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SHAKSPER Book Review Feature (SBReviews)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0030  Tuesday, 20 January 2009

From:       Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:       Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Subject:    SHAKSPER Book Review Feature (SBReviews)

For some time now, members of the SHAKSPER Book Review Panel have been 
working behind the scenes.

I announced the members of the Panel in February of last year: Mark 
Aune, Jeremy Fiebig, Arthur Lindley, Martin Mueller, Peter Paolucci, and 
Murray Schwartz <http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2008/0114.html>. These 
six represent a representative cross-section of SHAKSPER's academic 
membership (brief biographies are included below).

Since February, the Panel has put together a list of works for possible 
review; several members have volunteered to be the first to write 
reviews of some of the titles that have been selected. In the future, 
the Panel will issue calls for reviewers and will select reviewers from 
among SHAKSPER members who express an interest in reviewing particular 
works from the list. The Panel will peer review all resulting 
submissions before "publication" on SHAKSPER. Approved reviews will 
initially distributed in regular SHAKSPER mailings before a "pdf" 
version in mounted on the SHAKSPER file server.

Today, I will distribute the first two of the SHAKSPER Book Reviews 
(which shall be known as SBReviews from here on):

SBReview_1: Arthur Lindley of Institute for Advanced Research, 
University of Birmingham, reviews Elena Levy-Navarro.  The Culture of 
Obesity in Early and Late Modernity: Body Image in Shakespeare, Jonson, 
Middleton, and Skelton (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

SBReview_2: Murray M. Schwartz of Department of Writing, Literature & 
Publishing at Emerson College reviews Kenneth Burke on Shakespeare (West 
Lafayette, Indiana: Parlor Press, 2007), a collection of Kenneth Burke's 
essays edited by Scott L. Newstok.

Other Panel members also have reviews in the pipeline.

My thanks to all of the SHAKSPER Book Review Panel members.

Jeremy Fiebig:
Jeremy is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Waldorf College in Forest 
City, Iowa and a graduate of the Mary Baldwin College/American 
Shakespeare Center program in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in 
Performance. He served as Assistant Director and Stage Manager for the 
American Shakespeare Center's 2006 Resident Troupe season including 
productions of As You Like It, Macbeth, The Tempest with director Giles 
Block, and Othello. He has directed Measure for Measure, The Two Noble 
Kinsmen, The Winter's Tale, Macbeth, Yasmina Reza's Art, The Tempest 
(ASC's Young Company), and Twelfth Night. Jeremy has performed in nearly 
40 productions in the past decade. Highlights include Claudius in 
Hamlet, the title role in King John, Don Armado in Love's Labour's Lost 
, Malcolm and Duncan in Macbeth, Antony in Sweeney Todd, and many 
others. Jeremy is a four-time Kennedy Center/American College Theatre 
Festival Irene Ryan nominee and an Equity Member Candidate.

Arthur Lindley:
Arthur Lindley is currently an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of 
Advanced Research at the University of Birmingham (UK), having 
previously taught for many years at the National University of 
Singapore. He is the author of Hyperion and the Hobbyhorse (Delaware, 
1996), a study of carnival and privative evil in early modern English 
literature, including Hamlet and Antony and Cleopatra. His work has 
appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including ELH, PMLA, JEGP, 
Exemplaria, and MLR. He is currently writing a book on religious 
doctrine and the grotesque in Jacobean drama. An offshoot of that 
project is a forthcoming study of the role of intimacy in Elizabethan 
and Stuart revenge drama. His other research areas are late medieval 
English literature and film studies.

Murray Schwartz:
Murray M. Schwartz received his Ph.D. from the University of California 
at Berkeley in 1964 and has since then been a faculty member at 
SUNY/Buffalo, UMass/Amherst, Claremont Graduate University and, 
currently, Emerson College in Boston. He has held appointments in 
English, Comparative Literature, Psychology and Psychiatry Departments. 
He was also a Dean, Provost or Academic Vice President at these 
institutions for twenty-five years. He has conducted NEH summer 
seminars, in Shakespeare and in Psychoanalysis and Contemporary 
Criticism. His interdisciplinary interests have included Shakespeare, 
Psychoanalysis, the Holocaust and literary theory. He has co-edited two 
anthologies, Representing Shakespeare: New Psychoanalytic Essays, with 
Coppelia Kahn (Johns Hopkins, 1980) and Memory and Desire: Aging, 
Literature, Psychoanalysis, with Kathleen Woodward (Indiana, 1983). He 
has written many essays, on Shakespeare's Romances, King Richard II, 
Shakespeare and Psychoanalysis, D. H. Lawrence, Sylvia Plath, Trauma 
Theory and other subjects. With Norman N. Holland, he has recently 
published Know Thyself: Delphi Seminars (online at lulu.com). He 
co-edits the online journal PsyArt and is President of The PsyArt 
Foundation (psyart.org). He was a research scholar at Harvard University 
from 2005-2007. He is a member of the Psychoanalytic Historiography 
Group sponsored by the Freud Archives in New York. He is a scholar 
member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and teaches Shakespeare, 
Holocaust Literature and Literature of Extreme Situations at Emerson 
College. He is currently completing a book on the African-American 
dancer and anthropologist Pearl Primus with his wife, Peggy Schwartz, 
and co-editing a collection of papers from the Twenty-Fourth 
International Conference on Literature and Psychology in Belgrade, 2007.

Peter Paolucci:
Peter Paolucci has literary specializations in the fields of the 
Renaissance, horror literature, and stylistics. He is currently the 
Coordinator for the Professional Writing Program. Dr. Paolucci has also 
taught theory and practice of interface design to senior undergraduate 
Computer Science students. He also teaches XHTML, XML, JavaScript, Unix, 
and other web-based languages for Seneca College. Currently, he is a 
special videoconferencing advisor to The Schulich School of Medicine and 
Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, and the co-recipient of 
grant money from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 
to research ways of improving the delivery of medical and dental 
instruction through videoconferencing. For the past fifteen years, he 
has been a faculty development advisor in technology and pedagogy for 
the universities of Ottawa, Guelph, Carleton, Trent, and York, and for 
the community colleges in south-western Ontario. Peter's current 
research (The Shakespeare XML Project) involves the use of 
Facebook-related technologies to create online editions of Shakespeare 
that are infinitely unique and continuously changing 
(http://www.shakespearexml.ca/).

Martin Mueller:
Martin Mueller was educated at the Universities of Munich, Hamburg, 
Berlin, Trinity College, Dublin, and Indiana University, where he got a 
PhD in Classics (1966). He taught at Brandeis University (1965-67) and 
the University of Toronto (1967-76) before moving to Northwestern 
University, where he has taught since 1976. At Northwestern, he has held 
various administrative positions, including Director of Comparative 
Literature (1976-81), Director of the Humanities Program (1979-81), 
Chair of the English Department (1983-90), and Acting Chair of Hispanic 
Studies (1997-99).

Aune, Mark:
M. G. Aune finished his PhD at Wayne State University, worked at North 
Dakota State University for several years and currently is an assistant 
professor in the English Department at California University of 
Pennsylvania. He divides his research into two streams, one involves 
Shakespeare and includes performance, film, and popular culture; the 
other explores modern and early modern travel writing and visual 
culture. His articles and reviews have appeared in Shakespeare Bulletin, 
Early Modern Literary Studies, Renaissance Quarterly, Theatre Journal, 
and Sixteenth Century Journal.


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