The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1744 Friday, 14 October 2005
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
Place: Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison NJ 07940 Room: S-11
Coordinator: Harry Keyishian, Department of English
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
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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