Shakespeare and Hegel (Kingston Shakespeare at the Temple), Apr 1

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.125  Tuesday, 28 March 2017


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

Date:         March 26, 2017 at 1:06:54 PM EDT

Subject:    Shakespeare and Hegel (Kingston Shakespeare at the Temple), Apr 1


Shakespeare and Hegel (Kingston Shakespeare at the Temple), Apr 1



10.00: Jennifer Bates (Duquesne University):
‘Hegel and Shakespeare on the Measure for Measure: The Hangman’s Mystery’


11.00: Coffee


11.30: Simon Haines (Chinese University of Hong Kong):
‘Hegel and The Merchant of Venice


12.15: Joe Moshenska (University of Cambridge):
King Lear and Hegel’s “Unlimited Monarchy”’


13.00: Lunch (Bell Inn, Hampton)


14.00: Paul Kottman (New School, New York):
‘Hegel and Shakespeare on the Pastness of Art’


14.45: Erik Roraback (Charles University, Prague):
‘Hegel, Shakespeare, and Forms of the World Spirit’


15.30: Tea


16.00: Ewan Fernie (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham):
‘Shakespeare, Hegel – and Garrick?’


17.00: Round Table Discussion


19.30: Chamber Concert: ‘The Music of the World Spirit’ – The Abel Quartet play music by Haydn, Mozart and Devienne


The registration fee is £20, which covers a sandwich lunch at the Bell Inn, plus coffee and tea. The charge for the concert will be an additional £12. All proceeds go to support the Temple. See here for directions to the Temple. Places are limited. See also Facebook page.


Book tickets here at Eventbrite!


Timo Uotinen

PhD Candidate in English Literature

Royal Holloway, University of London


Call for Papers: Special Issue of Shakespeare: A Journal

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.122  Friday, 24 March 2017


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

Date:         March 23, 2017 at 4:32:40 PM EDT

Subject:    Call for Papers: Special Issue of Shakespeare: A Journal


Call for Papers


For a special issue of Shakespeare: A Journal, marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, we are inviting submissions of papers, related to the issue’s central topic of investigating Marx’s impact, in a broad sense, on Shakespeare studies, either by exemplifying it in your own way or by commenting directly on it. Reference to the situation in our contemporary world as part of the overall argument would be welcome as well. We are also looking for papers that investigate Shakespeare’s influence on Karl Marx and the development of his writings. 


The proposed length for this is 6000 words, and the journal requires double-blind peer evaluation. We expect a strong issue.


Send abstracts or proposals by May 1, 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Final versions will be due at the end of summer 2017.




Apology to Penny McCarthy Regarding Her Pseudonymous Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.115  Wednesday, 22 March 2017


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

Date:         March 22, 2017 at 11:21:27 AM EDT

Subject:    Apology to Penny McCarthy Regarding Her Pseudonymous Shakespeare


Dear All,


I received today an e-mail from Dr. Penny McCarthy with regards to my misrepresentation of her book Pseudonymous Shakespeare in my Selected Reading List contribution to Paul Edmondson’s and Stanley Wells’s Shakespeare Beyond Doubt (CUP 2013). 


I characterized Dr. McCarthy’s Pseudonymous Shakespeare as belonging in the Skeptics Group and not among the Stratfordians where it actually should have been classed. Dr. McCarthy’s book argues for Shakespeare’s probable affiliation with the Sidney Circle and not that Mary Sidney wrote the plays.


I have apologized directly to Dr. McCarthy, but felt as a matter of good faith that I should also admit to my mistake publicly on SHAKSPER.


I am truly sorry for this misrepresentation and any harm it might have caused. I just cannot remember how I made such a glaring error since the piece was written many years ago.


Hardy M. Cook, Ph.D.  

Professor Emeritus 

Bowie State University 

Editor of SHAKSPER: The Global Electronic Shakespeare Conference <>   

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Lecture: Valerie Traub

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.112  Tuesday, 21 March 2017


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

Date:         March 20, 2017 at 5:50:39 PM EDT

Subject:    Lecture: Valerie Traub


Dear All,


On this coming Monday, March 27th, Valerie Traub, Adrienne Rich Distinguished University Professor and Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, will be giving the annual James Edwin Savage Lecture in the Renaissance. The lecture will be held in the Bondurant auditorium at 6:30 P.M. Her talk is entitled: “Normality, c. 1600: A Visual History.” 


Working across the disciplines of literature and history, Valerie Traub is a specialist in the study of gender and sexuality in sixteenth- and seventeenth- century England. She is the author of three monographs: Thinking Sex with the Early Moderns (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015); The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England (University of Cambridge Press, 2002), which won the best book of 2002 award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women; and Desire & Anxiety: Circulations of Sexuality in Shakespearean Drama (Routledge, 1992, reissued 2014). In addition to her monographs, she has edited several field-defining collections. Her most recent edited collection is The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment (2016). She co-edited two earlier volumes, Gay Shame (University of Chicago, 2009) and Feminist Readings of Early Modern Culture (Cambridge University Press, 1996). She has published over thirty essays in peer reviewed journals and edited collections.  She is currently working on another monograph, Mapping Embodiment in the Early Modern West: Anatomy, Cartography, and the Prehistory of Normality


This event is free and open to the public. Please consider circulating this information to your friends, colleagues, and students.



Ari Friedlander

Department of English

University of Mississippi




Speaking of Shakespeare with the ASC's Sarah Enloe

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.110  Monday, 20 March 2017


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

Date:         March 18, 2017 at 3:24:01 PM EDT

Subject:    Speaking of Shakespeare with the ASC's Sarah Enloe


Speaking of Shakespeare 

With Sarah Enloe of the

American Shakespeare Center


Wednesday, March 22, at 8 p.m.

The National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan

Admission Free, but Reservations Appreciated 


Can someone with corporate responsibilities benefit from a close examination of classics like Coriolanus, Henry V, and Measure for Measure? This is the kind of question that executives ponder during a Leadership Training program that is now being offered by the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia.


Under the supervision of Sarah Enloe, who serves as the ASC’s Director of Education, business and government employees learn about the rhetorical and dramatic principles that informed the work of Shakespeare and his fellow theater professionals. In the process Ms. Enloe’s clients become conversant with disciplines such as psychology, ethics, communication, personnel management, and strategic planning.


An award-winning teacher in Texas before she secured an NEH fellowship to pursue her studies at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts, Ms. Enloe proceeded to a degree in Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin College, where her accomplishments were recognized with a prestigious Ariel Award. In 2009, after a year as ASC’s Head of Research and Archives, she assumed her current position, which focuses primarily on College Prep and Educator Resources. 


During a wide-ranging conversation with the Shakespeare Guild’s John Andrews, Ms. Enloe will talk not only about her work as an instructor and administrator but about her many contributions to the artistic mission of a theater company that offers today’s audiences a sense of what it might have been like for early modern playgoers to attend performances at venues such as the Globe and the Blackfriars.


For additional detail about this and other Guild offerings, visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   





Book Announcement: Shakespeare and the Visual Arts: The Italian Influence

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.107  Friday, 17 March 2017


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

Date:         March 8, 2017 at 6:37:26 PM EST

Subject:    Book Announcement: Shakespeare and the Visual Arts: The Italian Influence


Book Announcement: Shakespeare and the Visual Arts. The Italian Influence

Edited by Michele Marrapodi, Routledge, 2017.


Critical investigation into the rubric of ‘Shakespeare and the visual arts’ has generally focused on the influence exerted by the works of Shakespeare on a number of artists, painters, and sculptors in the course of the centuries. Drawing on the poetics of intertextuality and profiting from the more recent concepts of cultural mobility and permeability between cultures in the early modern period, this volume’s tripartite structure considers instead the relationship between Renaissance material arts, theatre, and emblems as an integrated and intermedial genre, explores the use and function of Italian visual culture in Shakespeare’s oeuvre, and questions the appropriation of the arts in the production of the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. By studying the intermediality between theatre and the visual arts, the volume extols drama as a hybrid genre, combining the figurative power of imagery with the plasticity of the acting process, and explains the tri-dimensional quality of the dramatic discourse in the verbal-visual interaction, the stagecraft of the performance, and the natural legacy of the iconographical topoi of painting’s cognitive structures. This methodolical approach opens up a new perspective in the intermedial construction of Shakespearean and early modern drama, extending the concept of theatrical intertextuality to the field of pictorial arts and their social-cultural resonance. An afterword written by an expert in the field, a rich bibliography of primary and secondary literature, and a detailed Index round off the volume.



Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies

Series Editor: Michele Marrapodi


This series places early modern English drama within the context of the European Renaissance and, more specifically, within the context of Italian cultural, dramatic, and literary traditions, with reference to the impact and influence of both classical and contemporary culture. Among the various forms of influence, the series considers early modern Italian novellas, theatre, and discourses as direct or indirect sources, analogues and paralogues for the construction of Shakespeare’s drama, particularly in the comedies, romances, and other Italianate plays. Critical analysis focusing on other cultural transactions, such as travel and courtesy books, the arts, fencing, dancing, and fashion, will also be encompassed within the scope of the series. Special attention is paid to the manner in which early modern English dramatists adapted Italian materials to suit their theatrical agendas, creating new forms, and stretching the Renaissance practice of contaminatio to achieve, even if unconsciously, a process of rewriting, remaking, and refashioning of ‘alien’ cultures. The series welcomes both single-author studies and collections of essays and invites proposals that take into account the transition of cultures between the two countries as a bilateral process, paying attention also to the penetration of early modern English culture into the Italian world.


Michele Marrapodi,

University of Palermo, Italy.




Launched! REED Online Featuring Staffordshire

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.104  Wednesday, 8 March 2017


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

Date:         March 6, 2017 at 6:13:35 PM EST

Subject:    Launched! REED Online Featuring Staffordshire


The REED project is celebrating the launch of our new open-access publication website, REED Online, featuring the Staffordshire dramatic records edited by Alan Somerset.


All the best,

Sally-Beth MacLean

REED Director of Research/General Editor




The Records of Early English Drama (REED) project is delighted to announce the launch of REED Online (, its new open-access website. The site features REED’s first digital edition of dramatic records for the county of Staffordshire, encoded in TEI. Easily searched with a number of useful filters, online records appear conveniently on the same page as their translations, document descriptions, and any glosses or related endnotes. GIS mapping based on the Patrons and Performances map of historic county boundaries and main roads illuminates significant details further. For students and those new to records research, search tips, an introduction to the research process, and an anatomy of a sample record provide a welcoming guide.


The Staffordshire records, edited by J.A.B. Somerset, are found in scattered collections, but they yield fascinating glimpses of early social and economic history through accounts of public performances, social occasions, royal welcomes, folk customs, and professional entertainments. A few examples highlight the richness of the collection, which includes two royal visits – by Queen Elizabeth in 1576 and, more extensively, King James I in 1615. The records of Tutbury, whose castle was a major administrative centre for the household of John of Gaunt, show us from 1380 a flourishing Minstrel Court while the accounts of Burton Manor, home to Thomas, Lord Paget reveal an Elizabethan household filled with music, playing, and revels. By contrast, Newcastle under Lyme sources record evidence of implacable hatred of players, levying large fines upon persons who allowed playing, and firing the town constable for turning a blind eye. For those interested in tracking the itineraries of professional troupes across the kingdom, new details of performance troupes visiting Stafford and Walsall as well as the private residences of Beaudesert, Blithfield, and Burton will be important.


Staffordshire is REED’s pilot digital publication, with more collections forthcoming on the same website to enable easy cross-collection searching. As REED begins planning for the production of the next collection for the county of Berkshire, the integration of Patrons and Performances data, and the further development of REED Online, it welcomes all comments and suggestions from users. Please send any feedback to REED’s project manager, Carolyn Black, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


REED gives special thanks to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for a Connection grant that has made possible development of our digital publishing framework for REED Online.




CFP 'Shakespeare and Music', Extended Deadline: 31 March

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.097  Monday, 6 March 2017


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

Date:         March 6, 2017 at 4:26:52 AM EST

Subject:    CFP 'Shakespeare and Music', Extended Deadline: 31 March


CFP ‘Shakespeare and Music’ as a part of ESRA 2017, extended deadline: 31 March


Dear Colleagues and Friends


We would like to bring to your attention the extended CFP for our seminar session(s) on ‘Shakespeare and Music’ as a part of this year’s European Shakespeare Congress which is held in Gdansk from 27 to 30 July. We have already received expression of interest from publishers and we plan to develop this seminar into a regular international study group. 


Should you wish to find out more about the Congress please see: and/or look for our seminar (no. 12) here:


And please find below the complete text of the CFP. We accept proposals for papers until 31 March.


Many thanks


Best wishes

Michelle Assay, David Fanning and Christopher Wilson



Shakespeare and Music


Michelle Assay (Université Paris Sorbonne, France/Canada/Iran)

David Fanning (University of Manchester, UK)

Christopher Wilson (University of Hull, UK)


‘If music be the food of love, play on’ (Twelfth Night, I/1/1)


Despite the fact that at least some Shakespeare-inspired music constitutes an important part of the concert repertoire, scholarship specifically dealing with Shakespeare and music is surprisingly under-developed. Studies in this area are far less numbered than, for example, those dealing with Shakespeare and film.


This seminar aims to approach the subject matter of Shakespeare and Music, from both aspects of music in Shakespeare’s time or on various aspects of music in Shakespeare’s works (including his musical imaging and imagination), and music inspired by Shakespeare’s works or composed either to Shakespearean themes or directly for Shakespeare plays: in short – Music in Shakespeare and Shakespeare in Music.


As John Stevens observed Shakespeare ‘inherited and enhanced a tradition of theatre music used not only for embellishment but in the delineation of character and with accepted symbolic associations.’ On the other hand, Shakespeare’s musical afterlives –works that found their inspiration in Shakespeare – not only contribute to a richer understanding and appreciation of the Bard’s works, but are often they works that can stand alone and act as gateways to the musical traditions and aesthetics of their time.


Possible threads for papers or lecture/recitals include but are not limited to:

  • Music imagery and imagination of Shakespeare
  • Original melodies for Shakespeare songs and their afterlives
  • Shakespeare and opera
  • Incidental music for Shakespeare productions: past and present
  • Analysis and contextualising of individual Shakespeare-inspired works
  • Setting Shakespeare’s words to music
  • Shakespeare in instrumental music
  • Shakespeare and film music
  • Role of Shakespeare in musical imagination and creative output of composers
  • Shakespeare and music nationalism
  • Shakespeare in non-classical music (jazz, musicals, pop)
  • Performing Shakespeare’s music
  • Afterlife of Shakespeare-inspired music 

Please send 150-word abstracts and biographies to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Kind regards

Dr Michelle Assay

Université Paris Sorbonne, University of Sheffield

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CFP: Shakespeare Unbound

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.085  Tuesday, 21 February 2017


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

Date:         February 21, 2017 at 6:24:51 AM EST

Subject:    CFP Shakespeare Unbound


Call for papers: Shakespeare Unbound


2018 Conference of the French Shakespeare Society

Paris, Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 January 2018


Call for papers


The Société Française Shakespeare is dedicating its annual conference to “Shakespeare Unbound”. The topic addresses Shakespeare’s propensity to negotiate with dominant ideologies, his ability to break and renew formal and cultural rules and his long-lasting influence in creating innovative dramatic and poetic forms, new words and thoughts, “And all that faith creates or love desires, / Terrible, strange, sublime and beauteous shapes” (Shelley), Prometheus-like.


The conference topic also points to the ways in which Shakespeare’s work has come down to us: through bound Quartos and Folios, emended, truncated, annotated, as well as through unbound scripts and performances, “faithful” or “adapted”, many of which exceed the place of the stage, flowing down into the audience, out onto the streets, showing up on screens, in anime, graphic novels and narrative recreations and appropriations — contributing to the aesthetic liberation of drama, poetry, the visual arts, music, etc.


This conference will provide an occasion for academics, theatre, performance and arts practitioners to discuss Shakespeare and his contemporaries’ abilities to question and renew the boundaries of art.

We welcome proposals (in English or in French) on topics such as:

  • The publication and editorial history of Shakespeare’s and his contemporaries’ works — in bound and unbound formats;
  • Shakespeare’s and his contemporaries’ reappropriation of classical and early modern culture, Shakespeare’s “borrowed robes”, his contribution to liberating dramatic and poetic aesthetics, and ability to “beguile Nature of her custom”;
  • Shakespeare adaptations and appropriations from the 17th to the 21st century which have contributed to liberating or rediscovering his work and/or influence.


Selected proceedings will be published in the Société Française Shakespeare’s peer-reviewed online journal:


Please send proposals by April 25, 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Proposals should include a title, an abstract (750-word max.), and a short bio.




Jews & Muslims in Shakespeare’s World

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.081  Friday, 15 February 2017


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

Date:         February 16, 2017 at 3:38:23 PM EST

Subject:    "Jews & Muslims in Shakespeare’s World" (February 22, Rhodes College)


The Pearce Shakespeare Endowment at Rhodes College is pleased to host Jerry Brotton and James Shapiro for a symposium on "Jews & Muslims in Shakespeare’s World" oWednesday, February 22 (6pm Hardie Auditorium; reception 5:30pm):


This event is free and open to the public, thanks to the co-sponsorship of Communities in ConversationEnglishTheatreUrban Studies, and the Rhodes Lecture Board. The discussion will be recorded and later posted online. 


Please feel free to contact me for more information.


Yours sincerely,

Scott Newstok <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Director, Pearce Shakespeare Endowment

Professor of English

Rhodes College





The Pearce Shakespeare Endowment was established in 2007 to enrich courses in Shakespeare and support events for the entire campus as well as the greater Memphis community. Dr. Iris Annette Pearce attended Rhodes College in the 1940s, when it was named Southwestern at Memphis, before graduating from Vanderbilt University. During World War II, she joined the women’s corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve (WAVES). As a medical student, she followed a long-established path in her family, where four generations of physicians preceded her. Yet she was also breaking new ground as a woman: she was one of only two female students in her University of Tennessee class; she served as the first female internal medicine resident at John Gaston Hospital (The Med); and she eventually became the director of the City of Memphis Hospitals while serving as a professor at the University of Tennessee. Her bequest generously continues to support her lifelong enthusiasm for Shakespeare. The late professor of Shakespeare studies at Rhodes, Dr. Cynthia Marshall, was instrumental in establishing preliminary planning for this bequest.




Speaking of Shakespeare with NYU's Shane Ann Younts

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.076  Thursday, 14 February 2017


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

Date:         February 15, 2017 at 5:22:49 PM EST

Subject:    Speaking of Shakespeare with NYU's Shane Ann Younts


Speaking of Shakespeare 

With Shane Ann Younts


Wednesday, February 22

Admission Free, 8 p.m.

The National Arts Club



SHANE ANN YOUNTS is Associate Arts Professor at NYU's renowned TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS. She teaches "Techniques of Voice and Text" in the Graduate Acting Program, focusing primarily on scripts by Shakespeare and his early modern contemporaries. 


A protégé of ROBERT NEFF WILLIAMS, who presided over JUILLIARD DRAMA SCHOOL's voice and speech training for two decades, Professor Younts has also worked with CICELY BERRY of the ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY. Her students include such prominent actors as BILLY CRUDUP, STERLING K. BROWN, DEBRA MESSING, and COREY STOLL.


Professor Younts is the co-author of ALL THE WORDS ON STAGE: A COMPLETE PRONUNCIATION DICTIONARY FOR THE PLAYS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. She compiled this reference guide with her NYU colleague LOUIS SCHEEDER, and it has proven so indispensable that it is now widely available as a mobile app. 


For detail about what promises to be a wide-ranging dialogue with the Guild's JOHN ANDREWS and a lively NAC audience, as well as for news about upcoming programs with SARAH ENLOE, SAMUEL CROWL, KARIN COONROD, NANCY ZECKENDORF, and JULIAN BIRD, see or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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