The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0372  Friday, 26 October 2018


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

Date:         October 25, 2018 at 4:34:20 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Russian MM


To get in on the discussion about Measure for Measure between Hugh Grady and Neema Parvini, I’d suggest that Isabella is never to be blamed for refusing to sleep with Angelo. Her fault—and it is a deep one—is her lack of charity toward her brother when he breaks down in fear and desperation. It’s in her response that she fails.:


Take my defiance!

Die, perish! Might but my bending down 

Reprieve thee from thy fate, it should proceed: 

I'll pray a thousand prayers for thy death, 

No word to save thee.  


It was her nunly cue and duty to feel empathy at such a moment, and she utterly fails. (Well, she did chose the severe order of St. Clare.) That leaves it to the Duke to provide the needed balm and to reconcile Claudio to death. She failed at job #1 of the Christian: to forgive. Well, most do. 


Harry Keyishian

Professor Emeritus of English

Director Emeritus, FDU Press

Fairleigh Dickinson University




Blackfriars Scholarships Available at MBU S&P Grad

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0371  Friday, 26 October 2018


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

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.


Many thanks,

Julie Fox

Assistant Director for Operations

Shakespeare and Performance Graduate Program



October 25, 2018


Dear Colleague,


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,

Paul Menzer

Professor/Director, Shakespeare and Performance 



From NYTimes: Sex, Lies and Vindication

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0369  Thursday, 25 October 2018


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

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.”


Neema Parvini
Senior Lecturer in English
University of Surrey






The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0370  Thursday, 25 October 2018


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

Date:         October 25, 2018 at 1:09:49 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Shorthand


There are many points I can advance in response to Gerald Downs’s reply to my suggestions, which I advanced with the hope they would be helpful to scholarship on this issue. But I shall confine myself to his conclusion, as it goes to the heart of what I was saying. He says:


Stylometry won’t fly; styles are obscured in each text. Shakespeare’s presence is certain. Marlowe has already been identified—many of his lines dot the A landscape. Van Dam observes that early lines ‘appropriately serve Faustus to introduce the conjuring up of a devil. In [A] they are used by a gentleman . . . as a preface to his orders to feed the dogs.’ Greene is also plagiarized.


I can't see how he can offer these conclusions without a detailed study of all the internal evidence. That includes most especially a valid stylometric analysis of the plays. The reasons for this are presented at length in my opinion for a unanimous panel resolving the dispute over Thomas of Woodstock, which can be found in the archives as an attachment to my post at SHK 22.0209 (2011).




CFP: Shakespeare and Japan

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0368  Thursday, 25 October 2018


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

Date:         October 24, 2018 at 2:02:23 PM EDT

Subject:    Posting a CFP for Critical Survey


CFP on Shakespeare and Japan: http://www.journals.berghahnbooks.com/_uploads/cs/CS-Shakespeare-and-Japan.pdf


Critical Survey

Call for Papers:

Shakespeare  and  Japan


Editors: Graham Holderness and Bryan Loughrey


Critical Survey addresses central issues of critical practice and literary theory in a language that is clear, concise, and accessible, with a primary focus on Renaissance and Modern writing and culture. The journal combines criticism with creative writing, including poetry, providing an essential resource for everyone involved in the field of literary studies.


The Editors of Critical Survey invite submissions for a special issue of the journal on Shakespeare and Japan.


Submissions on all relevant topics will be considered, including the following:


  Reception of Shakespeare in Japan

•   Naturalisation of Shakespeare into Japanese culture

•   Translation of Shakespeare into Japanese

•  The Shakespeare films of Akira Kurosawa

•  The Shakespeare productions of Yukio Ninagawa

•   Impact of Noh and Kabuki on Shakespeare production, inside and outside Japan

•   Shakespeare assimilated into Japanese forms such as Manga

 Japanese influence on Shakespeare world-wide.


Best regards,

Young Lee

Journals Marketing Manager



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