Friday, September 28, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
SHAKESPEARE in Italy
“summer’s lease hath all too short a date”
You are invited to spend a week with
Shakespeare in Florence, exploring his work,
his engagement with Italy and the
Renaissance contexts of his work. Sessions
will be held at the British Institute of Florence
in the Palazzo Lanfredini and will include
playreadings, lectures on Renaissance
iconography, classical mythology and maps,
as well as excursions to the Uffizi gallery and
No prior experience is necessary; all welcome!
Dates: 13th – 17th May 2013
Convener: Dr Victoria Bladen, The University of
Limited to 20 places.
Cost: 500 euros or 400 euros for full-time
students. (10% discount for payment by 30
Monday 13th May:
10am-12 - Introduction to Shakespeare: This
introductory session will look at Shakespeare’s life, the public theatres, and the
historical, political, and religious contexts of early modern England.
2pm – 5pm – Shakespeare and Rome: How does
Shakespeare imagine Rome in his work? What did Rome mean for his early
modern audience? This session will include readings of excerpts from Titus
Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra and the poem The Rape of
Tuesday 14th May:
10am – 12 – Myth and iconography: This session will
look at the engagement with classical mythology in Renaissance and Baroque
art. What were the most popular myths from Ovid’s Metamorphoses for artists
and writers and how were they depicted? We will also look at excerpts from
Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis and the iconography of Botticelli’s Birth of
Venus and Primavera in preparation for the Uffizi gallery visit.
2pm – 5pm – Excursion to the Uffizi gallery
Wednesday 15th May: Shakespeare and Venice
10am – 12: This session will explore The Merchant of Venice with
readings of excerpts from the play and consideration of the relevant historical
and religious contexts including: how Venice was imagined, Judaism and
attitudes to usury.
2pm – 5pm: The afternoon session will begin by looking at medieval
and Renaissance maps and how early moderns conceived of the world and
different human races. We will then look at some excerpts from Othello, set in
Venice and Cyprus.
Thursday 16th May:
10am – 12: Shakespeare and the Natural
World This session will look at Shakespeare’s engagement with nature. His
work is full of natural imagery and metaphors; gardens and forests are used to
create evocative spaces in which episodes of the plays are set while trees and
plants often function as political metaphors or to express personal attributes of
characters. This session will also look at the symbolism and iconography of
trees and gardens in the Renaissance in preparation for our visit to the Boboli
2pm – 5pm – Excursion to the Boboli garden
Friday 17th May: Shakespeare and Love
10am – 12: This session will explore Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s
well known tragic love story, set in Verona. We’ll be doing some readings of
excerpts from the play and focusing on Shakespeare’s language in articulating
the excesses of passionate love.
2pm – 5pm: For our final session we’ll be looking at Shakespeare’s
sonnets, reading a selection and exploring the writer’s ideas of immortality
About the presenter:
Dr Victoria Bladen teaches in Shakespeare and early modern literature at The
University of Queensland, Australia and has published three Shakespearean text
guides in the Insight Publications (Melbourne) series: Romeo and Juliet (2010), Julius
Caesar (2011) and Henry IV Part 1 (2012), as well as articles in the French
Shakespeare on Screen series (The Roman Plays, Hamlet and Othello (forthcoming)).
She has published on tree and garden imagery in the poetry of Andrew Marvell, on
representations of Zeus in early modern culture and is currently working on a book
project The Tree of Life in the Early Modern Imagination, based on her doctoral
research. Victoria is co-editing the Macbeth on Screen volume and is on the editorial
board for the Shakescreen in Francophonia project in France. She has presented
conference papers in Australia, New Zealand and France, and convenes the annual
Shakespeare Summer School programme at The University of Queensland, Australia.
In 2011 she was a recipient of a Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Travel Award for the
World Shakespeare Congress in Prague. In 2013 she will be a presenting an invited
paper at The University of Ferrara, Italy, on Shakespearean quotations in Australian
Monday, September 24, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Conversations about literature ...
and food, and pop music, and advertising, and football, and film, and architecture...
Hamlet across the globe
Speakers include Alexander Huang (George Washington University), Nick Hutchison (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), Margaret Litvin (Boston University), and David Schalkwyk (Folger Shakespeare Library).
Their lectures will be free and open to the public.
Co-sponsors include Rhodes programs in Asian Studies, British Studies at Oxford, English, International Studies, and Theatre.
Please contact Scott Newstok (newstokS@rhodes.edu) for further information.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Reevaluating the Literary Coterie, 1550-1825
Seminars at 6-8pm. At UCL; venue information to be announced shortly at http://theliterarycoterie.blogspot.co.uk/.
Christine Gerrard (University of Oxford), A Scorpion in the Nest: Sexual Politics and the Hillarian Coterie, 1720-1725.
Felicity Roberts (King's College London), Mary Delany (1700-1788) and her membership of the Bluestockings
Jennifer Young (King's College London), Shakespeare and the Fleet Street Syndicate (1630-32)
Hannah Crawforth (King's College London), TBA
Gregory Dart (University College London), TBA
Will Bowers (University College London), 'A curious moving scene of all nations and languages’ - Holland House as salon or coterie.
Arthur F. Marotti (Wayne State University), Concentric Literary Circles: Christ Church, Oxford Poetry and the Circulation of Manuscript Verse in Jacobean and Caroline England.
Steven W. May (University of Sheffield, Emory University), Coteries? What Coteries?
Helen Hackett (University College London), Re-evaluating sisterhood and female friendship in the manuscript verse miscellany of Constance Aston Fowler
For more information, please see: http://theliterarycoterie.blogspot.co.uk/
UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges
Autumn 2012 Seminars
Wednesdays 4.30pm, Foster Court 114
10th October: The Animal Face of Early Modern England
Erica Fudge (Strathclyde)
24th October: Shakespeare: Staging the World
Dora Thornton (Curator, British Museum)
28th November: Catholic Archives and Collections
Jan Graffius (Stonyhurst College): ‘Bullworks Against Heresie’: Some Relics from the Sodality at St Omers
Fr Peter Harris (Honorary Archivist, English College Valladolid): ‘And did those feet in ancient time ...’: The archives of exile: The holdings of the Royal English College, Valladolid, Spain
For more information, please see www.ucl.ac.uk/eme
Working it Out: A Day of Numbers in Early Modern Writing
Saturday 18th May 2013
Keynes Library, Birkbeck College, University of London
Call for Papers
Early modern books are full of numbers, representing both practicality and mystery. This multidisciplinary conference explores numbers in British early modern literature and textual culture. How were numbers and numerical techniques used in drama, dance, and music? What were the practical issues arising from printing numerical texts, and how were numbers represented on the page? How were the index and the cross-reference created and used? To what extent would an early modern audience recognize mathematical references in literary texts and performance? Who would buy an arithmetic book and how might they use it?
Proposals for papers are invited on, but not confined to, the following subject areas:
- Ways of counting and things to count: inventories and accounts; time and tempo; feet and metre.
- Numbers in print: reference tables, logarithms, cross-referencing, indices.
- Books on arithmetic, double-entry book-keeping and merchants’ handbooks.
- Ciphering and deciphering.
- The use of zero and other mathematical symbols in literature and drama.
- Dance, music and other numerical art forms.
- Making a reckoning: performing numbers on stage.
- Numbers in the material text: ways of using numerical books, and their owners.
- Mystical numbers, the kabala, numerology.
- Mathematical methodologies; measuring, mapping and quantifying.
Confirmed speakers are:
- Stephen Clucas, Birkbeck College, London.
- Natasha Glaisyer, York.
- Emma Smith, Hertford College, Oxford.
- Adam Smyth, Birkbeck College, London.
We welcome proposals from researchers at all stages of their careers, working in departments of Literature, History, History of Science, Art History, Education, and other relevant subject areas. Proposals for 20-minute papers should include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief CV, and should be emailed to email@example.com. General questions can be directed to the conference organisers, Rebecca Tomlin and Katherine Hunt, at the same address.
All abstracts must be received by 15 January 2013
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE EVENTS AT COLUMBIA AND BEYOND
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Two Shakespeare lectures ...
Friday, September 07, 2012
Eastern Resonances 2: India and the Far East
Routine and Ritual in the post-medieval home
Who Invented the "Shakespearean Theatre"?
Burbage & Shakespeare and/or Henslowe & Alleyn Saturday, 24th November 24th 2012, 10am-5pm, The University of Reading New digital resources such the University of Reading's Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project (www.henslowe-alleyn.org.uk) and recent excavations by Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) are allowing us to re-evaluate our standard assumptions about drama, theatre and playhouses in the age of Shakespeare. Were Richard Burbage, William Shakespeare and their colleagues in the Lord Chamberlain's Men, and later the King's Men, and their co-investors in the Globe and Blackfriars playhouses really the most important figures in late 16th and early 17th theatre? Or were the theatrical entrepreneur Philip Henslowe and the eminent actor Edward Alleyn equally or more important figures with the Lord Strange's and later the Lord Admiral's Men at the Rose, Fortune and Hope Playhouses?