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Folger Late-Spring Seminar on Staging Political
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0912  Tuesday, 17 October 2006

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Date: 		Monday, 16 Oct 2006 10:43:52 -0400
Subject: 	Folger Late-Spring Seminar on Staging Political Thought

Faculty and advanced graduate students are invited to apply:

Staging Political Thought

A Late-Spring Seminar directed by Conal Condren (University of New South 
Wales)

This seminar is sponsored by the Center for the History of British 
Political Thought to bring together scholars of literature and 
intellectual history to examine plays from the Shakespearean corpus in 
the context of the issues in political thought that were being addressed 
in England from the late-sixteenth to early-seventeenth centuries. As 
the history of political thought has characteristically been concerned 
with the formation and interplay of doctrines, the seminar will give 
attention to the rather different functions that political vocabularies, 
languages, and propositions can have when transformed on the stage as 
topoi, plot mechanisms, role-markers, and allusions, as well as issues 
put before an audience for debate. The seminar will also attend to the 
difficulties of extrapolating doctrines and ideological commitments from 
dramatic evidence. Each week will concentrate on a contemporary 
political theme and its manifestations in a small number of plays: 
counsel and rule; tyranny and misrule; casuistry and principled conduct; 
citizenship and patriotism. Some attention will also be given to the 
often conspicuous absence of the burning issues of confessional 
hostility and to the diminishing importance of oath-taking and breaking 
in Shakespeare's plays. The plays discussed will cover the range of 
Shakespeare's work: Henry V, Julius Caesar, Measure for Measure, The 
Tempest, Richard III, and King Lear. Visiting faculty will include Jean 
Howard (Columbia University) and Peter Lake (Princeton University).

Director: Conal Condren is Scientia Professor Emeritus in the School of 
Politics and International Relations at the University of New South 
Wales. His publications include The Language of Politics in 
Seventeenth-Century England (1994) and Satire, Lies, and Politics: The 
Case of Dr. Arbuthnot (1997). His Argument and Authority in Early Modern 
England is forthcoming.

Schedule: Thursdays and Fridays, 1 - 4:30 p.m., 17 May through 15 June 2007.

Application Deadline: 3 January 2007 for admission (and grants-in-aid 
for Folger consortium affiliates). Visit www.folger.edu/institute for 
our online application form.

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