Announcements

New Scholarly Paper for Comments Available: “Shakespeare’s Women, Birds, and Ecocriticism” by Karoline Szatek-Tudor

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.052  Wednesday, 17 February 2016

 

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

Date:         Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Subject:    New Scholarly Paper for Comments Available: “Shakespeare’s Women, Birds, and Ecocriticism” by Karoline Szatek-Tudor

 

As a service to its members, SHAKSPER makes selected papers for which the author would like comments available for a short time on the SHAKSPER server: http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/scholarly-papers-for-comments

 

The following paper is currently available:  Women Birds Ecocriticism (Click on title to the left to download a pdf copy.)

 

“Shakespeare’s Women, Birds, and Ecocriticism” by Karoline Szatek-Tudor <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>:  

 

ABSTRACT:  “Shakespeare’s Women, Birds, and Ecocriticism"

 

Shakespeare’s plays show him to be a proto-feminist.  He may depict some women negatively—Jessica, Lady Anne, and Desdemona, to name a few—but he does so to criticize his culture’s demeaning attitude and behavior toward women.  Moreover, Shakespeare contrasts the negatively-appearing female characters against those who are strong, motivated, and independent, like Portia, Katherine, Rosalind, and even Lavinia.   As Phyllis Rackin points out in Shakespeare and Women, Shakespeare’s ladies represent the women who actually lived in early modern England.  For instance, some women worked equally as well in the fields with men, in addition to taking care of the household; others handled the estates when husbands were away, and many approached the court on their own behalf to sue for their inheritance and/or to apply to maintain both ownership and control of their own property.  In 1528 Lady Tailbois wrote to Cardinal Wosley requesting he disallow her son more control over the estate Sir George, Duke of Richmond, left her.  

 

When depicting women in his plays, Shakespeare employs a variety of methods.  He contrasts the treatment of women against the treatment of men, thereby highlighting the lack of respect many women endured during the period.  But Shakespeare also uses one other technique; he borrowed from nature.   A proto-ecofeminist himself (Clearly the term “ecofeminist” is anachronistic.) he saw the forests disappearing due to building homes and businesses, witnessed the pollution from chimneys in London, and observed the depletion of animals due to hunting, gaming, and poaching.  One aspect of nature that Shakespeare drew upon are birds, nonhuman beings the early modern English viewed as the Other.  Women were also often placed into that category—as nonhuman—as the Other.    Ecofeminist Patrick D. Murphy argues, though, that the nonhuman should be referred to as Another, rather than the Other.   The nonhuman and the human, or the animal species, are dialogically interdependent.  Shakespeare demonstrates this interdependency when his characters refer to birds in one manner or another to draw attention to the women in his plays.  Although not all the birds he specifically names in the plays refer to women, at least 50 of them do, such as the dove, the rooster, and of course, the cuckoo.   Shakespeare’s more general references include bird flight, bird feathers, bird habitats (fields, nests,etc.), and even bird songs.  Shakespeare’s citations appear in all his plays, except Julius Caesar and Timon of Athens.  The mention of birds and women appears only once each in King John, Richard II, and 2 Henry IV.  The comedies contain the most representation of birds and women.  

 

This paper will investigate which of Shakespeare’s characters speak more often of birds, the male or the female and what that suggests;  will determine whether gender and class appear in the manner in which Shakespeare relates birds to his female characters;  will analyze how the characters’ more general allusions to birds (flight, nesting, gaming) define more certainly women’s roles versus their duties in Renaissance England; and, among other points of interest, will suppose Shakespeare ‘s proto-ecofeminist position on nature and women.

 

You should send your comments directly to the author by Karoline Szatek-Tudor <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>; or if you wish, you may start a thread through the normal SHAKSPER channels by sending it to the list at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

Shakespeare Festivities in Santa Fe, Washington, and New York

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.050  Monday, 15 February 2016

 

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

Date:         February 15, 2016 at 11:32:46 AM EST

Subject:    Shakespeare Festivities in Santa Fe, Washington, and New York

 

In commemoration of Shakespeare 400, a global celebration of the playwright's life and work, the Shakespeare Guild is pleased to announce three upcoming engagements: one in Santa Fe, a second in Washington, and a third in New York. We'd love to welcome you to any of these events that prove convenient, and we encourage you to share this information with others who might find it of interest. 

 

Stephen Grant, Author of

A Biography of the Folgers

 

Friday, February 19, at 2:00 p.m.

New Mexico Museum of Art

107 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe

Admission Free, Open to the Public

 

Many people are astonished to learn that the world’s largest repository of original Shakespearean printings is to be found, not in Stratford, and not in London, but two blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington. How this came to be is the subject of a fascinating book by Stephen H. Grant, who tells the moving story of Henry and Emily Folger, a couple who married in 1885 and dedicated the rest of their lives to Collecting Shakespeare. Mr. Folger was a close associate of John D. Rockefeller, and he eventually rose to the helm of the Standard Oil Company of New York. But the passion that most deeply possessed this quiet, unassuming executive and his devoted partner was not to become widely known till April 23, 1932, when President Hoover presided over a ceremony at which the Folger Shakespeare Library was presented to the American people. Copies of Mr. Grant’s volume about the Folgers and their extraordinary legacy will be on hand for purchase and inscription.  

 

Diana Owen, Director of the

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

 

Tuesday, February 23, at 12:30 p.m. 

Woman's National Democratic Club 

1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW in DC 

Luncheon, $30; Program Only, $10

 

For generations pilgrims from around the world have made their way to such shrines as Mary Arden’s House, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, and the dwelling on Henley Street in which Shakespeare was born and reared. They’ve also visited Holy Trinity Church, where the poet was baptized in 1564 and buried in 1616. And most have reserved time for a leisurely stroll through the quiet garden of New Place, a mansion the newly prosperous dramatist acquired in 1597, and in all likelihood the setting in which he took his final breaths on April 23, 1616. A subsequent owner demolished the structure, but its foundations are now being excavated, and Diana Owen, who presides over Stratford’s most resonant sites, will report on what her organization’s archaeologists are bringing to light. She’ll also discuss a variety of global initiatives that are being coordinated by the Trust and affiliated institutions, among them a major RSC birthday gala, to be televised on April 23 by the BBC, that will star such luminaries as Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen. To reserve seating for Dr. Owen’s presentation, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..       

 

Peggy O'Brien, Educator at the

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Wednesday, February 24, at 6:00 p.m.

The National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan

Admission Free, Open to the Public

 

Continuing our focus on those who are guiding this year’s international Shakespeare 400 festivities, we’ll chat with Peggy O’Brien, who oversaw the Folger’s outreach to teachers and students during the 1980s and published an acclaimed Shakespeare Set Free series with Simon and Schuster. Building on her work at the Library, Dr. O’ Brien proceeded to a key role as Director of Educational Programs at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. From there she moved to posts with the National Cable and Telecommunications Foundation and the D.C. Public Schools before returning to the Folger in 2013 as Director of Education. Fittingly, our dialogue with Dr. O’Brien will take place in a club whose early members included Henry and Emily Folger. It housed the original Shakespeare Association of America, and that society’s Bulletin evolved into Shakespeare Quarterly, a journal whose editorial operations have long been administered by the institution the Folgers founded in Washington.    

 

See www.shakesguild.org/events.html and click on the blue links for additional detail, not only about the Speaking of Shakespeare conversations enumerated above, but about upcoming programs with Ralph Cohen, Kiernan Ryan, and Peter Holland. You’ll also fiind information there about additional Guild highlights, among them a festive Gielgud Award presentation that took place in October at London’s venerable Guildhall

 

John F Andrews, President

The Shakespeare Guild

14 Via San Martin

Santa Fe, NM 87506

1-505-988-9560

www.shakesguild.org  

 

 

 

 

Wooden O Symposium, Aug 8-10, 2016: Call For Papers

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.043  Tuesday, 8 February 2016

 

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

Date:         February 9, 2016 at 11:54:23 AM EST

Subject:    Wooden O Symposium, Aug 8-10, 2016: Call For Papers

 

SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY • CEDAR CITY, UTAH • AUGUST 8–10, 2016

 

CALL   FOR   PAPERS

 

The Wooden O Symposium is hosted by Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Scholars attending the conference will have the unique opportunity of immersing themselves in research, text, and performance in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western United States

 

The 2016 Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic related to the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. This year we are particularly interested in papers/panels that investigate our theme: Shakespeare and the New Frontier. The “New Frontier” could be anything from the American West, to the Digital Age, to new and innovative performance styles.  As always, this year’s symposium also encourages papers and panels that speak to the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2016 summer season: Much Ado about Nothing, Henry V, and Julius Caesar. 

 

The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2016. Session chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than May 15. With a 250-word abstract or session proposal please include the following information: 1) Name of presenter(s), 2) Participant category (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate, or independent scholar), 3) College/university affiliation, 4) Mailing address, 5) Email address, 6) audio/visual requirements.

 

Submit the abstract or proposal via post or e-mail to:  

 

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

 

or

 

Wooden O Symposium

c/o Utah Shakespeare Festival

351 W. Center St. 

Cedar City, UT 84720

USA

Fax: 435-865-8003                                           

 

For more information, call 435-865-8333

 

 

 

Launch of Shakespeare Documented

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.041  Monday, 8 February 2016

 

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

Date:         February 5, 2016 at 4:12:56 PM EST

Subject:    Launch of Shakespeare Documented

 

The Folger Shakespeare Library is delighted to announce the launch of Shakespeare Documented (www.shakespearedocumented.org). This online exhibition includes images, descriptions, and transcriptions of all known references and allusions to Shakespeare and his works during his lifetime and shortly thereafter. 

 

Shakespeare Documented complements the Folger’s current exhibition, “Shakespeare, Life of an Icon,” by including all items that appear in the exhibition, and about 350 items that aren’t included. These items were contributed by over 30 institutions in the U.S. and U.K. 

 

A few highlights: 

The exhibition was curated by Heather Wolfe, coordinated by Claire Dapkiewicz, and overseen by Eric Johnson, with a host of other Folger staff members and external contributors

 

Please explore the site, and share it far and wide with your friends and colleagues. 

 

Regards,

The Shakespeare Documented Team

 

Eric M. Johnson

Director of Digital Access 

Folger Shakespeare Library 

 

 

 

NEH Summer Seminar Notice

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.036  Thursday, 4 February 2016

 

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

Date:         February 4, 2016 at 1:45:21 PM EST

Subject:    NEH Summer Seminar Notice

 

SUMMER SEMINAR ON PUNISHMENT, POLITICS, AND CULTURE

Amherst College will host a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for K-12 teachers and current full time graduate students who intend to pursue a career in K-12 teaching, from June 27-July 28, 2016.  The seminar will be directed by Austin Sarat of the Departments of Political Science and Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought.  It will examine three questionsWhat is punishment and why do we punish as we do?   What can we learn about politics, law, and culture in the United States from an examination of our practices of punishment?  What are the appropriate limits of punishment?  The application deadline is March 1, 2016.  Information is available at http://www.amherst.edu/go/neh.  If you have any questions regarding the seminar or the application process, contact Megan Estes at (413)542-2380 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.*

 

Megan L. Estes Ryan

Academic Coordinator

Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought

Amherst College

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The Shakespeare Newsletter

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.035  Thursday, 4 February 2016

 

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

Date:         February 4, 2016 at 4:07:43 PM EST

Subject:    The Shakespeare Newsletter

 

NEW ISSUE OF SN

 

The Shakespeare Newsletter (SN) has just published its Fall, 2015 issue. It offers 60 pages of news and reviews--60 pages because SN will henceforth be published twice a year, in Fall and Spring. The frequency of publication has been changed but not the total number of pages offered to readers. Highlights of the new issue include Mike Jensen’s “Talking Books” feature, this time with Zachary Lesser as interlocutor; Grace Tiffany’s “Review of Periodicals”; ten book reviews—among the reviewers are Edward Pechter, Ken Tucker, and Arthur Kincaid; and a number of theatre reviews, including Druid Theatre’s first Shakespeare productions and the RSC’s recent Othello, as well as an extended overview of the 2015 season at Ashland. Check out the SN webpage {www.iona.edu.snl) for details about subscriptions. Don’t forget to take a look at SN’s Blog, “In the Glassy Margents,” where John Mahon offers a preview of a forthcoming extended review of the recent Broadway production of the award-winning West End play, King Charles III, written in blank verse and using Shakespeare’s histories and tragedies as sources for development of the plot (www.glassymargents.com).

 

 

 

Abstract Deadline for 37th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum Extended!

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.034  Thursday, 4 February 2016

 

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

Date:         February 3, 2016 at 11:16:16 PM EST

Subject:    Abstract Deadline for 37th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum Extended!

 

With apologies for cross-posting: 

 

Abstract deadline extended: Monday February 15, 2016

 

37th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum 

Keene State College 

Keene, NH, USA

Friday and Saturday April 15-16, 2016

 

Call for Papers and Sessions

“The Local and the Global in the Middle Ages”

Keynote speaker: Suzanne Conklin Akbari, University of Toronto  

 

We are delighted to announce that the 37th Medieval and Renaissance Forum will take place on April 15 and 16, 2016 at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire.  This year’s keynote speaker is Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Professor of English and Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.  Her research focuses on intellectual history and philosophy, ranging from neo-Platonism and science in the twelfth century to national identity and religious conflict in the fifteenth. Akbari's books include Seeing Through the Veil (on optics and allegory), her important and influential study on images of Islam and Muslims in medieval Europe (Idols in the East), and a book on Marco Polo.  She is currently at work on Small Change: Metaphor and Metamorphosis in Chaucer and Christine de Pizan

 

We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals on all medieval and Renaissance topics from all fields and on the reception of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

 

Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Please indicate your status (undergraduate, graduate, or faculty), affiliation (if relevant), and full contact information (address and e-mail address), on your proposal. 

 

Undergraduate sessions are welcome but require faculty sponsorship.  

 

Please submit abstracts, audio/visual needs, and full contact information to Dr. Meriem Pagès, Director. For more information please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2016

 

We look forward to greeting returning and first-time participants to Keene in April!

 

 

 

Lexicons of Early Modern English Update

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.033  Thursday, 4 February 2016

 

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

Date:         February 3, 2016 at 2:55:16 PM EST

Subject:    Lexicons of Early Modern English Update

 

Lexicons of Early Modern English now includes over 722,000 word-entries!

 

Lexicons of Early Modern English is an ever-expanding online database of historical English dictionaries, printed between 1475 and 1755. LEME offers scholars unprecedented access to early books and manuscripts documenting the growth and development of the English language.  

 

With the recent additions of the immense Latin-English text, Ortus Vocabulorum, White Kennett's very detailed etymological work, Parochial Antiquities (1695), and Nathan Bailey's 900-page Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1737), this incredible resource now boasts more than 722,000 word entries derived from 206 historical dictionaries! The addition of Ortus Vocabulorum completes LEME’s series of the four large Latin and English dictionaries in manuscript and print at the end of the fifteenth century (Promptorium Parvulorum, Catholicon Anglicum, Medulla Grammatice in Pepys MS 2002, and Ortus). 

 

Recently added to Lexicons of Early Modern English - http://bit.ly/_leme

·         Richard Recorde, Vrinal (1547)

·         Peter Levins, Manipulus Vocabulorum (1570)

·         William Thomas, Principal Rules of the Italian Grammar (1550)

·         Gazophylacium Anglorum (1689) 

·         Nathan Bailey, Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1737)

·         White Kennett, Parochial Antiquities (1695)

·         Ortus Vocabulorum (1500)

 

Coming soon to LEME

·         Benjamin Defoe, A New English Dictionary (1735)

·         Henry Hexham, A Copious English and Netherdutch Dictionary (1647): 33,000 word-entries.

 

Use Modern Techniques to Research Early Modern English!

206 searchable lexicons   

158 fully analyzed lexicons 

722,617 total word entries

520,146 fully analyzed word entries

60,891 total English modern headwords

 

LEME sets the standard for modern linguistic research on the English language. LEME provides researchers with more than 722,000 word-entries from 206 monolingual, bilingual, and polyglot dictionaries, lexical encyclopedias, hard-word glossaries, spelling lists, and lexically-valuable treatises surviving in print or manuscript from the Tudor, Stuart, Caroline, Commonwealth, and Restoration periods.

 

LEME provides exciting opportunities for research for historians of the English language. More than a half-million word-entries devised by contemporary speakers of early modern English describe the meaning of words, and their equivalents in languages such as French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and other tongues encountered then in Europe, America, and Asia.

 

For a partial bibliography of publications that employ LEME, see herehttp://bit.ly/lemebiblio

 

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February BSA Bulletin

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.021  Monday, 1 February 2016

 

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

Date:         February 1, 2016 at 4:45:14 AM EST

Subject:    BSA Members' Bulletin - February 2016

 

http://groupspaces.com/britishshakespeare/e/593803?s=5870be12&utm_medium=email&utm_source=group-mail&utm_term=group-mail-7766

 

THE BSA BULLETIN - FEBRUARY 2016

 

BSA appoints New Education Trustees

The Board is pleased to welcome two new co-opted trustees, Karen Eckersall and Chris Green, to the BSA board. Karen and Chris will be working closely with Sarah Olive, chair of the Education Committee, to help the BSA develop its Education strategy. You can find full details of the Board at the BSA People page.

 

New Honorary Fellows: Chris Grace and Dame Janet Suzman

On 7 November 2015, the BSA awarded Lifetime Honorary Fellowships to Chris Grace and Dame Janet Suzman in an event at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Janet Suzman discussed her groundbreaking work as a director and actor in conversation with Alison Findlay, and Chris Grace gave an illustrated lecture on his work in creating Shakespeare – The Animated Tales and the Shakespeare Schools Festival. For more information about the Fellows, please visit our webpage.

 

BSA Journal Volume 11 now published

Volume 11 of the BSA journal Shakespeare is now out, including special issues on ‘Adaptation and Early Modern Culture: Shakespeare and Beyond’, and ‘“Roaring Girls: The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2014 Season’ as well as two open issues with a wide range of articles, critical debates and performance reviews.

 

Recent articles published online include John V. Nance’s investigation of the authorship of 2 Henry VI and Lars Harald Maagero’s discussion of communication in a Norwegian A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Current members can subscribe to the journal – including the physical volume and full online access – at the heavily discounted price of £15. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details and missing volumes.


New BSA Education blog

On the BSA Education blog this month, Laura Louise Nicklin reviews the TECbook learning resource for Much Ado about Nothing.


Preparing for Hull 2016

The 2016 annual conference, ‘Shakespearean Transformations: Death, Life, and Afterlives’, takes place 8-11 September 2016 at the University of Hull. Please visit the conference website for full details. Highlights include Spymonkey performing The Complete Deaths at Hull Truck (all the onstage deaths in Shakespeare in one show) and a conference dinner held among the fish tanks at The Deep, one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world and home to 3,500 fish.


Disability and Shakespearean Theatre Symposium

The BSA is supporting this conference, taking place at the University of Glasgow on 20 April 2016. Attendance is FREE to BSA members in good standing. For more information, please visit the conference website.

 

Applying for funding

The BSA is able to award small amounts of money to Shakespeare-related education events, academic conferences and other activities taking place in the UK. For more information or to apply for funding, please email the Chair of the Events Committee, Susan Anderson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the Chair of the Education Committee, Sarah Olive (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

THE BSA MEMBERS’ BULLETIN

We are pleased to advertise news and activities by our members and other Shakespeare associations. If you would like to advertise a Shakespeare-related activity, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Items below are not affiliated with or endorsed by the BSA – please use individual contact details for more information.


BBC Shakespeare Archive now available to UK schools

The BBC has recently launched the BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource. This new online resource provides schools, colleges and universities across the UK with access to hundreds of BBC television and radio broadcasts of Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets and documentaries about Shakespeare. The material includes the first British televised adaptations of Othello and Henry V, classic interviews with key Shakespearean actors including John Gielgud, Judi Dench and Laurence Olivier, and more than 1000 photographs of Shakespeare productions.


‘On Shakespeare’s Sonnets’ at King’s College London

Working with King’s College London, the Arden Shakespeare and the British Council, the Royal Society of Literature has commissioned some of the country’s greatest poets to respond in verse to Shakespeare’s sonnets. Join us to celebrate the publication of the anthology, On Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A Poets’ Celebration, and listen to ten poets read and discuss their work. The reading is chaired by Shakespeare scholar Margreta de Grazia. 11 February 2016, 7pm, King’s College London.


Shakespeare and Democracy talks and workshops

Celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary with a talk or workshop by Gabriel Chanan, author of the newly published Shakespeare and Democracy (Troubador, 2015). Shakespeare’s vision of how societies hold together or break apart is startlingly relevant today, and Gabriel illustrates this through a range of tailored events exploring gender, war, subversion and democracy. For more information, please see here or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Sonnets for Schools Competition

Are you a budding bard? Do you know someone who is? Are you a teacher with a class full of young talent just waiting for a good challenge? Writers from schools all over the Portsmouth area can now become part of Much Ado about Portsmouth by writing their own sonnet and entering it in the Sonnets for Schools Competition. For more information, please visit the website. Entries must be received by 4 March 2016.

 

Shakespeare: Birmingham

Shakespeare: Birmingham organises weekly gatherings / play readings in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham (Tuesdays, 6.30-9.00pm) and monthly workshops aimed at increasing enjoyment of Shakespeare through any means possible! All are welcome to attend. For details of meetings, please visit the website at http://shakespearebirmingham.co.uk, which also lists all Shakespeare productions happening in the area.

 

Antony Sher interview at The Guardian

In a Guardian Live event in London, Sir Antony Sher offers a frank account of his struggles on and off the stage, talking about his new book, Year of the Fat Knight, his early days in South Africa and his 28-year relationship with director Greg Doran. The full recording of the event is available at the Guardian website.

 

New Books by BSA Member

BSA member Cedric Watts has two new books: Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’: A Critical Introduction (London: PublishNation, 2015), and Shakespeare’s Puzzles (London: PublishNation, 2014). Shakespeare Puzzles (‘lively … informative entertainment’, Times Literary Supplement) contains 25 puzzles ranging from ‘The Sonnets: autobiographical or fictional?’ to ‘Prospero’s Epilogue: is it really Shakespeare’s farewell?’. Cedric Watts is general editor of the Wordsworth Classics’ Shakespeare series and the author of several critical books.


Indian Shakespeares on Screen conference and film festival in London

‘Indian Shakespeares on Screen’ examines the full influence of Shakespeare in Indian cinema. The project will include a major international conference and exhibition at Asia House, London (27-29 April), followed by a film festival at BFI Southbank (29-30 April) featuring screenings of the Indian Shakespeare trilogy Maqbool (Macbeth), Omkara (Othello) and Haider (Hamlet) and public interviews with the films’ screenwriters and director Vishal Bhardwaj. For more information please visit the conference website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Shakespeare Documented online exhibition launched

Shakespeare Documented is a multi-institutional collaboration convened by the Folger Shakespeare Library to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. This free online exhibition constitutes the largest and most authoritative collection of primary-source materials documenting the life of William Shakespeare (1564-1616). It brings together images and descriptions of all known manuscript and print references to Shakespeare, his works, and additional references to his family, in his lifetime and shortly thereafter.

 

Public Lecture: Shakespeare’s Henry V and Scotland

On Thursday 11th February, Professor Lorna Hutson will present a lecture entitled ‘Thinking with causes: Henry V and Scotland’ at the Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies. Written at the time of the accession of a Scots king to the English throne, Henry V has been called a ‘succession play’. Yet its representation of Scotland goes unmentioned by critics, a silence that this lecture will address. This lecture is free and open to all.

 

 

 

Dr Paul Hamilton

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.018  Wednesday, 27 January 2016

 

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

Date:         January 26, 2016 at 1:07:48 PM EST

Subject:    Dr Paul Hamilton

 

Good SHAKSPERians,

 

Would you please consider signing and forwarding this to whoever you can in academia?

 

Yours,

Timo Uotinen

 

***

 

Dear Fellow Scholars,

 

The following open letter is being sent to The Times newspaper to protest the continued detention of Paul Hamilton, an American Shakespeare scholar who was arrested by immigration officers at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon on January 17, on the grounds that due to a lack of “family or friends” he constituted a “flight risk”. I am sending this text to you now, in the hope that you will wish to sign and return it to me, and that you will also want to circulate it to other concerned colleagues.

 

Could I ask for your swift reply with your name and affiliations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.? Here are articles already written on the case:

 

Times Higher Education article: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/us-phd-graduate-detained-uk-immigration-removal-centre

Politics.co.uk article: http://www.politics.co.uk/blogs/2016/01/26/arrested-humiliated-detained-how-britain-treats-foreign-stud

 

Yours sincerely,

Timo Uotinen, on behalf of Kingston Shakespeare

 

***

 

 

We the undersigned wish to protest in the strongest terms against the arrest and continued detention of the Shakespeare scholar Dr. Paul Hamilton, a citizen of the United States who was taken into custody by the West Midlands Immigration Team at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon on January 17 2016.

 

We wish to put on record that we consider the reason given for his detention – that he had insufficient ‘family or friends’ to guarantee his whereabouts – amounts to a dangerous and illegal precedent that could have grave consequences for future visiting scholars. We further declare that we regard this given reason as wholly implausible, in view of Dr. Hamilton’s long-term residence in the UK, and his active contributions to Shakespeare Studies in Stratford, Kingston and beyond.

 

We note that the arrest of Dr. Hamilton followed closely on his organization of an international conference on extra-judicial state procedures, and we view this coincidence with deep concern.  

 

We are alarmed that Dr. Hamilton’s arrest has occurred at the start of a year of Shakespeare celebrations, when the United Kingdom is expecting to benefit from visitors from across the world, and we believe his detention in these circumstances is bound to cast a shadow over the welcome offered to the global Shakespeare community.    

 

 

Richard Wilson, Sir Peter Hall Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Kingston University

 

Professor Ewan Fernie, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

 

Dominique Goy-Blanquet, Professor Emeritus of Elizabethan theatre, Université de Picardie, President 2009-2015 of the Société Française Shakespeare

 

Tobias Döring, Professor and Chair of English Literature, LMU München, Germany, Former President of the Deutsche Shakespeare Gesellschaft

 

 

 

New Issue of B&L

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.015  Monday, 25 January 2016

 

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

Date:         January 24, 2016 at 6:53:00 PM EST

Subject:    New Issue of B&L

 

Christy Desmet and I are very pleased with issue 9.2 of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, now LIVE!! at http://www.borrowers.uga.edu/. This issue includes nine double-blind peer-reviewed essays on Shakespeare, early modern culture, and adaptation and appropriation studies, many of which are enriched with sound, music, film, and photography. This bumper issue includes Giselle Rampaul’s exhaustive and witty analysis of Shakespeare in Calypso; Delia Ungureanu’s new argument about Nabokov’s Shakespearean source in Pale Fire; L. Monique Pittman’s provocative comparison of gender politics in The Hollow Crown and the Olympic Ceremonies (film clips!); Allison Machlis Meyer’s erudite and densely annotated investigation of Shakespeare’s own sources for the trial of Anne Boleyn in Henry VIII; Laurie Osborne on comedy and gender reversal in teen YA; Rosa Garcia-Periago on English Shakespeare in Indian cinema; Greg Semenza on the “Judas kiss” in films of Othello worldwide (multimedia); and Nicola Hyland on unintentional color-conscious casting in Romeo and Juliet at the Globe (beautiful pictures!). 

 

Sujata Iyengar, Professor of English

Co-general editor of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation

Department of English

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