Speaking of Shakespeare with Peter Holland

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.228  Thursday, 7 July 2016

 

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

Date:         June 14, 2016 at 2:46:29 PM EDT

Subject:    Speaking of Shakespeare with Peter Holland

 

Speaking of Shakespeare  

With Peter Holland of the

University of Notre Dame 

 

Monday, June 20, at 8 p.m.

The National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan

Admission Free, but Reservations Requested

 

As Associate Dean for the Arts at the University of Notre Dame, Peter Holland oversees a highly regarded Shakespeare festival and helps administer Actors From The London Stage, a touring educational program that has helped transform the teaching of dramatic literature in the United States. Professor Holland is admired around the globe for his work as editor of Shakespeare Survey. He also edits Great Shakespeareans, an eighteen-volume set from Bloomsbury, and co-edits Oxford Shakespeare Topics, an indispensable reference collection with twenty volumes now in print. For years Dr. Holland directed the Shakespeare Institute, a Stratford-based academy under the auspices of the University of Birmingham, and in that capacity he presided over the biennial International Shakespeare Conference. 

 

Dr. Holland's acclaimed scholarly editions of the plays include A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Oxford Shakespeare series and Coriolanus for the Arden Shakespeare's third series. His many book-length titles include The Ornament of ActionRethinking British Theatre History, and English Shakespeares: Shakespeare on the English Stage in the 1990s. He has written extensively about Shakespeare in performance, and audiences at London's National Theatre have long enjoyed his lucid program notes for productions under the aegis of artistic director Nicholas Hytner, who studied under Dr. Holland at the University of Cambridge.

 

See www.shakesguild.org/events.html for detail about this and other Shakespeare Guild offerings. And please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to take part in Dr. Holland's wide-ranging conversation with the Guild's john Andrews.   

 

 

 

 

Call for Seminar Papers and Call for Workshop Participation

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.227  Thursday, 7 July 2016

 

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

Date:         June 13, 2016 at 12:26:49 PM EDT

Subject:    Call for Seminar Papers and Call for Workshop Participation

 

Dear Shakespearean friends,

 

Greetings from Yukari, secretary of Asian Shakespeare Association !

 

Apologies for cross-posting, please find attached call for Seminar Papers at Asian Shakespeare Association Biennial Conference, 1-3 Dec 2016, New Delhi.

 

I will appreciate if you can circulate CFP among those who might be interested in participating.  Thank you in advance.

 

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 July 2016.

 

Sincerely,

Yukari Yoshihara (Secretary), ASA

 

Call for Seminar papers ASA:   pdf Call for Seminar papers ASA final (1.13 MB)

Call for workshop participation:   pdf Call for workshop participation revised (1.10 MB)

 

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Call for Seminar Papers 

 

Seminars are always exciting and enlightening academic occasions. They give participants opportunities for close analysis and profitable discussion of their papers.

 

Seminar papers, which need to be focused but not too long (3000 words approx.), will be circulated in advance and commented upon among all seminar members. Each participant will have 10 minutes to summarize and expound their papers so as to open up a fruitful discussion among seminar members, initiated by the proposer of the seminar.

 

Now we would like to invite you to join the Seminars given below. Even if you have already had your paper proposal accepted, you can still join the seminar instead by withdrawing the proposal. If you are interested in one of the seminars below, please submit a new abstract for the seminar of your choice by 15 July 2016.

 

Please send a 250-word abstract and brief bio-data to the seminar leader and the administration office at <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>. The deadline for abstracts is 15 July 2016.

 

Seminars Proposed for ASA New Delhi

 

1. Shakespeare and Today’s Technology

 

In today’s world, technology affects every single aspect of our lives, including the teaching, studying, performing, and enjoying of Shakespeare. Searchable and downloadable online texts, images, and videos have made Shakespeare more accessible and affordable. In the democratic world of the Internet, everyone is free to contribute, to create and to comment, to interpret and to parody. New methodologies have also been proposed. Other than small conveniences (such as YouTube videos) and small annoyances (such as student plagiarism), is technology changing, improving, or endangering the Shakespeare as we have always known it in any fundamental ways? Are there any measures that we should take? You are invited to share your experience, analyze its pros and cons, and theorize the phenomenon. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

 

--performances involving cutting-edge technology

--study tools

--research tools

--teaching tools and platforms

--digital theatre archives

--e-publishing, blogging, online forums

--data science

--YouTube

--social media

--authenticity, aura, ownership

--globalization

--ethics

--legal issues

 

Proposer / Leader Bi-qi Beatrice Lei This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Bi-qi Beatrice Lei is Founder of the Asian Shakespeare Association. She is currently a researcher at the Research Center for Digital Humanities, National Taiwan University. She is a co-editor of Shakespeare in Culture (with Perng Ching-Hsi) and Shakespeare’s Asian Journeys (with Judy Celine Ick and Poonam Trivedi) 

 

2. Shakespeare is pop ---is he? 

 

We have a large variety of pop adaptations / rip-offs / second order re-creations of Shakespear: some faithful transmedial translation, others outrageous pirating, still others that have almost nothing to do with Shakespeare (e.g. David Bowie’s Thin White Duke, King Stefan of Maleficent, possibly a caricature of Macbeth), and the ultimate, ‘Shakespeare’ rubber ducks. Analysis of such Shakespeare-made-pop has gained a certain academic respectability, now that adaptation studies are one of the hip fields in the age of the decline of humanities and English studies.

 

This seminar aims to contextualize the complex negotiations, struggles and challenges between high culture and pop culture, between authoritative cultural products and consumer products for dummies on global scale. Are pop Shakespeares simply sycophantic to the Bard’s authority? Or are they butchering the immortal swan of Avon? Or, would it be more profitable to think of the power game between Shakespeare the original and the Shakespop as having “reciprocal legitimation” (Lanier)?

 

Let us investigate the cultural politics of making Shakespeare pop. After sharing our geeky knowledge about pop Shakespeares, let us work together to think whether it is possible (or desirable) to theorize this phenomenon within the framework of the glocalization of Shakespeare’s works. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

 

- Shakespeare as a popular writer /icon

- Pop Stage performance (including opera and musicals)

- Fashion

- Memes

- Computer games

- Comics/ anime/ manga

- Films

 

Proposer / Leader Yukari Yoshihara This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Yukari Yoshihara is an associate professor at the University of Tsukuba. Her publications include ‘Tacky Shakespeare in Japan,’ in Multicultural Shakespeare vol.10, no. 25(2013), ‘The First Japanese Adaptation of Othello (1903) and Japanese Colonialism,’ in Bi-Qi Beatrice Lei and Ching-Hsi Perng (eds.), Shakespeare in Culture (2012), ‘Is This Shakespeare?: Inoue Hidenori’s Adaptations of Shakespeare,’ in Poonam Trivedi and Minami Ryuta (eds.), Re-Playing Shakespeare in Asia (2010) and ‘ Popular Shakespeare in Japan, ’ Shakespeare Survey vol.60, (2007).

 

3. ‘Documents in Madness’: Representing Shakespearean Madness in Asia

 

Scholars have commented on the Renaissance preoccupation with unusual, heightened and aberrant mental states of different kinds and also on their varied representations and interpretations. Expressions of madness, folly, delusions, possession and melancholy proliferate in early modern literature, particularly in drama. Madmen, witches, melancholics and fools crowd Shakespeare’s stage too and bring in different registers of language and performance. The representation and enactment of madness becomes a site for philosophical, moral, religious, mystical and political debates as in the case of Lady Macbeth, Lear, Ophelia, Hamlet as well as the wise fools in the comedies and tragedy. There is also a particular interest in examining the interface between forms of insanity and the theatre—madness is seen as a performed and performable state, making it difficult to understand the difference between authentic and pretended madness as in Hamlet.

 

This seminar will focus on Asian recreations (and others as comparative contrasts) of Shakespearean madness in translations, adaptations, stage and screen versions with a specific focus on exploring the cultural codes through which madness is understood, represented and interpreted in different Asian cultures. The contributions should attempt to discuss how these representations initiate conversations between early modern and Asian modes of understanding and reading madness, and underline the importance of culture in constructing the discursive context of madness which is so much more than a medical or psychiatric condition.

 

Proposer / Leader Paromita Chakravarti This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Paromita Chakravarti is a professor in the Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata and has been the Director of the School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University. Her doctoral work at the University of Oxford has been on early modern discourses of madness and folly and she has written extensively on the historiography of folly, mad women on the Elizabethan stage and the medical discourses of madness. She teaches in the areas of early modern drama, Shakespearean adaptations on stage and screen, Women's writing, Queer studies, Film and literature and education and sexuality. She has been a visiting fellow at the universities of Delhi, Hyderabad, Oxford, Liverpool and Birmingham. Her book, Women Contesting Culture, co-edited with Kavita Panjabi was published in 2012. She is currently co-editing a volume on Shakespeare and Indian cinemas with Poonam Trivedi for Routledge.

 

4. ‘For they are the abstract and brief chronicles of the time’: Negotiating Shakespearean Characters in Performance from Past to Present

 

In criticism, relying on character study or treating Shakespearean characters as real people, has often been censured. But, in performance, where actors especially need to get under the skin of the characters they portray, Shakespearean personae do exhibit some kind of biographical reality. 

 

Representations of the Shakespearean characters in performance in the last 400 years, both globally and locally, have been various and multiple, not only influenced by the actor’s and director’s interpretations but also by the geographical location of where the performance is taking place and its historical specificity, socio-political climate and unique and often indigenous performative traditions. That is why although the lines that characters speak in Shakespeare’s play-texts are the same (even if translated in another language), in performance over the times, the ‘idea’ of the character changes, so much so that for example, today, the three witches of Macbeth have been transformed to a spirit in the guise of an old woman in Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood and to two policemen in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Maqbool, all influenced by the above-mentioned conditions.

 

This seminar proposes to look at the characters in Shakespeare’s plays that have in the world of performance, be it theatre, cinema, and mass media, evolved with time and exhibited a life of their own especially in Asia and the implications this has on the metaphorics of the world and stage in Shakespeare’s time and now. Their stories reveal the interpretative and performative trends which have led to the popularization of Shakespeare in Asia.

 

Papers may include, but are not limited to, how Shakespeare’s characters have been used to generate meaning in Asian culture at different points of time, and whether or not the various spin-offs tell us something new both about Shakespeare’s characters and plays as well as the culture which is performing it.

 

Proposer / Leader Paramita Dutta This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Paramita Dutta, M Phil, Ph D, is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Rammohan College, Kolkata. She has also taught English literature at the post graduate level in Lady Brabourne College and Maulana Azad College, Kolkata. A student of Jadavpur University she received her doctorate from the same on ‘Marriage and its Portrayal in the Drama of Early Modern England’ in 2013.

 

She has presented papers nationally and internationally and her recent publications include an article on Tagore’s Bidaay Abhishaap and a short story ‘The First Time.’ An article on Shakespeare Wallah is forthcoming in collection of essays by SAGE. She is a member of The Shakespeare Society of India.

 

 

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Call for Workshop Participation

Asian Shakespeare

Association Biennial Conference,

1-3 Dec 2016, New Delhi, India.

Call for Workshop Participation

 

Manga Shakespeare: __Why Not Create Your Own Manga Shakespeare with a Professional Artist?

 

The ASA is pleased to announce that we are going to have Harumo Sanazaki, professional Japanese manga artist to conduct a workshop for young people. If you are interested in re-creating Shakespeare’s plays, manga-style, this will be an ideal occasion for you to learn how to draw manga.

 

In this session, you will have a chance to see how a manga artist gets an idea of manga Shakespeare or how you can interpret and create Shakespearean characters and scenes in a manga style visualisation.

 

Harumo Sanazaki, a professional manga creator with more than 300 works and 30 years of experience. She adapted Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Venus and Adonis, all told from female characters’ point of view in manga. She was also a judge at the first Graphic Shakespeare Competition, held in association with  he international conference ‘Shakespeare -- Next 400 years’ at Elsinore, April 2016.

 

The workshop will take 25 participants out of which half will be

students. Book your place immediately, no later than 15 July

2016.

 

Please write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

EARLY THEATRE 19.1 2016

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.226  Thursday, 7 July 2016

 

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

Date:         June 10, 2016 at 2:47:29 PM EDT

Subject:    EARLY THEATRE 19.1 2016

 

Now available to subscribers online only.  The June issue is being published on June 10.  This announcement is cross-posted.

Articles

A History of ‘The Mysteries’ 

Emma Maggie Solberg 

PDF 

 

Jewish Questions in The Three Ladies of London 

Brett D. Hirsch 

PDF 

 

Talbot's Death as Passion Play in Shakespeare's 1 Henry VI 

John A. Warrick 

PDF 

 

‘A Mad-Cap Ruffian and a Swearing Jack’: Braggart Courtship from Miles Gloriosus to The Taming of the Shrew 

Philip D. Collington 

PDF 

 

Youth and Privacy in Romeo and Juliet 

Rachel Prusko 

PDF 

 

Note

The Peaceable King, or the Lord Mendall: A Lost Jack Cade Play and its 1623 Revival 

David Nicol 

PDF 

 

Book Reviews

Philip Butterworth. Staging Conventions in Medieval English Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Pp 272. 

Tamara Haddad 

PDF 

 

Anne Lancashire and David J. Parkinson (eds). Civic London to 1558. 3 vols. Cambridge: Records of Early English Drama/D.S. Brewer, 2015. Pp 1795. 

Tracey Hill 

PDF 

 

Richard Preiss. Clowning and Authorship in Early Modern Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Pp x, 287. 

John H. Astington 

PDF 

 

David McInnis and Matthew Steggle (eds). Lost Plays in Shakespeare’s England. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014. Pp 295. 

Todd Andrew Borlik 

PDF 

 

Charlotte Scott. Shakespeare’s Nature: From Cultivation to Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp 257. 

Sarah O'Malley 

PDF 

 

Deanne Williams. Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Pp xi, 277. 

M. Tyler Sasser 

PDF 

 

James Knowles. Politics and Political Culture in the Court Masque. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Pp vii, 288. 

Richard Allen Cave 

PDF 

 

Heather Hirschfeld. The End of Satisfaction: Drama and Repentance in the Age of Shakespeare. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2014. Pp 239. 

Kenneth J.E. Graham 

PDF 

 

Laura Estill. Dramatic Extracts in Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts: Watching, Reading, Changing Plays. Lanham: University of Delaware Press, 2015. Pp xxviii, 254. 

Douglas Bruster 

PDF 

 

Lisa Hopkins. Renaissance Drama on the Edge. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015. Pp ii, 191. 

Eoin Price 

PDF 

 

Thomas L. Berger and Sonia Massai (eds), with Tania Demetriou. Paratexts in English Printed Drama to 1642. 2 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Pp xx, 614 (vol. 1); x, 430 (vol. 2). 

Helen Smith

 

 

 

 

Appointment of the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the British Shakespeare Association

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.225  Thursday, 7 July 2016

 

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

Date:         June 9, 2016 at 10:35:15 AM EDT

Subject:    Appointment of the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the British Shakespeare Association

 

Later this year I will be standing down as Chair of the British Shakespeare Association. These are exciting times for the BSA and we really need your help and support to grow the organisation and further its mission. With this email, I am initiating the search for the next Chair of the Board of Trustees. The Board has developed a transparent process and the role will be advertised widely to ensure that we have the best possible field. A full description of the process is attached and the text of the advert is copied below for those of you unable to open the attachment. Please give the role serious consideration and pass the advert on to anyone who you feel has the skills and experience to lead the BSA. I am hoping that I will be able to introduce the next Chair at the Biennial Conference in Hull later this year.

 

Best wishes

Stuart Hampton-Reeves

Chair of the Board of Trustees

 

The Board of the British Shakespeare Association is looking to appoint a new leadership team from September 2016 onwards. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the Board of the BSA during the year of Shakespeare’s quartercentenary and help take the BSA forward. 

 

We are committed to equality of opportunity for everyone and welcome applications from individuals regardless of their background.

 

Chair of the Board of Trustees of the British Shakespeare Association

The Board of the British Shakespeare Association is looking to appoint a new leadership team from September 2016 onwards. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the Board of the BSA during the year of Shakespeare’s quarter-centenary and help take the BSA forward.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for everyone and welcome applications from individuals regardless of their background.

 

About the BSA

The BSA was founded in 2002 with a mission to bring together academics, teachers, theatre practitioners and other people who work with Shakespeare’s texts into a professional association. In 2007, the BSA was incorporated as a charitable company limited by guarantee with a commitment to educate the general public about Shakespeare and his works. The BSA typically has around 300 paid up members and over 1000 members on its database. Members pay an annual subscription fee of £25 although there are also concessionary rates and since 2014 all Schools-based members have been given free membership. The BSA’s flagship event is its Biennial Conference, which brings together Shakespeareans from all of its communities to discuss latest research and the most recent insights into teaching and performance. Between conferences, the BSA runs a number of other events, most notably an annual Honorary Fellows event. We appoint two Honorary Fellows a year  - past Fellows include Stanley Wells, Chris Grace, Janet Suzman, Cicely Berry and John Russell Brown. The BSA is also associated with two publications: Teaching Shakespeare, a journal edited by Sarah Olive and published through the BSA; and Shakespeare: the Journal of the British Shakespeare Association, which is published by Routledge and is considered to be one of the best academic journals on Shakespeare in the world. The BSA also has a website, www . britishshakespeare . ws, through which news relating to Shakespeare and the BSA is disseminated.

 

About the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees (which is also a Board of Directors) is made up of: 4 Officers, 6 elected Trustees, and 3 ex officio Trustees representing the Shakespeare Institute, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Routledge Journal. Three committees also report directly to the Board: the Events Committee, the Fellowship Committee and the Education Committee. The Chairs of these Committees are appointed by the Board and are entitled to attend Board meetings, but can only vote if they are also Trustees. The Board meets three times a year, usually in Stratford-upon-Avon, and holds one Annual General Meeting. As well as overseeing the various activities of the BSA, the Board is responsible for ensuring good governance and for ensuring compliance with auditing requirements for Companies House and the Charity Commission. The Board’s work is governed by three documents: its Articles of Association, the Rules of the BSA, and the Financial Procedures of the BSA. Meetings typically last 2-hours and currently follow a standing agenda.

 

Chair

  

The Chair of the British Shakespeare Association is also the Head of the British Shakespeare Association. The main duty of the Chair is to ensure that the charitable object of the BSA, to educate the general public about Shakespeare’s works, is being fulfilled by its activities. The Chair is responsible for the day-to-day management of the BSA and for working with the Board to set its strategic priorities. This person chairs meetings of the Board and reports to it. The Chair also manages the Officers of the Board (the Treasurer, the Membership Officer and the Web and Communications Officer) and the Chairs of the Board’s Committees to ensure that they are working effectively towards furthering the BSA’s charitable objects. The Chair also chairs the Annual General Meeting.

 

The Board is looking for someone who is committed to the BSA’s vision and is able to work across its different communities in ways that bring them together into a positive and dynamic association.

 

Essential Criteria

1.  A natural negotiator and diplomat who is able to collaborate with other members of the Board and make the most of their talents

2.  A good strategic thinker who is able to balance risk and opportunity to help the BSA grow

3.  An effective leader with good communication skills and the ability to articulate a clear achievable vision for the BSA

4.  Experience of chairing meetings and effectively following up agreed actions

5.  Willing and able to act as the public face of the BSA

6.  Either a long-standing member of the BSA who has demonstrated a commitment to its values or substantial equivalent experience of a cognate charity

7.  IT-literate

 

Desirable

8.  An experienced Chair and/or a Trustee of a charity

9.  Pro-active in using modern technology to engage members

 

As Chair, you will also be a trustee and consequently cannot stand for the Board if you are disqualified from being a trustee either by law or under the constitution of the BSA. For more details on eligibility criteria for trustees, please see this document: https://www . gov . uk/government/publications/finding-new-trustees-cc30/finding-new-trustees

 

The deadline for applications is 15th July 2016. Shortlisted candidates for the Chair will be invited to an informal meeting with the current Board followed by an interview with a panel. This will be held in Stratford during the second week of August.

 

To apply, please send a letter of application, a CV and the names of two referees to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the appropriate deadline.

 

For an informal discussion about any of these roles please contact Stuart Hampton-Reeves, the outgoing Chair of the Board, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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Professor Stanley Wells Knighted

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.224  Thursday, 7 July 2016

 

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

Date:         Thursday, July 7, 2016

Subject:     Professor Stanley Wells Knighted

 

Professor Stanley Wells, CBE knighted in The Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours

 

http://whatsonlive.co.uk/news/professor-stanley-wells-cbe-knighted-in-the-queens-90th-birthday-honours/33951

 

https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/about-us/news-media/press-releases/professor-wells-knighted/

 

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is pleased to announce that its Honorary President, Professor Stanley Wells, CBE, has been awarded a knighthood in The Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list.

 

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is pleased to announce that its Honorary President, Professor Stanley Wells, CBE, has been awarded a knighthood in The Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list.

 

The knighthood is bestowed on Professor Wells in recognition of his services to Shakespeare scholarship.

 

One of the world’s foremost Shakespearians, Professor Well’s distinguished career with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust spans over forty years , first, from 1975,  as representative trustee of the University of Birmingham, later as a Life Trustee and Chairman (1991- 2011). He is also Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies of the University of Birmingham, former Vice-Chairman and now Honorary Emeritus Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Trustee of the Rose theatre, and a member of the Council of Shakespeare’s Globe.

 

A prolific and successful writer, speaker and broadcaster, Stanley is General Editor of the Oxford and Penguin editions of Shakespeare and has written and edited numerous books and other publications on Shakespeare’s life and works. The leading voice of Shakespeare studies, he speaks at numerous conferences and other events, sharing his passion for Shakespeare all over the world.

 

Speaking about the award, Professor Wells says: “I am delighted to receive this honour. I feel myself most fortunate in having been able to spend so much of my life in the company of Shakespeare and of those who admire and enjoy his works. Throughout my career as teacher and scholar I have enjoyed and benefitted enormously from collaborating with fellow scholars from all over the world, and I hope they will share my pleasure in receiving this award.”

 

Peter Kyle, Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said, “We are delighted to hear that Professor Wells’s outstanding services to Shakespeare have been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen in the Birthday Honours List. Stanley’s knighthood comes at a particularly wonderful time in the year marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s creative legacy. We offer him the warmest congratulations on this very prestigious honour.”

 

Professor Stanley Wells CBE, Honorary President, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

 

One of the world’s foremost Shakespearians, Stanley Wells is a Life Trustee and Former Chairman of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (1991-2011), Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies of the University of Birmingham, and Honorary Emeritus Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, of which he was for many years Vice-Chairman. He holds a Ph. D. of the University of Birmingham, is an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford and of University College, London and holds honorary doctorates from Furman University, South Carolina, and from the Universities of Munich, Hull, Durham and Warwick, Marburg and Craiova.

 

His books include Literature and Drama; Royal Shakespeare: Studies of Four Major Productions at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre; Modernizing Shakespeare’s spelling; Re-editing Shakespeare for the Modern Reader; and Shakespeare: the Poet and his Plays. He edited A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard II, and The Comedy of Errors for the New Penguin Shakespeare and King Lear for the Oxford Shakespeare. He was for nearly twenty years the editor of the annual Shakespeare Survey, and writes for the New York Review of Books and many other publications. He has edited The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies and is General Editor (with Gary Taylor) of The Complete Oxford Shakespeare, co-author of William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion and General Editor of the Penguin Shakespeare. His most recent books are Shakespeare in the Theatre: An Anthology of Criticism; The Oxford Dictionary of Shakespeare; The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (edited with Michael Dobson);Shakespeare For All Time; Looking for Sex in Shakespeare; Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Coffee with Shakespeare, both co-authored with Paul Edmondson; Shakespeare & Co.; Is It True What they Say About Shakespeare?; Shakespeare, Sex, and Love; Great Shakespeare Actors, and William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction. Together with Paul Edmondson he has edited Shakespeare Beyond Doubt and The Shakespeare Circle for Cambridge University Press. 

 

Stanley Wells was elected The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's first Honorary President in June 2011.

 

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Professor Stanley Wells CBE knighted in The Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours

 

http://whatsonlive.co.uk/news/professor-stanley-wells-cbe-knighted-in-the-queens-90th-birthday-honours/33951

 

Leading Shakespearean and Honorary President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Professor Stanley Wells has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours list.

 

Among the world’s foremost Shakespearean scholars, Wells’ distinguished career with the Birthplace Trust spans over 40 years, beginning with his position as representative trustee of the University of Birmingham in 1975. He later went on to become a Life Trustee, and chaired the organisation for 20 years between 1991 and 2011, after which he was elected its first Honorary President.

 

As an academic, Wells has a long-standing relationship with Stratford’s Shakespeare Institute, part of the University of Birmingham, which awarded his Ph. D. He is now Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the university.  A prolific writer, speaker and broadcaster, his work has earned him international renown, and in addition to his professorship at Birmingham, he also holds honorary doctorates from Furman University in South Carolina, and from the Universities of Munich, Hull, Durham, Warwick, Marburg and Craiova. He is an Honorary Fellow of both Balliol College, Oxford and University College London.

 

Known for his performance-focused approach to editing Shakespeare’s plays, Wells is also Honorary Emeritus Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, where he formerly served as Vice-Chairman.

 

Said Wells: “I am delighted to receive this honour. I feel myself most fortunate in having been able to spend so much of my life in the company of Shakespeare and of those who admire and enjoy his works. Throughout my career as teacher and scholar I have enjoyed and benefitted enormously from collaborating with fellow scholars from all over the world, and I hope they will share my pleasure in receiving this award.”

 

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