Francis Yates CFP: A Celebration of Her Life and Work

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.515  Monday, 2 November 2015


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

Date:         October 30, 2015 at 2:25:19 PM EDT

Subject:    Francis Yates CFP: A Celebration of Her Life and Work








The great Renaissance and Shakespeare scholar Frances Yates lived for over half a century at Claygate, near Kingston-upon-Thames, and to mark the 50th anniversary of her book The Art of Memory, Kingston Shakespeare Seminar will host a one-day conference on her life and work at the Rose: a playhouse inspired by her theory of the ‘theatre of the world’. Close to where Yates wrote her books, participants will be asked to evaluate their current significance, and to reflect on her ideas about Europe, empire, occult philosophy, academies, architecture, memory, performance, intellectual history, and the place of a scholarly community in the modern world.


Proposals are invited for 25-minute papers that address these or other aspects of the life and career of Frances Yates. Submissions should be made by February 1 2016 to:


Professor Richard Wilson,

The Rose Theatre, 

24-6 High Street, 

Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 1HL



Blackfriars Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.514  Monday, 2 November 2015


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

Date:         Monday, November 2, 2015

Subject:    Blackfriars Conference


I’m back from the Eighth Blackfriars Conference in honor of the indefatigable Barbara A. Mowat:

  • Director of Research Emerita at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 
  • Consulting Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly
  • Editor with Paul Werstine of the Folger Shakespeare Library editions of Shakespeare’s works, 
  • Author of The Dramaturgy of Shakespeare’s Romances
  • Former Chair of the Folger Institute, 
  • Former Hollifield Professor of English Literature at Auburn University, 
  • Dean of Washington College, 
  • Former President of the Shakespeare Association of America, 
  • President of the Southeast Renaissance Conference, 
  • Chair of the MLA committee on the New Variorum Shakespeare, and 
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the International Shakespeare Conference (Stratford-upon-Avon)

Barbara holds an M.A. degree in English literature from the University of Virginia, a Ph.D. in English literature from Auburn University, and doctorates of humane letters from Amherst College, St. Johns University, and Washington College. 


I invite attendees to comment on their experiences.


My favorite plays were Winter’s Tale and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. My favorite introduction was Ralph Cohen’s rousing, say “AMEN”, to Tim Carroll, whose “Confessions of an Iambic Fundamentalist” was my favorite keynote speech.


The five days of the Conference were filled interesting and informative papers in the lovely town of Staunton (pronounced STAN-ton), Virginia, in the lower Shenandoah Valley. The thunder sheet when off regularly, but the bear only made two appearances by my count (but then I did not attend every sessions).


“The most convenient place that I can think of for such receipt of learning is Blackfriars.” –Henry 8: 2.2.139.






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