Shakespeare and the Digital World: Redefining Scholarship and Practice
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.266 Thursday, 5 June 2014
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014
Subject: Shakespeare and the Digital World: Redefining Scholarship and Practice
I would like to announce the electronic publication of Christie Carson’s and Peter Kirwan’s Shakespeare and the Digital World: Redefining Scholarship and Practice. I bought it for my Kindle today. The hardcover and paperback are scheduled for publication on July 31, 2014.
The book may be of interested to subscribers of SHAKSPER. I might add that SHAKSPERean Peter Holland has an essay “Shakespeare in virtual communities” that has some kind words for SHAKSPER at its best.
Shakespeare and the Digital World: Redefining Scholarship and Practice [Kindle Edition] Hardcover and Paperback available July 31, 2014
Christie Carson (Editor), Peter Kirwan (Editor)
Due to the unique cultural capital of his works, Shakespeare has long been the test subject for new methods and digital advances in arts scholarship. Shakespeare sits at the forefront of the digital humanities—in archiving, teaching, performance and editing - impacting on scholars, theatres and professional organisations alike. The pace at which new technologies have developed is unprecedented (and the pressure to keep up is only growing). This book offers seventeen new essays that assess the opportunities and pitfalls presented by the twenty-first century for the ongoing exploration of Shakespeare. Through contributions from a broad range of scholars and practitioners, including case studies from those working in the field, the collection engages with the impact of the digital revolution on Shakespeare studies. By assessing and mediating this sometimes controversial digital technology, the book is relevant to those interested in the digital humanities as well as to Shakespeare scholars and enthusiasts.
This collection critically assesses the opportunities and pitfalls presented by recent digital advances in Shakespeare studies. Featuring contributions from archivists, scholars, teachers, publishers, arts practitioners and digital innovators, this collection is relevant to those interested in the digital humanities as well as to Shakespeare scholars and enthusiasts.
Christie Carson is Reader in Shakespeare and Performance in the Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the co-editor of The Cambridge King Lear CD-ROM: Text and Performance Archive (Cambridge University Press, 2000), Shakespeare’s Globe: A Theatrical Experiment (with Farah Karim-Cooper, Cambridge University Press, 2008), Shakespeare in Stages: New Theatre Histories (with Christine Dymkowski, Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Shakespeare Beyond English: A Global Experiment (with Susan Bennett, Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Peter Kirwan is Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama at the University of Nottingham. He was an Associate Editor for Collaborative Plays by Shakespeare and Others (2013) and he has published widely on the history of the Shakespeare Apocrypha and contemporary Shakespearean performance. His interest is in the intersection between textual, performance and media cultures.
Notes on contributors
Shakespeare and the digital world: Introduction
Christie Carson and Peter Kirwan
Part I Defining current digital scholarship and practice: Shakespeare research in the digital age
1 Shakespeare in the digital humanities
2 Getting back to the library, getting back to the body
Bruce R. Smith
3 Sensing the past: Tablets and early modern scholarship
4 Webs of engagement
Part II Defining current digital scholarship and practice: Shakespeare pedagogy and the digital age
5 Internal and external Shakespeare: Constructing the twenty-first-century classroom
6 Shakespeare at a distance
Sarah Grandage and Julie Sanders
7 ‘All great Neptune’s ocean’: iShakespeare and play in a transatlantic context
Sheila T. Cavanagh and Kevin A. Quarmby
8 ‘From the table of my memory’: Blogging Shakespeare in/ out of the classroom
Half-time: A pause for reflection
9 All’s well that ends Orwell
Part III Redefining the boundaries and practices of Shakespeare studies online: Publishing and academic identity
10 Unlocking scholarship in Shakespeare studies: Gatekeeping, guardianship and open-access journal publication
11 Living with digital incunables, or a ‘good-enough’ Shakespeare text
12 Shakespeare in virtual communities
13 Gamekeeper or poacher? Personal blogging/ public sharing
Part IV Redefining the boundaries and practices of Shakespeare studies online: Communication and performance
14 Changing a culture with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: Championing freedom and democracy
Paul Edmondson and A. J. Leon
15 Developing a digital strategy: Engaging audiences at Shakespeare’s Globe
16 The impact of new forms of public performance
17 Creating a critical model for the twenty-first century
Conclusion: Digital dreaming
Christie Carson and Peter Kirwan
SHAKSPER’s Future: Looking for Volunteers for SHAKSPER Features and Assistant/Associate Editors
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.251 Wednesday, 28 May 2014
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Subject: SHAKSPER’s Future: Looking for Volunteers for SHAKSPER Features and Assistant/Associate Editors
Dear SHAKSPER Subscribers,
SHAKSPER has been a part of my life for 25 years, and for all but the first year and a half I have been its editor/moderator. I have no plans to step down at any time in the near future, but I would like to leave it in good hands when I do. Increasingly, I am also pursuing other interests, academic and non-academic.
Currently, SHAKSPER is being “hosted” by Ron Severdia (who designed the new web presence) on the PlayShakespeare.com sever, so even if I am hit by a bus tomorrow, SHAKSPER will still exist. Tanya Gough, who designed the SHAKSPER Facebook page, is an administrator of it, so it too will continue to exist. If something were to happen to me, I have two advisory boards that I hope will decide if SHAKSPER is still viable and will seek a person or persons to continue its work.
I am increasingly aware that as much as I might wish otherwise I cannot do all that I would like to keep SHAKSPER up-to-date.
In particular, I am concerned with the future of some of the scholarly resources on the web site. I don’t feel as if I have the energy to work with them since I want to spend my scholarly time working other projects, some longstanding, but I feel them sufficiently important to warrant that some of them be updated or continued if possible.
I am currently seeking volunteers to take responsibility for some of these with the long-term view of perhaps finding a successor among these volunteers. My younger daughter has one more year of college, and I plan to be taking breaks, some long and for which I will not have computer access. So at some point, I would like to train one or more persons to who might be able to take over from me during my absences, but let me not get ahead of myself.
Shakespeare on the Internet Guide has not been updated in about five years. Someone has been recruited to update it and its links and will be working on it this summer: <http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/shakespeare-on-the-internet>
Shakespeare Spinoffs/Character Bibliography: These lists (found in the Reference files section of Scholarly Resources) were very popular during the early days of SHAKSPER but have not been updated since around the late 1990s. Someone has shared her up-to-date list of similar titles with me to be combined with the existing lists, but she is not interested in undertaking that task herself. Is there anyone who would volunteer to combine the older Spinoffs and Character bibliographies with the new one I have. This actually is a fun job if anyone has the time or interest. <http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/reference-files>
Shakespeare Plays and Festivals: I started this last summer from available resources. When I was a contributing editor to the Shakespeare Newsletter I compiled a similar list for some years. Is there anyone who is interested in updating this list for this year? <http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/shakespeare-festivals-and-plays>
Pedagogy: Teaching Resources: At present, this section of the web site contains only resources that I have used or made available. Pedagogy is a hot topic. I would like to recruit someone as an Assistant Editor who would be in charge of developing further this section of the web site: <http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/pedagogy-teaching-resources> Is anyone interested?
The SHAKSPER Book Reviews has been fallow for sometime now through no one’s fault. There is a Book Review Panel and I am looking for anyone who might wish to take the initiative and revitalize it. If the person would be interested in a limited commitment that is fine, but someone is interested in a long-term commitment of more than a year, I would offer the position as an assistant editor.
SHAKSPER Roundtable Discussions: I found these very interesting at the time but they did involve a tremendous amount of work. Again, if anyone is interested either for a single Roundtable or to act as an assistant editor in charge of this area, pleases let me know. <http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/roundtable-discussions>
New assistant professors or graduate students are obvious choices to volunteer for these tasks, but everyone is busy with one thing or another and SHAKSPER is probably not as “sexy” as other activities. I hope that I am wrong and these inquires will bring some new blood to SHAKSPER.
I appreciate greatly any thoughts or responses of the members.
Managing Director - Job Opening
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.245 Saturday, 24 May 2014
From: Jesse Berger <
Date: May 24, 2014 at 11:14:35 AM EDT
Subject: Managing Director - Job Opening
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are looking for a fantastic new Managing Director of Red Bull Theater.
The job description is attached. Please feel free to apply if it’s right for you or forward to anyone you know who might be interested.
Red Bull Theater
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Job Description: Red Bull Theater Manager
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.242 Wednesday, 21 May 2014
From: Gabriel Egan <
Date: May 20, 2014 at 5:38:33 PM EDT
Subject: Garrick and Shakespeare
SHAKSPERians with access to London might be interested in the conference ‘Garrick and Shakespeare’ at Kingston University next month. The programme is as follows.
GARRICK AND SHAKESPEARE
A CONFERENCE HOSTED BY KINGSTON UNIVERSITY AT THE ROSE THEATRE KINGSTON-UPON-THAMES AND GARRICK’S SHAKESPEARE TEMPLE
JUNE 25-27 2014
Actor, manager, playwright, versifier, philosophical correspondent: David Garrick excelled in many parts, and was possibly both the most praised and vilified cultural figure of his age. Authors whose plays he rejected and performers he refused to employ were certainly not sparing in their attacks. ‘Garrick and Shakespeare’ will therefore not only focus on his achievements as a Shakespeare interpreter and impresario, but also re-examine Garrick’s controversial reputation, unprecedented celebrity status, and enduring influence as an arts administrator.
GARRICK AND SHAKESPEARE
Wednesday June 25 2014 7pm
The Rose Theatre
2014 GARRICK LECTURE
Followed by a drinks reception
Thursday June 26 9.30am
The Rose Theatre
MICHAEL DOBSON (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)
‘The Memory of Garrick and the Dream of a National Theatre’
Subhajit Sen Gupta: ‘History Undone: Garrick’s Revision of Macbeth’
Varsha Panjwani: ‘Shakespeare and Garrick as Collaborators: The Two Noble Kinsmen and The Clandestine Marriage’
James Harriman-Smith: ‘”Why can I not see you act the terrible passages of this admirable tragedy!”: David Garrick and Jean-Francois Ducis’
1pm: Lunch Break
THE FIRST CELEBRITY
Ewan Fernie: ‘Garrick, Liberty, Germany’
Leslie Ritchie: ‘The Anonymous David Garrick’
Patricia Philippy: ‘The Poet in Stone: Garrick’s Temple and Southwark Cathedral’
Garrick’s Temple, Hampton
5pm: A Musical Entertainment
7.30pm: The Teddington Players: The Celebrated Mr Garrick
Friday June 27 9.30am
NORMA CLARKE (Kingston University)
‘All Grub Street was Preparing its Advice’
GARRICK AS MANAGER
David Worrall: ‘Garrick and Noise: Auditorium Disturbances at Drury Lane’
Georgina Lock: 'Conversations with the Town: Garrick's Prologues, Epilogues and Afterpieces'
Melanie Bigold: 'Garrick’s Shakespeare Marginalia'
1pm: Lunch Break
Irene Morra: ‘Garrick, Shakespeare, and Opera’
Omaya Ibrahim Khalifa: ‘Adaptations of The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Garrick, AlQady and Ghazy’
Rob Gossedge: ‘Garrick’s Masque of King Arthur’
Will Summers: ‘Music, landscape, dance: Garrick’s role’
PETER HOLLAND (University of Notre Dame)
‘A Critic, A Gentleman, and Two Jubilees’
Strada Restaurant, Kingston-upon-Thames
9.00pm: Film World Premiere:
The Rose Theatre
Miss in Her Teens starring Simon Callow
For further information and registration:
+44 (0)20 8417 9000 x 628
Closure of the Institute of English Studies
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.241 Wednesday, 21 May 2014
From: Henry Woudhuysen <
Date: May 20, 2014 at 4:48:43 PM EDT
Subject: Closure of the Institute of English Studies
You may have heard about the proposed closure of the Institute of English Studies which is part of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. The attached document gives a little more background. A Steering Group to oppose this has been set up, co-chaired by Professor Anne Varty (Head of the Department of English at Royal Holloway University of London) and Professor Gordon Campbell, DLitt, FBA (Professor of Renaissance Studies at Leicester University). The Steering Group (of which I am a member) has set up a website at http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/professor-sir-adrian-smith-abandon-the-recommendation-to-break-up-the-institute-of-english-studies-2 in the form of a petition calling for this decision to be stopped. I am attaching a brief document that gives some further information on the subject and some links that may be of interest. We very much hope that you will be able to give us your support by signing the petition, by writing to the Vice-Chancellor and by passing this message on to interested parties.
On behalf of the Save the IES Steering Group
Professor Anne Varty (Head of the Department of English Royal Holloway University of London)
Professor Gordon Campbell DLitt, FBA (Professor of Renaissance Studies, University of Leicester)
The Institute of English Studies and the University of London’s ‘Recommendation’
On Thursday, 15 May 2014, Professor Roger Kain, the Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, announced ‘the University’s formal response to the news that HEFCE funding for SAS will be cut by 3% with effect from 2014–15’. This response had been decided on the previous day by the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group (VCEG) who recommended ‘a concentration of funding into a smaller number of institutes’. In effect, part of the academic activity of the Institute of English Studies (IES) will be merged with the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) to create a centre for Palaeography and the History of the Book; part will be merged with the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) to create a centre for Comparative Literature; and the Science and Music activity of the Institute of Musical Research (IMR) will be merged with the Institute of Philosophy’s Centre for the Study of the Senses. Although this document is concerned with the IES, the future of the IMR is also a matter of deep concern.
The VCEG is an administrative, non-academic body that reached its decision about the IES without consulting those involved in the Institute’s work or those representing English as a very large national and international subject community. The decision is sudden, arbitrary, and ill-thought out. Interviews for the post of the new Director of the IES had been scheduled for 7 May and were cancelled at the last minute.
The IES was founded in 1999 but dates back to the Centre for English Studies which was created in 1991. Part of the Institute’s mission is to ‘Promote advanced study and research in English Studies in the wider national and international academic community’. It has consistently fulfilled this aim: by organizing conferences (currently 25 each year) and seminar series (currently, around 40, with at least 6 sessions each year); by a non-stipendiary visiting fellowships programme (12 visitors a year); and by collaborations with some 60 organizations and societies. It also runs the T. S. Eliot International Summer School and the London Rare Books School and Palaeography Summer School. In the recent past, it has raised around £5m, and has been the home to major projects with partners such as the AHRC, the British Library, OUP, and Faber. The projects include: editions of Francis Bacon, John Ford, and T.S. Eliot; the Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts, 1450-1700; digital projects relating to medieval MSS; The Irish Book in the 20th Century; the Reading Experience Database; The History of OUP; and other projects on writing, publishing and scholarly editing, including A Publishing and Communications History of the Ministry of Information, 1939-45. In addition, the IES established a pioneering MA in the History of the Book. The Institute’s work is clearly carried out at national and international levels.
If the VCEG’s recommendations are accepted, much of this activity will cease, not least its vital role in training younger scholars. What is proposed is a direct assault on the value and integrity of the Institute and of English studies as a discipline. Book History will not find its natural home in the IHR: in the UK, Historical Bibliography is a core discipline within English Studies. Nor will a Centre for Comparative Literature in the IMLR (which rightly has its own sense of that subject) accommodate the vast range of Research Seminar activity in English Language and Literature. Almost all of what has been most valuable in the IES’s work during the last quarter century or so will disappear.
Those who object to the recommendation can seek to stop or delay it: by writing to Professor Smith (
) – a specimen form of words is available via the petition website; by raising the issue with their Universities, Faculties, and Departments and with subject groups and learned societies; by responding to Matthew Reisz’s article on the subject in the THE (http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/university-of-london-plans-closure-of-institute-of-english-studies/2013382.article); by using social media(#saveIES); and by signing a petition at http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/professor-sir-adrian-smith-abandon-the-recommendation-to-break-up-the-institute-of-english-studies-2. .
News from The Globe Theatre
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.239 Tuesday, 20 May 2014
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Subject: News from The Globe Theatre
Winter 2014/15 Season at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
‘The extraordinary thing about the new indoor Jacobean theatre that is part of Shakespeare’s Globe, is that it feels as if it’s always been there and was just waiting to be uncovered.’ The Guardian
Earlier this year we opened the doors to our candlelit jewel box, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and presented what was to be a triumphant first season. The beautiful space was filled with heart-warming visions of light and shadow, of stillness and silliness, mayhem and music from across centuries and continents.
Extreme love is at the heart of our new winter season while we also use the Playhouse to explore further the repertory beyond Shakespeare. The early theatre had a taste for psychological intensity, and these plays do not disappoint.
Those of you who have experienced the Playhouse already will know what an intoxicating cocktail of sensual pleasure awaits. For those who have not visited yet, we urge you to join us in this delightful space.
Opening the second Sam Wanamaker Playhouse season is the first of two plays by John Ford. ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore enters challenging moral territory as the infamous tale of incestuous lust and obsessive revenge plays out with a disturbing lack of judgement.
Continuing John Ford’s exploration of the darkest recesses of the human psyche is The Broken Heart, a brilliantly nuanced story of an exalted love struggling to exist in a world of selfishness, jealousy and tawdry court politics.
Completing the trio of Jacobean tragedies is Thomas Middleton & William Rowley’s furiously dramatic The Changeling in which beautiful Beatrice-Joanna tasks her repulsive servant to murder her fiancé, only for him to demand a reward.
After delighting audiences and critics alike Adele Thomas’ hilariously uproarious depiction of Francis Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle will play again. Pauline McLynn returns as the chattering Citizen’s Wife who, along with her husband continues to break the fourth wall as they demand their apprentice Rafe take the lead role in the play they have come to see. Combining salty colloquial prose with charming songs, The Knight of the Burning Pestle was one of the first madcap, mash-up, screwball comedies to hit the English stage and the first to run not one but two plays-within-the-play simultaneously.
The Globe’s ground-breaking collaboration with The Royal Opera L’Ormindo also returns to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Audiences and critics were charmed by the intimate nature of the work, a rare opportunity to experience Baroque opera. Kasper Holten, Director of The Royal Opera, directs a production inspired by the theatrical conventions in London at the time, with music under the direction of Christian Curnyn, one of the most sought-after Baroque specialists of today.
The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will host the world premiere of Claire van Kampen’s new play Farinelli and the King. Set in eighteen-century Spain and Italy, it tells the true story of Farinelli, the world’s most famous castrato, and his decision to trade fame and fortune for a live of servitude at the court of King Philip V. Replete with beautiful arias originally sung by Farinelli, this production promises to be a feast for the ears and eyes.
Trained by the Globe’s resident experts in the craft and performance of early modern drama, The Globe Young Players are a company of specially selected talented 12 to 16-year-olds. After a brilliantly accomplished debut with The Malcontent, they return for their second production- Christopher Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage. Marlowe’s first play, inspired by Virgil’s Aeneid is an intense tale of meddling gods, public duty and tragic love played out against the aftermath of the Trojan War.
Caribbean writer Derek Walcott adapts his Nobel Prize-winning epic poem Omeros for performance in the unique Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The poem spans both time and continents, following the journey of a present-day Odysseus and a beautiful house servant Helen, who incites her own Trojan War.
The narrative is rooted on the island of Saint Lucia, Walcott’s home, and will be underscored by live music to evoke the flavour of the Caribbean.
‘No poet rivals Mr. Walcott in humour, emotional depth, lavish inventiveness in language or in the ability to express the thoughts of his characters’
The New York Times Book Review
Globe in Cinemas
BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Prospero, Duke of Milan, usurped and exiled by his own brother, holds sway over an enchanted island. He is comforted by his daughter Miranda and served by his spirit Ariel and the deformed slave Caliban. When Prospero raises a storm to wreck this perfidious brother and his confederates on the island, his long contemplated revenge at last seems within reach.
Imbued with a spirit of magic and the supernatural, The Tempest is Shakespeare’s late great masterpiece of forgiveness, generosity and enlightenment.
Jeremy Herrin’s previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes 2011’s much loved Much Ado About Nothing.
Roger Allam won the Olivier Award for best actor for his role as Falstaff in Henry IV parts 1 & 2 at the Globe in 2010. Other recent credits include The Thick of It (BBC) and Tamara Drewe (Film).
Colin Morgan is best known for playing Merlin in the long running BBC series Merlin.
In UK cinemas from 28 May 2014.
Coming soon to North America, Australasia and Europe.
Director: Jeremy Herrin
Designer: Max Jones
Composer: Stephen Warbeck
Cast: Roger Allam, Jason Baughan, Jessie Buckley, Sam Cox, Pip Donaghy, Trevor Fox, Peter Hamilton Dyer, James Garnon, Joshua James, William Mannering, Colin Morgan, Matthew Raymond, Sarah Sweeney, Amanda Wilkin.
Running time: 169 mins inc. 15 min interval
BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife choose to become the instruments of their fate and to kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan. But to maintain his position, Macbeth must keep on killing – first Banquo, his old comrade-in-arms; then, as the atmosphere of guilt and paranoia thickens, anyone who seems to threaten his tyrant’s crown.
From its mesmerising first moments to the last fulfilment of the witches’ prophecy, Shakespeare’s gripping account of the profoundest engagement with the forces of evil enthrals the imagination.
In UK cinemas from 25 June 2014.
Coming soon to North America, Australasia and Europe.
Director: Eve Best
Designer: Mike Britton
Composer: Olly Fox
Cast: Moyo Akandé, Geoff Aymer, Bette Bourne, Stuart Bowman, Billy Boyd, Jonathan Chambers, Philip Cumbus, Gawn Grainger, Harry Hepple, Joseph Millson, Jess Murphy, Colin Ryan, Cat Simmons, Samantha Spiro, Finty Williams.
Running time: 155 mins inc. 15 min interval
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius – but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia… When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies.
Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface.
Michelle Terry won the 2011 Olivier Award for her portrayal of Sylvia in Tribes (Royal Court). Michelle returns to the Globe having previously played the Princess of France in Love’s Labour's Lost (2007).
In UK cinemas from 15 July 2014.
Coming soon to North America, Australasia and Europe.
Director: Dominic Dromgoole
Designer: Jonathan Fensom
Composer: Claire van Kampen
Cast: Huss Garbiya, Tala Gouveia, Tom Lawrence, John Light, Christopher Logan, Molly Logan, Sarah MacRae, Fergal McElherron, Edward Peel, Pearce Quigley, Stephanie Racine, Olivia Ross, Joshua Silver, Matthew Tennyson, Michelle Terry, Luke Thompson.
Running time: 182 mins inc. 15 min interval
Fiasco Theater’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.237 Thursday, 15 May 2014
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Subject: Fiasco Theater’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Last night, I saw the amazing Fiasco Theater’s six-person version of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Two Gents is not one of my favorite Shakespeares to say the least; in fact, it is right down there in the cellar with Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice as one of the few Shakespeare plays that I find nearly impossible to have a satisfactory experience with. However, Fiasco Theater pulled it off, milking every joke in the text and then some. As one would expect Crab stole the show. Instead of a “real” dog, Crab was played by a convincingly real Zachery Fine (AKA Valentine). As Crab, Fine’s expressions and actions reminded me of the loveable but mischievous dogs in the Saturday morning cartoons of my childhood. One of the funniest bits was when Lance (Andy Grotelueschen) commanded Crab to fetch a ball, or was it balls, from Speed (Paul L. Coffey)—delicacy forbids my describing this bit any further. Proteus was played by Noah Brody, one of the three founders and co-directors with Jessie Austrian (Julia) and Ben Steinfeld (who will appear in Cymbeline). To complete the company, Emily Young was a fine Sylvia and Lucetta. There was much music and song in a wholly enjoyable and satisfying production. I look forward to the company’s Cymbeline in a few weeks.
[EMLS] New Issue Published
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.235 Thursday, 15 May 2014
From: Andrew Duxfield <
Date: May 15, 2014 at 3:33:23 PM EDT
Subject: [EMLS] New Issue Published
Dear readers and contributors,
Early Modern Literary Studies has just published its latest issue at https://extra.shu.ac.uk/emls/journal/index.php/emls. We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest.
Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,
Dr Andrew Duxfield (on behalf of the EMLS editorial team)
Sheffield Hallam University
Early Modern Literary Studies
Vol 17, No 1 (2014)
Table of Contents
Heywood, Henslowe and Hercules: Tracking 1 and 2 Hercules in Heywood’s Silver and Brazen Ages
Turning the Tables on Bacon: Computer-Assisted Baconian Philology
Milton’s Image of the Tartar: ‘Global Leviathan’ vs. ‘Global Commonwealth’
Milton's Aevum : The Time Structure of Grace in Paradise Lost
‘Mr Pett’ Identified? A Forgotten Early Modern Playwright
Philippa Kelly, The King and I (London: Bloomsbury, 2011)
Tim Fitzpatrick, Playwright, Space and Place in Early Modern Performance: Shakespeare and Company (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011)
David Loewenstein and Paul Stevens, eds, Early Modern Nationalism and Milton’s England (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008)
Sean Lawrence, Forgiving the Gift: The Philosophy of Generosity in Shakespeare and Marlowe (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2012)
Holly Faith Nelson
Tom MacFaul, Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England: Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne and Jonson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
Erin A. McCarthy
Chris Stamatakis, Sir Thomas Wyatt and the Rhetoric of Rewriting: ‘Turning the Word’ (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)
Frances Cruickshank, Verse and Poetics in George Herbert and John Donne (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010)
King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Cymbeline , presented by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, February-November 2013
Twelfth Night presented by Propeller at the Hampstead Theatre, July 2, 2013
Othello, presented by the Royal National Theatre at the Olivier Theatre, July 4, 2013
Coriolanus, presented by the Shakespeare Theatre Company at Sidney Harmon Hall, Washington, DC, March 28 - June 2, 2013
The Duchess of Malfi, presented by Eyestrings Theatre at the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury (touring), 9th October 2013
Early Modern Literary Studies
Register as an Auditor for the Sixteenth British Graduate Shakespeare Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.234 Wednesday, 14 May 2014
From: British Graduate Shakespeare Conference <
Date: May 14, 2014 at 7:02:52 AM EDT
Subject: Register as an Auditor for the Sixteenth British Graduate Shakespeare Conference
On behalf of the committee for the British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, I would like to warmly invite you to attend our Sixteenth Conference as an Auditor this summer on the 5th-7th June.
Registration closes on the 23rd May—to avoid paying a late fee, make sure you register before this date!
Please find all the information you need below, I look forward to welcoming you this June to this fantastic conference at The Shakespeare Institute.
British Graduate Shakespeare Conference
Sixteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference
5th – 7th June 2014
The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
We invite Graduate students with interests in Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies to join us in June for the Sixteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference.
This interdisciplinary conference, celebrating its sixteenth anniversary in 2014, provides a friendly and 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 scholarship in 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 David Crystal (University of Wales, Bangor), Richard Buckley (University of Leicester Archaeological Services), Ewan Fernie (Shakespeare Institute), Tony Howard (University of Warwick), Grace Ioppolo (University of Reading), Simon Palfrey (University of Oxford), and Anna Marsland from the RSC. A round table discussion about Shakespeare’s collaborative plays will be led by Peter Kirwan (University of Nottingham) and Will Sharpe (University of Birmingham).
Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend two RSC productions: Henry IV Part II, directed by Gregory Doran, and starring Antony Sher as Falstaff, and The Roaring Girl, part of the Roaring Girls season, both at a group-booking price. Lunch will be provided on each day, and we will be hosting a party and a reception for the delegates.
The deadline for registering as auditors is Friday 23rd May 2014. You can still make a payment after this date, as late as on the door upon arrival at the Shakespeare Institute BUT any kind of transaction carried out after 23 MAY will be automatically qualified as Late Fee and no concessions apply.
The cost of this year’s conference is £55 for all three days, or £20 per day.
Shakespeare Institute student: £45 for all three days or £15 per day.
Shakespeare Institute alumni: £50 for all three days or £17.50 per day.
UoB College of Arts and Law undergraduate student: £50 for all three days or £17.50 per day.
The late registration fee is £70 for all three days or £25 per day. Concessions do not apply.
For more information on the conference and registration, visit: http://britgrad.wordpress.com or http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/edacs/departments/shakespeare/events/2014/britgrad2014.aspx
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CFP: Shakespeare and the Visual Arts
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.232 Monday, 12 May 2014
From: Michele Marrapodi <
Date: May 11, 2014 at 2:16:00 PM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare and the Visual Arts - Call for Papers
Call for Papers
SHAKESPEARE AND THE VISUAL ARTS:
The Italian Influence
Michele Marrapodi and Keir Elam
Critical investigation into the rubric of “Shakespeare and the visual arts” has generally focused on the influence exerted by the works of Shakespeare on a number of artists, painters, and sculptors in the course of the centuries. Drawing on the poetics of intertextuality, and profiting from the more recent concepts of cultural mobility and permeability between cultures in the early modern period, this volume will study instead the use or mention of Renaissance material arts and artists in Shakespeare’s oeuvre. Among the great variety of possible topics, contributors may like to consider:
- the impact of optics and pictorial perspective on the plays or poems;
- anamorphosis and trompe l’oeil effects on the whole range of visual representation;
- the rhetoric of “verbal painting” in dramatic and poetic discourse;
- the actual citation of classical and Renaissance artists;
- the legacy of iconographic topoi;
- the humanistic debate or Paragone of the Sister Arts;
- the use of emblems and emblematic language;
- explicit and implicit ekphrasis and ekphrastic passages in the plays or poems;
- ekphrastic intertextuality, etc.
Contributors are invited to submit proposals by 31st August 2014 to the addresses of the editors below. They should send a one-page abstract of their proposed chapter on the relationship between the age of Shakespeare and Renaissance visual culture, including theoretical approaches to the arts in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Each abstract (approx. 300 words) should include the author’s name, email, affiliation, and title of the proposed contribution.
Prof. Michele Marrapodi
University of Palermo, Italy.
Prof. Keir Elam
University of Bologna, Italy.