Q: Academic Response to Anonymous

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0283  Thursday, 27 October 2011

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

Date:         October 17, 2011 10:30:31 AM EDT

Subject:      Re: SHK 21.0419  Q: Academic Response to Anonymous


Those academics who have been concerned about how to respond in the classroom to the questions raised in the upcoming anti-Stratfordian film Anonymous can calm themselves. Sony Pictures has thoughtfully provided lesson plans to “teach the controversy” in college classes with the scholastic admonition to “Uncover the true genius of William Shakespeare. See Anonymous—in theaters October 28, 2011” on every page.

The stated objectives are “To encourage critical thinking by challenging students to examine the theories about the authorship of Shakespeare’s works and to formulate their own opinions; To strengthen students’ communication skills through classroom discussion and debate," and "To engage   students in creative writing exercises." Who could argue with those? Especially the creative writing part.

Conveniently enough, classroom exercises have been provided for use both before and after viewing the film. See http://www.ymiclassroom.com/pdf/AnonymousCollege.pdf. And high school teachers needn’t feel left out; Sony has put together a version for them also: http://www.ymiclassroom.com/pdf/AnonymousHS.pdf.


Tom Reedy


New Drug: Quietus!

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0282  Thursday, 27 October 2011

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

Date:         October 25, 2011 9:28:12 PM EDT

Subject:      New Drug: Quietus!


In every episode of VH1’s Behind the Music, someone is bound to wrap his car around a tree or telephone pole.  Well, that almost happened to me today upon listening to an ad for a drug called Quietus, which is supposed to help people who suffer from tinnitus (ringing in the ears) sleep better.  I thought that’s what I’d heard, “Quietus.”  I paid further attention till the word was said again, and sure enough it was “Quietus.”


This, of course, is a word that Hamlet uses in his famous "To be or not to be" speech in Act III.1.  The line goes:


For who would bear the whips and scorns of time...

When he himself might his quietus make

With a bare bodkin?


The word quietus means "clearing of accounts," but Hamlet basically uses the word as a euphemism for "death blow" by bare bodkin, or unbloodied dagger, that will no longer be bare, but rather well bloodied, after the, eh hem, "clearing of accounts" with Uncle King Claudius.


I wonder if the pharmaceutical company had any idea.  This nearly made me wreck my car . . .





Danish Archive Scholars

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0281  Thursday, 27 October 2011

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

Date:         October 27, 2011 5:59:43 AM EDT

Subject:      Danish Archive Scholars


I'm curious to know if any Danish archivists of their early modern period have uncovered their records about Christian's visit to his brother in law James? We're always researching Shakespeare from the side of the English but surely their Court and ambassadors kept records too. Nothing about Macbeth being performed and James not liking it?


We can only live in hope that something will be discovered. 


Yours antiquarianly minded,

William Sutton


Shakespeare Job Posting

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0280  Thursday, 27 October 2011

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

Date:         October 16, 2011 6:51:26 PM EDT

Subject:      Shakespeare Job Posting


Iona College

Assistant Professor of English


The English Department seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting in August 2012, to teach courses in Shakespeare (undergraduate and graduate) as well as core courses in writing and literature. PhD required. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to teaching in addition to promising scholarship. 4/4 load with one course remission per semester to serve as co-editor of The Shakespeare Newsletter.  Secondary areas of interest include Irish Literature and Film. Send cover letter and vita, including the names of three references (hard copy only), by November 16, 2011 to Dr. Laura Shea, Chair, Department of English, Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801.   



Laura Shea

Chair, Department of English

Iona College


Stage on Screen Ltd

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0279  Thursday, 27 October 2011

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

Date:         October 17, 2011 9:10:51 AM EDT

Subject:      From Phil Rees at Stage on Screen Ltd


We are a UK based company producing DVDs of Classic English Stage plays. We currently have no recordings of Shakespeare (it’s a crowded market), but we do concentrate on his contemporaries. We have released critically acclaimed recordings of Doctor Faustus, Volpone, and The Duchess of Malfi, and in the New Year hope to be producing and recording The Spanish Tragedy and The White Devil – if sufficient quantities of stage blood can be purchased in time . . . 


We launch officially in the US on November 22nd, as you’ll see from the Press release attached. 


Yours sincerely,

Phil Rees


Press Release:  pdf  Stage on Screen Press Release


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