BSA Bulletin - October 2016

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.332  Tuesday, 4 October 2016


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Date:         October 4, 2016 at 7:05:24 AM EDT

Subject:    BSA Bulletin - October 2016




BSA conference 2016 in Hull: ‘Shakespearean Transformations: Death, Life, and Afterlives’


The BSA conference was an enormous success, and the organising committee were heartily congratulated by the Board of Trustees and the delegates who came from all over the world to memorialise Shakespeare’s legacy in the 400th anniversary of his death. Delegates had the opportunity to enjoy plenaries from Susan Basnett, Andrew Hadfield, Michael Neill, Claudia Olk, Barrie Rutter, Stuart Sillars, Tiffany Stern, and Richard Wilson. The conference dinner at the Hull aquarium, The Deep, was also a memorable event. During the course of the evening, Professor Ann Thompson accepted her Honorary Fellowship of the BSA, while Professor Richard Wilson accepted the other Honorary Fellowship on behalf of John Barton.


The programme and a report of the occasion, as well as a range of testimonials from our bursary recipients, are available here: http ://www . britishshakespeare . ws/reports-from-the-hull-bsa-conference/



New members of the Board of Trustees


At the BSA’s Annual General Meeting in Hull, the membership ratified the appointment of Professor Alison Findlay as the new Chair of the Association, replacing Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves, who stepped down after many years of service. Two other appointments were ratified: Professor Marion Wynne-Davies is our new Treasurer, replacing Dr Peter J. Smith, and Dr José A. Pérez Díez has taken over from Dr Peter Kirwan as Membership Officer. The Board warmly thanked the commitment and hard work of the outgoing team.


The posts of elected trustees are up for renewal next year, so we would encourage anyone thinking of putting their name forward for election to contact Alison Findlay: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Applications open to host the BSA conference in 2018, 2019, and 2020

The Board of Trustees have now approved the motion to hold our international conference annually from 2018, instead of biennially. The British Shakespeare Association therefore welcomes applications from institutions (not restricted to higher education) to host the BSA conference in 2018, 2019, or 2020. This is the largest regular Shakespeare conference in the United Kingdom, bringing together researchers, teachers and theatre practitioners to share the latest work on Shakespeare and other authors of the English Renaissance. The conference is the highest profile activity organised by the BSA, and draws delegates from around the world. The local organising team is a vital part of the BSA’s mission, and will benefit from the infrastructural support of the BSA, including its mailing lists, professional contacts and organisational advice. Full details on how to apply are available here: http ://www . britishshakespeare . ws/applications-to-host-our-2018-conference/


The deadline to submit applications is 31st October 2016.



Nominations open for our Honorary Fellowships 2017


The British Shakespeare Association endows two Honorary Fellowships each year. This year, 2016, the Fellowships were given to Emeritus Professor Ann Thompson and to Emeritus Director of the RSC John Barton – at a special Fellowship Event during our Conference at the University of Hull. The BSA now needs to be thinking about who the recipients will be for 2017. The Chair of our Fellowship Committee, Andrew Jarvis, would like to invite all current Members of the BSA to offer nominations for next year’s award.


Please find full details here: http ://www . britishshakespeare . ws/honorary-fellowship-nominations-2017/



Teaching Shakespeare 10 


The new issue of our education magazine is now out! It includes articles from Christie Desmet on teaching Shakespeare in Korea and Reto Winckler on playing Shakespeare with students in China, as well as Up the Road writing on their Bardolph’s Box tour. 



The King’s Troupe at the Dell


With the support of the BSA, the King’s Troupe contributed to the RSC’s summer outdoor programme at the Dell, in Stratford-upon-Avon, on 7th August 2016 with an internationally flavoured performance of As You Like It in Farsi, Romanian, and English on the 2016 International Day of Friendship.


Full details on: http ://www . britishshakespeare . ws/the-kings-troupe-at-the-dell/



Think Like Shakespeare


As many of us are getting to know new classes of students in the 2016-17 academic year, and many of them are preoccupied by the pressure of grades and results, the following post from Scott Newstok (Rhodes College) is a refreshing read. http ://www . chronicle . com/article/How-to-Think-Like-Shakespeare/237593


While it’s addressed to the American class of 2020, it aims to speak more broadly to educators and students. 





We are pleased to advertise news and activities by our members and other Shakespeare associations. If you would like to advertise a Shakespeare-related activity, please email our Membership Officer, José A. Pérez Díez, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Items below are not affiliated with or endorsed by the BSA – please use individual contact details for more information.


Cahiers Shakespeare en devenir (2017): Shakespeare and Africa, CFP

This issue would like to explore the relationship between Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, that of Shakespeare but also his contemporaries, and the representation of Africa, or, from a contextual viewpoint, the perception of the African continent in early modern England. The issue will also discuss 19th-21st c. re-writings, appropriations and adaptations of Shakespeare by African and African-American writers, stage directors and film directors. Full details and guidelines are available here: http ://www . britishshakespeare . ws/shakespeare-in-africa/



'Singing Simpkin' & 'The Humour of John Swabber’, St. Pancras Old Church, London, Friday 7 October at 7 p.m.


This staged performance in period costume will be introduced by Lucie Skeaping (presenter BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show, co-author of Singing Simpkin and Other Bawdy Jigs) and Tamsin Lewis (director of Passamezzo) and the performance will be preceded by an illustrated talk. 'Singing Simpkin' is first recorded in 1595 and may be the work of the clown-comedian Will Kemp, one of the founders and star performer of Shakespeare's company, the Chamberlain's Men. It was probably given in the theatre as an entertaining afterpiece, following one of the great dramatic tragedies of the day.  'Swabber' (partly read) was performed by Robert Cox and his company at London’s Red Bull theatre in June 1653 when most of the playhouses were closed by order of Parliament. Both appear in Cox's collection of farces, jigs and drolls  Actaeon and Diana 1655/6. The Church and bar will open from 6:30 so do come early for an autumnal glass of wine. You can book tickets online here: A limited number will be available on the door.


Shakespeare, the Earls of Derby & the North West, 19 October 2016.

The Northern Shakespeare Project, which is aiming to restore the early modern theatre at Prescot, is holding a day-long conference on Wednesday October 19th at Knowsley.


Please see details and how to register here:

http ://www . knowsleyhallvenue . co . uk/shakespeare_symposium . php



Interpreting Shakespeare! Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, 21-25 November 2016


A week-long residential course in Shakespeare interpretation for the adult reader on King Lear. 21st - 25th November 2016, Mousehole, Cornwall Together with an actor from the company, stf’s Artistic Director, Andrew Hilton, will guide you through this great text, employing theatrical perspectives to aid your understanding of Shakespeare’s language, techniques and preoccupations. This is not an actors’ workshop, but is devised specifically for Shakespeare’s audience. The sessions will be held in the newly opened Solomon Browne Memorial Hall in the pretty village of Mousehole, just west of Penzance and easily accessible by public transport. Maximum 14 participants. Cost:  £250 per person (includes lunch on 4 days). Accommodation is not included but there will be an abundance of local holiday cottages and b&bs available at low season prices.  For full details of how to book see the stf website: www . stf-theatre . org . uk




MV Dialog

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.331  Monday, 3 October 2016


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

Date:         October 3, 2016 at 3:05:27 AM EDT

Subject:    MV Dialog




Thank you for the answers to my questions. I make this brief reply:


1. I am relieved that I did not miss a reference to Jason in Il Pecorone. We need not cast our nets any wider. I based my description of the Jason myth on Ovid because we know that Shakespeare was familiar with his Metamorphoses.


What interests me is what makes a reference to Jason of particular significance in MV. I have checked an online Shakespeare concordance, and have found out that Shakespeare used the word Jason only in MV.



2. I am not taking material from one historical source and grafting it onto the play. As I mentioned to Tony Burton, I am trying very hard not to do such a thing. Quite the opposite. However, I am still struggling with exactly how best to communicate the way in which I have reached my observations and conclusions.


In a very small way, I am taking some cues from the arcane field of computer aided stylistic analysis of Shakespeare’s plays. Almost my entire focus is on the particular words that Shakespeare used in the play. An important aspect relates to any particular word patterns that I detect.


One significant word pattern relates to the number of times Shakespeare used a particular word within a short space of time and, if relevant, whether he used that word anywhere else in the play. When I noticed such a pattern, I then tried to figure out what it might mean.


I recently cited the pattern of the word liveries in Act 2 Scene 2: three times within 36 lines and nowhere else in the play. In the aural culture of Elizabethan theater, these repeated words would have been a marker for the audience. Shakespeare told the audience to pay particular attention to those words.


Something made these words remarkable. As I was reading the biography of Essex (Robert, Earl of Essex, by Robert Lacey), I came upon the description of how Essex spent a huge sum of money outfitting in his special tangerine and white livery a number of followers he took with him on his mission to France, and what a spectacle he made of his entry into the camp if Henry IV.


That spectacle was an historical fact. It was also something that many of those in London at the time would have been known about. Essex was no doubt the butt of many jokes about this.


I did not stop with this one instance. I have described other patterns in the last four or so posts that I believe point to Essex as the identity of Bassanio on what I have called the Political/Religious/Current Events dimension of meaning.


However, I have been doing something that may have contributed to confusion. I have described my conclusions, opinions, and speculations following a citation of each pattern and of the circumstantial evidence at the time. From now on I will refrain from describing such conclusions, opinions, and speculations until an appropriate end point in the discussion at hand.


Speaking of Shakespeare, Essex, and history. Shakespeare himself referred to Essex (the General of our gracious Empress) in connection with important events current at his time that are recorded in history. In Henry V, Shakespeare had the Chorus say the following at the beginning of Act 5:


CHORUS …But now behold,

In the quick forge and working-house of thought,

How London doth pour out her citizens.

The Mayor and all his brethren, in best sort,

Like to the senators of th’antique Rome

With the plebeians swarming at their heels,

Go forth and fetch their conquering Caesar in —

As, by a lower but high-loving likelihood,

Were now the General of our gracious Empress —

As in good time he may — from Ireland coming

With rebellion broachèd on his sword,

How many would the peaceful city quit

To welcome him!… .

(5.0.22-34) (emphasis supplied)



(I have wondered at the potential ambiguity of the word broached. It certainly could mean the defeat of the Irish. It could also mean that Essex would be bringing rebellion with him to London. Just a parenthetical thought.)


Essex and his army left for Ireland in 1597. Shakespeare probably wrote Henry V in early 1599. Essex returned post haste from Ireland in late 1600 and was soon arrested for treason. He staged his pathetic excuse for a rebellion in early 1601; lost; was tried and convicted; and was beheaded.


Thank you for your patience and your observations.


With respect,





Neema Parvini on Thurs Oct 6 + KiSS Autumn Schedule

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.330  Monday, 3 October 2016


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

Date:         October 2, 2016 at 2:41:41 PM EDT

Subject:    Neema Parvini on Thurs Oct 6 + KiSS Autumn Schedule


Dear SHAKSPERians,


Here is an update on Kingston Shakespeare events:


KiSS: Shakespeare and New Historicist Theory with Neema Parvini, Oct 6


Our first session on Thursday October 6 features Dr Neema Parvini discussing his book Shakespeare and New Historicist Theory, published by Bloomsbury in Arden Shakespeare’s Shakespeare and Theory series, coming out in January 2017. In our new format, the session will be an informal roundtable discussion with the author, chaired by Richard Wilson. We will convene at 6.30 pm at the Gallery of the Rose Theatre, Kingston. These sessions are free and open to everyone. See also the event page!

About Shakespeare and New Historicist Theory (from the publisher’s website):


Over the past three decades, no critical movement has been more prominent in Shakespeare Studies than new historicism. And yet, it remains notoriously difficult to pin down, define and explain, let alone analyze. Shakespeare and New Historicist Theory provides a comprehensive scholarly analysis of new historicism as a development in Shakespeare studies while asking fundamental questions about its status as literary theory and its continued usefulness as a method of approaching Shakespeare’s plays.


Dr Neema Parvini is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Surrey. He is the author of three books alongside the aforementionedShakespeare and New Historicist TheoryShakespeare’s History Plays: Rethinking Historicism (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory: New Historicism and Cultural Materialism (Bloomsbury, 2012), and Shakespeare and Cognition: Thinking Fast and Slow Through Character(Palgrave, 2015). Moreover, check out his fantastic podcast series on Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory. For more information see his staff page.



Kingston Shakespeare Autumn programme

Kingston Shakespeare has a new roundtable format featuring three different types of session: firstly, authors discussing their recent books; secondly, playreadings focusing on ‘Shakespeare, volume one’, three apocryphal texts; and thirdly, work-in-progress seminars with scholars discussing their recent work in and around all things Shakespeare.


Here is the programme for this Fall (with amendations forthcoming as soon as possible):

  • Oct. 6: Booktalk: Shakespeare and New Historicist Theory with Neema Parvini (Surrey)
  • Oct. 13: Playreading Shakespeare, volume one: Fair Em
  • Oct. 20: Work-in-Progress with Harry Newman (Royal Holloway)
  • Oct. 27: Booktalk: TBC
  • Nov. 3: Playreading Shakespeare, volume one: Mucedorus
  • Nov. 17: Work-in-Progress with Ildiko Solti
  • Nov. 24: Booktalk: TBC
  • Dec. 1: Playreading Shakespeare, volume one: The Merry Devil of Edmonton
  • Dec. 8: Work-in-Progress: TBC

All sessions are free and open to the public. They take place at our usual spot (the Gallery) in the Rose Theatre, Kingston. The sessions start at 6.30 pm unless otherwise specified.

See our homepage for more and up-to-date information. See you there!


Kingston Shakespeare Seminar


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Timo Uotinen

PhD Candidate in English Literature

Royal Holloway, University of London

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Speaking of Shakespeare with NYU's Louis Scheeder

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.329  Monday, 3 October 2016


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

Date:         October 2, 2016 at 12:44:32 PM EDT

Subject:    Speaking of Shakespeare with NYU's Louis Scheeder 


Speaking of Shakespeare 

With Louis Scheeder of NYU's 

Tisch School of the Arts 


Wednesday, October 5, at 8 p.m.

The National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan

Admission Free, and Open to the Public


We hope you’ll join us for a wide-ranging conversation with one of America’s most influential directors and drama instructors. Louis Scheeder teaches at NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. He founded and now oversees its Classical Studio, an advanced training program, and he also serves as Associate Dean of Faculty. During the 1970s Mr. Scheeder won plaudits as Producer of the Folger Theatre Group, a vibrant company that performed both Renaissance classics and cutting-edge contemporary works on an Elizabethan stage that became of of the most dynamic venues in the Nation’s Capital. In subsequent years he has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and with The Factory in London, and he conducts workshops in settings such as California’s Huntington Library. He has delighted audiences with three Off Broadway shows, among them Amlin Gray’s How I Got That Story. He has contributed to a widely-admired volume about Training the American Actor. And in collaboration with our December guest, Shane Ann Younts, he has compiled All the Words on Stage: A Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the Plays of William Shakespeare.   


Visit for more details about this and a variety of other Guild offerings, among them our 2016 Gielgud Award presentation, to occur on Sunday, October 9, at London’s historic Guildhall, with Vanessa Redgrave as this year’s honoree. 





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