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Shakespeare Colloquium in New Jersey
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1744  Friday, 14 October 2005

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Date: 		Thursday, 13 Oct 2005 21:42:22 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 	Shakespeare Colloquium in New Jersey

Annual Shakespeare Colloquium (13th in the series)
Free and Open to the Public

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2005
Time: 9:15-3:30
Place: Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison NJ 07940 Room: S-11 
(Science)

Coordinator: Harry Keyishian, Department of English

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     Phone: 973-443-8714

Topic:  In Shakespeare's Day: Society, Politics, and Theater

9:30 	June Schlueter: The "Friendship Album" in Shakespeare's Day: New 
Sources of History

June Schlueter will provide an introduction to Early Modern autograph or 
friendship albums (alba amicorum) kept by foreign travelers to England. 
This talk will focus on the album maintained by Antwerp-born Michael van 
Meer during his visit to London in 1614-15. The talk will be illustrated 
by the watercolors of London from van Meer's album.

Dr. Schlueter is Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Lafayette 
College.  Among other books, she is co-author with James P. Lusardi of 
Shakespeare in Performance: King Lear (FDU Press), editor of Two 
Gentleman of Verona: Critical Essays (Garland), and co-editor, with Paul 
Nelsen, of the forthcoming Acts of Criticism: Performance Matters in 
Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (FDU Press).

10:45:	Margaret Mikesell: Father-Son Advice Books and Hamlet's Dilemma 
Margaret Mikesell will speak about the various kinds of advice books 
published in Shakespeare's time and what they reveal about fathers and 
sons. She will review the (much discussed) resemblances between the 
father-advice letters and Polonius's advice to Laertes, and speak about 
the royal advice treatises that are pertinent to Shakespeare's portrayal 
of Hamlet and help us understand Hamlet's dilemma.

Dr. Mikesell, Professor of English at John Jay College (CUNY), is 
co-editor (with Adele Seeff) of Culture and Change: Attending to Early 
Modern Women (University of Delaware Press, 2003) and a coordinating 
editor of the award-winning Instruction of a Christen Woman by Juan Luis 
Vives (University of Illinois Press, 2002). She serves on the organizing 
committee of the tri-annual conference "Attending to Early Modern 
Women," sponsored by the University of Maryland. She has also published 
on Shakespearean comedy and early Stuart tragedy.

Noon-1:00 Lunch break at school cafeteria

1:00:	James P. Bednarz: Shakespeare in Elizabethan Theatrical/Literary 
Culture

Dr. James P. Bednarz will explore connections between commercial drama 
and literature in relation to Shakespeare's early career, showing that 
for Shakespeare, during the Elizabethan period, the theatrical was 
inherently literary, and that performance and print were, for him, 
parallel modes of expression.

Dr. Bednarz is Professor of English at CW Post College of Long Island 
University.  He is author of the acclaimed Shakespeare and the Poet's 
War, has published widely in scholarly journals and essay collections on 
Shakespeare and Elizabethan and Jacobean drama.  Among many other 
honors, he is winner of the David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching.

2:15: 	Chris Fitter: Shakespeare and 16th Century Radicalisms

Dr. Chris Fitter argues that contrary to our picture of Shakespeare as a 
mainstream playwright, his plays take calculated risks to court a 
disaffected populist constituency, surfacing a number of sixteenth 
century radical traditions, including radical Humanism, the Commonwealth 
ideal, and plebeian skeptical materialism.

Dr. Fitter's Poetry, Space, Landscape has just been reissued in 
paperback by Cambridge University Press. He has published essays on 
Shakespeare in Shakespeare Studies, English Literary Renaissance, 
English Literary History and elsewhere, and is currently nearing 
completion of his book Radical Shakespeare.  He is Associate Professor 
of English at Rutgers University in Camden.

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