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Re: Graduate Programs
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0637.  Wednesday, 23 August 1995.
 
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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Aug 95 15:15:51 BST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0633  Qs: Graduate Programs
 
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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Aug 1995 21:30:47 -0400 (EDT)
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Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0633  Qs: Graduate Programs
 
Re:  Graduate Programs in Shakespeare Studies and Renaissance Drama
 
You may wish to consider The Shakespeare Institute, directed by Professor
Stanley Wells, co-general editor of The Oxford Shakespeare (with Gary Taylor)
and general editor of Shakespeare Survey, member of the board of governors of
the RSC, etc., etc.  While officially part of the English Department of the
University of Birmingham, the SI is located in Stratford-Upon-Avon, offering
excellent access to RSC and Shakespeare Center performance archive resources.
The SI's own library resources for Renaissance Drama are superb.  With regard t
to approach, the SI undeniably has a reputation for traditional (some might say
conservative) scholarship; however, my own experience has been that I have been
given the trust and freedom to evaluate carefully all major critical practices
so that I can develop my own synthesis.  As for background, I don't feel I am
in a position to make that determination.  You should probably write directly
to Dr. Martin Wiggins, The Shakespeare Institute, Church Street, Stratford-
Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, CV37 6HP.  That said, any number of recent
anthologies can provide a good sense of the current debates in Shakespeare and
Renaissance Drama studies.  For example, Dollimore and Sinfield's (eds)
Political Shakespeare, Ivo Kamp's (ed) Shakespeare Left and Right, Drakakis's
(ed) Shakespearean Tragedy and Alternative Shakespeares, Dutton and Wilson's
(eds) New Historicism and Renaissance Drama, Kastan and Stallybrass's (eds)
Staging the Renaissance, Parker and Hartmann's (eds) Shakespeare and the
Question of Theory.  The Dutton and Wilson is helpful as it historicizes New
Historicism and Cultural Materialism and contains a useful glossary of terms.
As far as other programs in England, you might consider Cardiff's cultural
studies program, run I believe by Terence Hawkes and Katherine Belsey.  Leeds
and Sussex are also worth a look.  One final feature to recommend British
universities is access to the superior holdings of not only The Shakespeare
Institute, but also, the Bodleian and the British Museum.  Best of luck. If you
have any specific questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
 
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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Aug 1995 21:30:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 6.0633  Qs: Graduate Programs
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0633  Qs: Graduate Programs
 
You must not overlook U. Mass at Amherst.  I spent two years researching
universities to find this one.  The faculty is huge while the number of
admitted grads is small.  The  Renaissance studies students can work for the
noteable *English Literary Renaissance* journal and can select from among
nearly 10 faculty members to work with, within this period alone. Further,
students enjoy teaching-oriented professors who take pride in cultivating
lasting colleagueships with their students.  At the same time, students find
that their professors are well know and respected in their field.  I need only
name Kathleen Swaim, Wally Kerrigan, and Arthur Kinney for starters.  Finally,
the campus and its location in Massachusetts' "Happy Valley" more than remind
one that even when you're facing your orals, you've made the right choice to
attend U.Mass, Amherst.
 

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