Out of the Shadow of Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.166  Thursday, 26 April 2012

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

Date:         April 24, 2012 7:21:51 AM EDT

Subject:    Out of the Shadow of Shakespeare




At Loughborough University (in the UK East Midlands, 10 miles north of Leicester, 50 miles north-east of Stratford-upon-Avon) there will be a half-day meeting called ‘Out of the Shadow of Shakespeare’ on Saturday 28 April from 1 to 5pm.  It’s about the staging of plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries.


The event will include a talk on staging non-Shakespearean drama, a workshop on staging scenes from Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Fletcher’s The Nightwalkers, and a roundtable Q&A with theatre practitioners, directors and performers. Attached is a flyer for the event. The event is free and all are welcome, but you have to book your place by emailing the organizer Kate Woods <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>.


Gabriel Egan


pdf Out of the Shadows


University of St Andrews CFP


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.165  Thursday, 26 April 2012


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

Date:         April 19, 2012 8:11:21 PM EDT

Subject:     University of St Andrews CFP


Bonds, Lies, and Circumstances: Discourses of Truth-Telling in the Renaissance


An International and Interdisciplinary Conference


21st - 23rd March, 2013

School of English, University of St Andrews



If a lie had no more faces but one, as truth had, we should be in farre better termes than we are: For whatsoever a lier should say, we would take it in a contrarie sense. But the opposite of truth has many shapes, and an undefinite field.


Michel de Montaigne, ‘Of Lyers’ (Florio translation -1603)



Can we say that truth has ‘no more faces than one’? Montaigne implies that human relationships with truth are straightforward, whereas our attitudes towards falsehood are complicated by its multiplicity. But how stable is the notion of ‘truth’? Does truth - like falsehood - appear in many forms, and if so, can we ever take it at face value? 


Legal, emotional, and spiritual concerns—all vital to truth-telling discourses—are intimately bound in the Renaissance. This conference offers a forum for the exploration of their intersections. The study of legal culture has become increasingly central to the analysis of early modern literary texts, and legal paradigms are inescapable when scholars turn their attention, as many have recently done, to the equivocal power of language to bind people together.  We find the legal value of such bonds—in the form of oaths, promises and contracts—going hand in hand with interpersonal relationships and their emotional and spiritual dimensions.  


Our objective is to foster debate about the marriage between two clearly connected fields: Law and Literature; and the study of early modern emotion. How do these fields work together?  We form bonds; we tell lies; we search for and construct truths: but under what circumstances?



Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to


- The connections between law, emotion, and obligation, and how the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries engage with these dynamics. 


- The formation and evaluation of bonds in the early modern world.


- How public/private spaces affect attitudes towards truth-telling.


- The relationship between faith, truth, and honesty in the Renaissance.


- How belief and trust are generated.


- The binding power of language and rhetoric.


- Transmissions of knowledge, belief, and emotion.



Confirmed keynote speakers are: 


John Kerrigan (Cambridge), on Bonds


Andrew Hadfield (Sussex), on Lies


Lorna Hutson (St Andrews), on Circumstances


Proposals for 20-minute papers should include an abstract (of no more than 200 words), 3 keywords, and 3 citations, and should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are happy to consider proposals for panels; in the event that we are unable to accommodate the panel, papers will be considered on an individual basis. 


All abstracts must be received by July 31st 2012.


We welcome proposals from researchers at all stages of their careers, working in departments of Art History, Comparative Literature, English, History, Languages, Law, Theology, and other relevant subject areas. General questions can be directed to the conference organizers - Rachel Holmes and Toria Johnson - at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


In conjunction with the Centre for Mediaeval and Early Modern Law and Literature (CMEMLL), with generous support from the Society for Renaissance Studies. 


CFP: Borrowers & Lenders Seeking Reviews for Sleep No More


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.164  Thursday, 26 April 2012


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

Date:         April 17, 2012 3:36:31 PM EDT

Subject:    CFP: Borrowers & Lenders Seeking Reviews for Sleep No More


CFP:  Reviews of NYC run of SLEEP NO MORE


Borrowers & Lenders, The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, is soliciting contributors to a composite (and possibly collaborative) review of Punchdrunk’s New York City production of Sleep No More, an ongoing interactive performance project based on Macbeth.  Meant in part to accommodate and record the experience of attending this production, this composite review will attempt to capture the dynamic in which each audience member’s participation in the performance yields a unique dramatic experience.


Contributors will be asked to respond to their experience of the production in whatever format they like (we can accommodate most audio, video, and graphic media).  B&L performance reviews typically eschew standard, evaluative responses to productions in favor of thesis-driven commentary, and such a model would be welcome here, though not strictly required.  The project will use a wiki space, and contributors will have the option to post drafts of their responses and then to revise them (or not) at any point during the submission window, April 23 – June 23, 2012.  All posted contributions will be visible to other contributors for the duration of the submission window.  Contributors will also have the option to remain anonymous.  Responses should run 1,000 - 3,000 words and will be subject to editing for length and content.


If you are interested, please contact the Appropriations in Performance editor, Matt Kozusko, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Matt Kozusko

Associate Professor of English

Ursinus College


Shakespeare and Performance


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.163  Thursday, 26 April 2012


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

Date:         April 17, 2012 11:42:38 AM EDT

Subject:     Shakespeare and Performance


The Early Modern Studies Journal, formerly the Early English Studies Journal, is looking for a few book reviewers for our upcoming volume titled: Shakespeare and Performance. If you are interested please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., attaching an electronic copy of your professional resume and, if possible, a sample copy of a previous book review you have had published. The books that are currently available for review are seen below.


Shakespeare’s Great Stage of Fools by Robert H. Bell



Costuming the Shakespearean Stage: Visual Codes of Representation in Early Modern Theatre and Culture by Robert Lublin




Sarah Farrell

Early Modern Studies Journal

Book Review Editor


iPad App


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.162  Thursday, 26 April 2012


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

Date:         Thursday, April 26, 2012

Subject:     iPad App


From Bryn Mawr College Web Site



Bryn Mawr Now


“To be or not to be?” There’s an App for That…


Posted April 19, 2012



A signature work of the Bard just became more accessible, thanks to a new iPad app developed by Bryn Mawr College Professor Katherine Rowe and University of Notre Dame Associate Professor of English Elliott Visconsi.


Designed to bring a worldwide audience together around Shakespeare’s plays, The Tempest for iPad is more than a digital book. The app is designed for social reading, authoring and collaboration. Readers have access to audio recordings of the play that provide alternative performances of key passages, and they can customize their experience, using only the content and tools they want, when they want them.


“We are discovering that one of the most important components of learning at any stage of our lives is the ability to stretch ourselves just the right amount,” says Rowe. “Our app invites Shakespeare fans and potential fans to do that—it can grow with you as a reader.” The app was engineered at Notre Dame’s Center for Research Computing.


The first play printed in Shakespeare’s First Folio of 1623, The Tempest is thought to be inspired by European discoveries of the New World. Its hauntingly beautiful verse makes it among the most frequently performed and beloved of Shakespeare’s plays, and it has been selected as a theme for the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.


The app can accommodate any Shakespeare-literacy level, from academics who want input from the world’s leading Shakespeare scholars to those who are simply curious about Shakespeare or want a lively introduction to the play.


“Our goal is to invite all readers of Shakespeare—students, teachers, scholars, fans—to gather around this magnificent play. The iPad makes new styles of reading and writing, authoring and sharing possible, and we designed this app to create a thrilling new way for everyone to experience Shakespeare. This app is not just for the classroom. It’s designed for anyone who loves Shakespeare, or anyone who wants to love Shakespeare but needs some help to do so,” says Visconsi.


Readers of The Tempest for iPad can learn from short expert commentaries provided by the world’s leading Shakespeare scholars, artists and teachers; enjoy a full-length, scrolling audio performance of the play by the internationally known touring company Actors from the London Stage; or create a custom play text using key passages. Illustrations, podcasts, teaching materials, and videos from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the world’s premier destination for Shakespeare research, are included in the app.


The Tempest for iPad is available through iTunes for $13.99. Visconsi and Rowe, with the support of Notre Dame and a team of investors, have created a startup company in South Bend, Luminary Digital Media LLC.


Luminary aims to develop many more applications designed to bring together readers worldwide around core humanities texts. Additional information is available at the Luminary website.











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