BritGrad 2014

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.067  Thursday, 6 February 2014


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Call for Papers

Sixteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

5th – 7th June 2014

The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham


We invite Graduate students with interests in Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies to join us in June for the Sixteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference.


This interdisciplinary conference, celebrating its sixteenth anniversary in 2014, provides a friendly and stimulating academic forum in which Graduate students from all over the world can present their research and meet together in an active centre of Shakespeare scholarship in Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Undergraduate students in their final two years of study are also invited to attend the conference as auditors.


The conference will feature talks by David Crystal (University of Wales, Bangor), Ewan Fernie (Shakespeare Institute), Tony Howard (University of Warwick), Grace Ioppolo (University of Reading), and Simon Palfrey (University of Oxford), among other plenary speakers. A round table discussion about Shakespeare’s collaborative plays will be led by Peter Kirwan (University of Nottingham) and Will Sharpe (University of Birmingham).


Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend two RSC productions: Henry IV Part II, directed by Gregory Doran, and starring Antony Sher as Falstaff, and The Roaring Girl, part of the Roaring Girls season, both 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 approximately 200 words for papers twenty minutes in length (3,000 words or less) on subjects relating to Shakespeare and/or Renaissance studies. Delegates wishing to give papers must register by Friday 25th April 2014; auditors by Friday 23rd May 2014. 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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Shakespeare’s the Thing

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.062  Monday, 3 February 2014


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

Date:         Monday, February 3, 2014

Subject:    Shakespeare’s the Thing


[Editor’s Note: The following is taken from the Fogler Library Web Site. –Hardy]


“My idea was that it ought to be fun. It’s like opening up the Folger vault, all of the weird, funny, wonderful stuff as to how people related to Shakespeare. You can open it like opening a birthday present. What’s inside?” 


--Georgianna Ziegler, curator of Shakespeare’s the Thing, a new exhibition opening Jan. 28 at the Folger Shakespeare Library


Shakespeare’s the Thing

January 28 - June 15

Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm

Sunday, Noon to 5pm


Free admission

Georgianna Ziegler, curator


Kick off William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday year with this wide-ranging, often unexpected display drawn from our unequalled Shakespeare holdings.


From Russian and Czech translations to a musical score by Felix Mendelssohn, from centuries-old printed editions to Salvador Dali set designs, Shakespeare’s the Thing offers a wealth of responses to Shakespeare’s genius. Join us in exploring four frequent ways of encountering the Bard: fixating on Shakespeare, printing his works, performing his plays, and depicting the man and his characters, from Falstaff to Cleopatra.


Georgianna Ziegler is the Louis B. Thalheimer Head of Reference at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

After receiving a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in early modern English and French literature, Georgianna taught at Davidson College and Wofford College in the Carolinas. She then returned to the University of Pennsylvania where she served as Curator of the Horace Howard Furness Shakespeare Library in the Rare Book Department, while also teaching classes in English literature and pursuing a library degree at Drexel University.

In 1992, Georgianna came to the Folger where, in addition to her reference and teaching work, she has curated several exhibitions, notably Shakespeare’s Unruly Women, Elizabeth I: Then and Now, and Shakespeare’s Sisters: Voices of English and European Women Writers, 1500-1700, as well as co-curating exhibitions on mapping, on Shakespeare in children’s literature, and on the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery.

Georgianna is an active member of the Renaissance Society of America and the Shakespeare Association of America where she served as president. She has published on Shakespeare’s heroines, on Elizabeth I and Elizabeth of Bohemia, and on the calligrapher Esther Inglis. She has recently finished a book manuscript, Domesticating the Bard: Women and Shakespeare 1790-1890.


“We wanted to do something special for 2014 to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday,” says Georgianna Ziegler, curator of Shakespeare’s the Thing and the Louis B. Thalheimer head of reference at the Folger Shakespeare Library. “My idea was that it ought to be fun. It’s like opening up the Folger vault, all of the weird, funny, wonderful stuff as to how people related to Shakespeare. You can open it like opening a birthday present. What’s inside?” The exhibition, she says, is also a look at “Shakespeare through things—the things that people have created about him and their ideas of him.”


Those things, of course, are wide-ranging. Among other examples, Ziegler points to the forger William Henry Ireland’s faked love letter from Shakespeare to Anne Hathaway, complete with a lock of real hair; a Shakespeare-themed Barbie; the Seven Ages of Man cards once given out by a soap company; early Shakespeare editions, beginning in 1709; and several translations, including Hamlet in Sanskrit and "beautifully illustrated" Shakespeare plays in Russian and Czech.


The iconic 1623 First Folio appears here, too, with a focus on the title-page portrait of Shakespeare. While the First Folio was being printed, the engraving was repeatedly adjusted, creating four distinct variations, or states. “In all the time I’ve been here,” says Ziegler, “we’ve never shown all four states before. We used two First Folios and two single leafs for the exhibition, all originals.”


To assemble and shape this diverse mix, Ziegler and exhibitions manager Caryn Lazzuri began with suggestions from the Folger staff. “It was crowd-sourced,” Ziegler says. “We asked what items they were fascinated by in the collection.” Replies came from the specialists who work with the collection every day, and from other staff members as well. Their proposed selections inspired the exhibition’s four themes: fixating on, printing, performing, and depicting Shakespeare. Each is identified with a banner in the exhibition hall. “You can do them in any order,” says Ziegler, “or wander at will.”


Where possible, Ziegler favored “things that were eye-catching,” she explains, including designs by Salvador Dali for As You Like It and works by Wyndham Lewis for Timon of Athens, a suggestion by Folger development director Essence Newhoff. “We paired that one with Frank Mowery’s book binding for the Folger 60th anniversary in 1992, which is also in a geometric, modernist style. They seemed to go together, and they look well.”


Folger Theatre artistic director Janet Griffin proposed “the Jean Hugo designs for a French production of Romeo and Juliet in the 1920s,” Ziegler says. “I had shown that book when Janet had visitors to the library.” In the exhibition audio tour, Griffin describes the stunning 1924 Paris production, “just eight years before the Folger opened,” in which costumes with “iridescent linear designs glowed under what I suspect was the equivalent of black light—quite a psychedelic experience.”


Ziegler also notes the special appeal of a copy of an 1886 Paris edition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in which watercolors cover the text. “It’s an amazing book; every page is painted. It’s really quite beautiful.” The artist Pinckney Marcius-Simons “was fascinated by Wagner’s idea of uniting music, literature, and the arts,” she explains, so he painted directly on the printed play. The art book has been fully digitized for the exhibition, so that visitors can explore the pages through an on-site display. “We wanted to look at the whole book. I think ‘luscious’ is the word for it,” Ziegler says. “It’s really a luscious book.”


Spring 2014 Hudson Strode Lectures at U. Alabama

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.060  Saturday, 1 February 2014


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

Date:         January 31, 2014 at 12:41:21 PM EST

Subject:    Spring 2014 Hudson Strode Lectures at U. Alabama


Hello all, and Happy New Year,


I hope this message finds you easing rather than bolting into the New Year!  A consummation devoutly . . .


At 5 pm, on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014, in 301 Morgan Hall on the University of Alabama campus, Professor Jason Powell, of Saint Joseph’s University, will present a lecture entitled, “Rediscovering Thomas Wyatt: the Perils and Problems of a New Scholarly Edition.”


We will also be live video-streaming this talk at 5 pm Central via this link:


Jason Powell is Assistant Professor of English and Co-Director of Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Studies at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. The first of two volumes in his edition of Thomas Wyatt’s complete works will be published by Oxford University Press in summer 2015. He is also contracted by Oxford to edit the poetry of Henry Howard, earl of Surrey. A recipient of one-year fellowships from the NEH and the Harrington Faculty Fellows Program at the University of Texas, he has recently co-edited Authority and Diplomacy from Dante to Shakespeare (Ashgate, 2013), with William T. Rossiter, and his essays have appeared in Huntington Library Quarterly, Sixteenth Century Journal, English Manuscript Studies and Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, among other venues. 


Coming up:


As part of the Hudson Strode Lecture Series in Theory and Criticism: On Thursday, February 13th, a lecture by Professor Kevin Gilmartin, of the California Institute of Technology, entitled, “William Hazlitt’s Dissenting Memory: Criticism, History, Revolution”


As part of a series of talks and readings by women who have written novels to rewrite Shakespeare: On Monday, February 17th, a lecture/reading by Professor Grace Tiffany, of  Western Michigan University, entitled,  “Shakespeare Adapted: A reading of Paint and The Turquoise Ring."


All lectures are free and open to the public.


For more information, please visit our homepage at or join our Facebook group for the latest live streaming links at .


Sharon O’Dair, Director

Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies

University of Alabama


Freedom, Freetown and Fernie’s Fiery Feast

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.059  Friday, 31 January 2014


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Date:         January 30, 2014 at 9:14:38 AM EST

Subject:    Freedom, Freetown and Fernie’s Fiery Feast


[Editor’s Note: The following appeared in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Blogging Shakespeare site. The author is Annie Martirosyan, a SHAKSPER Member. –Hardy] 


You do not expect a critic of Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard and other geniuses of human depth and intellect to be as good as Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky or Kierkegaard. Fair enough. But not when the critic’s name is Ewan Fernie. I had never before heard the author of what I consider to be one of the most terrific books ever written, live. So his inaugural lecture entitled “Freetown! Shakespeare and Social Flourishing” at the Barber Institute of the University of Birmingham on 27 January was something to look forward to.


Fernie started his talk with a rhetorically powerful interpretation of the concept of Freetown in Romeo and Juliet. From a more immediate expression of Freetown in the “fair assembly” in Capulet’s household ball towards a broader prospect of freedom and liberty, Fernie invited us to ruminate about the double-edgedness of these concepts: how the universal as well as social understanding of freedom can stem from an individual’s excessive possession of it. Fernie implied that by amplifying the youthful love of Romeo and Juliet into an “oceanic feeling”, Shakespeare reveals, breaks through and redefines the boundaries of a single person’s human capacities as “a teenage girl’s amorous enthusiasm becomes universal”.


“Romeo and Juliet attain their tragedy”… “We pity them but they make it that far.”


Following up on the idea of an individual’s ability to embrace universal and social freedom, Fernie moved from Shakespeare’s characters to Shakespeare enthusiasts and ultimately to Shakespeare as a universal incentive for freedom and reform on individual, emotional, social, political, historical and cultural levels. Fernie expanded on the unprecedented effect that David Garrick’s initiation of the Stratford Jubilee had on our conception, perception and observation of Shakespeare as “Garrick took Shakespeare out of the institutions literally to the streets”. The phenomenon of global and local Shakespeares is not as new as we think: the binarity of Shakespeare’s Britishness and universality dates back to 1769… for as Garrick’s own song line goes:


“the lad of all lads was a Warwickshire lad”.


Fernie showed that Shakespeare’s influence on individual fighters for freedom has not always been necessarily straightforward or even exactly positive. From Boswell’s costume of a Corsican chief at the Stratford Jubilee to Booth’s almost aesthetic assassination of Lincoln from the stage, the infective mind of the Elizabeth playwright reached far and beyond to interfere with the American struggle for independence, Garibaldi’s (ad)ventures and Wilkes’ radical acts for liberty.


When formally introducing Ewan Fernie to the audience, Michael Dobson joked about Fernie “writing The Demonic and growing a beard to match”. The grain of truth in this humorous metaphorical parallel is in fact transparent. With looks that would make him an ideal cover photo for a Roman Gods’ magazine, Fernie’s protruding individuality and phenomenal intellectual depth threaten to smash our outworn stereotypes of a thinker, academic, writer, lecturer, orator and author and make him a new blueprint for a socially and academically productive intellectual. He sang, he shouted, he used rhetoric and put on accents – it was an inaugural lecture that forever set the spirits of at least one audience member on fire…!


If you could not get enough of Fernie or missed his inaugural lecture, you should be looking forward to his plenary talk “Lighten our Darkness” at British Graduate Shakespeare Conference 2014.


You can view the whole of Ewan’s inaugural lecture clicking here.


Author: Annie Martirosyan has recently completed her Ph.D. in Philology at Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov in Armenia and is currently doing M.A. in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. Annie has contributed to various linguistic/literary magazines and also writes at the Huffington Post UK. She credits Professor David Crystal as a life-long inspiration for all her linguistic, philological and Shakespearean interests. 


British Council Literature Seminar Webcast

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.056  Thursday, 30 January 2014


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Date:         January 30, 2014 at 6:31:57 AM EST

Subject:    British Council Literature Seminar Webcast


‘Shakespeare Our Contemporary?’


“Shakespeare – Our Contemporary?” 30 January to 1 February 2014

Watch our live webcast from the British Council Literature Seminar in Berlin.


Live readings and discussions with authors Naomi Alderman, A S Byatt, Howard Jacobson, Tom McCarthy, Alice Oswald, Mark Ravenhill and Polly Stenham to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. Chair of the seminar is Professor John Mullan (Guardian Book Club).


Webcast schedule

Thursday, 30 January 2014

- from 19.30 CET: Welcome speeches by Dr Helen Müller (Bertelsmann) and John Whitehead (Director British Council Germany); Keynote: Dame Gail Rebuck, CBE (Chair Penguin Random House UK Board); Graham Sheffield (Director Arts British Council)

- followed by Howard Jacobson reading and discussion with John Mullan

Friday, 31 January 2014

- 10.00 – 11.15 CET: Alice Oswald, reading and discussion with John Mullan; followed by a Q&A session

- 11.45 – 13.00 CET: Polly Stenham, reading and discussion with John Mullan; followed by a Q&A session

- 14.30 – 15.45 CET: Panel discussion with Naomi Alderman, A S Byatt, Howard Jacobson, Alice Oswald, Mark Ravenhill, and Polly Stenham, Chaired by John Mullan

- 20.00 – 21.30 CET: A S Byatt, reading and discussion with Tobias Döring (Chairman of Germany’s Shakespeare Society)

Saturday, 1 February 2014

- 10.00 – 11.15 CET: Naomi Alderman, reading and discussion with Tobias Döring; followed by a Q&A session

- 11.45 – 13.00 CET: Tom McCarthy, reading and discussion with John Mullan; followed by a Q&A session

- 16.15 – 17.30 CET: Mark Ravenhill, reading/ talk and discussion with John Mullan; followed by a Q&A session

- 17.30 – 18.00 CET: closing speeches by John Whitehead (Director British Council Germany), Cortina Butler (Director Literature British Council); John Mullan (chairman of the seminar)


Terry Hawkes

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.053  Wednesday, 29 January 2014


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

Date:         January 28, 2014 at 10:48:43 AM EST

Subject:    Terry Hawkes


Dear Hardy,


You might like to announce over the SHAKSPER network the sad death of Terry Hawkes. Here is a form of words:


Terence Hawkes was emeritus professor of English at the University of Cardiff, and for some 50 years he was a leading world expert on Shakespeare. Between 1959 and 2007 he produced a series of books and collections of essays on Shakespeare, and from 1977 he was the general editor (and contributor to) The Methuen/Routledge New Accents series, that was instrumental in changing the direction of English Studies in British universities. He was also the founding editor of the influential journal 'Textual Practice', and the general editor and contributor to the 'Accents on Shakespeare' series. He broadcast on BBC radio in Wales and was a formative influence on a radical theoretical turn in Shakespeare scholarship that has now come to be regarded as central. He was also an inspirational lecturer and many of his former students now occupy chairs in universities across the world. He was a proficient jazz drummer who had played with musicians such as Acker Bilk and Digby Fairweather, he was a keen football supporter, and he was also active in local politics. The legacy of his scholarly work continues to be felt across the world, and his witty, perceptive, and erudite contributions will be sorely missed on the SHAKSPER network.



John Drakakis


Invitation to AKU-ISMC Public Lectures

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.049  Tuesday, 28 January 2014


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

Date:         January 27, 2014 at 8:57:55 AM EST

Subject:    Invitation to AKU-ISMC Public Lectures


Dear All,


The AKU-ISMC’s Public Lecture programme will recommence on Thursday 30th January at 5.00pm with a talk by Edward Wilson-Lee, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, on ‘Shakespeare and the Zanj’ . On Thursday 6th February at 5.00pm, Mohammad Fadel, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, will present on ‘The Representational Ideal and the Sunni Conception of Public Law’. Details of both of these events can be found below (including how to register to attend).


Please feel free to pass this email on to anyone you feel may also be interested in attending.


Kind regards,

Matt Brewer


Thursday, 30th January 2014. 5.00-6.30pm.


'Shakespeare and the Zanj'

The reception, translation, and performance of Shakespeare in East Africa from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day

By Dr Edward Wilson-Lee


Abstract: This lecture – which draws on a larger project charting the reception, translation, and performance of Shakespeare in East Africa from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day – will use the widespread idolization of Shakespeare (by British travellers, the Arab elite, native Africans, and Indian settlers) to examine cultural relations on the Swahili Coast (the Zanj) in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. From the use of Shakespeare in Anglo-Omani diplomacy on Zanzibar to the rich history of performance in Mombasa of translations by Aga Hashr Kashmiri (the ‘Indian Shakespeare’), this hidden history provides rich and instructive examples of how art connects and divides cultures.


Chair: Dr Philip Wood


Biography: Dr Edward Wilson-Lee teaches early modern literature, Shakespeare, and medieval literature Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge; his research looks broadly at literature and the history of the book in the early modern period, and he is currently working on the history of Shakespeare reading/performance/translation in East Africa, as well as on the ways in which collections were organized in the early ages of print.




Thursday, 6th February 2014. 5.00-6.30pm.


‘The Representational Ideal and the Sunni Conception of Public Law’

By Professor Mohammad Fadel


Abstract: The Sunni response to the crisis of post-prophetic authority was the concept of the caliphate. In contrast to the Shi'a concept of divine election (nass), Sunni theologians maintained that succession to positions of public leadership of the community were a matter of the community's choice (ikhtiyar).  Yet, this was not an unbounded choice: through the rules set out in the theological and juridical discussions on the caliphate, Sunni scholars made clear that the community's choice was to be guided by certain rules, standards and procedures. Dogmatic works of theology, and even juridical works such as al-Ahkam al-Sultaniyya of al-Mawardi, however, were interested more in the notion of how a legitimate post-Prophetic order is established rather than the details of how, once it comes into existence, its ongoing legitimacy, or the legitimacy of its actions, is to be measured.   To find an answer to this question this paper argues that Sunni jurists adopted a theory of public life that assumed public officials obtained their authority exclusively as agents of the Muslim public. Accordingly, the representational ideal of agency provided the moral basis for determining the legitimacy -- or lack thereof -- of the actions of public officials from the perspective of Sunni jurists.  The existence of this ideal is documented not in an explicit discussion of the nature of public offices in the fashion of political philosophy, but as befits jurists, manifests itself interstitially in the operation of numerous rules and doctrines in various chapters (abwab), jurisdictional and substantive, of the jurists' positive law (fiqh).  This paper outlines the source of the representational ideal of public offices, beginning with Sunni juridical discussions of the contract of the caliphate, and its operation as the crucial enabling and limiting principle on the powers of public officials through various examples from positive law.  


Chair: Dr David Taylor


Biography: Mohammad H. Fadel is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, which he joined in January 2006. Professor Fadel wrote his PhD. dissertation on legal process in medieval Islamic law while at the University of Chicago. Professor Fadel was admitted to the Bar of New York in 2000 and practiced law with the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, New York, where he worked on a wide variety of corporate finance transactions and securities-related regulatory investigations. Professor Fadel also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Honorable Anthony A. Alaimo of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Professor Fadel has published numerous articles in Islamic legal history and Islam and liberalism.




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Professor Sankalapuram Nagarajan (1929 - 2014)

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.037  Monday, 20 January 2014


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

Date:         January 16, 2014 at 11:51:30 AM EST

Subject:    Professor S. Nagarajan, India


Professor Sankalapuram Nagarajan (1929 - 2014)


Professor Sankalapuram Nagarajan, one of India’s finest academicians, passed away in New Delhi around noon on January 6th, 2014. He leaves behind his wife, Srimathi, sons Shankar and Chandramouli, daughter Leela, and their families. Nagarajan—‘Nag’ to his close friends—was regarded as one of the most eminent Shakespeare scholars of India and an original voice in the world Shakespeare community of scholars.


Born in 1929 in Bangalore, he did his B.A (English Honours) at the University of Mysore and his M.A. in English Language and Literature at the University of Nagpur where he was awarded the University Gold Medal. After teaching at colleges in Amravati, Bangalore and Jabalpur, he went on to study for his Ph.D. in English at Harvard University. He earned the doctoral degree in a record time of two years (1959-61), and held the distinction of being India’s first Harvard Ph.D. in English. For his doctoral study he was awarded a Smith-Mundt/Fulbright fellowship, a Harvard University fellowship, and a Folger fellowship. 


At Harvard he worked with eminent Shakespeare scholars such as Professors Alfred Harbage and Herschel Baker. He finished his coursework with distinction under scholars like Walter Jackson Bate, Reuben Brower, David Perkins, and I.A. Richards. His dissertation on Shakespeare’s Problem Comedies resulted in an invitation to edit Measure for Measure for the Signet Classic Shakespeare. This edition has been in print continuously for over 45 years in spite of severe competition from later and more generously edited editions. In 2013, he published an edition of King Lear, a study he started as a Folger Shakespeare Library Fellow in 1998. 


Dr. Nagarajan’s scholarly articles on a wide-range of subjects, including comparative studies (the influence of Advaita Vedanta on Isherwood, for example) appeared in prestigious international journals like the Shakespeare Quarterly, Comparative Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, Ariel, and the Oxford Essays in Criticism. He was the Indian Correspondent of the World Shakespeare Bibliography for about three decades. As many of his former students and colleagues have remarked, Nagarajan was a keen supporter of literature in Indian languages. Thinking about literature in more than one language, he insisted, was a singular strength that Indian scholars could bring to the world stage.


Professor Nagarajan is also remembered for his outstanding contribution to higher education in India. After he returned to India from Harvard in 1961, he was appointed Chair of the University Department of English and Chairperson of the Board of Studies in English at the University of Poona (now Pune). He taught there till 1977 when he moved to the University of Hyderabad to assume the position of Professor of English, a position he held until he retired in April 1989. At the University of Hyderabad, he was Dean of the School of Humanities for six years and officiated for some time as Vice-Chancellor of the university. 


After his retirement, he served as an Emeritus Fellow of India’s prominent University Grants Commission (UGC). Later, the University of Hyderabad requested him to serve as the inaugural Director of its new Centre for the Study of Comparative Literature. During his tenure as professor at the University of Pune and at Hyderabad, the UGC honored him as National Lecturer in English and as a National Fellow. In addition, he held many fellowships and honorary lectureships, including being a British Council Visitor, an American Studies Fellow at Harvard, a visiting fellow at Clare Hall (Cambridge, U.K.), a Leverhulme Fellow at the Australian National University and a Commonwealth Universities Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. In 1988, he was elected Life Member at Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge. He was also invited to serve as Visiting Professor and advisor for the University of Mauritius during 1993 -1994.


Professor Nagarajan will be remembered for his many scholarly accomplishments and his role in advancing higher education in India. But above everything, it was Professor Nagarajan’s students who always brought an unstoppable sparkle and tenderness to his eyes. Their success and achievements evoked in him a parental pride. He gave his everything to students. Every student came away inspired and all felt deep love and respect for him. Students and colleagues were to remain his ever-growing family until he retired and beyond. One of most memorable occasions for Professor Nagarajan was the grand felicitation his former students from across the years hosted for his 75th birthday in Pune (or Poona, as he never stopped calling it by its older name). On hearing the news about Dr. Nagarajan, one of his former students (who now teaches in Belfast, Ireland) wrote, “[Dr. Nagarajan] conveyed to us brilliantly the disturbing power of poetry to teach us what we often did not know of ourselves. It is something we will never forget.”


Professor Nagarajan wrote late into his life. Commenting on his masterful edition of King Lear which was published recently in 2013, Professor Sylvan Barnet, the eminent Shakespeare scholar said, quoting from As You Like it: "O wonderful, wonderful, most wonderful wonderful, and yet again wonderful, and after that, out of all whooping!" Professor Barnet went on to describe the book: “[Nagarajan’s] King Lear is not only for Indian students--it is for all students--yes, and for all readers, including professors--who want a thorough yet judicious, readable commentary on the play.” 


Reg Foakes

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.036  Thursday, 16 January 2014


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

Date:         January 15, 2014 at 12:33:26 PM EST

Subject:    Reg Foakes


Following up on my earlier notice of Reg Foakes’s death, I have learned from Emily Hockley, Editorial Assistant for the Arden Shakespeare, that Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon will hold a memorial service for Reg next Monday, Jan. 20th, at 12:30 p.m. 


Emily also draws attention to tributes to Reg Foakes published online:


John Cox

Hope College

Celebrate 450 Years of William Shakespeare!

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.032  Wednesday, 15 January 2014


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Date:         January 14, 2014 at 4:39:25 PM EST

Subject:    Celebrate 450 Years of William Shakespeare!


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*Celebrate William Shakespeare During the Year of the Bard! *


The Free Library of Philadelphia, in partnership with The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre [] and numerous other cultural organizations from around the region, is excited to present the Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450 [ ]—a year packed full of engaging, enlightening, and entertaining programs and events designed to celebrate Shakespeare in all his classic and modern incarnations.


Throughout 2014, the Year of the Bard [ ] will offer Shakespeare

buffs and newcomers alike a plethora of fun, festive ways to get in on the celebration. Every month throughout the year will feature numerous activities, including engaging lectures, digital and live exhibitions, pop-up and theatrical performances, and of course a big birthday bash on April 23.


Stay tuned to [ ] for all the latest details and upcoming events!


Did you know?


“Shakespeare For All Time”, a new exhibition celebrating Shakespeare and featuring his important First Folio, will open on January 27 in the new William B. Dietrich Gallery in the Rare Book Department of the Parkway Central Library. The new gallery space was made possible with generous support from the William B. Dietrich Foundation.


The Free Library is one of the most important educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia. The City of Philadelphia provides funds for the operations of the Free Library system, including staffing at our 54 locations. Through the generosity of individual gifts, the Free Library Foundation supports many of the Library’s incredible programs, which promote literacy and enrich the cultural fabric of our city.


Tom Pendleton

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.019  Saturday, 11 January 2014


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Date:         January 10, 2014 at 8:54:15 PM EST

Subject:    Tom Pendleton


Thomas A. Pendleton, Professor Emeritus of English at Iona College and Co-Editor of The Shakespeare Newsletter, died unexpectedly at his home in Norwalk, Connecticut, on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. He was 81 years old. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 30, 1932, to the late Charles F. and Marcella Pendleton, he served in the United States Army in the 1950s. He earned a B.A. in English from St. Michael’s College of the University of Toronto and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Fordham University. He taught English at Iona, in New Rochelle, New York, from 1959 until his retirement in 2012, and also served as chairman of the department and as a member of many college-wide committees. From 1991 until his death, he was co-editor of The Shakespeare Newsletter. He was a longtime Associate Member of the Columbia Shakespeare Seminar, known for his perceptive and probing contributions to discussions at seminar meetings. Although his primary scholarly interest was Shakespeare, he also taught and wrote about W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, and many modern American writers. He had interests in many other areas, including film, comic books, and baseball—and he had a gift for drawing as well. In addition to many essays, articles, and book and film reviews, he wrote I’m Sorry About the Clock: Chronology, Composition, and Narrative Technique in The Great Gatsby (1993), and he co-edited, and contributed to, “Fanned and Winnowed Opinions”: Shakespearean Essays Presented to Harold Jenkins (1997). He also edited, and contributed to, Henry VI: New Critical Essays (2001), and he edited Richard the Second for the New Kittredge Shakespeare (2012). He is survived by his wife Carol, whom he married on March 30, 1964.


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