Shakespeare and Emotions at Anzsa


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.158  Friday, 13 April 2012


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Date:         April 13, 2012 11:28:51 AM EDT

Subject:    Shakespeare and Emotions at Anzsa


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The 11th Biennial International Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association in collaboration with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

27-30 November 2012

The University of Western Australia

Perth, Western Australia

Keynote speakers include Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare’s Globe London), Philippa Kelly (California Shakespeare Theater and UNSW), Steven Mullaney (University of Michigan) and Barrie Rutter (Artristic Director, NorthernBroadside Theatre Company). Additional keynote speakers are to be announced.

The study of emotions in history, literature, and other aspects of culture is a burgeoning field, and Shakespeare takes a very central and influential place. The conveners invite papers on any aspect of the ways in which Shakespeare and/or his contemporaries represented emotions in poetry, drama, and other works, and/or how these representations have been received by audiences and readers from the sixteenth century to the present day.

There are paradoxes to be explored—how ‘the bodily turn’ of physiological influence on emotions could in turn generate more modern models of inner consciousness alone; how concepts rooted historically in Elizabethan and Jacobean England could be adapted to fit the philosophies and concepts of later ages, through eighteenth-century literature of sensibility, nineteenth-century and Darwinian approaches, twentieth-century psychologism stimulated by Freud, and a host of others. Did Shakespeare tap into a ‘collective unconscious’ of ‘universal’ stories, or did he arbitrarily choose stories to dramatise which his affective eloquence incorporated into world literature? Why have his works proved so durable in their emotional power, both in themselves and adaptations into other media such as opera, music, film and dance? Equal attention is invited to plays in performance and in ‘closet’ critical readings, as well as textual studies and adaptations.

The New Fortune Theatre, built in 1964 to the exact dimensions of The Fortune playhouse that rivaled Shakespeare’s Globe in seventeenth-century London, will be available for original practice performances, open rehearsals, and stage-based research papers, etc.

If you wish your presentation to be considered for a Performance Workshop on the New Fortune stage, please indicate this clearly in your title.

Abstracts of c.200 words should be submitted for consideration to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.<mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>, addressed to Bob White, Chris Wortham, Danijela Kambaskovic-Sawers, Mark Houlahan, and Brett D. Hirsch. Abstracts should be received by 1 July 2012.

Please bear in mind that although our venues have full capability for Powerpoint presentations and projecting files from your computers, wireless Internet reception is in some rooms unavailable. If you will need Internet access for your presentation, please make this clear in your abstract to allow us to programme accordingly.

For more details about the conference, visit

VU-ing STM’s D & LLL


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.157  Thursday, 12 April 2012


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

Date:         April 10, 2012 5:45:32 PM EDT

Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Tempest App; VU-ing


>Might STM [St. Thomas More] be reported?


That wouldn’t be likely if, as is traditionally supposed, the play was never performed.

Henry V, Act 3, Scene 4

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.156  Thursday, 12 April 2012

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

Date:         April 10, 2012 7:04:19 PM EDT

Subject:     Henry V, Act 3, Scene 4


Alan Stewart of Columbia recently gave an excellent talk on “The French Shakespeare.” During the discussion afterwards, we pondered the question of Henry V, Act III, scene 4, being entirely in French. How would early audiences have reacted? Professor Stewart found the following surmise to be plausible—this scene was performed at court, with its French-speaking audience, but was perhaps omitted during public performances. 


If this hypothesis also strikes you as plausible, are the other such scenes extant, that may have been written solely for court performance?

Google Scholar Citations Profiles


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.155  Thursday, 12 April 2012


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

Date:         April 10, 2012 7:04:41 PM EDT

Subject:     Google Scholar Citations Profiles


Google Scholar has a new feature that allows everyone with a university affiliation to create a “profile.” Only 11 Shakespeareans have done so thus far, so lots more of you should check this out—


Richard Waugaman


[Editor’s Note: Richard, thank you for this information. I am sure that I will not be the only SHAKSPER subscriber to create a profile as soon as I get a chance. –Hardy] 


Folger Shakespeare Library: Shakespeare’s Birthday and More



The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.154  Thursday, 12 April 2012

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

Date:         Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 15:54:00 -0400

Subject:     Folger Shakespeare Library: Shakespeare’s Birthday and More


What’s On at the Folger


Mirth and Merriment

Special Events: Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House


It’s April, the month we welcome spring at the Folger and celebrate Shakespeare. Enjoy music, games, and more during our annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House! Children and adults can participate in free crafts and activities, take to the Folger stage for spontaneous Shakespeare performances, and explore the Folger’s historic building. During the closing festivities, all are welcome to share birthday cake on the front lawn.


Sunday, April 22

Noon to 4:00 pm



Discover Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s Life

Listen: Songs Inspired by Shakespeare



Tales of Innocence

Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture


Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale offers a fascinating glimpse into childhood. Young Prince Mamillius, who haunts the play even after his death, provides a lens for exploring critical themes. The annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture by Sarah Beckwith deals with questions of initiation, inheritance, innocence, truth, and doubt.


Plus, view images from Folger Theatre’s 2009 production of The Winter’s Tale on Flickr.


Monday, April 16, 2012

7:30 pm



Get a Seat: Reserve Online

On Flickr: Images from The Winter’s Tale



A Trace of Shakespeare

In the News: Restored Scribble May be Shakespeare Signature


Could this be Shakespeare's signature? Probably not, but researchers are investigating when and how a mysterious signature on the title page of Archaionomia, a treatise on Anglo-Saxon law in the Folger collection, first appeared on the page's top border. Using multi-spectral imaging technology, the researchers are studying images not visible to the human eye to compare the signature to other known Shakespeare signatures—as well as those of well-known forgers.


For a detailed look at the digital imaging process, read the post by guest contributor Roger Easton of Rochester Institute of Technology on The Collation blog.


Blogworthy: Spectral Imaging of Shakespeare’s “Seventh Signature” 



[Editor’s Note: I would encourage readers to look at the “Spectral Imaging of Shakespeare’s “Seventh Signature” cited above. Further, at the SHAKSPER web site, in the Scholarly Resources, Pedagogy section, I discuss in my first Cook’s Tour how to access the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Digital Image Collection which contains William Lambarde’s Archaionomia, the work in which the signature is found. In addition to your being able to read the how-to instructions article online at, you can download a pdf version of it below. Once you have the Luna software installed, you are able to examine the page yourselves by continuing to zoom-in on the image. Actually, quite fun. –Hardy]


Cook’s Tour One:  Cook Tour One (116.13 kB)


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