2010

CFP: 9th Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0088  Wednesday, 3 March 2010

 

From:         Christine Coch <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         March 2, 2010 6:49:45 PM EST

Subject:      CFP: 9th Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference

 

Proposals welcome from all undergraduates for the 9th annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference, held this year at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA on April 24th. 

 

The theme is "Truth and Consequences." 

 

500-word proposals is due by March 18th. 

 

Please visit the conference website for details:  http://college.holycross.edu/conferences/shakespeare/

 

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Leah's Ring

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0089  Wednesday, 3 March 2010

From:         David Schalkwyk <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         February 26, 2010 2:26:55 PM EST
Subject:      Leah's Ring

Does anyone know whether the ring that Shylock had of Leah when he was a bachelor would have been part of any particular Jewish religious or cultural ceremony?

Thanks,
David Schalkwyk

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I Need Some Tutoring

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0090  Wednesday, 3 March 2010

From:         Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         February 26, 2010 12:36:30 PM EST
Subject: I Need Some Tutoring
Comment:      SHK 21.0086  I Need Some Tutoring

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

A few final remarks about my PowerPoint Presentations.

First, again, I thank everyone who responded to me with kind thoughts and remarks.

Second, I noticed that the layout of some of the slides in the Life and Times presentation needed to have the text and images more carefully balanced, needed to have font sizes adjusted, and needed other minor tweaks to have a more evenly weighted presentation of the information as it was arranged in the frame. I have, I hope, made these corrections and mounted the revised files at the same addresses as I previously announced. (See below)

In several of the responses to me, responders assured me they would acknowledge me as the source of the slides. I have been thinking about this and such acknowledgement is not necessary. Because I viewed the presentations, above all things, as instructional tools, I was not as careful as I might have been in acknowledging the sources of the images and information that I included. When I was borrowing a great deal and relied heavily on the work of another, I did prominently include a link to the web site from which the information came. I never had intentions of using these for commercial purposes. My only intention was to provide illustrations for my students in such a manner as to help them to understand the concepts and information I was trying to get across. And now all that I am trying to do is to let anyone who might find the presentations useful in the classroom to use these slides for the same purposes. This means that I took a rather broad interpretation of "fair use." And I apologize to anyone who feels that I did not provide adequate acknowledgment to something I might have borrowed from you. I can understand the dilemma that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., found himself in. As is often the case in the African-American Church, the preacher considers the message more important than the source. This is how I felt. I was trying to help my students to understand and in doing so I used whatever I could find that I thought would help me. In distributing these presentations here, I am not trying to benefit financially or even by reputation. Please use these in anyway you feel that might help you in your teaching as they helped me in mine. I worked for many years to update and refine these and it seemed such a shame that they gather electronic dust on my hard drive as it were when they might help others in their teaching.

Also, several people asked me of there were anyway I might provide commentary to the slides, either as a spoken accompaniment or as notes to the presentation. Golly, gee, I am so delighted you all like these presentations and maybe someday I might get around to recording or writing up a commentary to go along with them; I just have a lot of other I feel are more important now.

The entire collection of PowerPoint presentations are these:

Life-Shakespeare's Life and Works-more than 240 slides of 1) portraits, images of Shakespeare from Droeshout engraving and Holy Trinity bust through others with varying claims to authenticity as well as imaginative interpretations of them; 2) images from Warwickshire to London situating Shakespeare in a visual context, including satellite images of Stratford-upon-Avon to provide a sense of the relative spatial relations between places in Shakespeare's hometown (such as walking distance from "birthplace/father's workshop" to market).

http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Life_Complete.ppt

http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Life_1.ppt
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Life_2.ppt
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Life_3.ppt
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Life_4.ppt

http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Life_Complete.ppt.zip
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Life_1.ppt.zip
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Life_2.ppt.zip
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Life_3.ppt.zip
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Life_4.ppt.zip

[I provide the zipped files for anyone who requires a more compacted version to download.]

Texts-The Transmission of Shakespeare's Texts-approximately 100 slides. I begin with one of the most familiar passages in the Shakespearean canon: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other word would smell as sweet." as it appears in modern editions and then I go to the passage as it appears in Q1, Q2, and F1 as a starting place for discussing textual transmission and "New Textualism." "Is it e'en so? Then I defy you, stars." This presentation also examines printing house practices.

http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Texts_Complete.ppt

http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Texts_1.ppt
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Texts_2.ppt
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Texts_3.ppt
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Texts_4.ppt

http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Texts_Complete.ppt.zip
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Texts_1.ppt.zip
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Texts_2.ppt.zip
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Texts_3.ppt.zip
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Texts_4.ppt.zip

Theater-Shakespeare's Theater -- 300+ slides, Classical Drama (Greek and Roman), Medieval Rebirth, Development of English Drama (Slides in this presentation collection could be used for the broadest overview in a survey course to any number of individual course or courses in and of themselves). The presentation begins with an inordinate amount of text but I hope you will find interesting images later,

http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Theater_Complete.ppt

http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Theater_1.ppt
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Theater_2.ppt
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Theater_3.ppt
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Theater_4.ppt
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Theater_5.ppt
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Theater_6.ppt

http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Theater_Complete.ppt.zip
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Theater_1.ppt.zip
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Theater_2.ppt.zip
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Theater_3.ppt.zip
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Theater_4.ppt.zip
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Theater_5.ppt.zip
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Theater_6.ppt.zip

Ideology -- The Dominant Ideology -- 40+ slides, PowerPoint transformation of lecture on the Dominant Ideology, what 20 years ago I called the Elizabethan World Picture with ?one of my favorite quotations, "When I play with my cat, who knows whether I do not make her more sport than she makes me?"

http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Ideology.ppt
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Ideology.ppt.zip

Chronology-The Tudors and Stuarts Chronology-a series of headshots from a book I donated to the Folger Shakespeare Library of portraits of the Tudor and Stuart monarch of Britain and historical persons of interest during their reigns. If you have an interest in any of these portraits, please contact me for further information about them.

http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Tudors.ppt
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Tudors.ppt.zip

I suggest you begin with the *_1.ppt version of what interests you. Should it download properly and open properly, you should proceed to the remaining smaller files in the presentation. When you have downloaded all, then you should reassemble into the larger file as it is intended to be. You will only need the zip files if you have trouble downloading the regular versions.

I have included Complete versions of each presentation for online viewing or for those with blazingly fast Internet service. Finally, should you still have difficulty, try the zipped versions. If you still have problems, write me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional assistance.

I may feature these presentations more prominently when I have the SHAKSPER web site redesigned, especially since I will be migrating to FiOS service as soon as I can find someone to help me with the migration and configuration.

Hardy

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CFP: Undergraduate Conference (CORRECTION)

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0088  Wednesday, 3 March 2010

From:         Christine Coch <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         March 2, 2010 6:49:45 PM EST
Subject:      CFP: Undergraduate Conference (CORRECTION)

[Editor's Note: Sorry, all, I introduced a subject-verb agreement error as I was editing and felt I needed to correct that error and own up to it as soon as possible. -Hardy]

Proposals welcome from all undergraduates for the 9th annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference, held this year at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA on April 24th. 

The theme is "Truth and Consequences." 

A 500-word proposal is due by March 18th. 

Please visit the conference website for details:  http://college.holycross.edu/conferences/shakespeare/

_______________________________________________________________
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
Hardy M. Cook, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The S H A K S P E R Web Site <http://www.shaksper.net>

DISCLAIMER: Although SHAKSPER is a moderated discussion list, the opinions expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the editor assumes no responsibility for them.

 

Staying Entries

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0091  Wednesday, 3 March 2010

[1]  From:      Gabriel Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
     Date:      February 26, 2010 1:28:42 PM EST
     Subj:      Re: SHK 21.0087  Staying Entries 

[2]  From:      Justin Alexander <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
     Date:      February 27, 2010 5:36:32 PM EST
     Subj:      Re: SHK 21.0087  Staying Entries 

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From:         Gabriel Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         February 26, 2010 1:28:42 PM EST
Subject: 21.0087  Staying Entries
Comment:      Re: SHK 21.0087  Staying Entries

John Briggs asks:

>Of course, Shakespeare was passionate about
>his plays . . ??But did they [readers] regard
>them as literature? . . . These questions
>are not clear in our own day, so how much
>more confusing must it have been in Shakespeare's
>day?

Francis Meres ranked Shakespeare among the literary greats in 'Palladis Tamia' (1598). Excerpts from his plays appeared in the collections 'Bel-vedere or the Garden of the Muses' (1600) and 'England's Parnassus' (1600). In a quite brilliant essay in Shakespeare Quarterly 59 (2008) pp. 371-420, Zack Lesser and Peter Stallybrass trace the connections between these collections (linked by the circle around John Bodenham), and connect them to the phenomenon of 'common-placing', that is the marking of sententiae, which arose first in respect of prestigious and classical plays. The Bodenham circle was asserting that vernacular plays are literature.

The sententiae in the 1603 bad quarto of Hamlet are highlighted to show the play's literary quality. Q2, Lesser and Stallybrass suggest, was meant to look like Q1 so that undiscerning buyers would be taken in, while discerning ones (who might already own Q1) would spot the improvements and be encouraged to have both. If this is right, we shouldn't treat Q1 (theatrical) as quite unlike Q2 (literary). Our familiar sharp contrast between the literary and the theatrical seems less secure when viewed in this light.

Gabriel Egan

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From:         Justin Alexander <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         February 27, 2010 5:36:32 PM EST
Subject: 21.0087  Staying Entries
Comment:      Re: SHK 21.0087  Staying Entries

John Briggs wrote: "I have to say that Justin Alexander clearly has a penchant for the Straw Man argument! I clearly wrote (and he quotes) "But Shakespeare wasn't interested in his plays as literature". In case anyone else hasn't noticed, the operative words are "as literature". Alexander chooses to interpret this as "Shakespeare ... must have cared more about the poetry"."

And John Briggs appears to be a pot calling a hypothetical kettle black. I know it's cute to quote things out of context so that you can snipe at them, but I had rather hoped that this mailing list might rise to a slightly higher level of discourse. When you use ellipsis to obfuscate the entire point of the conversation it does you little service.

John Briggs wrote: "The point I am making (and which he is pretending not to see) is that Shakespeare regarded poetry (and especially his narrative poems) as Literature (with a capital L), and that he did not regard his plays as Literature."

A claim for which you have, as I pointed out before, no evidence at all.

John Briggs wrote: "Of course, Shakespeare was passionate about his plays: he spent most of his working life writing them! But he took no interest in publishing them."

Another claim for which you have no evidence at all.

John Briggs wrote: "He regarded performance as more important."

Yet another claim for which you have no evidence at all. And, even if it were true, it wouldn't preclude Shakespeare considering his plays to be literature.

John Briggs wrote: "In the circumstances, it is risible for Alexander to claim that "relatively high quality quarto editions of many of Shakespeare's plays [...] appeared throughout his lifetime". "Relatively" is a fine weasel word! The printing quality varied from reasonably tolerable to execrable."

Yet another misrepresentation of what I wrote. I very specifically said that his plays were published in both good and bad versions throughout his lifetime. But the exact same thing can be said of his poetry. Drawing two different conclusions from the exact same set of data is illogical.

John Briggs wrote: "Of course Shakespeare wrote his own dedications to Southampton, and wrote them specially for the printed publication..."

There's certainly no reason to doubt that Shakespeare wrote the dedications. But, as I pointed out before, there's no evidence that he wrote either the poems or the dedications especially for publication.

Which is, of course, my point: You have weaved an entertaining narrative, but you have done so out of thin air and wholecloth. It may be true. But it is just as likely that it is not. That is the beauty (and the curse) of such empty theorizing.

John Briggs wrote: "... the convention was that patrons rewarded the author with a suitable monetary gift (or so the author hoped!) upon publication."

The existence of this "convention" is, of course, hypothetical. But even if it's true (and it may well be so), your theory would appear to be that Shakespeare thought of his poems as literature because he wouldn't have gotten paid unless he published them. I'm not really sure I'm seeing the connection. This logic would seem to require defining the word "literature" to mean "work for hire". That's an odd definition to use in any case, and particularly given the context implied by this conversation.

Justin Alexander
American Shakespeare Repertory
http://www.american-shakespeare.com                

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