The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.449 Monday, 24 November 2014
Date: October 18, 2014 at 10:07:00 PM EDT
Subject: Book Announcement: Juliet's Nurse: Talk/Book Announcement
I’m delighted to announce that Juliet’s Nurse has just been published by Simon & Schuster in the US, UK, and Australia, and by Random House in Canada. The novel begins14 years before the events in Romeo and Juliet, and, as the title suggests, it is told from the point-of-view of Shakespeare’s memorably comic/tragic Angelica. With the 3rd largest number of lines in the play, she was clearly always wanting to tell her own story.
The Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto is hosting a talk this Friday, October 24 at 2pm in which I will discuss the academic research that is woven into the novel, particularly focusing on how I use fiction to present information about premodern maternal and religious desire for audiences beyond academia. If you have ever wondered about creative ways to share scholarship with broader audiences, this talk (a reprise of one I delivered in at the Medievalist Congress in Kalamazoo) is for you. I would be happy to deliver it at other campuses or events, or to give talks about other aspects of revising Shakespeare for modern readers—please feel free to contact me off list about hosting future events. Details about the U of T event, which is free and open to the public, are available here: http://medieval.utoronto.ca/2014/10/juliets-nurse-talk-by-lois-leveen/ (yes, the Canadian cover image is completely anachronistic; the US/UK cover is slightly better but only slightly . . . I assure you, the novel, like the play, is set in the 14th century)
There is also a very wonderful teaching guide for pairing Juliet’s Nurse with Romeo and Juliet, created by Pam Cole of Kennesaw State University. The guide includes sections focusing on literary concepts such as genre, point-of-view, irony, etc. and also on interdisciplinary approaches drawing on history, science, fine arts, etc. It’s adaptable for use at both the high school and undergraduate levels and can be downloaded for free at http://loisleveen.com/index.php/loisleveen/juliets-nurse-for-teachers
Thanks to SHAKSPER colleagues who helped in research along the way.