2001

Othello and Early Modern Italians

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0478  Wednesday, 28 February 2001

From:           W. L. Godshalk <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 28 Feb 2001 13:44:53 -0500
Subject:        Othello and Early Modern Italians

In Othello, Shakespeare's Early Modern Italian characters seem to have
varying attitudes toward Othello's race.  In Merchant of Venice, the
Italian characters seem very ethnocentric, witness Portia's contemning
of Morocco, Arragon, and a whole host of "foreign" suitors.

Would Shakespeare have had sources -- written sources -- for these
"Italian" attitudes?  I realize that I am confusing fiction and history,
but I'm wondering if Shakespeare was aware of the Italian history that
may or may not parallel his Italian fictions?  I'm thinking, for
example, of Duke Alessandro d'Medici, who was of mixed moorish and
Italian blood.

Yours, Bill Godshalk

Castration Query Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0477  Wednesday, 28 February 2001

From:           Scott Oldenburg <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 28 Feb 2001 10:45:16 -0800
Subject:        Castration Query Conference

I wonder if anyone on the list could direct me to primary or secondary
texts dealing with castration in early modern England/Europe.  I am
particularly keen on finding works from which I could glean early modern
attitudes toward castration, eunuchs, and so on.

Email me off-list at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. unless you think the
references would be of interest to SHAKSPERians in general.

Thanks in advance,
Scott

Ephesians

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0475  Wednesday, 28 February 2001

From:           R. A. Cantrell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 28 Feb 2001 11:27:03 -0600
Subject:        Ephesians

Dear Colleagues,

Shakespeare uses the terms Ephesian(s) epithetically in Merry WIves (IV,
5) and Henry IV, Part II. (II,II) Can anyone please direct me to similar
usage in the work of other dramatists of the period?

West Virginia Shakespeare Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0476  Wednesday, 28 February 2001

From:           Edmund Taft <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wed, 28 Feb 2001 12:29:54 -0500
Subject:        West Virginia Shakespeare Conference

The Steering Committee of the West Virginia Shakespeare and Renaissance
Association is happy to announce that it will hold its annual conference
on 6-7 April 2001 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston, WV. This
year's theme is "New Approaches to Elizabethan and Seventeenth-Century
British Literature."

The keynote speaker for this year's conference will be

                HARDY M. COOK

Professor and Chair of the English Department at Bowie State University.

The title of Dr. Cook's lecture will be

        "The Varieties of the Electronic Textual Experience"

 It will be accompanied by an 80-slide PowerPoint presentation. The
two-day conference will include the following panels:

        Early Modern Playwrights
        Shakespearean Tragedy
        Milton and Lanyer
        The Return to Characterization in Shakespeare
        Renaissance Problem Texts
        Shakespeare in Film and Performance
        Theater and Pageants
        Shakespearean Genres

All in all, 24 scholars from 21 universities, representing 10 states and
two other countries -- Canada and Scotland -- will be delivering
papers.  Those interested in attending can make their own reservations
at the Embassy Suites by calling (304) 347-8700 or sending a FAX to
(304)-347-8737.  The Charleston Yaeger Airport is minutes away from the
hotel.  Conference rates are discounted: $89.00 per night. Please make
reservations by 15 March at the latest.

Pre-registration (no later than 15 March) is $25.00.  Registration at
the conference will be $35.00.  If registering by mail, please send a
check payable to WEVSARA to Edmund M. Taft, English Department, Marshall
University, Huntington, WV  25755-2646.

--Ed Taft

Movie Cheaters

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0474  Wednesday, 28 February 2001

From:           Richard Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 28 Feb 2001 10:12:46 -0500
Subject:        Movie Cheaters

In the HBO movie Cheaters, there is a brief reference to Shakespeare's
sonnets.  The teacher (Jeff Daniels) asks his students what kind of
verse they are in.

The central literary reference in the film is Paradise Lost.

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