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Lancastrian Shakespeare Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0462  Tuesday, 12 May 1998.

From:           Richard Dutton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 12 May 1998 14:42:00 +0100
Subject:        Lancastrian Shakespeare Conference

This is to announce a conference on the theme of

LANCASTRIAN SHAKESPEARE: Religion, Region, Patronage and Performance

to be held at Lancaster University, 21-24 July 1999, in conjunction with
Hoghton Tower.

The starting point of the conference is the possibility that Shakespeare
spent some time as young man in Lancashire, associated with the de
Hoghton family and Hoghton Tower. We are not simply interested in the
biographical facts, but in exploring the issues that arise if we suppose
that this may in fact have happened: recusancy and Roman Catholic
associations with continental Europe, Elizabethan country house culture
and theatre, touring theatricals, patronage and connections with the
earls of Derby. That is, those sides of Shakespeare's career which
existed separately from (perhaps before, perhaps alongside) his
involvement with London and court theatre.

Lancaster University is a campus-based university on the outskirts of
this ancient county town. The castle was founded by John of Gaunt, and
was the site of two notorious witch trials in the early Seventeenth
Century.  Hoghton Tower is about half and hour away by road. We are also
within travelling distance of the major northern properties owned by
Lady Anne Clifford, at Appleby and Skipton. And of the Lake District,
with its Wordsworth and Ruskin properties etc..

We invite offers to give offers to give papers at the conference. We
will shortly have a web-site giving further details. In the meantime,
please contact the organiser, Richard Dutton (
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