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Conversations with Kay Stanton, Neil Rudenstine, and Ammon Shea

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.444  Monday, 24 November 2014


From:        John F Andrews < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         November 21, 2014 at 1:34:55 PM EST 

Subject:    Conversations with Kay Stanton, Neil Rudenstine, and Ammon Shea


Speaking of Shakespeare


Kay Stanton Examines the “Whores” in Shakespeare


Monday, November 24, at 6:00 p.m.

The National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South, New York

No Charge, but Reservations Requested


Among the females referred to as “whores” in Shakespeare’s plays are such varied personalities as Cleopatra, Desdemona, and Joan of Arc. None of them would be described by today’s audiences as prostitutes or sluts. Nor is it likely that the poet’s own contemporaries would have placed them in the same category as, say, Mistress Quickly or Doll Tearsheet, who respond to Falstaff’s desires in the Boar’s Head tavern. So how should we construe one of the most damning epithets to be found in works such as Othello and Henry Vi, Part 1? These are the kinds of questions that Kay Stanton encourages us to consider in Shakespeare’s “Whores,” a provocative new volume by one of the most popular professors at California State University, Fullerton. Copies of Dr. Stanton’s book will be available for purchase and inscription.  


Neil Rudenstine Explores Shakespeare’s Sonnets


Tuesday, November 25

Reception 6:00, Program 6:30 p.m.

The Princeton Club of New York

15 West 43rd Street, Manhattan

Members $25, Non-Members $35


A renowned educator who has held key posts at Princeton (Provost, 1977-88), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (1988-91), and Harvard (1991-2001), Neil L. Rudenstine has addressed a broad array of literary and cultural issues, among them the tangled history of the Barnes Collection. Dr. Rudenstine now focuses on the lyrics that Wordsworth called the key to Shakespeare’s heart. As he does so, he traces a narrative and dramatic arc that reflects the emotions a poet experiences as he reacts to all the hopes, affections, jealousies, betrayals, reconciliations, and ethical and spiritual insights that convey him from the heights of faith and devotion to the depths of fear and loathing. Copies of Ideas of Order: A Close Reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnets will be on hand for purchase and inscription.  



Linguist Ammon Shea Speaks Up For “Bad English”


Tuesday, December 9, at 6:00 p.m.

The National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South, New York

No Charge, but Reservations Requested


Widely admired for Reading the OED, a charming book about consuming “the whole of the Oxford English Dictionary” in one year, lexicographer Ammon Shea has also treated us to Depraved EnglishInsulting English, and The Phone Book. He now challenges both nitpickers and recalcitrant rule-breakers with Bad English, a delightful exploration of “our glorious mess of a language.” Noting that many of the words and phrases we now consider standard were once regarded as inadmissible or impolite, and that others we’re now discouraged from using were once thought perfectly acceptable, Mr. Shea reminds us that vocabulary and grammar are in constant flux. Copies of his witty volume will be on display for purchase and inscription.


Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call (505) 988-9560 to register for these events. 


Visit for details about membership and about other Guild offerings.  


John F. Andrews, President

The Shakespeare Guild

SHAKSPER: Super Newsletter with Important Explanation

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.443  Friday, 21 November 2014


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

Date:         Friday, November 21, 2014

Subject:    Super Newsletter and Explanation


SHAKSPER: Super Newsletter with Important Explanation


Dear SHAKSPER Subscribers,


I have faced many difficulties in the past few months. Here I will only talk about the technical ones. In the message below, “Update,” I explain others. 


During the summer, SHAKSPER migrated to another, faster server. Since then my problems have been legion. I won’t go into all of them, but recently there has been a serious problem with the SMTP mail server from Google. One attempt that Ron and I made was to go from free to a paid Google service. With Google technical support Ron reconfigured some of the send mail functions of the Joomla platform. 


We were both under the impression that as soon as I started the paid service that I would be getting the option of sending up to 5,000 emails a day rather than the 500 with the free service. We were wrong. 


I thought that all had been worked out several times, only to discover that the past three Newsletters that I sent to subscribers resulted in few actual deliveries (considering the approaching 1,100 subscribers) and that as a result hundreds and hundreds of subscribers were deleted from the list. 


I tired to resend those three messages with similar results until we realized that Google had not activated our 5,000 emails a day service. It may take a month or six weeks, but I have decided to try to make the best of the situation.


At this time, of the 1,033 subscribers (I am still trying to determine if the others deleted wish to continue), The October 23rd Newsletter was delivered to 718 subscribers, the November 12th to 258, and the November 13th to 659.


I decided to make a Super Newsletter containing all of those posting because there are important announcements and on-going discussions. If you have received them or don’t wish to read them, please just delete this message. If you wish to read any you may either click on the link in the three table of contents or scroll down.


With the current limit, it takes over two days to deliver ONE Newsletter, but I pledge to continue on until Google comes through with what I am paying for. 


I still have an inbox full of other announcements and other submissions. I pledge to work through them as well as I can to insure continuing SHAKSPER service to its subscribers. When the day comes that we get the increased email limit, SHAKSPER will return to being the daily organ to discussion of all things Shakespearean that it was intended to be.


Unfortunately, I have not been able to follow through with all of my plans for finding and expediting Assistant and Associate Editors to help me with some of the special features of the list and the web site. I will return to them, keeping in mind the long view of SHAKSPER’s future.



Hardy M. Cook

Editor of SHAKSPER

An Urgent Query

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.442  Wednesday, 12 November 2014


From:        Anne Cuneo < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         November 8, 2014 at 2:58:29 AM EST

Subject:    An Urgent Query


Dear All,


I have a query. My novel about Francis Tregian, the collector of the Fitzwilliam Virginal book, is being translated into English (Title «Tregian's Ground»). 


How would one address Francis Tregian, a nobleman without a title: Mister or Master? The translators and I do not agree, and I should like other opinions.


Thank you!

Acting Against the Grain: Non Traditional Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.441  Wednesday, 12 November 2014


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

Date:         Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Subject:    Acting Against the Grain: Non Traditional Shakespeare


The University of Warwick and The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Invite you to

Acting Against the Grain: Non Traditional Shakespeare


Part of Being Human, the UK's first ever Festival of the Humanities


Wolfson Hall, Shakespeare Centre, Henley St., Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW


5.30-7pm Sunday 16 November 2014


Bringing together actors and academics from England and the USA who have worked ‘against the grain’: against racial and gender stereotypes, against ingrained habits of casting, and against cultural expectations, to talk about what Shakespeare’s stories and language can tell us about our lives.


The event will showcase the work of two University of Warwick projects, Shakespeare on the Road, led by Dr Paul Prescott and Dr Paul Edmondson, and Multicultural Shakespeare in Britain 1930 to 2010 led by Professor Tony Howard. 


Panellists will include Nicholas Bailey (currently playing in Macbeth at the Mercury Theatre Colchester) and Kevin Asselin (Artistic Director, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks) with video contributions by Ellen Geer (recently King Lear at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum in California), Debra Ann Byrd (founder of the Harlem Shakespeare Festival, New York) and Lisa Wolpe (founder of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company).


Places are limited: to confirm your attendance please register at

Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies Series

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.440  Wednesday, 12 November 2014


From:        Michele Marrapodi < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         November 12, 2014 at 10:47:50 AM EST

Subject:    Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies Series 


Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies Series - latest publications


Dear SHAKSPEReans,


I am pleased to announce the publication of the following new books in the Ashgate series “Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies”:


A Bibliographical Catalogue of Italian Books Printed in England 1603–1642, compiled by Soko Tomita and Masahiko Tomita (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014).


A sequel to Tomita’s A Bibliographical Catalogue of Italian Books Printed in England 1558-1603, this volume provides the data for the succeeding 40 years (during the reign of King James I and Charles I) and contributes to the study of Anglo-Italian relations in literature through entries on 187 Italian books (335 editions) printed in England. The Catalogue starts with the books published immediately after the death of Queen Elizabeth I on 24 March 1603, and ends in 1642 with the closing of English theatres. It also contains 45 Elizabethan books (75 editions), which did not feature in the previous volume. 

Formatted along the lines of Mary Augusta Scott’s Elizabethan Translations from the Italian (1916), and adopting Philip Gaskell’s scientific method of bibliographical description, this volume provides reliable and comprehensive information about books and their publication, viewed in a general perspective of Anglo-Italian transactions in Jacobean and part of Caroline England.



Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance: Appropriation, Transformation, Opposition, edited by Michele Marrapodi (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014).


Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance investigates the works of Shakespeare and his fellow dramatists from within the context of the European Renaissance and, more specifically, from within the context of Italian cultural, dramatic, and literary traditions, with reference to the impact and influence of classical, coeval, and contemporary culture. In contrast to previous studies, the critical perspectives pursued in this volume’s tripartite organization take into account a wider European intertextual dimension and, above all, an ideological interpretation of the ‘aesthetics’ or ‘politics’ of intertextuality. 

Contributors perceive the presence of the Italian world in early modern England not as a traditional treasure trove of influence and imitation, but as a potential cultural force, consonant with complex processes of appropriation, transformation, and ideological opposition through a continuous dialectical interchange of compliance and subversion.



Best wishes,

Michele Marrapodi

General Editor,

University of Palermo, Italy.

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