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Global Shakespeare—Announcement and Job Opportunity

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.311  Wednesday, 9 July 2014

 

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

Date:         July 9, 2014 at 10:03:50 AM EDT

Subject:    Global Shakespeare—Announcement and Job Opportunity

 

I am the administrator working on Global Shakespeare which is a new partnership between Queen Mary University of London and Warwick University which aims to shape the future research agenda in Shakespeare studies across criticism, performance, history and media; from television to digital reproduction. It is being led by David and has recently been launched with a Masters programme beginning 2014/15.

 

Our website is www.globalshakespeare.ac.uk

 

And we are very excited to be recruiting two Global Shakespeare Research Fellows through Warwick with a deadline of 23rd July. The job advert is live and is can be accessed through this link. http://bit.ly/1qKtTDk

 

Anna Boneham 

Executive Officer Global Shakespeare

Queen Mary University of London

University of Warwick

 
 
Ian Doescher: The Bard Behind William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.310  Tuesday, 8 July 2014

 

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

Date:         July 8, 2014 at 9:59:32 AM EDT

Subject:    Ian Doescher: The Bard Behind William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

 

http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/07/ian-doescher-the-bard-behind-william-shakespeares.html

 

Ian Doescher: The Bard Behind William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

By Frannie Jackson

July 1, 2014

 

“I always wanted Han Solo’s confidence and swagger,” Ian Doescher says. “My personality is way more C-3PO, but Han was always who I wanted to be.”

 

It makes sense that the creator of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars identifies with the brilliant yet cautious droid who happens to speak six million languages. A Yale graduate with a knack for writing in Elizabethan English, Doescher is the author of Verily, A New Hope and The Empire Striketh Back from Quirk Books. The final book in the trilogy, The Jedi Doth Return, hits shelves today, completing the canon of titles transforming the original Star Wars films into Shakespearean plays—and all in iambic pentameter, no less.

But let’s back up for a moment. How does a creative director for a marketing and research firm with a PhD in Ethics become a writer marrying the culture surrounding Star Wars with the most famous author in the English language?

 

“I grew up with the Star Wars movies since before I have many memories,” Doescher says in an interview with Paste. “We had them on VHS back in the day, so they were part of the fabric of growing up in my family.”

 

Doescher’s love for the franchise continued into adulthood, including the occasional urge to binge watch the original trilogy in one sitting. In fact, viewing the films in succession contributed to the idea of his book series.

 

“About two years ago, three things happened,” Doescher says. “I watched the Star Wars trilogy with some good friends of mine for the first time in a few years, I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies—one of those first mashup books—and then I went to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with my family.”

 

One of the plays Doescher attended at the festival was The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor that tackles the topic of gay marriage in Iowa. The modern take on the classic play in tandem with reading a novel setting Pride and Prejudice in the zombie-ravaged countryside of Regency England sparked Doescher’s idea.

 

Doescher reached out to Jason Rekulak, the man responsible for developing and editing the New York Times bestselling novel pairing Jane Austen with hoards of the undead. Rekulak responded with enthusiasm, telling Doescher he’d take a look if the author wrote something.

 

“I spent the next three weeks putting together the first act, and I stayed really close to the original movie in terms of translating the lines but not adding in a lot of extra stuff,” Doescher says. “I sent it to Jason [Rekulak], and he called me and said, ‘I really want to do this. The next step is to get Lucasfilm on board.’”

 

Lucasfilm was intrigued by Doescher’s concept, but they urged him to take a more active role in shaping the story before signing off. “They wrote back and said, ‘We like what he’s done so far, but we want to see if he can have more fun with it … take it outside the bounds of the movie,’” he says. “It’s so wonderful for me both as a writer and as a Star Wars fan to be able to have that freedom.”

 

After Doescher revamped the opening scenes (making R2-D2 cheekily speak in English when other characters aren’t listening, for example), Lucasfilm granted Doescher the licensing rights. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars was born.

 

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Full-time Professeur-e Associé-e / Professor of Modern English Literature

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.309  Tuesday, 8 July 2014

 

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

Date:         July 8, 2014 at 12:49:08 PM EDT

Subject:    Full-time Professeur-e Associé-e / Professor of Modern English Literature 

 

Full-time Professeur-e Associé-e / Professor of Modern English Literature

Department of English

Faculty of Letters

University of Lausanne

 

Start date: 1 August 2015

Reference: Offer n°3334

 

The Department of English at the University of Lausanne is seeking to appoint a Professor (Professeur-e Associé-e) of Modern English Literature, with expertise in any area of English Literature from 1550 to the present. Preference may be given to candidates specialising in pre-nineteenth century literature and/or drama and/or interdisciplinary studies. 

 

The successful candidate will be a scholar of international standing, with an excellent record of research and publication and at least one monograph published by a widely respected press. She or he will also be a versatile and inspiring teacher, with experience of lecturing, teaching and supervising at undergraduate and postgraduate level. At Lausanne, the new Professor will be expected to teach six hours within the BA and MA programme, and additionally to supervise MA and PhD theses.

 

He or she will also be expected to play an active role in senior administration, to develop research of international standing in his or her field of expertise, and to work collaboratively with colleagues in the Department, and in the Faculty of Arts more generally. A reasonable proficiency in French is expected for this post, and a high level of proficiency is required within two years.

 

Applications should include: a cover letter, CV with complete list of publications and the names of three referees, as well as a copy of the highest degree obtained. All applicants must hold a PhD (or corresponding title) in English Literature. 

 

Applications should be sent electronically, in one Word-doc attachment file, to Eva Suarato < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

 

Further information about the Department of English is available at: 

http://www.unil.ch/angl

 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Rachel Falconer, email: 

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Closing date for applications: 30 September 2014.

 

Seeking to promote an equitable representation of men and women among its staff, the University encourages applications from women.

 

 

Rachel Falconer

Professor of Modern English Literature

English Department 

University of Lausanne

Anthropole 5132

UNIL-Dorigny

CH-1015

 

http://people.unil.ch/rachelfalconer

 
 
Queen Elizabeth’s Medicine?

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.308  Monday, 7 July 2014

 

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

Date:         July 5, 2014 at 10:12:10 AM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: From TLS (Queen Elizabeth’s Medicine?)

 

Katherine Duncan-Jones, in her review of a Globe A&C, quoted from TLS by Hardy, writes:

 

“Though she didn’t actively and ingeniously commit suicide, as Cleopatra had done, Elizabeth refused medical treatment that might possibly have prolonged her life.” 

 

Does anyone know what she’s talking about? I am aware that the queen’s behavior in the weeks leading up to her death was a bit bizarre, but is there any indication of medical treatment that could have helped her?

 

A bit puzzled.

 

don 

 
 
Hugh Grady Named Professor Emeritus at Arcadia

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.307  Monday, 7 July 2014

 

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

Date:         July 4, 2014 at 2:47:41 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Hugh Grady Named Professor Emeritus at Arcadia

 

Et in Arcadia Hugo? 

 
 
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