The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1443 Friday, 28 July 2000.
Date: Thursday, 27 Jul 2000 14:00:11 -0400
Subject: _Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies_
The _Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies_ (_JEMCS_) is a new
scholarly publication that to one degree or another embraces all of the
categories of study listed below. A semiannual journal, it's scheduled
for an inaugural issue in March 2001. JEMCS has been founded as the
journal of record for the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, which
is now in its eighth year of promoting the broadest possible range of
cultural-studies scholarship in the period from the late fifteenth to
the late nineteenth centuries; familiarity with regular GEMCS conference
proceedings will give one a pretty good sense of what the journal's
interested in publishing. The first issues will contain the following
articles, among others:
Gary Taylor, "Gender and Hunger in Middleton's _The Bloody Banquet_"
(examines the play's juxtaposition of gender and digestive tropes)
Scott Oldenburg, "England's National Family Romance" (explores early
modern theories of racial difference from the psychoanalytic
Carol L. Sherman, "_Aboli bibelot_: Ourika, Portrait of Melancholy"
(reads the work of Claire de Duras from the standpoint of contemporary
developments in the treatment of mental illness)
Gordon Sayre, "The Mammoth: Endangered Species or Vanishing Race?"
(discusses seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century nature
writing and its speculations on the extinction of the woolly mammoth)
We're working on a website that should be at least minimally operational
within a month or so. The URL is http://www.fsu.edu/jemcs. Editorial
offices are housed in the Department of English, Florida State
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1441 Friday, 28 July 2000.
Date: Thursday, 27 Jul 2000 09:52:03 EDT
Subject: Poem from Much Ado About Nothing
Here is something a bit awry, but charming: a piecemeal poem assembled
from MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. I came across it again in a dog-eared
uncorrected advance proof of The Best American Poetry, 1991.
by Gary Mitchner
Burn my study for it holds no friends.
Who says one fathers the self for others?
Remember, Lady Disdain cannot die for you.
Courteous turncoats love women's happiness.
After sober custom who scratches the tongue?
Sighing away Sundays, put on a suspicious cap.
Savage bulls too often fall from faith.
Heavenly tuition's paid for hard lessons.
Twisting fine stories, the present practice.
Hearing of reason we use discontent as a muzzle.
Apes in hell likewise betrothed to unquiet.
The cook's mind filled with earth like supper.
Valiant dust no longer dances out answers.
Impossible slanderers eat the fool's partridge.
Hearts with tongues can always sell bullocks.
Silent heralds steal mirth and matter from all.
Dancing stars come on time's last crutches.
Argument and scorn soil this fantastic banquet.
Sheep from men's bodies counterfeit passion.
The hit fox devours tender blood like oysters.
There's fear and trembling in Messina.
Trust expectations, sport of the sadly born.
Mend distractions with paper brains, paper bullets.
Pain's message runs like fish after bait.
Consuming wrong becomes Cupid's trap.
The taming hand starts fire in the ear.
Sad money like a sighing ache is fancy's disguise.
Deaf hobbyhorses at cold midnight face upward.
Hanging dogs bark out man's shame and reproach.
Behind the horse one cannot find wantonness.
Every luxurious bed holds unknown loins.
Gone through here, Count Conflict condemns.
Recorded as an ass, he received no burial.
Caring cats, we refuse to see the doctor ape.
Hard words will not grow into a rhyming plant.
Sir God, please stop dealing in bruised hope.