The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0841 Tuesday, 26 September 2006
From: Harry Keyishian <
Date: Monday, September 25, 2006
Subject: Shakespeare Colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson University
Shakespeare Colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson University: October 28, 2006
Madison, NJ (September 27, 2006)-Four Shakespeare scholars will share
their insights into Shakespeare and lead discussions at Fairleigh
Dickinson University's fourteenth annual Shakespeare Colloquium, this
year entitled "Shakespeare: Inside and Outside." The sessions, which are
free and open to the public, will run from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.,
Saturday, October 28, 2006, on Fairleigh Dickinson University's College
at Florham campus.
The speakers this year are Corinne S. Abate, Celestine Woo, Elizabeth
Mazzola and June Schlueter.
Corinne S. Abate will ask, "'What is Love?' in Twelfth Night." She will
explore the premise that the entire play is concerned with answering
that question, focusing particularly on the power of non-sexual
relationships among the characters. Abate edited a collection of essays
entitled Privacy, Domesticity, and Women in Early Modern England
(Ashgate 2003), and has published articles on Henry V, The Merchant of
Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure. She holds a
doctorate from New York University and is on the faculty at the
Celestine Woo is Assistant Professor of English at Empire State College
in Westchester, New York, where she teaches courses in Shakespeare,
British Romantics, Bible as Literature and children's literature. She
will lead a session focusing on the cross-dressed performances of Hamlet
by 18th Century British actress Sarah Siddons-who played the role nine
times over thirty years in a manner that was neither conventionally male
nor female-and will discuss the gender implications of her choosing the
role. Woo holds a doctorate from New York University and is a dancer,
choreographer and published poet.
Elizabeth Mazzola will speak on "Women's Wealth and Shakespeare's
Women," exploring the peculiar nature and transmission of women's
wealth. She will focus on what women might share with or among
themselves, arguing that maternal legacies not only enrich daughters,
but also drive Shakespeare's stories about them. Mazzola is author of
The Pathology of the English Renaissance (Brill 1998), a study of
Reformation Poetics, and Favorite Sons (Palgrave 2003), a study of the
Sidney family. She has published essays on Milton, Mary Stuart, Edmund
Spenser and Shakespeare and teaches at City College-CUNY.
June Schlueter, Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Lafayette
College, will lead a session on "Facing Shakespeare," a discussion about
the image of Shakespeare. While most people think they recognize images
of Shakespeare when they see them in books or on t-shirts, Schlueter
notes that our actual evidence about his appearance is limited.
Examining six portraits, an engraving, a funeral bust and a death mask,
all created during his lifetime or shortly after, she sifts through the
evidence. Schlueter is author or editor of 14 books on Shakespeare, the
Renaissance and modern drama. She most recently co-edited (with Paul
Nelsen) Acts of Criticism: Performance Matters in Shakespeare and His
Contemporaries, a festschrift for James P. Lusardi.
The colloquium will be held in room S-11 of the Science Building on
FDU's College at Florham campus, 285 Madison Avenue in Madison, NJ.
Registration is not required but is strongly encouraged.
For more information contact the project director, Harry Keyishian, at
or at M-MS03-01, Fairleigh
Dickinson University, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.
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