Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies - Books Announcement

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0063  Monday, 9 May 2011

From:         Michele Marrapodi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         March 9, 2011 6:08:30 AM EST
Subject:    Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies - Books Announcement

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

I am pleased to announce the publication of the following new books in the Ashgate series “Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies”:

Shakespeare and Venice
By Graham Holderness, University of Hertfordshire, UK.

“Shakespeare and Venice is the first book-length study to describe and chronicle the mythological and fabulous status of Venice that was employed by Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice and Othello to explore themes of metamorphosis. Holderness provides a full account of Venetian myth, historical accounts of the city’s relationship with both Judaism and Islam, and detailed readings of Shakespeare’s Venetian plays against the city’s mythical and historical dimensions.” (December, 2010)

Pollastra and the Origins of Twelfth Night. Parthenio, commedia (1516) with an English Translation.
By Louise George Clubb, The University of California at Berkeley, USA.

“Louise George Clubb presents here the first English translation of Pollastra’s long-lost Italian Renaissance comedy Parthenio, to which Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is ultimately traced. Also included are Clubb’s theater history chapters from the 1993 publication Romance and Aretine Humanism in Sienese Comedy, augmented with new findings. The supplementary scholarship provided here addresses the relationship of Shakespeare’s plays to Italian culture, and the technology of modern theater invented in Renaissance Italy.” (January, 2011)

Visions of Venice in Shakespeare
Edited by Laura Tosi and Shaul Bassi, both at the University of Venice, Italy.

“Despite the growing critical relevance of Shakespeare’s two Venetian plays and a burgeoning bibliography on both The Merchant of Venice and Othello, few books have dealt extensively with the relationship between Shakespeare and Venice. This timely collection fills a gap in the literature, addressing the new historical, political and economic questions that have been raised in the last few years about early modern globalization, multiculturalism, and multiple social and ethnic identities.” (February, 2011)

Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Theories: Anglo-Italian Transactions
Edited by Michele Marrapodi, University of Palermo, Italy.

“Throwing fresh light on a much discussed but still controversial field, this collection of essays places the presence of Italian literary theories against and alongside the background of English dramatic traditions, to assess this influence in the emergence of Elizabethan theatrical convention and the innovative dramatic practices under the early Stuarts.” (March, 2011)

New book proposals and edited collections of essays are welcome.

For a complete list of published and forthcoming books in the series, see the Ashgate website:

Best wishes,
Michele Marrapodi
General Editor,
University of Palermo, Italy.

CFP: Thirteenth British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, 26-28 May 2011.

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0062  Monday, 9 May 2011

From:         British Graduate Shakespeare C <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         March 2, 2011 9:42:54 AM EST
Subject:     CFP: Thirteenth British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, 26-28 May 2011.

Dear friends,

Registration is now open for the Thirteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference of 2011, that will take place on 26th, 27th and 28th May at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. As you may know, the BritGrad Conference is run by students for students, and is a unique opportunity to present a paper in a supportive and friendly environment. We welcome papers on any topic in the field of Shakespeare or Renaissance studies.

The Shakespeare Institute, in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, is the setting for this exciting conference and provides a great base from which to visit the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare's Birthplace and the houses that belonged to his family, and the excellent libraries of the Shakespeare Institute and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust at the Shakespeare Centre.

Due to the increasing popularity of the conference, it is advisable to get your application in as soon as possible, and the deadline for abstract submissions this year will be Friday, 15th April. Abstracts can be sent via email or by post.

Our exciting plenary speakers include Martin Wiggins (The Shakespeare Institute), Catherine Richardson (University of Kent), Matthew Frost (Manchester University Press), Jacquelyn Bessell (The Shakespeare Institute) and members of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Jacqueline MacDonald will be directing a performance of a court masque as part of a panel on this often neglected dramatic genre. Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend a performance, at group-booking price, of the Royal Shakespeare Company's new production of The Merchant of Venice, directed by Rupert Goold, with Patrick Stewart in the role of Shylock. That will be on Thursday 26th May.

We enclose a copy of the registration form (also downloadable from Currently students are unable to pay for the conference online, but if you have any problems with payment feel free to contact us and we will try to help.

Also attached to this email is the Call For Papers and Poster. It would be greatly appreciated if university departmental contacts could print and display both to promote the conference at their institutions.

We are looking forward to seeing some of you returning after last year's successful conference.


The BritGrad Committee

The Thirteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference
26-28 May 2011
The Shakespeare Institute
Mason Croft, Church Street
Stratford-upon-Avon, WARKS
CV37 6HP England

pdf  BritGrad2011 Poster

pdf  BritGrad_2011_CFP

pdf  BritGrad Registration Form 2011

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