The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0371 Friday, 26 October 2018
Date: October 25, 2018 at 2:39:46 PM EDT
Subject: Blackfriars Scholarships Available at MBU S&P Grad
Attached is Dr. Paul Menzer’s letter of invitation, asking you all to send us your best and brightest students for our wonderful Shakespeare and Performance graduate program here at MBU.
Please encourage any interested students to contact me to plan a visit. We will provide comp tickets to the Playhouse, and cover several meals and all but $40/night for their stay at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel.
We surely appreciate your recruiting assistance, and will reward any student you send to us who matriculates with a special tuition waiver scholarship.
Assistant Director for Operations
Shakespeare and Performance Graduate Program
October 25, 2018
Last year at this time (and next year at this time) we were (and will be) gearing up to welcome you to the Blackfriars Conference, our biennial celebration of theatre and scholarship hosted by the American Shakespeare Center. As we catch out breath during this “off year,” we want to remind you and your students of our graduate program in Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin University.
Our program is a collection of fifty-strong students in daily pursuit of the maxim of enlightenment philosopher Giambattista Vico: “we know only what we make.” Our students make that knowledge on the stage, in the archives, and in the rehearsal room, working in collaboration with ASC actors and with Mary Baldwin faculty. Together, we explore the four core competencies of our program: acting, directing, pedagogy, and dramaturgy all underscored by rigorous scholarship.
If you have a student who might seem right for our program, please send them to https://marybaldwin.edu/shakespeare/ to find out more about us. And if you write them a recommendation, then we have a Blackfriars Scholarship for them in your name. That is, if you find ‘em, we’ll fund ‘em.
Please don’t hesitate to be in direct contact with me if I can answer any questions about the program. Neither should you hesitate to send a prospective candidate to me, as we’d love to plan a visit for them to our feisty but bucolic community of Shakespeareans.
All my best,
Professor/Director, Shakespeare and Performance
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0369 Thursday, 25 October 2018
Date: October 23, 2018 at 2:18:25 PM EDT
Subject: On the Isabella / Claudio bargain in Measure for Measure
As regards Hugh Grady’s comment on the Isabella / Claudio bargain in Measure for Measure, I have a bit on this in my new book Shakespeare’s Moral Compass – a bit which SHAKSPERians helped me work through as I was writing it (see here: https://www.shaksper.net/archive/2015/361-september/31022-responses-to-claudio-s-plea-to-live-3-1-measure-for-measure-2 and here: https://www.shaksper.net/archive/2015/362-october/31118-claudio (many thanks!)). Grady is quite right that many people don’t see this as a “no brainer”, on page 26, I say this:
“Our near-automatic judgements on these questions are what Michael D. Bristol has called ‘vernacular intuitions’. Assuming competence enough to understand Shakespeare’s language, they do not require special scholarly training. Bristol mentions his sister’s vernacular intuitions at one point; I am reminded of a time when I watched a production of Measure for Measure with my mother. She was utterly disgusted at Claudio’s behaviour in III, i, when he begs his sister, Isabella, to save his life by sleeping with Angelo and violating her vows as a novice nun. It was a genuine, visceral reaction: perhaps my mother was responding to the moral foundation of sanctity / degradation. Many other modern viewers of the play, perhaps moved instead by the foundation of care / harm, actually have the opposite reaction: they cannot believe that Isabella could be so callous as to let her brother die for the sake of a religious principle. In either case, the scenario is provoking a moral intuition. This works so effectively because, in most cases, Shakespeare does not appear to judge himself: he provides the raw materials for judgements to be made but asks the audience to make them.”
Senior Lecturer in English
University of Surrey