Announcements

Announcement—Upcoming Publication—Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.386  Monday, 31 August 2015

 

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

Date:         August 30, 2015 at 5:45:51 PM EDT

Subject:    Announcement—Upcoming Publication—Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series

 

Dear Fellow SHAKSPER Members, 

 

I’m delighted to announce the upcoming publication of the first 3 titles in the Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series: 

 

  • Hawkes, David.  Shakespeare and Economic Theory.  Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series.  London: Arden Shakespeare/Bloomsbury.  24 Sept. 2015.  

 

http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/shakespeare-and-economic-theory-9781472576996/

 

  • Brown, Carolyn.  Shakespeare and Psychoanalytic Theory.  Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series.  London: Arden Shakespeare/Bloomsbury.  24 Sept. 2015.  

 

http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/shakespeare-and-psychoanalytic-theory-9781474216135/

 

  • Egan, Gabriel.  Shakespeare and Ecocritical Theory.  Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series.  London: Arden Shakespeare/Bloomsbury.  22 Oct. 2015.   

 

http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/shakespeare-and-ecocritical-theory-9781441199300/ 

 

These titles are available for pre-order now.  If you would order them for your campus library and consider ordering them for your courses and yourselves, I would be grateful.    

 

All the best,

Evelyn Gajowski

 

Series Editor, Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series

 

Job Posting: Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.385  Monday, 31 August 2015

 

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

Date:         August 28, 2015 at 4:46:12 PM EDT

Subject:    Job Posting: Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies

 

The Department of English within the College of Arts & Science at The University of Alabama seeks an established scholar, committed mentor, and dynamic administrator to serve as the Hudson Strode Professor of English and Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. The privately endowed Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies promotes the study of early modern British literature and culture through fellowships, lecture series, symposia, seminars, and campus visits from both well-established and emerging scholars, critics, and theorists. Focused on the intellectual and professional development of graduate students, all members of the program are committed to teaching, mentoring, and otherwise fostering a community of future scholars. These efforts are led by the Strode Professor. For further information about the stimulating intellectual work and educational activities sponsored by the Hudson Strode Program, please visit our website at http://english.ua.edu/grad/strode.

 

The Hudson Strode Professor of English will serve as Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies and is responsible for supervising the promotion and activities of the Program, including overseeing graduate recruitment, admissions, and academic success; awarding fellowships and scholarships; planning and leading Strode seminars; and organizing lectures and symposia. The Director is expected to work closely with other faculty members interested in the early modern period.

 

Applicants for this position should hold a PhD in English or closely related field. Professors and advanced Associate Professors are welcome to apply; all applicants should have a publication profile consistent with appointment as a tenured Professor of English at a research institution with an established doctoral program. Applicants’ prior accomplishments in research, teaching, and mentorship should establish them as recognizable authorities in Shakespeare studies and in the broader field of British Renaissance literature. Successful candidates will have a record of organizational acumen and administrative success. Desired start date is August 16, 2016.

 

Candidates for this position must visit the University of Alabama website at http://facultyjobs.ua.edu to initiate an application and upload materials. The online application will include the following documents: a letter of application that includes descriptions of research and publication profile, teaching and student mentoring experience, and administrative experience and approach; and a resume/curriculum vitae. Three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the chair of the search committee, Professor Albert Pionke, Dept. of English, Box 870244, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0244. Applications should be received by October 15, 2015. We expect to conduct preliminary conversations with select applicants via telephone or videoconference and final interviews on campus. Prior to hiring, the final candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment background investigation.

 

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases.

 

 

 

CFP: Journal of the Wooden O

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.379  Thursday, 27 August 2015

 

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

Date:         August 26, 2015 at 7:07:51 PM EDT

Subject:    CFP: Journal of the Wooden O

 

SHAKSPER Announcement

 

FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS

Journal of the Wooden O

 

The Journal of the Wooden O is a peer-reviewed academic publication focusing on all things Shakespeare.  It is published annually by Southern Utah University Press in cooperation with the SUU Center for Shakespeare Studies and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

 

The editors invite papers on any topic related to Shakespeare, including Shakespearean texts, Shakespeare in performance, the adaptation of Shakespeare works (film, fiction, and visual and performing arts), Elizabethan and Jacobean culture and history, and Shakespeare’s contemporaries.

 

Articles published in the Journal of the Wooden O are listed in the MLA Directory of Periodicals, are indexed in MLA International Bibliography and are available on-line in full-text through EBSCO Academic Search Premiere and EBSCO International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance. 

 

Selected papers from the annual Wooden O Symposium are also considered for publication.

 

 

SUBMISSIONS: Manuscripts should follow the Chicago Manual of Style.  The deadline for submission is October 16, 2015. Authors should include all of the following information with their paper:

•     Author’s name

•     Mailing address

•     College/university affiliation (if any)

•     E-mail address

•     Daytime phone number. 

Submit electronic copy to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     (Only .doc, .docx or .rtf files will be accepted.)


For more information:

Journal of the Wooden O               

c/o Southern Utah University Press 

351 W. University Blvd.

Cedar City, UT 84720 

ph. 435-586-1955 

fax 435-865-8152 

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‘The Media Players Shakespeare, Middleton, Jonson, and the Idea of News’

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.376  Wednesday, 26 August 2015

 

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

Date:        August 26, 2015 at 11:10:44 AM EDT

Subject:    ‘The Media Players Shakespeare, Middleton, Jonson, and the Idea of News’ 

 

http://www.press.umich.edu/8178177/media_players?utm_source=UMP&utm_campaign=31f2db5ba6-Wittek&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_19d3ad4079-31f2db5ba6-259734465&mc_cid=31f2db5ba6&mc_eid=3012211cb2

 

The Media Players: Shakespeare, Middleton, Jonson, and the Idea of News

Stephen Wittek

 

News culture in England grew—not coincidentally—as a spectacular era of theatrical production and innovation reigned

 

- See more at: http://www.press.umich.edu/8178177/media_players?utm_source=UMP&utm_campaign=31f2db5ba6-Wittek&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_19d3ad4079-31f2db5ba6-259734465&mc_cid=31f2db5ba6&mc_eid=3012211cb2#sthash.1dLiXx0L.dpuf

 

Description

 

The Media Players: Shakespeare, Middleton, Jonson, and the Idea of News builds a case for the central, formative function of Shakespeare’s theater in the news culture of early modern England. In an analysis that combines historical research with recent developments in public sphere theory, Dr. Stephen Wittek argues that the unique discursive space created by commercial theater helped to foster the conceptual framework that made news possible.

 

Dr. Wittek’s analysis focuses on the years between 1590 and 1630, an era of extraordinary advances in English news culture that begins with the first instance of serialized news in England and ends with the emergence of news as a regular, permanent fixture of the marketplace. Notably, this period of expansion in news culture coincided with a correspondingly extraordinary era of theatrical production and innovation, an era that marks the beginning of commercial theater in London, and has left us with the plays of William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and Thomas Middleton.

 

“Stephen Wittek’s The Media Players offers a fine and thought-provoking account of how early modern theater contributed to a proto-public sphere, within which a discernibly modern conception of ‘news’ took shape. His acute readings of The Winter’s Tale, A Game at Chess, and The Staple of News convincingly substantiate the argument.”

 

—Richard Dutton, The Ohio State University

 

“In The Media Players, Stephen Wittek shows us how present theater was in early modern life, how thoroughly integrated it was in an emerging and burgeoning ‘news’ culture, and how theater, news, and other media combined in the production of an early modern public sphere. Whether he is discussing Habermas or A Staple of News, The Winter’s Tale, or the Hispanic crisis that prompted Middleton’s A Game at Chess, Wittek writes with a lucidity and a fluency—in the period and its various media—that are admirable.”

 

—Steven Mullaney, University of Michigan

 

Stephen Wittek is a post-doctoral fellow at McGill University, where he received his PhD in Literature.

 

See more at: http://www.press.umich.edu/8178177/media_players?utm_source=UMP&utm_campaign=31f2db5ba6-Wittek&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_19d3ad4079-31f2db5ba6-259734465&mc_cid=31f2db5ba6&mc_eid=3012211cb2#sthash.1dLiXx0L.dpuf

 

 

 

 

Nancy Pollard Brown, d. August 18 in Oxford

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.375  Wednesday, 26 August 2015

 

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

Date:         August 26, 2015 at 10:28:33 AM EDT

Subject:    Nancy Pollard Brown, d. August 18 in Oxford

 

Nancy Pollard Brown taught many students Shakespeare and other courses  at Trinity College in Washington DC from the late 1950s (I believe) to the late 1980s. She won a national teaching award from the Danforth Association, and went out of her way to help me and many other students, who remember her fondly for that as well as her brilliance and dynamism in the classroom.  She ran Trinity’s Oxford program for a while (as her nephew writes below). While at Trinity she did much research at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and had strong connections there. In an example of ecumenical spirit, though she was Anglican her research was mostly on Catholic writers in sixteenth and seventeenth-century England, such as Robert Southwell.

 

There will be a memorial for her in Oxford in St. Barnabas Church the week of August 31. For information contact her nephew and next of kin, Bob Grose, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +44 (0)1548 821018

 

Perhaps the Folger will have one as well? Perhaps combined with the college? 

 

Thank you!

 

All best wishes,

Marianne Novy (Trinity class of 1965)

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Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh

 

 

 

 

World Shakespeare Bibliography PhD Fellowship

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.374  Tuesday, 25 August 2015

 

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

Date:         August 24, 2015 at 4:44:20 PM EDT

Subject:    World Shakespeare Bibliography PhD Fellowship

 

The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online is pleased to announce a PhD fellowship (also posted here: http://www.worldshakesbib.org/intro/graduate_fellowship.html)

 

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online PhD Student Fellowship

The World Shakespeare Bibliography is seeking doctoral fellows interested in early modern literature and/or digital humanities. 

 

The selected fellow will be an incoming PhD student in English at Texas A&M University. The World Shakespeare Bibliography PhD fellow will serve as a graduate research assistant in the English Department at Texas A&M, which pays a monthly stipend and includes health insurance. The University pays tuition for students holding fellowships and assistantships.

 

The World Shakespeare Bibliography PhD fellow will work for the World Shakespeare Bibliography for one year. The fellowship is for nine months, with a strong likelihood of summer support. After the first year, students will be shifted to a graduate teaching assistantship in the English Department, at the same funding level. Students are also eligible for many additional funding opportunities, through the English Department, the College of Liberal Arts, the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, Cushing Memorial Library and Archives and the Melbern C. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research). Graduate assistantships are renewable for a total of five years, contingent on good progress toward the degree.

 

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to learn about the cutting edge of Shakespeare scholarship and will gain work experience in a longstanding global digital humanities project. Fellows will have the opportunity to work in a vibrant department with strengths in early modern studies and digital humanities. World Shakespeare Bibliography fellows will be encouraged to take advantage of the rare book collection at the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives and opportunities available through the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture. The World Shakespeare Bibliography PhD fellow will be eligible to apply for funded conference travel, a student exchange to Aberystwyth, Wales, and further training programs such as the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. Texas A&M is a member of the Folger Institute Consortium, and our students and staff regularly participate in Folger Shakespeare Library events.

 

Ideal applicants will be strong academic candidates with interest in early modern studies and/or digital humanities. Basic computer skills required: specific training will be given upon arrival. The strongest candidates will be self-motivated, detail-oriented students looking forward to gaining new research skills. Second languages are helpful but not required.

 

To apply, please complete the application for Texas A&M’s PhD in English (information here). In your statement of purpose, please include a sentence that indicates your interest in applying for the World Shakespeare Bibliography PhD fellowship. Please append a 150-word paragraph detailing why you would be a good candidate for the fellowship and why it appeals to you. Applications are due 15 December 2016 for fall 2016 admission and start of fellowship.

 

If you have questions about graduate study in English at Texas A&M University, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have questions about the World Shakespeare Bibliography, please contact 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 share with all who might be interested.   

 

Thanks!

 

Dr. Laura Estill

Assistant Professor of English

Texas A&M University

Editor, World Shakespeare Bibliography

www.worldshakesbib.org

 

 

Great New Shakespeare Resource

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.372  Monday, 24 August 2015

 

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

Date:         August 22, 2015 at 12:29:36 PM EDT

Subject:    Great New Shakespeare Resource

 

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Clear Shakespeare, a word-by-word podcast for teachers, students, readers, directors and performers of Shakespeare’s plays.

 

The first batch includes an hour-long introduction to Shakespeare’s world and theater, as well as the long and complicated path his works took over the last 400 years. It also includes a 9-part breakdown of Hamlet, defining difficult words and syntax, highlight unusual diction and poetic devices, and adding historical and cultural context. New plays will be added in the coming months and years. You can find all those podcasts at http://clearshakespeare.com/podcasts/.

 

I hope you’ll take the time to listen to and enjoy Clear Shakespeare, and to use it with your classes and theater companies. Please don’t hesitate to write if you have questions or comments on the project.

 

Regards,

Akiva Fox

 

 

 

“Doing” Shakespeare: The Plays in the Theater”

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.371  Monday, 24 August 2015

 

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

Date:         August 23, 2015 at 3:39:26 PM EDT

Subject:    “Doing” Shakespeare: The Plays in the Theater”

 

2015 SHAKESPEARE COLLOQUIUM AT FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY

 

“Doing” Shakespeare: The Plays in the Theater” is the topic of the 2015 annual Shakespeare Colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson’s Florham campus on Saturday, October 24, from 9:30-3:30 p.m.  Speaker are professors Donovan Sherman (Seton Hall University), Sidney R. Homan (University of Florida), Cary Mazer (University of Pennsylvania), and Nancy Selleck (UMass Lowell).  

 

The colloquiums have been organized since 1992 by Harry Keyishian, Professor Emeritus of English at Fairleigh Dickinson University. They are open to the public and free of charge. New Jersey teachers may receive professional development credit for their participation.

 

Donovan Sherman’s topic is “Timely Knowing: Intimate Reading in Cymbeline.” He will consider the many ways characters in the play mis-read both texts and each other. Sidney R. Homan shares his experiences as a director in his talk, titled “Those Seemingly Simple Moments in Shakespeare That Aren’t Really So Simple.”  Cary Mazer discusses “doubleness” in Shakespeare, when there is a difference between how characters are written and how they are understood by audiences.  In her talk, “Direct Address: Shakespeare’s Audience as Scene Partner,” Nancy Selleck demonstrates what happens when the playwright makes his audience his “scene partner.”  She will be joined by FDU actors Jenna Cormey and Michael Gardiner. 

 

The Colloquiums are supported by the Columbia University Seminar on Shakespeare, by Fairleigh Dickinson University, and by private donations. 

 

The event takes place in Room S-11 of the Science Building, which is handicap-accessible. Lunch may be purchased at the school cafeteria. Registration is not required, but is appreciated. You may contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register or for questions, or call 973-433-8711, or write Harry Keyishian, GH2, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison NJ 07940. 

 

Harry Keyishian

Director 

Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

Professor Emeritus, Department of Literature, Language, Writing, and Philosophy 

Fairleigh Dickinson University

 

Revised CFP for #Bard

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.367  Friday, 21 August 2015

 

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

Date:         August 20, 2015 at 11:34:54 AM EDT

Subject:    Revised CFP for #Bard

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Shakespeare Quarterly Special Issue, Fall 2016

#Bard: Shakespeare and the History of Media

Guest Editor: Douglas M. Lanier, University of New Hampshire

 

From the printing of play quartos to the development of Shakespeare apps, the history of Shakespeare and the history of media have been intimately entwined in a feedback loop of considerable cultural and technological influence. With the emergence of each new media format, the objects of our study (poet, playwright, playtext, promptbook, screenplay, etc.) morph—sometimes unpredictably—into things both various and new. 

 

This special issue, guest edited by Shakespeare Quarterly Board Member Douglas Lanier, will investigate the myriad linkages between Shakespeare and the history of media with topics that might include the following: Shakespeare and the future of media; digital Shakespeare; Shakespeare data collection; Shakespeare, media, and the formation of community; Shakespeare and theater/movie/television technology; Shakespeare in 140 characters; Shakespeare and revisionist approaches to media history (post-McLuhan); Shakespeare as “transmedia” artist; autopoietic Shakespeare; Shakespeare and the history of photographic reproduction; Shakespearean mash-ups/samplings/applications.

In order to publish a variety of approaches to the topic, we ask that submitted papers be 7,500 words in length including notes. The deadline for submission is January 1, 2016. Papers selected from those submitted will be published in Shakespeare Quarterly in Fall 2016. Please submit your essay online through Editorial Manager and select “#Bard” from the drop-down menu in the “Article Type” field. We strongly encourage authors to consider incorporating images, audio clips, and video clips in their articles. Should you have this kind of supplemental material, please so indicate in the “Enter Comments” field in Editorial Manager, and we will contact you with additional submission instructions. Please direct questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Jennifer Linhart Wood, Ph.D.

Editorial Associate

Shakespeare Quarterly

Folger Shakespeare Library

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

 

 

 

CFP: Premodern Disorder (a graduate student conference)

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.363  Wednesday, 19 August 2015

 

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

Date:         Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 8:24 AM

Subject:    CFP: Premodern Disorder (a graduate student conference)

 

Please share the following announcement widely.

 

 

Premodern Disorder

 

GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute (MEMSI) Grad Student 

Conference at the George Washington University: 

Friday, February 26th, 2016.

 

Keynote Speakers: Sharon Kinoshita and Drew Daniel

 

Foucault famously defines order as “that which is given in things as their inner law, the hidden network that determines the way they confront one another, and also that which has no existence except in the grid created by a glance, an examination, a language; and it is only in the blank spaces of this grid that order manifests itself in depth as though already there, waiting in silence for the moment of its expression” (The Order of Things). For Foucault, the great order of the premodern episteme was similitude, equivalence, a God-ordained map that could apply as commensurately to the stars in the sky as to the lives of humans and animals. And yet, were these affinities and similitudes always so readily apparent to medieval and early modern peoples? Did an epistemology of an ordered cosmos police everyday life, make sense of quotidian activity? Or were there disturbances, disruptions, deviations from the ordained that resisted such simple mapping? Has contemporary scholarship excavated slippages in taxonomies and ladders of being, or identified movements across space and time that seem to resist formerly held historical reckonings?

 

Premodern Disorder seeks to assemble scholarship that examines the ruptures and aporias within a divinely ordered cartography:  failures of taxonomies, outbreaks of disorder, and manifestations of the incomprehensible. How did medieval and early modern people treat objects and bodies that resisted their schemas for classification? In what ways did premodern art respond to questions of transnationalism, provincialism, cross-cultural contact and geopolitics? How did the bourgeois experience commerce when “Capitalism” was only an inchoate specter haunting the rapidly expanding market? What do we make of the transition from medieval dreams of the apocalypse as salvific to Renaissance depictions of the end-of-times as a chaotic furor and the end of all knowledge?

 

This symposium hopes to showcase papers from graduate students that address the question of disorder in the premodern period. Topics could include: 

  • Affect, emotion, and humoral theory
  • Translation, globalization, and cultural-contact
  • Apocalypse and catastrophe; or premodern ecologies
  • Taxonomies, animality, agentic objects
  • Disability, sickness, monstrosity
  • Economics, politics, and religion
  • Waste and dirt; or cleanliness and the home
  • Reconsiderations of allegory and utopianism
  • The structuring and performance of the academy, then and now

We invite graduate students from all disciplines to present papers approximately 15 minutes in length. We also welcome unconventional presentations that still adhere to the time limit of 15 minutes. Pre-arranged panels or roundtable discussions are also welcome, so long as the panel does not exceed one hour.

 

If you would like to submit an abstract to Premodern Disorder at the George Washington University, please send an abstract of 300-500 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NO LATER THAN October 15th, 2015. If you would like to suggest a panel, please include abstracts for all participating speakers of the panel. 

 

For more information, please visit our website: https://premoderndisorder.wordpress.com/

 

-- 

GW MEMSI

The Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute of the George Washington University

www.gwmemsi.com

 

Hiatus Upcoming

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.359  Monday, 3 August 2015

 

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

Date:         Monday, August 3, 2015

Subject:    Hiatus Upcoming

 

Dear SHAKSPER Subscriber,

 

I leave early Wednesday morning for a retreat at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Massachusetts. I will return by the 17th, so keep submissions coming and I will handle them when I return since I will be without Internet access.

 

Hardy 

 

 

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