Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.171  Friday, 27 April 2012

 

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

Date:         Wednesday, April 25, 2012 6:17 PM

Subject:     Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing

 

One of the odder vanity productions I know about is Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing. We have known that this was to be filmed for some time, but photography is apparently complete according to this New York Times article on Whedon’s The Avengers. The link to the entire article is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/movies/joss-whedon-directs-the-avengers.html

 

The paragraph referencing the Shakespeare film is, “In characteristic Whedon-esque style he took about two weeks after finishing principal photography on “The Avengers” to shoot a film version of “Much Ado About Nothing” at his home in Santa Monica, Calif.  

 

The direct link to the film website is: http://muchadothemovie.com/

 

The PDF press release is here: http://muchadothemovie.com/documents/MuchAdoPressRelease.pdf

 

I’m not optimistic that the film will go into general release, but it may well turn up on the web at some point.

 

All the best, 

Mike Jensen 

www.michaelpjensen.com

I, Iago by Nicole Galland

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.170  Friday, 27 April 2012

 

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

Date:        April 24, 2012 9:48:40 AM EDT

Subject:     I, Iago by Nicole Galland 

 

I, IAGO (William Morrow Paperback Original; 978-0062026873; $14.99; April 24, 2012) is a retelling of Shakespeare’s classic Othello and features literature’s most infamous villain: Iago. But despite Iago’s leading role and almost incessant chatter throughout the play, he becomes suddenly silent near the end leaving generations guessing as to why he committed such heinous crimes. Now just in time for Shakespeare’s birthday, Nicole Galland’s meticulously researched reveals the true motivations behind the character whose name has become synonymous with evil. 

 

Iago’s childhood days are filled with mischief and adventures as he navigates a magical Venice with his naive best friend and partner-in-crime Roderigo. But in a world where duplicity is revered, Iago quickly earns the insulting nickname “honest Iago.” When his father forces Iago to enroll in the military, his life is changed—his friendship with Roderigo dissolves and he meets and falls hopelessly in love with the witty and charming Emilia during Carnivale.

 

A successful young soldier and adoring husband to Emilia, Iago’s desire to rise in rank and good regard under the command of General Othello informs his actions and begins to cloud his thinking. Gradually, Galland introduces all of the celebrated characters Shakespeare lovers know well—from Roderigo and Othello to Desdemona and Cassio—and in a fascinating manner, we learn about Iago’s intricate relationships and dynamics with each of them. Nicole says, “When creating the characters in I, IAGO, I relied on information in the original Othello text. Although the play appears to be about innocent people being tragically duped and destroyed by the villain, a closer look reveals that there are few real innocents in this story.”

 

Historical fiction at its finest, I, IAGO proves to be the perfect blend of romance, humor, power, irony, and ultimately, betrayal.

ASTR Shakespearean Performance Research Group

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.169  Friday, 27 April 2012

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

Date:        April 25, 2012 6:51:44 PM EDT

Subject:    ASTR Shakespearean Performance Research Group

 

Call For Papers, Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2012

 

The Shakespearean Performance Research Group
of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)

 

American Society for Theatre Research / Theatre Library Association 2012 Conference
Nashville, Tennessee
November 1 – 4, 2012
The Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel

 

The Shakespearean Performance Research Group of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) provides an ongoing home for the study of Shakespearean performance within ASTR.

 

For the 2012 conference, “Theatrical Histories,” we seek papers that address issues relating to the history, theory, and practice of Shakespeare performance. While Research Group papers need not be tied to the conference theme, our inquiries do engage with several areas germane to the themes of the Nashville conference and we particularly invite papers that broadly interrogate the "histories" of Shakespearean performance. For example, this questioning might involve the interplay between early and late modern performance in some dimension, the symbolic histories in which Shakespearean drama and performance continue to function, the ways in which relationships between the “literary” and the “performative” have been construed throughout history, the theories and histories of Shakespearean performance across performance media, how Shakespeare performance constructs and is constructed by specific communities.  Papers accepted to previous sessions have tended to address questions of practical theatre, specific issues in history and historiography, and theoretical concerns, but we are looking for a wide range of engagements with Shakespeare and performance.

 

Selected papers will be assigned to subgroups by the group’s conveners, Catherine Burriss, Franklin J. Hildy, Robert Ormsby, Don Weingust and W. B. Worthen, and the conveners will organize on-line communication of subgroup members before the conference. At the conference session, papers will be discussed first within subgroups, after which the subgroups will come together to exchange ideas.

 

Please submit a 200-word abstract and 50-word academic biographical statement, including current affiliations, if any, by Thursday, May 31st, 2012, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (proposals also can be mailed to Don Weingust, Center for Shakespeare Studies, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland, OR 97520).

 

More information about ASTR and the Nashville conference is available at http://www.astr.org.

ASTR Shakespearean Performance Research Group

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.169  Friday, 27 April 2012

 

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

Date:        April 25, 2012 6:51:44 PM EDT

Subject:    ASTR Shakespearean Performance Research Group

 

Call For Papers, Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2012

 

The Shakespearean Performance Research Group
of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)

 

American Society for Theatre Research / Theatre Library Association 2012 Conference
Nashville, Tennessee
November 1 – 4, 2012
The Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel

 

The Shakespearean Performance Research Group of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) provides an ongoing home for the study of Shakespearean performance within ASTR.

 

For the 2012 conference, “Theatrical Histories,” we seek papers that address issues relating to the history, theory, and practice of Shakespeare performance. While Research Group papers need not be tied to the conference theme, our inquiries do engage with several areas germane to the themes of the Nashville conference and we particularly invite papers that broadly interrogate the "histories" of Shakespearean performance. For example, this questioning might involve the interplay between early and late modern performance in some dimension, the symbolic histories in which Shakespearean drama and performance continue to function, the ways in which relationships between the “literary” and the “performative” have been construed throughout history, the theories and histories of Shakespearean performance across performance media, how Shakespeare performance constructs and is constructed by specific communities.  Papers accepted to previous sessions have tended to address questions of practical theatre, specific issues in history and historiography, and theoretical concerns, but we are looking for a wide range of engagements with Shakespeare and performance.

 

Selected papers will be assigned to subgroups by the group’s conveners, Catherine Burriss, Franklin J. Hildy, Robert Ormsby, Don Weingust and W. B. Worthen, and the conveners will organize on-line communication of subgroup members before the conference. At the conference session, papers will be discussed first within subgroups, after which the subgroups will come together to exchange ideas.

 

Please submit a 200-word abstract and 50-word academic biographical statement, including current affiliations, if any, by Thursday, May 31st, 2012, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (proposals also can be mailed to Don Weingust, Center for Shakespeare Studies, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland, OR 97520).

 

More information about ASTR and the Nashville conference is available at http://www.astr.org.

CFP: RSA 2013 Renaissance Studies and New Technologies

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.168  Friday, 27 April 2012

 

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

Date:         April 25, 2012 5:29:06 PM EDT

Subject:    CFP: RSA 2013 Renaissance Studies and New Technologies

 

With apologies for cross-posting:

 

CFP: RSA 2013 Renaissance Studies and New Technologies: 

 

Since 2001, the Renaissance Society of America annual meetings have featured panels on new technologies for scholarly research, publishing, and teaching. At the 2013 meeting (San Diego, 4-6 April 2013), several panels will cover these new and emerging projects and methodologies. We seek proposals in and beyond the following areas:

 

* new technology and research (individual or group projects)

 

* new technology and teaching (individual or group projects)

 

* new technology and publication (e.g. from the vantage point of authors, traditional and non-traditional publishers)

 

We welcome proposals for papers, panels, demonstrations, and/or workshop presentations that focus on these issues and others. Your proposal should include a title, a 150-word abstract, and a one-paragraph CV.

 

Please send proposals before Wednesday 6 June 2012 to Michael Ullyot < ullyot {at} ucalgary.ca >

 

** Through the support of Iter, we are pleased to be able to offer travel subventions on a competitive basis to graduate students who present on these panels. Those wishing to be considered for a subvention should indicate this in their abstract submission. **

 

NB: All participants must be members of the RSA by August 2013 or they cannot be included in the program.

 

William R. Bowen, University of Toronto Scarborough

Diane Jakacki, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ray Siemens, University of Victoria

Michael Ullyot, University of Calgary

 

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