Friday, December 22, 2006

From Shakespeare in Washington website ...

TO BE OR NOT TO BE may be the world's most famous question-but for six months, the only place to be is DC. for this spectacular celebration of William Shakespeare's influence on great culture and entertainment.

For more than 400 years, Shakespeare's plays and poetry have resonated in the world's consciousness. His works have persisted through centuries of theatrical interpretations. They've inspired classic ballets, operas, and symphonic suites and been transformed through the lens of modern themes and settings. From film and Broadway musicals to fashion and the visual arts, his imprint can be found everywhere.

Now, Washington will revel in the genius of Shakespeare through more than 100 magnificent presentations by more than 60 arts organizations. So whether you know all the sonnets by heart or are discovering his work for the very first time, Shakespeare in Washington will bring you closer than ever to the man they call "The Bard."

This celebration was conceived by Michael M. Kaiser, President of the Kennedy Center, and is curated by Michael Kahn, Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Twelfth Night on Twelfth Night
Jan. 6,
To launch Shakespeare in Washington, Shakespeare Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Kahn directs a staged reading in the Concert Hall of Twelfth Night on the holiday's traditional date of observance, January 6. Shakespeare's celebrated comedy involves cross-dressing women, mistaken twins, and zany love sonnets. Co-presented by the Kennedy Center and
Shakespeare Theatre Company as part of the Millennium Stage series. Tickets: Free. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St., NW, Washington, DC. (202) 467-4600.


The Ninth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference will soon be opening for registration on the 22nd of January 2007. Until then why not check out the website for details of guest speakers, Stratford-upon-Avon and last year's conference programme?

The Ninth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference
21-23 June 2007
The Shakespeare Institute
Mason Croft, Church Street
Stratford-upon-Avon, WARKS
CV37 6HP England

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Topics Session, RMMLA 2007, Calgary, 4-6 October, 2007

All proposals on any topic in John Milton studies will be considered. Papers concerning Milton and religion (especially Catholicism) are particularly encouraged.

Please send 200-500-word abstracts to: by 1 March, 2007.

Emailed submissions preferred, but hard copy submissions may be sent to:

Lewis H Whitaker
Department of English
Georgia State University
PO Box 3970
Atlanta, GA 30302-3970

Conference presenters must become RMMLA members by April 1, 2007. More information about membership and the conference are available at the RMMLA website:


September 13th-15th 2007, University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, Penryn

In the last twenty years the notion of landscape has undergone significant theoretical development which has focused attention on discourses, knowledge, power and questions of representation. Geographers have reconfigured the relationship between landscape and identity by drawing on a range of cultural texts. However, their treatment of creative writing has been incomplete, despite cultural geography's engagement with literary theory.

Literary Studies, similarly, has engaged with the social or psychological relations of individual authors to landscapes but not fully understood (a) the combined influence of landscapes and their literary constructions on the creative process and (b) the significance of that process as half-conceived and half-written.

Keynote speakers:
Professor Timothy Fulford, Nottingham Trent University, UK
Professor Donna Landry, University of Kent, UK
Professor Kenneth Olwig, SLU, Sweden

Questions we would seek to discuss include:
· How does a writer respond not just to landscape but to generic conventions of landscape writing?
· How does the writer's response to landscape shift through the stages of writing?
· How do landscape, the textual representation of landscape and the process of representing landscape help shape identity?
· How does a sense of identity inform textual representations of landscape, in turn?
· How do we apply literary models of authorship and readership to the experiences of 'real' authors and readers in response to landscape?
· What are the methodological challenges in answering these questions?
· What are the challenges to theories of identity and/or landscape that need to be addressed?
· How can we combine productively theories of representation and non-representation to understand more fully the practices and performances of writing in relation to landscape?

Please send enquiries or abstracts of 300 words by 30th March 2007 to the
Dr. Catherine Brace, Department of Geography, University of Exeter, Cornwall
Campus, Penryn TR10 9EZ; email:
Dr. Adeline Johns-Putra, Department of English, University of Exeter,
Cornwall Campus, Penryn TR10 9EZ; email:

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

CGI Shakespeare!

Antony's "all is lost" soliloquy from A&C (4.12) has been rendered by CGI (computer-generated imaging) artists to challenge their skills with dramatic characters and in particular facial expressions. Here's the Gizmodo-UK squib, which links to the 2:12 YouTube video ...

Shakespeare Tests Computer Generated Actors, December 14, 2006

When it comes to testing the cutting edge in CGI characters - particularly the notoriously difficult facial expressions - it seems there's no harder taskmaster than The Bard himself. The man who put the 'T' in tragedy has made, and broken, many actor's reputations on stage but, getting animated characters to portray all of those emotions, is seen as the Mt. Everest in computer animation. Pendulum Studios has taken a decent stab at it though with its CGI Mark Anthony and the recreation of [one of] the betrayal scenes in Antony and Cleopatra. There are over 30 facial expressions on display here but while it is good, there are too many emotions going on and the swapping between those emotions is a bit jarring.

Still, if you want to see the first hammy Shakespeare rendition from a CGI thespian, play the clip.--Martin Lynch

Saturday, December 16, 2006

The Long 1590s

The 1590s saw a battle for the hearts and minds of England's literary enterprises, as well as political and social unease as the country prepared for an imminent change of regime. The peer-reviewed online journal Early Modern Literary Studies ( is seeking contributions of c.6-7000 words for a special issue on 'The Long 1590s', guest-edited by Annaliese Connolly and Lisa Hopkins. We welcome papers on any writer or literary movement of the period c. 1588 - c. 1603. Abstracts of 250 words are due by 15 Feb 2007 and completed contributions by Friday 1 June 2007. This deadline is non-negotiable, to allow adequate time for peer reviewing before the special issue appears in September 2007.

Please send abstracts and papers to both editors by email (either in the body of the message or as an attachment) at and

Ben Jonson in the 21st Century

Special Topics Session, RMMLA 2007, Calgary, 4-6 October, 2007

Second year Special Topics Session anticipating the new Cambridge Jonson. Papers on any topic in Jonson studies invited.

Send a 200-500-word abstract to by 1 March, 2007.

Hard copy submissions may be sent to: Barbara Mather Cobb, Murray State University, 7C Faculty Hall, Murray, KY 42071.

Conference information and CFP may be found at

Friday, December 15, 2006

'Research Without Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts & Humanities'

A one-day postgraduate conference to be held at Chapman Hall, Southlands College on Saturday 27th January. This conference has been organised by and for postgraduate students from Arts & Humanities related fields to provide the opportunity for us to interact with other students within and outside our particular disciplines, and to discuss interdisciplinary research and its ramifications amongst contemporaries. For more details please email or visit the website

There will be four panels of four speakers each, including papers from Roehampton University, other British institutions and also some international speakers as well. For full details of the programme for the day, please go to:

Attendance fee will be £5.00 for the day and we hope for a good-sized attendance (for booking information please see To this end I would like to ask everyone if they could please mention this conference to any postgraduate students they may tutor or supervise, and to provide them with the contact email and website address above. We would also like if possible to attract a high proportion of attendees from outside our university, so if you could distribute these details to any colleagues at other institutions as well I would be very grateful. And of course I look forward to seeing some of you there as well.

Many thanks for your attention. Kind regards,

Denzell Richards
Acting Chairman
School of Arts 2007 Postgraduate Conference
Roehampton University

Milton and the Law

A one-day symposium on John Milton and the Law will take place at Queen Mary University of London on Friday 29 June 2007. The symposium will bring together new work and approaches exploring Milton's complex and detailed engagements with legal subjects, debates and vocabularies.

Speakers include: Rosanna Cox, Martin Dzelzainis, Lynne Greenberg, Peter Herman, Graham Parry and Joad Raymond.

For further information or to register for the symposium, please contact Dr Rosanna Cox (; 020 7882 2855) or Dr Chloë Houston (; 020 7882 2856) in the School of English and Drama at QMUL.

First-Line Indexes

An update of the checklist "First-Line Indexes of English Verse, 1650-1800" is now available on the Bibliographical Society of America's BibSite: - constructed by James Woolley (

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Violence and Belief

The Colloquium on Early Literature and Culture in English - final event of Fall semester 2006, featuring

John Guillory, "Paris Is Worth a Massacre: Marlowe, the Wars of Religion, and the Death of Petrus Ramus"
Susan Harlan, "Sir John Fortescue's 'Declaration': Rhetoric and the Production of Legitimacy in the Mandated Text"
with Respondent Olga Burakov

Friday, December 15, 2006, 3:00 p.m.
New York University
19 University Place, Room 222 

Advance reading for Professor Guillory's talk is available on our website or from our Blackboard site. Limited printed copies are also available in the English Department.

John Guillory is Silver Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English and American Literature at NYU.
Susan Harlan and Olga Burakov are Doctoral Candidates in English at NYU.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


The Marlowe Society of America solicits papers on any aspect of Christopher Marlowe's plays, poetry, or biography (including performance-based criticism and theater history, ) for an open-topic session to be held at the MLA Convention in Chicago on Dec.27-30, 2007. Send detailed abstracts or papers of 15-minute reading length by e-mail, e-mail attachment, or hard copy to Bruce Brandt, (, President, Marlowe Society of America, English Dept., Box 504, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007. Deadline: March 1, 2007.



The Upstart Crow is currently accepting submissions for a theme-based issue on “Shakespeare and the American South.” We are also interested in receiving manuscripts that consider the reception, representation, or adaptation of Shakespeare in any part of the United States from the seventeenth century to the present. Submissions that address any aspect of Shakespeare’s work, and performance reviews of Shakespeare theater productions and festivals, will also be considered. Deadline for priority reading of submissions: February 1, 2007.

Submissions should follow Chicago Manual guidelines, with notes instead of Works Cited. Author’s name, address, phone and fax numbers, and email address should appear on a separate sheet, not on the manuscript itself. Submissions should not exceed twenty-five typed pages, including notes. The entire manuscript, including quotations and notes, should be double-spaced. Photocopies of illustrations are acceptable for submission purposes. Send submissions to:

The Editor, The Upstart Crow
Department of English
Strode Tower, Box 340523
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0523

For all other inquiries, including subscription information, visit, or email

Sunday, December 10, 2006


A Research Seminar for Dissertation-Stage PhD Students and Junior Faculty
July 18-August 13, 2007 at McGill University
Leaders: Lesley Cormack (Alberta) and Michael Bristol (McGill)

This summer school will focus on selected writing from the tumultuous decades of the interregnum, roughly 1640 - 1660, with particular attention to the fields of literature, public lfe, science and religion. The chief aim of the seminar will be to understand conditions for the possibility of engagement in public life during a time of intense polarization and social effervescence in England during The Commonwealth. We will be concerned with a number of specific questions: How were publics made and who made them in seventeenth-century England? How did authors imagine the target audiences reading their work? How were common interests, beliefs, or inquiries circulated and in what sense did this circulation create publics? How did the gradual shift away from manuscript to the printed book as the privileged medium for the dissemination of ideas affect the experience of public life. Were publics created in the marketplace? The seminar will examine the theory of publics through consideration of several case studies which may include:

1. The growing interest in mathematical and geographical instruments and information, especially focussed around the marketplace and growing imperial aspirations.

2. The circulation of idiosyncratic and perhaps heterodox religious ideas in the confessional texts of Sir Thomas Brown, the poetry of Andrew Marvel, and the studies of comparative religion of Edward, Lord Herbert of Cherbury.

3. The public significance of melancholia and the melancholy temperament in prose writings of John Donne and Robert Burton

4. Robert Boyle's network of colleagues and publics, examining the question of how 'facts' are created and agreed upon, through public witnessing and acquiescence.

Participants will have an opportunity to workshop their own research projects, which may focus on any aspect of early modern publics in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. We welcome both pre- and post-PhD scholars, working in English and continental history, literature, and cultural studies.

Sponsored by the MaPs Project (Making Publics: Media, markets, and Association in Early Modern Europe), headquartered at McGill University and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.. The "Making Publics" project will develop an innovative and potentially transformative approach to the history of early modernity. The project will illuminate the artistic, intellectual, religious, social, and political culture of Britain and Western Europe between 1500 and 1700, and it will also have a bearing on issues that confront modern society, especially questions about media, the culture market, and the possibilities of social agency on the part of cultural producers and consumers. At the heart of our work is the phenomenon that we are calling "making publics" - the creation of small-scale forms of association that represented a new way of connecting with others, a kind of connection not founded in family, rank or vocation, but rather a form of voluntary community built on the shared interests, tastes, and desires of individuals.

We have adopted the word "publics" to refer to the open-membership groups that coalesced around certain practices, areas of interest, and forms of publication and/or performance. Publics differed from traditional groupings such as guilds, universities, or parliaments, which were characteristically exclusive, institutionalized, highly credentialized, and hierarchical in their internal workings. Publics were loosely organized, more or less egalitarian in their internal workings, and open to anyone that had the interest, competence, money, and time to participate. They fostered and were fostered by new technologies of representation and dissemination-the printing press, new pictorial forms, new sites for and styles of theatrical and musical performance. They were encouraged by the development of a market in works of art and/or printed works such as plays, paintings, musical compositions, sermons, news pamphlets, maps, histories, and scientific reports.

Canadian and non-Canadian dissertation-stage students and junior faculty are invited to apply to take part in a research seminar focusing on the political, intellectual, and cultural ferment of mid-seventeenth-century England. We hope to recruit outstanding young scholars working on any topic related to the seminar's central concerns across the span of the century. The group's work on the interregnum will provide a background for discussion of key issues. As many as 12 successful applicants will participate in this seminar through mutual reading and discussion and by developing and presenting their own research. Participants will have access to McGill Library and important research collections such as the Redpath tracts, the Osler Library, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, microflim and electronic references such as EEBO, the Goldsmiths Library, and the Landsdowne manuscripts.

The travel and living expenses of the participants in the seminar will be covered by the MaPs project. The end of the seminar will coincide with the annual meeting of the MaPs research team. Members of the seminar will have the opportunity to participate in the annual team meeting of the MaPs project.

Please visit for application materials and details. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2007.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Ink in early modern England: CFP, MLA 2007

Early modern literature is awash, to quote George Herbert, with 'Oceans of ink': whether it's Cleopatra calling for 'Ink and paper', or Hamlet's 'inky cloak', or Westmoreland imagining turning 'your ink to blood', to cite only well-known instances from Shakespeare. In manuscript miscellanies and commonplace-books, recipes 'To make excellent Inke' are common: early modern individuals were aware of ink's constituent parts, and the process of its production. We invite proposals that consider the role of ink in early modern English culture. What work did ink perform in early modern literary texts, as both material and metaphor? What metaphorical associations surrounded ink? What was the relationship between ink and (im)permanence; between blotting, staining and corruption; between printer's and writer's inks; between black and coloured letters; between ink and other liquids? We particularly welcome papers that use archival research to throw new light on literary texts.

Please send paper proposals of 400 words to Karen Britland ( and Adam Smyth ( Deadline: 15 February 2007.

British Printed Images to 1700

An ongoing project to compile a digital library of prints and book illustrations from early modern Britain ...

1st Project Conference, 13-14 July 2007

The first conference of the British Printed Images to 1700 Project will take place, also at Birkbeck, on Friday, 13, and Saturday, 14 July 2007. This will mainly be devoted to innovative research on the visual culture of early modern Britain with particular reference to printed images, including book illustrations, though it will also include an update on the progress of the project and the preparation of the database and search mechanism. The programme for the conference is currently being planned. Offers of papers or posters on any aspect of the production and consumption of prints or book illustrations in early modern Britain are welcome. They should be made to


CFP: The Role of Religious Performance in Rebuilding Communities, Past and Present (roundtable)

Sore Spots: The 2007 Religion and Theatre Preconference
New Orleans, July 24-25, 2007

Participants will offer a 5-10 minute presentation on a particular instance when religious performance played a role in rebuilding or regenerating community. Participants will then engage in a moderate discussion and Q&A with all preconference attendees. We encourage submissions that consider this topic from a variety of perspectives. Is religious performance sometimes marginalized as a mode of communal regeneration? When has it worked as a catalyst for larger community changes? Are there times when different types of religious performance compete for inclusion in community rebuilding? Can the performance of faith be an impediment to regeneration for some communities?

Although we invite submissions related to any geographic region or historical moment, because the 2007 conference will take place in New Orleans, presentations that address religious performance's role in New Orleans (past and present) will be given priority consideration.

This roundtable serves as the opening event in a preconference scheduled for the Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday (July 24-25) before ATHE opens its annual convention ( Roundtable participants are encouraged to stay for the entire preconference, which contains a range of activities including a new performance festival and a local tour. The preliminary preconference schedule is copied below.

If you are interested in participating, please send a one-page description of your presentation topic that includes any AV requests. On a separate page, please include your name, affiliation, contact information, and a brief bio. The deadline for submissions is now January 30, 2006. Please send submissions, as well as any questions about this call or about other ways to participate in the preconference, to Jill Stevenson at

Thursday, December 07, 2006

1657 diary found

From the ...

"HIS was an epic traveller's tale, 1,000 handwritten pages recounting a journey that took him from Scotland to England and onwards across Europe.

An early budget traveller, James Fraser was an Episcopalian minister who set off from Scotland in the mid-17th century. His three-year journey from Inverness through Scotland, England, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Holland, led to him compiling an extensive travel diary, written with a crow quill, and stretching over three volumes.

Now, almost 350 years since the Rev Fraser first put quill to paper, his diaries have been rediscovered and are set to be published for the first time."

full story at

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Shakespeare blog

... that's worth a look:

The Reformation of the Book: 1450-1700

NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers

John N. King and James K. Bracken of The Ohio State University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on continuity and change in the production, dissemination, and reading of Western European books during the 250 years following the advent of printing with movable type. In particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the Protestant Reformation. This seminar will also explore the related problem of whether the impact of printing was revolutionary or evolutionary. Employing key methods of the still-emerging interdisciplinary field of the History of the Book, our investigation will consider how the physical nature of books affected ways in which readers understood and assimilated their intellectual contents. This program is geared to meet the needs of teacher-scholars interested in the literary, political, or cultural history of the Renaissance and/or Reformation, the History of the Book, art history, women's studies, religious studies, bibliography, print culture, library science (including would-be rare book librarians), mass communication, literacy studies, and more.

This seminar will meet from 18 June until 20 July 2007. During the first week of this program, we shall visit Antwerp, Belgium, in order to draw on resources including the Plantin-Moretus Museum. It preserves the world's only surviving early modern printing and publishing house. During four weeks in Oxford, where we shall reside at St. Edmund Hall, we plan to draw on the resources of the Bodleian Library and other institutions. In addition, we shall make an overnight trip to London in order to visit other rare book collections.

Those eligible to apply include citizens of USA who are engaged in teaching at the college or university level and independent scholars who have received the terminal degree in their field (usually the Ph.D.). In addition, non-US citizens who have taught and lived in the USA for at least three years prior to March 2007 are eligible to apply. NEH will provide participants with a stipend of $3,600.

Full details and application information are available at

For further information, please contact The application deadline is March 1, 2007.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Shakespeare at the Old Vic

The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night

Edward Hall directs all-male company Propeller in two comedies of mistaken identities, transformations and deceptions. With their fusion of traditional and contemporary aesthetics, Propeller imbue Shakespeare's stories with a freshness that appeals to young and old alike [it say here].

The two shows play in rep at London's Old Vic from 5 January to 17 February. Top price tickets are just £20 (usually £35) for performances 5-18 January. To book, phone 0870 060 6628.

Shakespeare on Screen, for Teens

The deadline for submissions for the Special Issue of Shakespeare Bulletin devoted to Shakespearean Screen Adaptations for the Teen Market has been postponed until June 20, 2007 to accommodate the journal's publishing schedule. Essays should address questions concerning the transformation of Shakespeare's plays from their textual incarnations to cinematic and video renderings designed for teenage audiences. Contributions (15-25 pages in length, double spaced) should be sent in electronic form (Word format) to the issue's special editor, Michael D. Friedman, at

Michael D. Friedman
University of Scranton

Monday, December 04, 2006

Economic Sovereignty and the Form of Tragicomedy in Fletcher's The Sea Voyage

Zachary Lesser (Penn), author of "Renaissance Drama and the Politics of Publication" (Cambridge, 2004)

Columbia Early Modern Seminar

Tuesday, December 12, 6.30 to 8pm in 754 Schmerhorn Extension (the IRWaG seminar room) on Columbia University's main campus. All welcome.

Violence and Belief

The Colloquium on Early Literature and Culture in English is pleased to announce our final event of Fall semester 2006, featuring
John Guillory, "Paris Is Worth a Massacre: Marlowe, the Wars of Religion, and the Death of Petrus Ramus"
Susan Harlan, "Sir John Fortescue's 'Declaration': Rhetoric and the Production of Legitimacy in the Mandated Text"
with Respondent Olga Burakov

Friday, December 15, 2006, 3:00 p.m.
New York University, 19 University Place, Room 222

John Guillory is Silver Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English and American Literature at NYU.
Susan Harlan and Olga Burakov are Doctoral Candidates in English at NYU.

Supplemental reading will be available on our website:

Friday, December 01, 2006


The New Amsterdam Singers
Clara Longstreth, Conductor

Immanuel Lutheran Church Friday, December 8, 2006, 8PM Lexington Avenue at 88th St. Sunday, December 10, 2006, 4PM

Concert program:

Miserere (Gregorio Allegri)
Missa Brevis (Dietrich Buxtehude)
Jesu, Dulcis Memoria (Richard Dering)
Factum est Silencium (R. Dering)
Gloria ad Modum Tubae (Guillaume Dufay)
Magnificat in the Eighth Mode (G. Dufay)
Machet die Tore Weit (Andreas Hammerschmidt)
O Magnum Mysterium (Jacob Handl)
Pater Noster (J. Handl)
Innsbruck, Ich muss dich Lassen (Heinrich Isaac)
Ave Maria, gratia plena (Ludwig Senfl)
Or sus, serviteurs du Seigneur (Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck)
When David Heard (Thomas Tomkins)
Salve Regina √ 8 (Tomas Luis di Victoria)

Tickets are $20, $15 seniors and $10 students and may be purchased by calling New Amsterdam Singers at 212-842-1511, or online at
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