Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Theory

Call for Papers

Papers are solicited on the theme of "Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Theory" for a collection of essays and a special issue of _Shakespeare Yearbook_. Topics may deal with early modern Italian and English dramatic theories, the question of genre and decorum, the English response to tragicomedy and Italian dramatic theories, the influence of Italian touring companies and _commedia dell'arte_ types, Shakespeare's reliance on and resistance to classical rules, fixed genres, and dramatic conventions. The final deadline is 31 January 2007. Contributors will include Louise George Clubb, Robert Henke, Robin Headlam Wells, Stephen Orgel, and Frances K. Barasch. The length of an article should not exceed 7000 words, including endnotes. For further information, please write to Michele Marrapodi (marrapod@unipa.it) or Douglas Brooks (dbrooks@tamu.edu).

The Shakespeare Globe Theatre History Seminar

Wednesday, 1 November 2006, 6pm-8pm
Speaker: Professor Susan Cerasano

The Fortune Symposium, Shakespeare's Globe
Saturday, 4 November 2006, 10am-5pm (drinks reception to follow)
Speakers include: Professor Susan Cerasano (Colgate University)
Professor Franklin J. Hilday (University of Maryland), Dr Julian Bowsher (Museum of London), Jon Greenfield (Globe Architect), Jennifer Tiramani (Theatre Designer), The Fortune Contract (compliments of Dulwich College Library), Dr Tom Rutter (Sheffield Hallam University)

Admission is free for all scholars and students. Please email Sarah Hadley at  <>edassist@shakespearesglobe.com to reserve a place.

Monday, October 30, 2006

London Renaissance Seminar

Special Evening Lecture
9 November 6.00pm

Professor Steven May (Adjunct Professor of English at Emory University and Senior Research Fellow, University of Sheffield) will speak on 'Elizabeth I: the Tilbury and Golden Speeches in Context.'

All welcome.

In the School of English and Humanities, Birkbeck College, Room 101, 30 Russell Square, London WC1

For further information please contact s.wiseman@bbk.ac.uk or t.healy@bbk.ac.uk

Poetry, Knowledge and Community in Late Medieval France

A Conference: www.mml.cam.ac.uk/french/poeticknowledge/conf.html

Princeton University 1-4 November 2006
An international conference hosted by the Department of French and Italian, Princeton University, focusing on poetry's role in transmitting and transforming knowledge and the communities which it thereby assumes or creates in France (including Occitania), 1270 - 1530, in Princeton, New Jersey.
Morning sessions will be held in Aaron Burr, Room 219 and afternoon sessions in East Pyne, Room 010. A map of campus is available at www.princeton.edu/~pumap/

The conference is free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Henry Howard

A review of Henry VIII's Last Victim: The Life and Times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey by Jessie Childs (416pp, Jonathan Cape, £20), from the Guardian ...


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

George W. Bush reading Camus and 'Three Shakespeares'

The President, in answering an NBC correspondent's question about the report that he had been reading Camus' 'The Stranger', said, "And I also read three Shakespeares." He mentioned no play titles but went on to explain, "I've got an ek-a-lec-tic reading list." Video at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2006/08/30/video-bush-explains-his-_n_28367.html

The rest of the president's reading list released by the White House is at http://www.booktv.org/misc/081706_bush.asp

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Cultures of War - Research Seminar

Andrew Hiscock writes ...

Dear Colleagues

I am in the process of setting up a cross-institutional and interdisciplinary research seminar group bringing together scholars working on the question of warfare and its representations in the late medieval and early modern periods.

Whilst violence of all kinds may be seen as a commonplace in many areas of medieval and early modern society, war clearly had a cultural discourse of its own during these periods. It was frequently expressed through complex and sometimes conflicting codes of theorisation, expectation, conduct and representation. It is envisaged that this network of scholars would seek to address the subject from a variety of different angles, with its members (individually and collaboratively) contributing research to a greater understanding of the narrative of military conflict.

Particular strands might include:

Responses to theorisations of war inherited from antiquity
The treatment of war in pedagogic and scholarly environments and texts
Cultural representations of the soldier and military heroism
War and the court
War in the visual / musical arts
Propaganda and pamphlet culture
Literatures of war (letters, diaries, political instruction etc)
War and reportage
Fictions of war/ War and the Theatre
War, nationhood and identity
War and faith
War, race and imperial projects

Depending on the membership of the group, this research theme could have one or more centres of interest: e.g. Writing War; Anglo-Dutch conflict; War and the Catholic world; cultural representations of the military leader; the civilian experience of war. After an initial period of discussion, targets for this research group could be expressed in terms of an inaugural conference, publication of collected papers and the formulation of collaborative research projects.

For further information or expressions of interest: contact Andrew Hiscock, Department of English, University of Wales Bangor: els408@bangor.ac.uk

Dynamic map of early modern London ...

This (which came to me via the dapper folks at bloggingtherenaissance.blogspot.com), is very nice ... http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca

Royalist Refugees

William and Margaret Cavendish in the Rubens House 1648-1660
An EXHIBITION in Antwerp, 1 October to 31 December 2006

Following the death of the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens, his grand house in Antwerp became the home of the English exiles, William and Margaret Cavendish (subsequently 1st Duke and Duchess of Newcastle). A new exhibition there sets the exile period of English royalists in a European cultural context, using the Cavendishes and their extensive patronage circles (which included René Descartes, John Dowland, Thomas Hobbes, Ben Jonson and Anthony van Dyck). The show brings together paintings, miniatures, books, manuscripts, jewellery and objects associated with the royalist exile. It thus illuminates the range of the Cavendishes‚ interests: horsemanship, literature, music, political philosophy and natural sciences. The exhibition venue is Rubens's own house, where the Cavendishes lived from 1648 to 1660, and where they entertained members of the exiled royalist community, including Charles II and his brother, the Duke of York.

Royalist Refugees has been co-curated by an international team: Ben van Beneden (Rubenshuis), Ursula Härting, Karen Hearn (Tate Britain), Lynn Hulse (Royal School of Needlework), Marika Keblusek (Leiden University), James Knowles (Keele University), Nora DePoorter (Rubenianum), Simon Stock (Sotheby‚s) and Lucy Worsley (Historic Royal Palaces).

Loans from private collections include items never previously exhibited. Among other lenders are the Royal Collection, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, British Museum, Tate, Mauritshuis, National Portrait Gallery and National Galleries of Scotland. An English-language catalogue Royalist Refugees: William and Margaret Cavendish in the Rubens House 1648-1660, including essays by the curators and other scholars, is published by BAI, Schoten (ISBN: 90 85860148). A CD of music associated with the Cavendishes, Amorous in Music by the UK group Concordia, is also available.

The exhibition, at the Rubenshuis, 9-11 Wapper, Antwerp, runs until 31 December 2006.  It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Monday (also closed 1-2 November and 25-26 December).   Ticket prices: 7 Euros (5 Euros concessions). Pre-book by phone on 00 32 70 34 46 46, or online at www.ticketantwerpen.be

Monday, October 23, 2006

The Idea of the City: Early Modern, Modern, and Post-Modern Locations and Communities

A two-day international conference at the University of Northampton, UK, 8-9 June 2007 Call for Papers

Salmon Rushdie provocatively observes that 'the modern city is the locus classicus of impossible realities'. This conference will explore the nature of the modern city in literature from its origins in the early-modern period to post-modern dislocations. Speakers are encouraged to submit papers which explore the representation of real and imagined, national and international, capital and regional cities, in poetry, prose and drama. Prospective papers might dwell upon the city as a context within which literature is created, structured, or inspired, and as spaces, places, and localities in which distinct voices and genres emerge, for example plague-ridded C16th London, post-revolutionary Paris, Bradford after the 2001 riot, sectarian Belfast, the interface between the tradition and technology in Tokyo, or globalisation in Mumbai.

While the focus of the conference is literary, papers are welcome by scholars from cognate disciplines, including history, art, and film, especially if their paper considers the interface between their discipline and the literary. Potential areas of interest might include: the impact of regional theatre upon its cities; the role of city authorities in the dissemination of ideas; the city and its aliens; ethnic minority voices in the inner cities; the tension between the country and the city; the interface between global cities; and marginal urban identities and activities (vice, prostitution, and poverty).

Plenary speakers to be announced

Prospective speakers are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute papers by 1 March 2007 to the conference organizers, Dr Joan Fitzpatrick and Dr Lawrence Phillips by e-mail to mail@JoanFitzpatrick.org or to Lawrence.Phillips@northampton.ac.uk

Friday, October 20, 2006

Hamlet-with-commentary, performed

Shakespeare, Interrupted by the Great and the Wordy
NYT, October 17, 2006


Imagine that the footnotes in an annotated version of "Hamlet," crowded at the bottom of each page and bursting to explain, suddenly came to life during a performance. What would it be like? Passing strange, to quote Shakespeare.

The New York company Wordplay lists him as the author of its experiment "The Heart of My Mystery: The Hamlet Project" - an adaptation by Barbara Bosch and Mark Ringer, both professors of theater - though Shakespeare might protest.

The lines of his longest play have not only been cut, but even risk being upstaged at the Michael Weller Theater by nearly 30 commentators, from Judith Anderson to Oscar Wilde. The cast, eight men in dark suits and two women, take turns delivering the quotations briskly, before, during or after the edited scenes, on a stage bare except for 10 wooden chairs painted silver and a blackboard on which the annotators' names are printed in chalk.

The gloom of the schoolroom threatens, yet Shakespeare has the last word. His brilliant thriller, with its murders, betrayals and dysfunctional Danish royals, triumphs over the kibitzers. It would be an exaggeration to say that this is an hour and three-quarters of Bartlett's quotations, but the remarks seemed intrusive even as you got used to them.

To Ms. Bosch, who directs, and Mr. Ringer, who plays Polonius and the Gravedigger, the idea might have sounded like a fresh way for students to explore the play. The observations can be gossipy (Anderson on Hamlet: "I think that in his school days he had a little affair with Horatio"); critical (T. S. Eliot: "Far from being Shakespeare's masterpiece, 'Hamlet' is most certainly an artistic failure"); and even presented in music-hall style (light verse by P. G. Wodehouse) - with the majority about the text.

Under the circumstances it is not easy for the actors to sustain dramatic tension, but two of the abbreviated scenes worked well, including the one in which Hamlet (Peter Husovsky) wryly questions his school friends Rosencrantz (James Cleveland) and Guildenstern (Antonio Edward Suarez) about their sudden arrival at court. Bracketed with quotations from Wilde and C. S. Lewis, the exchange was still presented so naturally that it provoked laughter on a recent night.

What was most revealing, though, was how little the commentary mattered when set against the power of Shakespeare's devastating final scene.

"The Heart of My Mystery: The Hamlet Project" continues through Oct. 29 at the Michael Weller Theater, 311 West 43rd Street, sixth floor, Clinton; (212) 352-3101.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Newberry Library Fellowships in the Humanities, 2007-08

The Newberry Library, an independent research library in Chicago, Illinois, invites applications for its 2007-08 Fellowships in the Humanities. Newberry Library fellowships support research in residence at the Library. All proposed research must be appropriate to the collections of the Newberry Library. Our fellowship program rests on the belief that all projects funded by the Newberry benefit from engagement both with the materials in the Newberry's collections and with the lively community of researchers that gathers around those collections. Long-term residential fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars for periods of six to eleven months. Applicants for postdoctoral awards must hold the Ph.D. at the time of application. The stipend for these fellowships is up to $40,000. Short-term residential fellowships are intended for postdoctoral scholars or Ph.D. candidates from outside of the Chicago area who have a specific need for Newberry collections. Scholars whose principal residence or place of employment is within the Chicago area are not eligible. The tenure of short-term fellowships varies from one week to two months. The amount of the award is generally $1200 per month. Applications for long-term fellowships are due January 10, 2007; applications for most short-term fellowships are due March 1, 2007. For more information or to download application materials, visit our Web site at http://www.newberry.org/research/felshp/fellowshome.html

If you would like materials sent to you by mail, write to Committee on Awards, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610-3380. If you have questions about the fellowships program, contact research@newberry.org or (312) 255-3666.

Molly Schultz, Program Assistant
Office of Research and Education
The Newberry Library
phone: 312.255.3666
email: schultzm@newberry.org

Varieties of Cultural History

Theory and Practice in the Cultural Histories of Medicine, Science, Literature and the Arts
University of Aberdeen, 5-8 July 2007
King's College, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Call for Papers
Proposals for papers are invited for the conference 'Varieties of Cultural History' to be held at the University of Aberdeen, 5-8 July 2007.

Keynote speakers will include Peter Burke (Cambridge), Peter Mandler (Cambridge), Crosbie Smith (Kent), Rebecca Spang (Indiana) and Evelyn Welch (Queen Mary, London).

In the last twenty-five years, diverse anthropological, literary, and other perspectives adopted into Cultural History have transformed the theory and practice of historical disciplines more generally. As Cultural History comes of age, this conference provides the opportunity to reflect upon the particular achievements of the 'Cultural Turn' at work in histories of
medicine, science, literature and the arts; to foster creative dialogue amongst advocates of such varieties of cultural history; and thus to look to possible futures of research in Cultural History.

The conference seeks papers approaching any historical period, domain, or theme; but the organizers particularly favour papers which explore specified genres of Cultural History as applied in case studies from the subjects highlighted above.

Please send title, abstract of no more than 300 words, and biographical note of no more than 100 words, to Dr David Smith
(d.f.smith@abdn.ac.uk) by 7 December 2006. Electronic submissions are encouraged; you may also write direct to the organizers at the Department of History, School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, Crombie Annexe, Meston Walk, Aberdeen AB24 3FX, United Kingdom. Additional queries may be directed to David Smith at the addresses above.

The University of Aberdeen first developed an innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate programme in Cultural History in 1986. From 2007 it offers a new taught postgraduate MLitt in Cultural History.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Paleography Refresher Course

Directed by Heather Wolfe, Folger Curator of Manuscripts

This six-week, skills-course refresher is designed to provide a review of English secretary and italic handwriting. It will also provide participants with an opportunity to explore further the manuscript collections of the Folger Shakespeare Library, including correspondence, literary works, accounts, inventories, miscellanies, commonplace books, wills, and deeds. Applicants should describe their previous training, including introductory level courses or self-directed work in the archives. They should also describe the documents or classes of manuscript materials with which they are currently working and the nature of their research projects. Participantsí own materials, approaches, and bibliographical and editorial challenges will help shape the course, as participants will introduce their materials to others in the course. In addition to the standard award of one night of lodging per session, the application review committee will award an additional two nights' lodging to funded participants who could profitably extend their time with the collections.

Director: Heather Wolfe has written numerous articles on manuscript studies and has most recently edited The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608: A Facsimile Edition of Folger Shakespeare Library MS V.b.232 and The Literary Career and Legacy of Elizabeth Cary, 1613-1680 (both forthcoming 2007).

Schedule: Thursdays, 1 - 4:30 p.m., 1 February through 8 March 2007.

Application Deadlines: 3 January 2007 for admission (and grants-in-aid for Folger consortium affiliates). Visit www.folger.edu/institute for our online application form.

Questions? Contact institute@folger.edu.

Shakespeare Gallery


The Shakespeare Gallery aims to become the world’s largest collection of Shakespearean production photography. It is [it says here] an invaluable resource for students researching Shakespeare, actors preparing for roles, and fans of Shakespeare’s plays.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Ninth International Milton Symposium

Call for Papers

2008 marks the quatercentenary of John Milton‚s birth in Bread Street, London ˆ the city in which he was to live and work for much of his life. It is therefore appropriate that the Ninth International Milton Symposium will be celebrating this event with a five-day conference, 7-11 July 2008, under the auspices of the Institute of English Studies at the University of London.

The Planning Committee (see below) invites papers on - but not restricted to - the following broad themes:

London itself provides one obvious focus of interest since Milton was unquestionably the most important writer the city has ever produced. But places, whether real or imaginary, play a large and arguably under-examined part in his writings.

There has recently been a resurgence of interest in Milton‚s religious beliefs, sparked off in particular by the debate over the authorship of De Doctrina Christiana. We would therefore welcome papers on such themes as heresy, orthodoxy and unorthodoxy, and radicalism.

The texts, contexts, and conditions of publication of Milton‚s writings in various genres on various occasions.


Fresh papers dealing with key events in Milton‚s life and times will be welcome as will those dealing more generally with his responses to the revolutionary upheavals of the seventeenth century.

Proposals for papers (500 words maximum, and preferably in the form of an email attachment) should be submitted in the first instance to Professor Martin Dzelzainis, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX; m.dzelzainis@rhul.ac.uk. Planning Committee: Warren Chernaik (King‚s, London); Martin Dzelzainis (Royal Holloway, London); Karen Edwards (Exeter); Stephen M. Fallon (Notre Dame); Tom Healy (Birkbeck, London); Michael Lieb (Illinois, Chicago); Peter Lindenbaum (Indiana); David Loewenstein (Madison-Wisconsin); Regina Schwartz (Northwestern); Kevin Sharpe (Queen Mary, London)

For more information about the Institute of English Studies, contact: ies@sas.ac.uk

Sting playing Jacobean lute songs. No, really.

This from BBC news ...

Rock singer Sting has made a big impact in the charts with an album of 16th century lute music.
Songs From The Labyrinth - with tunes by King James I's favourite musician John Dowland - topped the classical chart and made 24 on the main rundown.

Sting collaborated with Bosnian lutenist Edin Karamazov to make the album as authentic as possible.

"For me they are pop songs. Beautiful melodies, fantastic lyrics, great accompaniments," said Sting.

He added: "I feel that my job as a pop artist is to develop as a musician, and to bring into my sphere elements that aren't necessarily pop, more complex intervals, complex time signatures."

He follows a trend of pop and rock musicians such as Sir Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello who have turned to classical music.

A spokesman for classical record label Deustche Grammophon, which released Sting's album, said: "We're absolutely delighted.

"Sting is taking an interesting area of repertoire and popularising it."


Monday, October 16, 2006


Farah Karim-Cooper of the Globe Theatre Education dept writes:

I am currently looking for two research interns. One for a special project compiling a costume glossary resource with Jenny Tiramani; it would entail going to the BL quite a bit and reading early printed texts-- lexicons and dictionaries etc. We need someone with some grasp of Latin and perhaps French or Italian, but it's not absolutely vital.

The other person would stay on until July and would help with various projects in the research department as well as conducting research for the theatre productions while they are in rehearsal. We need either MA or PhD (In either Shakespeare/Drama/Theatre or Renaissance Studies) students who wouldn't mind givig up two days a week to the Globe. Unfortunately, it is an unpaid internship, but well worth it for the experience and access to scholars and theatre artists.

Please contact Farah at farah@shakespearesglobe.com


Next Tuesday, October 24, the Columbia University's Early Modern Seminar presents Tanya Pollard (Montclair State), author of "Drugs and Theatre in Early Modern England" (Oxford, 2005) and editor of "Shakespeare's Theatre: A Sourcebook" (Blackwell, 2003). She will be speaking on "Rethinking Shakespeare's genres and models: Cymbeline's Ironic Greek Romance." The Seminar meets from 6.30 to 8pm in 408A Philosophy Hall on Columbia's main campus. All welcome.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Making Publics: Media, Markets, and Association in Early Modern Europe

Call for Papers

An Interdisciplinary Conference Sponsored by the Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara
March 9-10. 2007

What were early modern publics? How were they formed? What needs did they serve for those who participated in them? And how did they relate to the emergence of a cultural formation that we recognize as distinctly early modern? These are among the questions we seek to address in this conference.

We invite paper proposals from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives that either examine particular instances of publics and their formation or address the broader, more theoretical issues raised by this wide-spread and under-studied phenomenon. If new media and the markets through which their products were made available led to new forms of voluntary association and identity, as they surely did, how can we best describe the workings of that process and what significance should we ascribe to it? How, in short, did the publics for playgoing, for natural history, for madrigal singing, for antiquarian scholarship, for amateur drawing, for geographical learning, and for dozens of other voluntary activities come into being? And what does it mean for a society when such groups grow and proliferate?

This conference is being organized in conjunction with the collaborative and interdisciplinary "Making Publics" project centered at McGill University and funded by the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council (www.makingpublics.mcgill.ca). The limit dates of the McGill project are 1500-1700. Given the mission of the Early Modern Center at UC Santa Barbara, we are extending the second of those dates to 1800. This not only opens the way for the inclusion of specifically eighteenth-century publics, but also invites consideration of the relation between the multiple publics we examine and the Habermasian "public sphere" that has long been a focus of intense attention in eighteenth-century studies. Is the existence of multiple publics a precondition for the emergence of a public sphere? Or have they some more complex relation to one another? Keynote speakers currently include David Harris Sacks, History, Reed College.

Abstracts and c.v.'s should be sent to EMCConference2007@gmail.com by November 8, 2006. We hope to complete the program and notify applicants no later than December 1, 2006. Proposals for fifteen to twenty-minute papers should be 300 words or less.

SHARP 2007 Conference: Open the Book, Open the Mind


The fifteenth annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) will be held in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota on July 11-15, 2007. SHARP is the leading international association for historians of print culture, enlisting more than 1,200 scholars world-wide; its members study "the creation, dissemination, and reception of script and print, including newspapers, periodicals, and ephemera," as well as the history of books. The forthcoming conference is organized in cooperation with the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota; University of Minnesota Libraries; Minneapolis Public Library; Minnesota Historical Society, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts -- a part of Open Book.

The conference theme, "Open the Book, Open the Mind," will highlight how books develop and extend minds and cultures, and also how they are opened to new media and new purposes. However, individual papers or sessions may address any aspect of book history and print or manuscript culture.

The conference organizers invite proposals for individual presentations, and also for complete panels of three presentations on a unifying topic. As is the SHARP custom, each session of 90 minutes will feature three papers of up to 20 minutes, providing time for substantive discussion with members of the audience. Proposals should be submitted via the online conference website by November 30, 2006: please go to http://purl.oclc.org/NET/SHARP2007proposals and follow the directions provided there.

Each individual proposal should contain a title, an abstract of no more than 300 words, and brief biographical information about the author or co-authors. Session proposals should explain the theme and goals, as well as include the three individual abstracts.

Each year SHARP provides funding support for a few partial travel grants for advanced graduate students and for independent scholars. If you would like to apply for such support please do so online, as you submit your proposal.

In keeping with the theme of the conference, a "pre-conference" of practical workshops and a plenary session devoted to book arts and artists' books will be held at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts at Open Book, near the University of Minnesota campus, on Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Details about that pre-conference and about the main conference program, registration, and housing arrangements will be made available early in 2007 at the general conference web site, http://www.cce.umn.edu/conferences/sharp. Much information about SHARP 2007 and its location, including hotel-reservation information, is already available there.

Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies Conference

The Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will host our annual graduate student conference on Saturday, November 4, 2006. Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for a ten to fifteen minute paper on any range of topics or approaches, including textual studies, new theoretical applications, performance history, Renaissance philosophy, print culture, religious studies, material studies, and Renaissance classicism. The purpose of the conference is to provide graduate students in the New England area and beyond with an opportunity to share their work and place it in a greater context of interests and concerns. The conference is designed to foster conversation among students who share similar challenges and construct a space where participants may expect serious feedback on their work.

Please send an abstract no longer than 250 words by email or email attachment to Kevin Petersen (petersen@english.umass.edu) by October 15, 2006.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Measure for Measure, Macbeth

Lucky Strike Productions in the UK is working on an updated version of Measure for Measure, due to be completed in November. A trailer has been posted here: http://www.pressonfeatures.com/Trailer.html

Macbeth (Australia): the trailer for the Australian Macbeth directed by Geoffrey Wright (of Romper Stomper fame) can be found here: http://www.macbeththefeaturefilm.com.au

Macbeth (UK):
Directed by Nicholas Paton for Jeamland Productions. A series of trailers are available here:

Thursday, October 12, 2006

London in Text and History, 1400-1700

13-15 September 2007 at Jesus College, Oxford       
Organisers: Ian Archer (Oxford), Matthew Davies (Centre for Metropolitan History, London), Ian Gadd (Bath Spa), Tracey Hill (Bath Spa), Paulina Kewes (Oxford)
Plenary speakers include: Paul Griffiths, Rob Hume, Mark Jenner, Mark Knights and Peter Stallybrass
This conference will focus on the variety of metropolitan identities, and how these were constructed, represented, and contested by contemporaries through a variety of media, including text (broadly defined), visual culture, maps, architecture and performance.       
Between 1400 and 1700, London expanded hugely in population; it was affected by religious and political upheaval; it emerged from the shadow of its near-neighbour European competitors to become a world metropolis; and its physical face was transformed by the dissolution and the Great Fire. Our concern, however, is not so much with what these political, economic, or religious changes were but rather how they were figured in a range of forms and genres: ballads, drama, civic shows, sermons, pamphlets, poems, urban chronicles, topographical guides, paintings, engravings, and maps.       
Lively literatures exist for medieval and early modern London but they rarely engage with each other nor do studies of post-Restoration London connect with the pre-civil war period. Consequently, plenary speakers will range widely to set up the major areas of debate, while the panels will be designed to encompass broad time-spans and to facilitate exchange among scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, including history, literature, art history, architecture and cartography. The conference will also reflect on the impact of some 10-15 years' worth of unprecedented scholarly attention to London.       
We would particularly welcome proposals for papers relating to the following topics:
Ideas and beliefs
* 'The idea of the City'. How contemporaries understood the city in local, national, and international terms
* Citizenship. The shaping and contestation of notions of 'citizenship' in London
* History and civic memory. Chronography, chorography, and civic history. The ways Londoners' identities were informed by their sense of the city's past and by the associations of particular places
* Belief and the citizen. Perceptions of the place of religion in the life of the capital; responses to and interpretations of religious change and controversy
Places and people       
* The urban landscape. Ideas of civic/communal/private space; perceptions of boundaries, streetscapes and neighbourhoods; the representation of London's physical expansion
* Urban 'deviance'. The shaping of languages of deviance by the metropolitan experience; the representation of disorder and criminality
* Visual London. The changing ways in which the city was represented to itself and to others in maps, prints, and paintings
* Inclusion and exclusion: the problem of the stranger. Representations of 'aliens' and 'foreigners'; newcomers and the problem of marginality
* London's business and commerce. The perception and representation of economic change and the city's position in relation to other cities; consumerism; financial and productive network

Texts and art       
* Literary London. The ways in which writings about London were both shaped by and shaped the identities of Londoners
* Civic entertainments. Lord Mayor's Shows, royal entries: pageantry, display, and politics
* Communication and information. Licit and illicit communication; the production and consumption of advertising and propaganda; gossip and civic 'reputation'
* Readers, writers and the circulation of texts. Reading communities in the city; the creation of cultural networks

Proposals for papers (300 words max) should be sent by email to ian.archer@history.ox.ac.uk or t.hill@bathspa.ac.uk by 1 December 2006.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

London Seminar for Early Modern Visual Culture, Autumn 2006

Monday 30 October 2006 @ 6.00pm

J.-L. David's Death of Socrates (1787): homosexual desire in an enlightenment fiction of philosophy‚
Dr Satish Padiyar (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Tuesday 7 November 2006 @ 6.30pm (PLEASE NOTE TIME & DATE)

Nocturnal rêveries and visual conundrums: Adam Elsheimer and the 1600 epistemological crisis‚
(coinciding with the Dulwich Picture Gallery exhibition, Adam Elsheimer 1578-1610: Devil in the Detail)
Itay Sapir (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam, and the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris)

Monday 27 November 2006 @ 6.00pm

Shaftesbury, moment, and sense‚
Dr Richard Checketts (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Monday 4 December 2006 @ 6.00pm
Reading Group: What is Early Modern? (texts to be announced on websites below)

All events will be held in:
Research Forum
Mezzanine Floor
Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House
Strand, London WC2R 0RN

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Wars of the 1640s and 1650s in Britain: Interdisciplinary Approaches

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts (CIDRA) at the University of Manchester is presenting a series of events in 2007 entitled ‘The Wars of the 1640s and 1650s in Britain: Interdisciplinary Approaches’. Four scholars of the period will be delivering research papers and leading a postgraduate masterclass.

The lecture series is intended to stimulate debate regarding the deployment of an interdisciplinary approach to the 1640s and 1650s; indeed, it is designed to both interrogate the value of such an approach as well as to suggest ways that interdisciplinarity might be developed and fostered.

We will be advertising the lecture series in due course but for the moment this is to let you know about the arrangements for the postgraduate events.

The postgraduate masterclasses will take place in the afternoon of the following dates:

7 March, Sharon Achinstein
Subject tbc

9 May, Blair Worden
‘John Milton and the English Republic'

16 May, Ann Hughes
‘Gendering the English Revolution’

23 May, Martin Dzelzainis
‘Milton and Sir Henry Vane’

The events are open but space is limited and places must be booked. If you would like to reserve a place for your students please contact me (details below). Please circulate this email to anyone you feel will be interested.

You may also be interested in the following:
Teaching Religion in Early Modern Studies: A multi-disciplinary discussion at the University of Manchester, 10 November:

Dr Jerome de Groot
English and American Studies
Manchester University


The Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Associations 28th Annual Conference
Albuquerque, NM, February 14-17, 2007


The 2007 SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference will once again be held in beautiful Albuquerque, NM, at the Hyatt Regency downtown. We have kept hotel rates low, and graduate student rates are even lower. Join us this year, as a returning or first-time participant, as we celebrate a new future on Route 66 at this popular cultural conference. Further details regarding the
conference (listing all areas, hotel, registration, tours, etc.) can be found at www.h-net.org/~swpca/

Proposals are being accepted for the Shakespeare on Film and Television Areas. All topics are welcome. Of particular interest are papers on the following topics:

* What is a Shakespeare Adaptation?
* Shakespeare and the genre film
* Shakespeare set in another time
* Welles and Shakespeare Reconsidered
* Shakespeare and the Auteur
* Acting Shakespeare
* Using Shakespeare
* Shakespeare and Meta-cinema
* Shakespeare in Foreign Film
* Shakespeare in India
* Shakespeare in Silent Film
* Shakespeare in the Sit-com
* Political Shakespeare Adaptations
* Transgressive Shakespeare Adaptations
* Apocalyptic Shakespeare
* Shakespeare and Sexuality
* Shakespeare's Families
* Shakespeare: Additions and Omissions
* But is it Shakespeare?
* The Future of Shakespeare Adaptation

Please send a 250 word proposal and a brief CV by November 15, 2006 to:

Richard Vela, Area Chair
Shakespeare on Film and Television

REGISTRATION: All participants MUST register online at the SW/TX website as soon as papers are accepted. Those registering before December 15, 2006 will receive a reduced early-bird rate. Please note that the absolute deadline for registration is December 31, 2006. All registration information and forms are available at www.h-net.org/~swpca/

City of Vice: London, 1500-1700

Cultural historians have explored the ways that the city as both as an actual location and imagined landscape was perceived as a dangerous place for women, whose movements beyond the confines of the domestic cast them into an illicit world of material and erotic temptation. But was the city, both real and imagined, also understood to be a place of enticing possibility and anxious negotiation for men? To what extent did full participation in city life in the early modern period necessarily involve an indulgence in immoral or intemperate behavior? We invite essay submissions for a collection focusing on early modern London as a dangerous and alluring environment that influenced male bodies and behaviors variously. Our working premise is that late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century London was not merely apprehended by male denizens and visitors as a location, but was also experienced as a pervasive force. Urbanization provided the material objects, social opportunities, and topographic sites for unique kinds of pleasures and perils that challenged men’s abilities to maintain the moderation necessary to the ideals of civic manhood. We hope to explore not only the moral and ethical disposition of vice but also the relationship of vice to excess, the affective and the physiological effects of vice, and the relationship between public and private intemperance. Conceiving of vice as both degenerative and constitutive of early modern urban manhood, we aim to consider the ways in which vice is tied to the city within a variety of literary modes (for instance popular satire, drama, ballads, poetry, sermons, and didactic literature), as well as the ways in which representations of vice construct London as a contested terrain of heterogeneous commercial spaces peopled by diverse subjects. We welcome essays from a variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives on topics that may include but are not limited to the following:

• Behaviors associated with and/or the symptoms of a specific vice: idleness, rioting, sodomy, wantonness, nightwalking, pandering, gambling, prodigality, drunkenness, gluttony, smoking, sartorial extravagance, and the promotion of social disorder
• Vice and the constitution of the public sphere/specific practices as enabled by particular urban spaces: the street, the court, the tavern, the prison, the church, the playhouse, the bawdy house, the Royal and New Exchanges, the merchants’ stalls, and the docks
• Ascribed causes of vice; inspirations for vice
• State and local regulation of vice
• Vice and material culture; vice and luxury; vice and the market
• Vice and appetite
• Vice and sin; the moral and/or religious register of vice
• Vice and comportment
• Vice as habit and/or vice as impulse
• Vice and age, gender, sexuality, status, ethnicity, race, and religious background
• Vice as defect or disfigurement; vice as deformity or disability
• Vice and aliens, visitors, rural dwellers, and citizens
• Vice and subordination; vice and authority.
• Vice as subversive and/or vice as conservative.

Proposals or abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted by March 1, 2007 by email to: roze.hentschell@colostate.edu *and* amanda.bailey@uconn.edu. Completed papers will be due October 1, 2007.

London Shakespeare Seminar

Monday 16th October, 5.30pm
Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street
room tba (please check nearer the time on and/or turn up at Senate House reception beforehand)

Ed Pechter (University of Victoria, BC/Concordia University, Montreal)
'Crisis in Editing? Crisis in the Humanities?'

Kathryn Prince (SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Birkbeck)
'Landmark Productions of Much Ado About Nothing'

Fiona Ritchie (King's, but soon to be McGill University)
"Characteristical Skill": the Shakespearean acting of Hannah Pritchard'

Wine afterwards.

Empathy and Ethics

College English Association National Conference
April 12-14, 2007, New Orleans

We invite papers on Renaissance Literature for the 38th annual meeting of the CEA. This year's theme is "Empathy and Ethics," but any paper on Renaissance studies will be considered, including those addressing pedagogical approaches to teaching early modern literature.

Proposals should be submitted via the online database at http://english.ttu.edu/CEA/conftool/index.php by November 1st.

When you submit your proposal, you may use a pull-down menu to indicate your topic. Indicate at that pull-down menu that your submission should be directed to me, Marina Favila, chair of the Renaissance Literature panels.

To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits presentations to 15 minutes.

All presenters must become members of the College English Association by January 1, 2007. For membership information, contact Joe Pestino at jpestin5@naz.edu

For more information about CEA, the general conference theme, or other special sessions, please consult the CEA web site -

Globe and BBC to stage largest Shakespeare broadcast

The Stage, October 6, 2006

A performance of King Lear at the Globe Theatre is to be broadcast to 43 million listeners world-wide on the BBC World Service this Christmas, the largest audience to ever simultaneously hear a Shakespeare play.

The production will be presented at a special one-off show at the Bankside open air venue on October 15, which will be recorded for the broadcast.

Philip Madoc, from TV's "The Avengers" and "Doctor Who", will take the title role, while Mali Harries, from "Holby City", will play his daughter Cordelia.

Andrew Sachs, best known as "Fawlty Towers" waiter Manuel, will play the fool and Philip Jackson the Earl of Kent.

Previous Globe collaborations with the BBC include a broadcast performance of Measure for Measure on BBC4 in 2004.

The Society for Textual Scholarship: CFP

Fourteenth Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference
March 14-17, 2007, New York University

Deadline for Proposals: October 31, 2006

The Program Chairs invite the submission of full panels or individual papers devoted to interdisciplinary discussion of current research into particular aspects of contemporary textual work: the discovery, enumeration, description, bibliographical analysis, editing, annotation, and mark-up of texts in disciplines such as literature, history, musicology, classical and
biblical studies, philosophy, art history, legal history, history of science and technology, computer science, library science, lexicography, epigraphy, paleography, codicology, cinema studies, media studies, theater, linguistics, and textual and literary theory. The Program Chairs are particularly interested in papers and panels, as well as workshops and roundtables, on the following topics, aimed at a broad, interdisciplinary audience:

Textual environments
Textual cultures
Textual ruins
Textual arts,
including the book arts
Digital texts and editing projects

Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length. Panels should consist of three papers or presentations. Individual proposals should include a brief abstract (one or two pages) of the proposed paper as well as the name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation of the participant. Panel proposals, including proposals for roundtables and workshops, should include a session title, the name of a designated contact person for the session, the names, e-mail addresses, and institutional addresses and affiliations of each person involved in the session, and a one- or two-page abstract of each paper to be presented during the session. Abstracts should indicate what (if any) technological support will be requested.
Plenary speakers include Wayne Storey, David Vander Muelen, Ezra Greenspan, Paul Eggert, Peter Shillingsburg, Mona Modiano, Susan Howe, Lewis Lockwood, Richard Sieburth, Marjorie Levinson, Cary Wolfe, Patricia Yaeger, and Oleg Grabar.
Inquiries and proposals should be submitted electronically to: Associate Professor Nicholas Frankel, email address: nrfranke@vcu.edu
Department of English
PO BOX 842002
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond VA 23220 USA
FAX: (804) 828-6048
Associate Professor Marta Werner, email
address: wernerm@dyc.edu
Department of Liberal Arts
Youville College
320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
FAX: (716)
All participants in the STS 2007 conference must be members of STS. For information about membership, please contact Executive Director Robin Schulze at rgs3@psu.edu or visit the Indiana University Press Journals website and follow the links to the Society for Textual Scholarship membership page. For conference updates and information, see the STS website

Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Oral, The Written, and Other Verbal Media: Interfaces and Audiences

A Conference and Festival, June 19-21, 2008 at University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

The organizers of the first international, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and trans-historical conference and festival focusing on the interface of the oral and the written invite proposals for participation. Please forward inquiries and proposals (300-500 words) by 31 December 2006 to either of sag178@mail.usask.ca or nealmcleod@trentu.ca. For full details see: http://www.usask.ca/english/news/Orality%20CFP.pdf

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Drunk Shakespeare

... thinks John Sutherland, at http://books.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1881157,00.html

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

National Shakespeare Day?

The Scotsman, today, on the possibility of a rival to Burns Day ...


EMBodied: A Colloquium on the Early Modern Body

Convened by the Centre for Gender, Sexuality & Writing
School of English, University of Kent, UK

Wednesday 6 December 2006, 11 - 4

Elaine Hobby, University of Loughborough
Felicity Dunworth, Canterbury Christchurch University
Nicky Hallett, University of Kent

Registration £10 includes lunch (cheques made payable to UNIKENT‚), through School of English, Rutherford College, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NX

Monday, October 02, 2006

CFP: Shakespeare and Islam (journal issue)

Scholars have long associated Shakespeare with the wider world beyond early modern England's shores, notably Europe of course and, in the wake of New Historicism, the Americas. One of the most interesting recent developments in early modern studies, however, has been the recognition that writers looked towards the East as well as westwards, to the Islamic world, and the Ottoman Empire in particular.

The Routledge journal Shakespeare is devoting its 4.1 (Spring 2008) issue to the special topic 'Shakespeare and Islam'. Contributions are invited that address any aspect of the possible conjunctions between Shakespeare (understood here to mean the texts, study of, place of, etc.) and Islam (similarly open to broad interpretation). Essays may also include consideration of other early modern writers/texts/contexts, as long as Shakespeare remains the primary focus of the discussion.

Please send enquiries and abstracts (200-300 words) by email to Mark Hutchings (University of Reading), Guest Editor, Shakespeare by 1 December 2006; completed essay drafts (5,000-7,000 words) to be submitted by 1 February 2007.

For information about past and forthcoming issues of this journal go to http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/17450918.asp

Mark Hutchings (m.p.v.hutchings@reading.ac.uk)

Reading the Heroides in the Renaissance

The London Renaissance Seminar will host the second Heroides conference on 18 November 2006, at Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1. Times and rooms to be confirmed.

Speakers and topics will include:

- Harriette Andreadis, The Erotic Legacy of Ovid's Heroides in early modern texts: Lyly and Marlowe

- Danielle Clarke, Ovid's Heroides and the Articulate Feminine

- R.T.Lyne, title to be confirmed

Alison Thorne, Large complaints in little papers: negotiating Ovidian ideologies of complaint in Drayton's England's Heroicall Epistles

- Sue Wiseman, tbc

We have space for a few short papers from graduate students working in this area. Please send short abstracts to s.wiseman@britishlibrary.net by 11 October.

Enquiries to Sue Wiseman, s.wiseman@bbk.ac.uk

Sunday, October 01, 2006

The Bibliographical Society of America 2007 Fellowship Program Announcement


The Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) invites applications for its annual short-term fellowship program, which supports bibliographical inquiry as well as research in the history of the book trades and in publishing history. Eligible topics may concentrate on books and documents in any field, but should focus on the book or manuscript (the physical object) as historical evidence. Such topics may include establishing a text or studying the history of book production, publication, distribution, collecting, or reading. Enumerative listings do not fall within the scope of this program.

Among the BSA Fellowships offered each year are a number of named awards funded through generous contributions from members of the bibliographical community:

* The Folter Fellowship in the History of Bibliography
* The Katharine Pantzer Fellowship in the British Book
Trades ($2,000);
* The McCorison Fellowship for the History and Bibliography
of Printing in Canada and the United States: the Gift of
Donald Oresman ($2,000);
* The Reese Fellowship for American Bibliography and the
History of the Book in the Americas ($2,000).

Applicants need not apply for a specific named fellowship to be eligible, although if their research falls within the scope of a particular award they may wish to shape their project description accordingly.

BSA Fellowships may be held for one or two months. The program is open to applicants of any nationality, with or without current academic affiliation. Fellows will be paid a stipend of up to $2,000 per month (for up to two months) in support of travel, living, and research expenses.

Applications for this program, including three letters of reference, must be received on or before 1 December 2006. No applications will be accepted after that date. Completed application packages may be submitted via e-mail attachment using the word-processing form (preferred) , or via post using the PDF print-out form . Specific application instructions may be found on the forms themselves. Prospective applicants unable to download submission forms may contact the executive secretary for application material as well as additional information about the program: BSA Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 1537, Lenox Hill Station, New York, NY 10021, e-mail bsa(at)bibsocamer.org. Any questions about the submission procedure may be directed to David Gants, Chair of the Fellowship Committee, dgants(at)unb.ca.
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