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REED Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity Posting

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.030  Friday, 23 January 2015


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

Date:         January 22, 2015 at 8:17:35 PM EST

Subject:    REED Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity Posting




The Records of Early English Drama (<>), an international humanities research project focusing on medieval and early modern performance studies that is based at the University of Toronto, invites applications for a post-doctoral digital humanities fellowship for up to two years. The successful candidate will participate in REED’s development of a dynamic collection of freely available digital resources for research and education. REED is a longstanding research and editorial project, with partnership for maintenance and sustainability of its digital resources at the University of Toronto Libraries. REED is overseen by an international Executive Board, with a Digital Advisory Committee guiding its digital initiatives.


The Digital Humanities Fellow will be expected to join the project on site at the University of Toronto and will work closely there with the general editor, editorial staff, developers, and research assistants. Members of the REED Digital Advisory Committee will also provide support and mentorship for the postdoctoral fellow, who will be key to the development of a new digital editing and publication environment for REED’s forthcoming collections.


The Digital Humanities Fellow will engage in the development of REED’s new digital production environment, including the editing and encoding of TEI XML documents, new strategies for glossing medieval and early modern records, and, in consultation with others on the editorial team, developing the terms for online indexing of REED collections to be linked with other databases.


The successful candidate will demonstrate skills and aptitudes in early modern research, textual studies, and scholarly editing in digital humanities contexts. Advanced competency in TEI-compliant XML (P5) and some XSLT 2.0 experience is required. Engagement in open source development, digital scholarship frameworks and open access scholarship is essential. In addition, he or she should possess strong organizational skills and the desire to learn and pursue research in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment.


The successful applicant will be encouraged to pursue his or her own research while at U of T, while receiving training and career development opportunities through REED’s international network.


Salary for this position is competitive in the Canadian context.


Applicants must have completed their PhD within five years of the beginning of the fellowship. Applicants who will defend their thesis before 1 July 2015 are eligible, but a letter from their supervisor or Chair may be requested. Any award will be conditional on a successful defense. Applicants who received their PhD prior to 1 July 2010 are ineligible.


The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may further expand the range of ideas and perspectives.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Applications, comprising a brief cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for three referees, may be sent electronically to the general editor, Sally-Beth MacLean, at < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >. Applications will be received and reviewed until the position is filled; the position can begin as early as April 2015. All applications received will be acknowledged.

Reconsidering Donne

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.029  Friday, 23 January 2015


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

Date:         January 22, 2015 at 10:40:40 AM EST

Subject:    John Donne Sermons - 23-24 March 2015 - Reconsidering Donne




Lincoln College, Oxford


Registration and Accommodation

Registration (flat fee for the entire event, which includes coffee and tea) - £10.00


Single accommodation (available 22/23/24 March 2015) - £79.20 per night


Twin accommodation (available 22/23/24 March 2015) - £117.60 per night


Conference Dinner at Lincoln College, 23rd March 2015 - £27.80

Please visit the link below to book accommodation. Accommodation bookings will end on 31 January 2015.


To register, please first send an email with your name, title, affiliation, and dietary requirements, to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Payment is processed on the University of Oxford Conference Store, where you can select your package (one, two, or three nights, dinner).



Further updates about the conference will follow here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write to us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Conference 23-24 MARCH 2015


Information and Registration


The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne will achieve a complete reassessment of the sermons of John Donne (1572-1631), with a new critical edition of those sermons in 16 volumes, with introductions and explanatory notes for a new generation of readers. Donne is one of the most celebrated authors of the English Renaissance. Editorial work on Donne’s poetry has never slackened, and its popularity reaches well beyond academia.


However, his poetry represents only a small fraction of his writing, and in recent years his religion and his prose works have arguably been the focus of the most innovative research. Yet sermons from this period are rarely available in accessible editions, and in contrast to the poetry, Donne’s have suffered relative editorial neglect. The 160 extant sermons were edited by George R. Potter and Evelyn Simpson between 1953 and 1962, but no explanatory notes were provided, making the volumes difficult for students and even experts to use effectively. The current project addresses (1) how to facilitate a modern reader’s understanding of these sermons, by the provision of introductory materials and notes that identify references to the Bible, allusions to other works, and engagements with theological, social, and political debates; (2) how close modern readers can get to a sermon as it was originally preached; (3) whether this form, or the latest one produced in the author’s lifetime should be the basis of the text we read now; and (4) how such sermons should be arranged – by, for example, the date of their delivery or according to the location in which they were preached.


Oxford University Press has commissioned the 16-volume edition that will result from this AHRC-funded research project, under the General Editorship of Dr Peter McCullough and involving an international team of scholars. The team will concentrate chiefly on addressing and resolving research questions concerning the texts of the sermons, and is supported by a full-time research assistant, Dr Sebastiaan Verweij, whose primary task is to collate multiple copies of the sermons in print and manuscript in order for the editors to establish the most accurate texts possible. As well as providing the texts that will be introduced and annotated by the contributing editors, this work will result in a comprehensive Textual Companion to the edition, which will explain the ways in which Donne’s sermons have reached us, outline the principles on which the edition is based, and provide a template for further study and editions of other early modern sermons. The project will, therefore, provide an unmatched resource for those interested in Donne’s writings (students, teachers, scholars, and the wider public), but it will also be invaluable to students of the history of preaching, religion, the law, the court, politics, and textual transmission in the period. This project website, also funded by the AHRC, presents detailed outlines of the component parts of the edition, statements of our editorial principles, and much of the non-copyright primary research generated by our work.

Gay Bard

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.028  Wednesday, 21 January 2015


[1] From:        Jim Carroll < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         January 20, 2015 at 7:31:09 PM EST

     Subject:    Re: Gay Bard


[2] Date:        January 19, 2015 at 12:11:15 PM EST

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

     Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Gay Bard




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

Date:         January 20, 2015 at 7:31:09 PM EST

Subject:    Re: Gay Bard


For those of you who are interested in reading Shakespeare’s sonnets in their proper context, Sidney Lee’s 1904 edition of “Elizabethan Sonnets” is available to read online at HathiTrust. The links are:


Vol 1:;view=1up;seq=1


Vol 2:;view=1up;seq=1


The text is searchable online, and if your institution is allied with HathiTrust, you can download pdf versions of both volumes.


Jim Carroll



Date:        January 19, 2015 at 12:11:15 PM EST

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

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Gay Bard


It is because in this secular age of philo-homosexuality there is a bias toward a leveling of our heroes so that they fit in and are recognizable as part of a crop of obsessed, ill personalities. This enables commentators on the life and times of William Shakespeare to set him within the imagined intrigues between the high and mighty of the poet’s time. A more sober perspective would make these commentators recognize how much of this is speculative wishful thinking. They would realize how counter intuitive this is to the kind of man the poet actually was, judging from the level of his literary and moral achievements.


What is more, we today are so denigrating of religious spirituality that we cannot perceive a poet who thought so highly of these things that he tried to bring to the world his thoughts on these matters. This he did in his dramatic works and, were we more open-minded, we would see that he did so in his Sonnets.


Unlike many others who denigrate our natural passions, the poet regards these as worthy and essential. If we were poised only to live angelic lives, we could not summon the passion to fight the threats to our lives or to seek out fulfillment of our sexual natures and carry out procreation. The poet tells us in his Sonnets that the love we have for our human nature, personified as a female tempter, is irresistible despite the flaws in the objects of our love—“coral is far more red than her lips red, / and if snow be white, her breasts are dun...”


In his Sonnets the poet enacts the struggle of those who exclusively crave a higher existence, forced to recognize their own human nature. In doing so, he gives us a peek at our foibles—“Sinne of self love possess all mine eye, / And all my soul and all my every part”—and the poet has a word against the arrogant: “Thy registers and thee I both defie, / Not wondring at the present,nor the past, / For thy records,and what we see doth lye, / Made more or les by thy continuall hast:...”


And the poet cautions us while we revel in physical indulgences, asking us: “Why so large cost hauing so short a lease, / Dost thou vpon thy fading mansion spend? / Shall wormes inheritors of this excesse / Eate vp thy charge? is this thy bodies end?”


There is far more to the Sonnets than its reduction into imagined expressions of the pangs of an emotionally crippled author. At least, a more elevated scenario ought to be considered before surrendering the poet to the prevailing secularism and the fancies of today’s psychology, that distort him and his message.


David Basch

Interpretation versus Reading

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.027  Wednesday, 21 January 2015


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

Date:         January 21, 2015 at 5:29:55 AM EST

Subject:    RE: SHAKSPER: Interpretation versus Reading


David Bishop’s insisting on an absolute ‘truth’ raises a number of problems, and while issues of ‘reason’ and ‘plausibility’ drive our narratives, we do need from time to time to question them.  Also I take Larry Weiss’s point that what I have labelled ‘caricature’ are the utterances of actual Shakespeare scholars; my response to that is to express no surprise since scholars sometimes say the daftest of things. Robert Appelbaum’s ‘worries’ however should concern us all since they get to the heart of ‘research’ especially in the form of what does and does not get publicly funded. Unfortunately the model for funding seems to be borrowed from the sciences, and privileges empiricism as a method. We need a much more complex model for ‘interpretation’ and ‘reading’ that can substantially challenge the limited historicist (or should I say ‘historical’) mode, since the two are not the same thing and should not be conflated. While some may find this endless definition of terms tedious, I’m afraid that it matters and in areas that take us well beyond the business of trying to understand what we read.



John Drakakis

The Seventeenth British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.026  Wednesday, 21 January 2015


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

Date:         January 20, 2015 at 10:09:56 AM EST

Subject:    The Seventeenth British Graduate Shakespeare Conference


The Seventeenth British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

4-6 June 2015

The Shakespeare Institute

Mason Croft, Church Street


CV37 6HP



BritGrad 2015 CFP 

4-6 June 2015 

The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham 


We invite graduate students with interests in Shakespeare, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies to join us in June for the Seventeenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference. 


This interdisciplinary conference, celebrating its seventeenth anniversary in 2015, provides a friendly and stimulating academic forum in which graduate students from all over the world can present their research on Shakespeare, the Early Modern period, or the Renaissance. In accordance with the Shakespeare Institute’s emerging reputation as a place for creative criticism, we also encourage creative responses. The conference takes place in an active centre of Shakespeare and Early Modern scholarship in Shakespeare’s home town, Stratford-upon-Avon. Undergraduate students in their final two years of study are also invited to attend the conference as auditors. 


Plenary speakers include Chris Laoutaris (University of Birmingham), Laurie Maguire (University of Oxford), and Andy Kesson (University of Roehampton). See our blog for information on plenary speakers as they are confirmed. Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend the RSC production of Othello, directed by Iqbal Khan (Much Ado ’12), and starring Hugh Quarshie (Faust, Julius Caesar ’96) and Lucian Msamati (Pericles ’06) at a group-booking price. Lunch will be provided on each day, and we will be hosting a party and a reception for the delegates. 


We invite abstracts of up to 200 words for papers twenty minutes in length on subjects relating to Shakespeare, Early Modern, and/or Renaissance studies. More creative forms of criticism, including original writing, may be submitted, also requiring a 200 word abstract. We welcome papers from a wide variety of disciplines, from literature to art history and beyond. Delegates wishing to give papers must register by 23 April 2015. (Abstracts cannot be considered until the delegate has registered.) Auditors are encouraged to register by 21 May 2015 for early-bird pricing. Due to the growing success of this annual conference, we strongly encourage early registration to ensure a place on the conference programme. 


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