Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

... is accepting abstracts for its annual conference to be held October 2-5, 2008, at Youngstown State University with Plenary addresses by Paul Yachnin and Sharon O'Dair. The theme for this year's meeting, Working Shakespeares, is meant to solicit a broad range of inquiries into issues of labor and market, class and status, civic and public in both the works of Shakespeare and the profession at large. In our current cultural moment, a time in which the gap between rich and poor widens at an alarming pace and universities are facing shifting market demands, how might we rethink Shakespeare studies from perspectives that address these concerns?

Selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

Abstracts should be submitted by Sept. 1 to co-organizers

. Hillary Nunn, University of Akron, and
. Timothy Francisco, Youngstown State University

For more information, please visit the conference website at

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Thanks to those dapper fellows at Blogging the Renaissance, I came across this passage, from Matthew Steggle's chapter on early modern literature and digital literary studies in Blackwell’s Companion to Digital Literary Studies (2007) ...

The newest area of interest in early modern studies, and one where, again, the technology remains to be proven, is the early modern blog. Three early entrants into what will doubtless be a burgeoning field might be mentioned here: Adam Smyth’s Renaissance Lit Blog, the collaborative project Blogging the Renaissance, and Sharon Howard’s Early Modern Notes. (97)

The glory! The splendour!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Columbia University Shakespeare Seminar

September 12, 2008
Phyllis Rackin University of Pennsylvania
"Dated and Outdated: The Present Tense of Feminist Shakespeare Criticism"
Heyman Center for the Humanities
Common Room
Columbia University
116th St. between Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Dr.

Details / questions: Adam G. Hooks at

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Life and Living in Later Stuart London Conference

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Saturday 6th September 2008 at Roehampton University, London

The Hearth Tax Project is pleased to announce its third annual conference. This conference will examine evidence from a range of social and economic sources in order to provide both an insight into research methodologies and analysis in areas such as wealth and poverty, domestic life, occupations, religious belief and housing.

In addition to providing an overview of the period, the conference will engage in greater detail with sources such as hearth tax assessments, probate inventories, architectural plans, records of religious persecution and assessments for the Four shillings in the Pound Aid.

The day is suited to students, scholars and members of the general public who wish to gain an understanding of how to approach these seemingly complex and demanding sources in relation to social and cultural history as well as the history of the built environment and the social and occupational topography of Restoration London.

For details of the programme and how to book please visit:


The Early Modern Studies in Scotland Seminar and The Glasgow Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Saturday 1st November 2008
School of English and Scottish Language and Literature
University of Glasgow

Speakers: Kate Chedgzoy (University of Newcastle); Michael Dobson (Birkbeck College London); Ruth Evans (University of Stirling); Andrew Gordon (University of Aberdeen); Andrew Hiscock (University of Bangor); Vicky Price (University of Glasgow)

Under the term 'Renaissance', the early modern period has often been articulated as a process of recovery, rebirth and remembrance – words which invoke their shadowy counterparts, loss, death and forgetting. Shakespeare's plays are just one place where such processes are enacted – 'Awake remembrance of these valiant dead', 'Great thing of us forgot', 'My lord, I fear, has forgot Britain', ‘Let not your sorrow die, though I am dead' – and the preoccupation with the past runs right through the culture, from notions of nationhood to ideas about the body and the self, from antiquarianism to translation as a means of recovering and storing information. The purpose of this one-day colloquium is to think through some of the uses and abuses of memory in and of the period. These may include – this list is suggestive rather than exhaustive – such matters as:

Acts and Monuments, age, amnesia, anecdote, antiquarianism, archives, autobiography, beginnings, childhood, chronicle, classics, collective memory, cultural memory, commemoration, death, decay, depository, discovery, dreams, editing, education, epitaphs, etymology, evidence, example, forgetfulness, forgiveness, foundations, generations, ghosts, glossary, historiography, imagination, inscription, labour, lament, law, learning, Lethe, library, loss, madness, manuscript, martyrdom, melancholy, memoir, monuments, myth, nostalgia, oblivion, obscurity, origins, pardons, past performance, popular memory, posterity, precedent, preservation, publication, rebellion, record, recollection, recovery, reformation, rehearsal, relics, remembrance, repetition, repository, roots, salvation, scripture, speeches, storehouse, texts, time, traces, translation, travel, vision and youth.

For further details, please contact Rob Maslen (

Staging the Henrician Court

Postdoctoral Research Assistant [this via the LRS ...]
School of Arts and Humanities
Starting salary: #23,002, rising annually to #25,135

This is a fixed-term appointment for two years to work on an AHRC-funded
project entitled Staging the Henrician Court, under the direction of the
projects Principle Investigator, Dr Thomas Betteridge. The post will
involve working closely with the curators at Hampton Court Palace,
particularly Susannah Lipscombe and Dr Kent Rawlinson, and with the
Co-Investigator on the project, Professor Greg Walker. The successful
candidate will be part of the English Department at Oxford Brookes
University and will be well placed to develop a strong research and
publications profile. The successful candidate will have research
experience in Tudor literature and/or history. He or she will ideally have
research interests in Tudor Court Drama, and experience in the creation of
blogs/wikis. An ability to teach in the early modern period may also be an

You will be responsible for:
archival study into Tudor Court Drama focusing specifically on the reign
of Henry VIII
working with members of the project to produce a production of The Play of
the Weather
writing a reflective journal of the rehearsal process leading up to the
production of The Play of the Weather
creating a website including details of the production process
writing a substantial introduction to the website
collating and ordering material for the projects website/wiki
writing an academic article on the staging of The Play of the Weather and
two drama workshops at Hampton Court Palace

You should have:
a PhD or equivalent in English Literature or History
experience of archival research
experience of Tudor drama in performance
experience in the creation of wikis/websites/blogs

For further information about the project contact: Dr Thomas Betteridge at
Ref: 415/16535/MM
Closing date: 26 August 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Shakespeare Post

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A new website, *The Shakespeare Post* (, is a daily web publication that brings its readers the latest news on the performance and study of the works of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The *Post* combines original reporting with the most relevant news from the Internet to cover topics including theatre, scholarship, education, books, historical research, exhibitions and movies. The goal is to be the most complete, accessible and up-to-date source of Shakespeare news available on the web.

*The Shakespeare Post* focuses on news from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Australia but regularly includes stories from all parts of the globe. The *Post* has a rapidly growing readership in more than forty countries on six continents. The site is designed for anyone with an interest in Shakespeare from scholars and theatre professionals to enthusiasts and casual readers.

John D. Lawrence, Editor The Shakespeare Post,,


17-18 OCTOBER 2008

The Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University and its journal, "Manuscripta," are pleased to announce program and registration information for the Thirty-Fifth Annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, 17-18 October 2008, to be held at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. This annual conference features papers on medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies,= including topics such as paleography, codicology, illumination, book production, library history, reading & literacy, textual criticism, and manuscript cataloguing.

Guest Speaker:

Center for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

Conference sessions on the following themes:

- Maps and Diagrams of the Holy Land in Manuscripts: Graphic Presentations of Sacred Space
- Glossing across the Medieval School Curriculum
- Paleography and Manuscripts of the Early Middle Ages
- Manuscripts and Memory
- Production and Transmission of Medieval Musical Manuscripts
- German Vernacular Manuscripts
- Otto Ege and the Fortunes of Fragments

Program, registration, and hotel information for the conference available at

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Early Modern Literary Studies

... special issue on George Gascoigne, available at

Edited by Stephen Hamrick

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Diplomats, Agents, Adventurers and Spies, 1500-1700

A Conference at the University of Kent, Canterbury
17th - 19th September 2008

The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (University of Kent) and
the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (QMUL) are pleased to co-sponsor a
3-day conference to be held at the University of Kent on 17-19th September
2008. Speakers from across the disciplines will consider early modern agency
and the transfer of knowledge between states, agents, travellers and spies
in the period 1500-1700. Whilst recent scholarship in this area has focussed
on early modern interactions and questions of policy, polity and politics,
the negotiations and encounters of intelligencers, diplomats and spies
remain relatively unexplored. Considering the relationship between agents
and information we seek to address some of the following questions: how did
intelligencers retrieve, transmit, and present information? What was the
value of this information and how was it received? How were networks of
influence constructed and maintained?

For further information or to register, please contact Rosanna Cox ( or Robyn Adams ( Registration forms are available from our website:

Day 1
12.00pm - 12.30pm Registration and coffee

12.30pm - 2pm Session 1
Bibliographical Trails
-Pete Langman, 'Open Secrets in Francis Bacon'
-Jason Powell (St Joseph's University), 'Dialogue, Travel and the Embassy in
More's Utopia'
-Hannah Crawforth (Princeton University), 'A Restitution of Decayed
Intelligence: The Use of Ciphers in Richard Verstegan's Letters'

2pm - 2.30pm Coffee

2.30pm - 4pm Session 2
Spies, Intelligence and Information-gathering
-Samuli Kaislaniemi (University of Helsinki), '"Aduertisements from spayne": Richard Cocks and other English intelligencers on the Spanish border, 1600-1610'
-Paul Dover (Kennesaw State University), 'The papal court as information
exchange in the second half of the fifteenth century'
-Stephen Alford (University of Cambridge), 'Charles Sledd's secret intelligence'

4.00pm Presentation by State Papers Online project 'Diplomats, Spies - the
documents. A presentation of State Papers Online, 1509-1714'
-Julia de Mowbray (Gale/Cengage Learning)
-Stephen Alford (University of

5pm Visit to Canterbury Cathedral (TBC), followed by the conference dinner
at The Goods Shed, Canterbury (6 for 6.30pm)

Day 2
9.15am - 10.45am Session 3
Patronage and Agency
-Peter Redford (University of Sheffield), 'Intercepting the Burley Letters'
-Mark Netzloff (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), 'The Ambassador's Household: Sir Henry Wotton and the Traffic in News and Boys'
-Jo Eastwood (University of Cambridge), 'Diplomats as agents of book exchange'

10.45am - 11.00am Coffee

11.00am - 12.30pm Session 4
Networks of Influence
-Katrien De Guelder & Jean Pierre Van der Motton (University of Ghent), 'An
honest alliance' forged in exile (1657-1663): Charles II, Thomas Killigrew
and Willem Frederik of Nassau-Dietz.
-Robin Eagles (History of Parliament), 'Preparing for Revolution: William of
Orange's English contacts 1685-88'
-Michelle Howell (University of Cambridge), 'The "Queen's Party": Henrietta
Maria, Political Intrigue, and Diplomatic Agents'

12.30pm - 1.30pm Lunch

1.30pm - 3.00pm Session 5
Travel, Navigation and the Transmission of Information -Catherine Fletcher
(Royal Holloway), 'Diplomacy on the road: The post route as political space
in the early sixteenth century'
-Hugh Adlington (University of Birmingham), "The Character of Holland":
Manuscript Circulation of Anti-Dutch Writing in England, 1620-1650'
-Nadine Akkerman (University of Leiden), 'The Postmistress of Brussels:
Alexandrine of Taxis and the Power of Postal Control'

3.00pm - 3.30pm Coffee

3.30pm - 5.00pm Session 6
Protocol and Spectacle
-Mark Hutchings and Berta Cano Echevarria (University of Reading), 'Anglo-Spanish Diplomacy, the First Stuart Masque, and the Road to Peace: A New Document'
-Chloe Houston (University of Reading), 'Diplomatic Gift-Giving in Seventeenth-Century Persia, or, Why Not To Look a Gift-Horse in the Mouth'
-Gerald Maclean (University of Exeter), 'Courting the Porte: Early Anglo-Ottoman Diplomacy'

5.00pm - 5.30pm Coffee

5.30pm - 6.45pm Session 7
Material Culture
-David Humphrey (Royal College of Art, London), 'An extraordinary history
and a murky tale: The Three Brothers Jewel during the reign of King Charles I'
-Maartje Van Gelder (University of Amsterdam), 'Daniel Nijs: merchant, art agent and intelligencer in early modern Venice'
-Peter Barber (British Library, London), Title TBC

7pm Drinks Reception, Eliot Cloister Gardens

Day 3
9.00am - 10.30am Session 8
Secret Networks and Ciphers
-Robyn Adams (CELL, Queen Mary, University of London), 'William Herle and
the Circulation of Intelligence'
-Alan Stewart (Columbia University, CELL), 'Bacon's Ciphers'
-Simone Testa (Royal Holloway, University of London/British Library,
London), 'The Duke of Nevers and his Informers'

10.30am - 10.45am Coffee

10.45am - 11.30am Session 9
Endnote Paper
-William Sherman (University of York), 'Scholar, Statesman, Soldier, Spy:
Renaissance Intelligence and its Legacies'

11.30am - 12.45pm Session 10
Round table discussion

The Early Modern Reading Group ...

... will meet on Tuesday 2 September, 6.30pm, in the Skinners Arms, 114 Judd Street, WC1H. We'll discuss John Milton's 'Lycidas'.

Details / questions:


Victoria & Albert Museum, Fri 12 – Sat 13 September 2008

Printed images were widely circulated in early modern Britain and they provide vivid and revealing evidence about many aspects of the culture of the period. Yet only recently have historians begun to give them proper attention, and this conference will be one of the first to draw out their significance. Themes will include the importance of printed images for the history of the Reformation and post-Civil War politics, the emergence of new genres like topographical engraving and mezzotint, and the place of prints in the developing consumer market.

Ancillary events include a session for ‘new researchers’ and an display of material from the National Art Library, and there will also be a presentation about the database of British Printed Images to 1700 which is currently being constructed with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)*. The database will make available in fully searchable form a comprehensive corpus of printed images from early modern Britain, mostly from the British Museum but including selected material from the V&A and other collections.

In association with Birkbeck College, University of London. Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

£110 for 2 days, £55 for 1 day, concessions available
Booking available online at or call 020 7942 2211
* The partners are Birkbeck (University of London), the Centre for Computing in the Humanities (King’s College London), the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Friday 12 September
British Printed Images to 1700
International Conference

Auditorium, Sackler Centre

10.00 Registration

10.30 Antony Griffiths British Museum

The Print in Stuart Britain after Ten Years

10.50 Margaret Aston

Symbols of Conversion:

Proprieties of the Page in Reformation England

11.30 John King Ohio State

Word and Image in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

12.10 Special display of books from the National Art

Library in the Print Room Education Study Room

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Gill Saunders V&A

‘Paper Tapistry’ and ‘Wooden Pictures’: Printed Decoration in the Domestic Interior before 1700

14.40 Ben Thomas Kent

Noble or Commercial?

The Early History of Mezzotint in Britain

15.20 Tea

16.00 Angela McShane V&A and Clare Backhouse Courtauld,

Top Knots and Lower Sorts: Print and Promiscuous

Consumption in the 1690s

17.00 New Researchers’ Session

David Davis Exeter

Divine Visions or Idolatrous Sights? Images of God

in Protestant prints 1558–1603

Adam Morton York

Living the Life of Antichrist: Representing the

Invisible Nemesis in Early Modern England

Rhian Wyn-Williams Liverpool

The Visual Language of Kingship, 1640–53

Stephen Brogan Birkbeck

The Sovereign Remedy: Images of the Royal Touch

in Restoration England

Rosemary Dixon Queen Mary

Portrait Engravings and the Material Book:

Representing Archbishop Tillotson in Text and Image

Saturday 13 September

International Conference Auditorium, Sackler Centre

10.00 Registration

10.30 Lori Anne Ferrell Claremont, Ca.

The Art in Techne: Diagrammatic Illustrations in Early Modern ‘How-to’ Books

11.10 Alex Walsham Exeter

“Like Fragments of a Shipwreck”:

Printed Images and Religious Antiquarianism in Early Modern England

11.50 Michael Hunter, Katherine Hunt, John Bradley

and Paul Vetch Birkbeck, CCH, and bpi 1700

Demonstration of database for the British Printed Images to 1700 website

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Malcolm Jones Sheffield

The Common Weales Canker Wormes

14.10 Kevin Sharpe Queen Mary

Images of Oliver Cromwell

14.50 Tea

15.20 Justin Champion Royal Holloway

Decoding the Leviathan: Doing the History

of Ideas Through Images 1651–1700

15.50 Round table discussion led by

Mark Knights Warwick, and others

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Writing Cultures: Gender, Class, and Authorship in Early Modern England

Call For Papers
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Texas A&M University

The Early Modern Studies Working Group at Texas A&M University is now accepting paper proposals for its fall symposium, “Writing Cultures: Gender, Class, and Authorship in Early Modern England,” which will be held Saturday, October 25th, 2008, in College Station, TX. Though the symposium’s title hints at a more focused approach to the concepts of “gender, class, and authorship,” papers may address any aspect of the symposium’s theme of “Writing Cultures.” Papers may explore writing culture(s) based in any facet of early modern English literature, theater, history, politics, performance, visual art, sexuality, philosophy, religion, or economics. Some of the broad goals for this event are to: further investigate the intersection of gender, class, and writing practices; reflect on the history of these topics within Early Modern humanities scholarship; and consider their impact on current critical trends. Thus possible topics could include:

Confessional narratives
Journals and periodicals
Manuscript culture
Accounting guidebooks
Dramatic paratext (prologues, epilogues, afterpieces)
Epistolary culture
Travel writing & practices
Bookselling, printers, and the literary marketplace
Domestic advice manuals
Writing cultures at Court
Contracts and contract theory

Keynote speakers for the event are Wendy Wall, Chair and Professor in the Department of English at Northwestern University, and Devoney Looser, Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri and Co-Editor of the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies.

Proposals of 1-2 pages should be sent via e-mail attachment, along with name, contact information, and vitae, to Courtney Beggs at by September 1st.

The Theatre

The remains of The Theatre, Shoreditch, found?

"In one of the most exciting archaeological discoveries in the capital in recent years, archaeologists from the Museum of London have uncovered what they believe to be one of London’s earliest playhouses, and Shakespeare’s first, in Shoreditch ..."


(See also Serendipities:

Friday, August 08, 2008

The Letters of Elizabeth Talbot

AHRC-funded PhD Studentship
AHRC Research Project: The Letters of Elizabeth Talbot (c. 1527-1608, known as ‘Bess of Hardwick’)
Department of English Language, University of Glasgow

Applications are invited from outstanding graduates to join this exciting three-year AHRC-funded project. Directed by Dr Alison Wiggins, the project team will analyse and edit the more than two hundred letters of Elizabeth Talbot (c. 1527-1608, known as ‘Bess of Hardwick’). The project studentship will be co-supervised by Dr Alison Wiggins and Professor Jeremy Smith at the University of Glasgow.

The studentship covers tuition fees and the standard AHRC annual maintenance grant – in 2008/09 approx. £12,940.

The post is full-time over three years, starting 1 October 2008 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful applicant will need to meet the AHRC’s academic criteria for doctoral study, details of which can be found at

To apply send (1) a CV of two or three pages and (2) a covering letter of two or three pages. Together these should indicate how your background will prepare you to contribute to this project and your intended area of research (please read the further details). You should also arrange for two academic references to be sent by the closing date. These application materials may be sent by post or by email to: Ms Alison Bennett, Department of English Language, 12 University Gardens, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ,

The closing date for applications is Friday 22nd August 2008

Interviews will be on Thursday 28th August 2008

Informal enquiries should be directed to: Dr Alison Wiggins tel: +44 (0)141 330 3918

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Dr Hamlet

With Dr Who performing Hamlet in Stratford to generally glowing reviews (e.g. The Guardian:, here is a radio clip of Michael Billington and Simon Russell Beale discussing TV stars doing the Bard ...

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Lecturers/Senior Lecturers in English Literature
School of English & Creative Studies

2 Posts:
Post 1: Contemporary and 19th Century European Literature in Translation
Post 2: Tudor and Early Modern Literature and Culture, c.1500-1650

CLOSING DATE: 15 August 2008
LOCATION: Newton Park Campus, Bath
SALARY: £35,858-£41,545
REFERENCE: 07/08/1832 (Post 1) and 07/08/1833 (Post 2)
CONTRACT: Full time, permanent

With stunning campuses, some 6,500 students and 800 staff, Bath Spa University is both progressive and creative. Our mission is to be an outstanding and distinctive university providing degree courses of the highest quality, informed by a culture of scholarship and teaching excellence.

Our School of English & Creative Studies provides courses in the fields of English Literature, Broadcast Media Production, Creative Writing and Publishing. With a thriving postgraduate community, and a growing PhD community in Creative Writing and English, the School was also actively involved in securing funding for Artswork, the University's £4.5 million HEFCE-funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Please visit for further information.

We're now looking for two accomplished academics to join us in teaching our increasingly popular course subjects. With a PhD in English Literature and solid undergraduate teaching experience, you'll be confident designing and delivering engaging modules within your chosen subject. Teaching both the Masters (MRes) course and the PhD (depending on experience) in your area of expertise, you'll also champion high-quality research and scholarly activity in addition to your core teaching responsibilities. An interest in secondary research is a must, as are recent publications in your relevant field. Above all, your passion for your subject will be as evident as it is infectious to your students.

In return, we offer generous benefits including nursery facilities, pension scheme, flexitime, family friendly policies, even a regular bus service. All full-time vacancies are open to candidates wishing to job share.

To apply
Further details and application forms are available from CVs will not be considered. Closing date: 15th August 2008.

Sunday, August 03, 2008


David Nicol writes ...

I have created an experimental online resource called "Source Works of
Renaissance Drama" (or SWORD for short!) and I encourage readers to give it a
trial run.

The SWORD is the first stage of an attempt to create a database of the source
works of Renaissance plays. The current version enables you to browse the
sources of a large number of plays by title, source text or author. You can
create a list of the sources of a particular play, of the plays deriving from a
particular source, or of the sources used by a particular playwright.

I believe that even in this preliminary stage the SWORD is a useful resource,
although it does have some glaring limitations that you will no doubt discover.
I would be enormously grateful for any comments, positive or negative, that
users may wish to offer, and suggestions for further development. Contact
details and suggested areas for comment are available on this page:

David Nicol
Department of Theatre
Dalhousie University

Friday, August 01, 2008


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Best available seats for our spectacular production of TIMON OF ATHENS just £20.
Lucy Bailey and designer William Dudley, who exhilarated and thrilled audiences with their sell-out production of Titus Andronicus here in 2006, take over the theatre for a spectacular new production of Shakespeare's rarely seen jewel Timon of Athens.
Timon, a rich and generous Athenian, showers everyone with gifts and hospitality. When the money runs out Timon turns to his friends for help. One by one they refuse. Timon, enraged and penniless, leaves Athens for life in the wilderness where he discovers a hidden cache of gold. Having no use for the money, Timon plans his revenge on the city.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see a great and fascinating work all too rarely performed, and experience the Globe in a way never seen before.
Just call the box office on 020 7401 9919 and quote ‘Timon £20 offer’.
Available for all performances 26 July - 7 August. Subject to availability.
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