The Journal of the Wooden O, which is publishing select papers from the 2012 Research Group gathering in Nashville. Select contributions to the 2013 Dallas Research Group meeting will be considered for publication in the following summer’s edition.


Please submit a 200-word abstract and 50-word academic biographical statement, including current affiliations, if any, by Monday, June 3 2013, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proposals also can be mailed to Don Weingust, Center for Shakespeare Studies, Southern Utah University / Utah Shakespeare Festival, 351 University Boulevard, South Hall 101A, Cedar City, UT 84720).


More information about ASTR and the Dallas conference is available at


Don Weingust

Director of Shakespeare Studies

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

Center for Shakespeare Studies

Southern Utah University / Utah Shakespeare Festival

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CFP: The Shakespearean International Yearbook: Shakespeare and the Human


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0206  Saturday, 4 May 2013


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

Date:         April 29, 2013 2:13:17 PM EDT

Subject:     CFP: The Shakespearean International Yearbook: Shakespeare and the Human


Shakespeare and the Human

CFP for a special section of The Shakespearean International Yearbook


Contact email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


A Special Issue of The Shakespearean International Yearbook

Edited by Tiffany Jo Werth


The guest editor of this special issue of The Shakespearean International Yearbook invites papers to think beyond “the human” as a distinct—and privileged—ontological category in Shakespeare. Stressing the need to revisit fundamental questions about the nature of matter and the place of embodied humans during a time of religious upheaval and emergent new philosophies, early modern scholars have contended that human indistinction shadowed the celebration of humanity’s preeminent place within the created universe. How does the variety of life forms and forms of life in Shakespeare’s work allow us to glimpse the complexity of “the human” in the context of theological, political, and cultural debates? How might humanist philosophy, new- and old-world investigations of the natural world along with their technologies, or other contemporary currents of thought and writing, collapse or uphold the limits that Shakespeare places on the definitions of “the human”? 


The editor welcomes contributions in English that address the topic, focusing its scope by addressing one of the following early modern scales of being (perhaps as a criterion to facilitate a reading that swerves across such categories) in an effort to analyze its creaturely qualities, and its relationship to “the human” in Shakespeare’s works:


• God(s), Angels, Demons

• The Heavens, including Air, Flames, and the Waters

• Animals, Beasts, and Birds or Fowl

• Vegetables, Plants

• Matter, including Minerals, Soil, Earth, and Slime


Papers theorizing hierarchies, taxonomies, chains, ladders, scales, degrees or ontological categories (with consideration for their placements, energies, relationships etc.) in Shakespeare, as well as papers interrogating how the performance of Shakespeare influences, inflects, or limits such categories, are also welcome.


Edited by Alex Huang (George Washington University) and Tom Bishop (University of Auckland), The Shakespearean International Yearbook ( surveys the present state of Shakespeare studies, addressing issues that are fundamental to our interpretive encounter with Shakespeare’s work and his time, across the whole spectrum of his literary output. Each issue includes a special section under the guidance of a specialist Guest Editor.


Proposals or abstracts of c.500 words, a brief cv, and paper title should be emailed to Tiffany Jo Werth (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 1 August 2013. Full articles (5k-8k) of accepted abstracts will be expected by May 2014 to allow for peer review, revision, and publication in 2015.


CFP categories:



Science and culture




Cultural studies and historical approaches

Gender studies and sexuality


Journals and collections of essay


Tiffany Werth

Associate Professor 

Department of English

Simon Fraser University

Burnaby, BC Canada 


CFP:  pdf  Shakespeare and the Human CFP


OSEO Announcement

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0205  Saturday, 4 May 2013

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

Date:         April 26, 2013 12:51:13 PM EDT

Subject:     OSEO Announcement


[Editor’s Note: Oxford UP is offering SHAKSPER subscribers a free trial of the Oxford Scholarly Editions Online during May, using the Username: confguest and the Password: access Enjoy. –Hardy]



 Oxford Scholarly Editions Online


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