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Hugh Grady Named Professor Emeritus at Arcadia

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.303  Friday, 4 July 2014


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

Date:         July 3, 2014 at 9:35:57 AM EDT

Subject:    Hugh Grady Named Professor Emeritus at Arcadia 


[Editor’s Note: Congratulations, Hugh!]



Dr. Hugh Grady Named Professor Emeritus at Arcadia University


Dr. Hugh Grady, a preeminent Shakespearean scholar who taught English literature and writing at Arcadia University for 27 years, has been named professor emeritus at the University. Grady, who retired from Arcadia following the 2013-14 academic year, is commended for his dedication to teaching, his extraordinary scholarship in the field of literature, and his years of service to Arcadia.


Grady began teaching at Arcadia in 1987. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in writing, literature, and critical theory, and organized and instructed the senior Capstone course in English, familiarizing students with literary theory and helping them develop their undergraduate theses. Grady, who also chaired the English department, was promoted to full professor in 1999.


Grady has authored several books on Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, including Shakespeare and Impure Aesthetics (2009), Shakespeare, Machiavelli, and Montaigne: Power and Subjectivity from “Richard II” to “Hamlet” (2002), Shakespeare’s Universal Wolf: Postmodernist Studies in Early Modern Reification (1994), andThe Modernist Shakespeare: Critical Texts in a Material World (1995). He also has published more than 30 articles in journals and anthologies, coedited Shakespeare and the Urgency of Now: Criticism and Theory in the 21st Century (2013), and edited and contributed to Empson, Wilson Knight, Barber, KottGreat Shakespeareans (2012), an anthology of critical essays focusing on Shakespeare’s reception by the major modern critics.


“I am honored to receive this distinction from the University and President Christensen and look forward to a continued relationship with the Arcadia community,” said Grady. “I plan an active retirement of continued scholarship, writing, and occasional part-time teaching in the future. Arcadia has been a big part of my life for the last 27 years, and I have many fond memories of working and teaching here.”


After receiving a bachelor’s degree in English from Fordham University, Grady spent a year volunteering with Americorps VISTA. He briefly taught high school French and English before pursuing a master’s degree in English and a doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Texas at Austin. Following his work as a senior assistant editor for the anthology Shakespearean Criticism, Grady taught English at Temple University before joining Arcadia.


In 1990 and 2004, Grady won the Ellington Beavers Faculty Award for Intellectual Inquiry at Arcadia, which is designed to encourage and recognize faculty inquiry in the scholarly and creative realms. He was named Arcadia Professor of the Year for the 2001-02 school year, and in 2004, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for research.

Learning ‘Lear’

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.302  Wednesday, 2 July 2014


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

Date:         July 1, 2014 at 7:23:07 PM EDT

Subject:    Lithgow Lear


Like John Lithgow, I too have been working on Lear; performed it four times in Library Park, Waterbury Connecticut, during the last days of June, and have six more performances scheduled for Guilford, Connecticut, Aug 6 to 10; and a final performance in Newtown, August 23. I must respectfully disagree with John Lithgow. Lear, I think, does not slide into dementia. His madness releases him from inhibitions—and permits him to tell painful and difficult truths about himself and others; his topics range from incest, through poverty, to injustice. His remarks to Gloucester, in verse, are as sane as they are heart wrenching. The problem in the first two acts is to find the proper balance between rage and pain. Too much rage, and he forfeits the sympathy needful to sustain audience interest. Too much pain, and the necessary awe gives way to pity; and, as Medea tells us, pity is brother to contempt. 


This seems to be a year of Lears. Is a sense of rising injustice connected with a resurgence of interest in this play? 


David Richman 

T.S. and Groucho

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.301  Wednesday, 2 July 2014


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

Date:         June 30, 2014 at 4:28:07 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Tom & Groucho


Lee Siegel’s psychoanalysis of the brief, polite and none-to-philosophical or literary exchange between Julius (“Groucho”) Marx and Thomas Stearns Eliot, for which we have only sketchy fragments (there probably wasn’t much more), in which each appears to admire the other and deprecate himself, like Siegel’s deconstruction of the entire Marx Brothers oeuvre, might contain some truth. Then again, as someone familiar with psychoanalysis once said, perhaps à propos of Groucho, “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

4th of July Weekend Reading

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.300  Wednesday, 2 July 2014


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

Date:         July 1, 2014 at 2:00:35 PM EDT

Subject:    4th of July Weekend Reading


Dear Friends,


Anyone wishing to take a break from scholarly pursuits over the 4th of July weekend might enjoy my new political thriller, 'The Right', which is available FREE on Kindle until 5 July.


Have a great weekend!



Interview with Ben Crystal about Original Pronunciation

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.299  Wednesday, 2 July 2014


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

Date:         July 1, 2014 at 6:36:05 AM EDT

Subject:    Interview with Ben Crystal about Original Pronunciation


I interviewed Ben Crystal recently, discussing original pronunciation and Shakespeare. It would have been better if I could have included some of the examples he spoke, but I include a YouTube video where he and his father, David Crystal, give some examples of how OP works.



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