Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Columbia University Shakespare Seminar

October 10, 2008
Zoltan Markus, Vassar College

"'A Hypocritical Bully' as 'Shakespeare's Ideal Englishman':
Henry V in London during World War II"

Naomi Liebler
Montclair State University

Details: ColumbiaShakespeareSeminar@gmail.com

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sederi 19

Yearbook of the Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies


SEDERI welcomes contributions on topics related to the language, literature, and
culture of sixteenth and seventeenth-century England for its next issue (number 19) to
be published in Autumn 2009.

SEDERI, Yearbook of the Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance
Studies, is a peer-reviewed annual publication devoted to current criticism and
scholarship on English Renaissance Studies.

SEDERI has been short-listed in 2008 among the top-quality journals published in all
scientific areas in Spain.
Submissions should reach the editors no later than 5 October 2008.
Authors will receive notice of acceptance by the end of January 2009.
Submissions should be sent via email attachments in Word or Rich Text Format.
Recommended length of contributions:
- Articles: 6000 - 8000 words (including footnotes and references).
- Notes: 3000 - 4000 words (including footnotes and references).
- Reviews: 1000 - 2000 words. Books, plays, or films reviewed should have been
released in the last two years.
- Abstracts should accompany the articles and notes (length: 100 - 200 words)

Email articles and notes to Berta Cano & Ana Sáez: sederiyearbook@yahoo.es
Email reviews to Francisco José Borge López: borgefrancisco@uniovi.es

If you have any further queries, do not hesitate to contact the editors by e-mail at:

All the texts submitted must follow the STYLE SHEET for this call for papers.

We do not consider articles that have been published elsewhere or are under
simultaneous consideration with another publisher.

Berta Cano Echevarría
Ana Sáez Hidalgo
Francisco José Borge López
SEDERI Yearbook
Dpto. de Filología Inglesa
Universidad de Valladolid
Pza. del Campus s/n
47011 Valladolid (Spain)

The White Devil ...

by Webster, is on in London soon: details at http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/news/menierdevil.htm

Ben Jonson's SILENT WOMAN - Monday, September 29th

[this via S H A K S P E R]
Red Bull Theater presents Monday September 29th 7pm a staged reading of THE SILENT WOMAN by Ben Jonson adapted by Michael Kahn featuring F Murray Abraham directed by Art Manke

Monday October 6, 7pm
by David Greenspan, loosely adapted from Pietro Aretino's Renaissance
comedy, Il Marescalco.
Directed by Leigh Silverman (Well)
1526. Mantua. A homosexual man will be forced at knifepoint to marry a woman. He's tearing his hair out.

Monday October 27, 7pm
by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge
Featuring Lisa Harrow (Wit) and Roger Rees (Indiscretions)
Tyranny, incest, and assassination - a 16th century tragedy comes to vivid life in the hands of one of the great Romantic poets.

Monday November 17, 7pm
by John Marston
Directed by Ethan McSweeny (The Persians, 1001)
Featuring Matthew Rauch (Revenger's Tragedy)
A truculent tragicomedy, this scathing attack on government corruption is timely, terrifying, and disconcertingly amusing.

Monday December 8, 7pm
by Christopher Marlowe
Directed by Mark Lamos (Cymbeline)
Faustus sells his soul to the Devil for knowledge - the classic tale, as only Marlowe could have told it!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Literature and Science

The 4th annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science
will take place at the University of Reading on 27th-29th March, 2009.
Keynote speakers will include Dame Gillian Beer, formerly King Edward VII
Professor of English Literature at Cambridge; Patrick Parrinder, Professor
of English at the University of Reading; and Simon Conway Morris, Professor
of Evolutionary Palaeontology at Cambridge.

The Society invites proposals for 20-minute research papers addressing any
aspect of the interaction between literature and science; collaborative
panels of two or three papers; and papers or panels on the teaching of
literature and science. We welcome work on literature from all periods and
countries, and on all aspects of science, including medicine and
technology. Presenters need not be based in UK institutions.

Please email proposals of up to 400 words to Dr John Holmes
(j.r.holmes@reading.ac.uk) by Monday 1st December, together with a 100-word
biographical note (or in the case of a panel, abstracts and notes for each
speaker). Please send abstracts in the body of messages; do not use
attachments. Alternatively, abstracts and proposals may be posted to Dr
John Holmes, Department of English and American Literature, University of
Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 218, Reading, RG6 6AA, UK.

Please address any queries to Dr John Holmes at the email or postal address


Globe Research is currently offering two internships.

The successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with Globe theatre artists and with the Education department on theatre productions, projects and events across the organisation. They will also have the opportunity to contribute to the international conference programme at the Globe and to publish articles and produce reports and archive documents.

Candidates should be working on a Ph.D. (at any stage).

If you are interested please contact Rob Norman, personnel manager: rob.n@shakespearesglobe.com or Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, Head of University Courses and Research, farah.k@shakespearesglobe.com

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

George Washington ...

Please join us for the inaugural event of the GW Medieval and Early
Modern Studies Institute (GW MEMSI), a symposium on Touching the Past.
The symposium begins at 1:30 in the fourth floor conference room of
Phillips Hall (Academic Center, 801 22nd St NW) and lasts until 5. We
feature two panels:

Session One (moderated by Leah Chang, Romance Languages and Literature, GW)

* Peggy McCracken (Professor of French and Women's Studies and
Associate Dean, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan)
"Feeling the Past"
* Eileen Joy (Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English
Language and Literature, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville),
"The Faded Silvery Imprints of the Bare Feet of Angels: Historical

Session Two (moderated by Karl Steel, Department of English, CUNY Brooklyn)

* Julian Yates (Associate Professor of English and Material
Culture Studies, University of Delaware), "What was Pastoral (again)?
More Versions"
* Carolyn Dinshaw (Professor of English and Social & Cultural
Analysis, New York University) "The Lay of the Land: Queer Love in A
Canterbury Tale."

The event is free and welcomes anyone who would like to attend. More
details forthcoming.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Marlowe and Elizabethan Theatrical Culture: The 1590s and Beyond


Georgia E. Brown, 'The Other Black Arts: Dr. Faustus and the Inky Worlds of Print, Script and Performance in the 1590s'

Annaliese Connolly, 'Marlowe and Peele's David and Bethsabe'

Nandini Das on Marlowe, the 1590s generation of writers and the 'Parnassus' plays (title TBC)

Tom Rutter, 'Marlovian Echoes in the Repertory of the Admiral's Men'

Birkbeck College, Department of English and Humanities,
30 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP (room to be confirmed)
Saturday, 11th October 2008

Conveners: Dr Michelle O'Callaghan and Dr Lucy Munro

The London Renaissance Seminar meets regularly to discuss the literature, history and culture of the period 1500-1700. For further information, or to join the e-list, contact t.healy@bbk.ac.uk.

For further information about this event please contact m.f.ocallaghan@reading.ac.uk or l.munro@engl.keele.ac.uk.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

New Directions in Early Modern Scholarship

A CUNY Roundtable Discussion

The Early Modern Interdisciplinary Group and The CUNY Graduate Center PhD Program in English

Moderator: Richard McCoy, The Graduate Center

Panelists: Katharine Goodland, College of Staten Island
Tanya Pollard, Brooklyn College
John Staines, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Andrea Walkden, Queens College

Join us for a discussion of current and emerging trends in early modern scholarship
with panelists representing various institutions within the CUNY system.

A reception will follow.

Friday, October 3, 2008 at 4:00pm
The CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
The English Department Lounge, Room 4406
Please feel free to contact us with any questions: EMIG.CUNY@gmail.com
or join our Discussion Group at: http://groups.google.com/group/emigcuny

Negotiating and Imagining Power in the Early Modern Hispanic World

A One-Day Symposium at the School of History, University of Liverpool

The Boardroom, Wednesday, 19 November 2008, 10 – 5pm

This one-day-symposium will interest scholars from a wide range of disciplines within Early Modern and Religious Studies as well as Iberian and Latin-American studies. Speakers will investigate some of the diverse ways in which power was imagined, negotiated and perceived in the early modern Hispanic world and beyond. A particular emphasis will be on the place of religion in early modern Hispanic political debate, conflict and identity.

10:00 Coffee and Welcome (Arthur West Room)

10:30 Dr. Glyn Redworth (Manchester): ‘Imagining Power: Holy Relics in the

Politics of Early Modern Spain.’

11:30 Dr. Fernando Cervantes (Bristol): ‘Unity in Diversity: the Ties of Religious

Culture in the Early Modern Hispanic World’

12:30 Lunch (Arthur West Room)

14:00 Dr. Harald E. Braun (Liverpool): ‘Bookish Guidance for Pious Kings:

Negotiating the Treacherous Waters of Politics in El governador christiano’

15:00 Dr. Alexander Samson (UCL): 'Imagining the Hispanic World in Early Modern


16:00 Coffee and Concluding Discussion

This event is jointly hosted by the Early Modern European Research Group and the Rethinking the Iberian Atlantic and Cultures of Political Counsel Research Clusters at Liverpool. We gratefully acknowledge the support from our sponsor, the School of History, University of LiverpooL (http://www.liv.ac.uk/history/) and the Research Institute for Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool (http://www.liv.ac.uk/rilas/index.htm).

If you wish to attend (also indicating whether you would like to join us for lunch and/or dinner), please contact Dr. Harald E. Braun (h.e.braun@liv.ac.uk) or 0151-7942381.

Shakespeare, the Globe and the Blackfriars

Outside In / Inside Out
Shakespeare's Globe and The American Shakespeare Center

Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 October 2008

Shakespeare's Globe and the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia,

are joining forces to present two conferences to celebrate the work of

Professor Andrew Gurr.

The first will mark the 400th anniversary of the re-acquisition of the Blackfriars

Playhouse and will take place at Shakespeare's Globe from 23 to 26 October 2008.

Professor Gurr will deliver the 2008 Theo Crosby Fellowship Lecture at 7.00pm on

Thursday 23 October.

Scholars and theatre practitioners will explore: Repertory and Space; Staging; and


Contributors will include John Astington, Philip Bird, Ralph Cohen, Michael

Hattaway, Franklin J. Hildy, Farah Karim-Cooper, Rosalyn L. Knutson, David

Lindley, Lucy Munro, Patricia Parker, Bruce Smith and Ann Thompson.

The conference will inform the plans for the Shakespeare Globe Trust's second theatre

building, an Indoor Jacobean Theatre. The second conference will take place at the

Blackfriars Theatre in Staunton, Virginia in autumn 2009.

Conference fees for 23/24/25/26 October 2008:

£85.00 (£25.00 post-graduate concession)

For further details please contact Deborah Callan:


Tickets available from the Globe box office: 020 7401 9919

Friday, September 12, 2008

Sister Awake!

An evening of poetry and lute song depicting women’s lives in Tudor and Stuart England

Jeni Melia (soprano)
Kathryn Hamilton-Hall (reader, ballad singer)
Christopher Goodwin (lute, baritone)

Tuesday 11 November 2008 at 6pm

Large Common Room, London House, Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square

A John Coffin Memorial Fund Recital in association with Goodenough College and the Lute Society

Free of charge, but booking essential. Please email valerie.james@sas.ac.uk to reserve a place

Early Modern Women and Material Culture


Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal (EMWJ) invites submissions to an interdisciplinary Forum, Early Modern Women and Material Culture, slated for publication in Volume IV (2009). Contributors to the forum will explore the nature of the material culture of early modern women and girls from different socioeconomic levels and from regions across the globe. Which objects--garments, manuscripts, jewelry, toys, housewares, tools, furniture, and musical instruments--did they own or use? How did such objects construct identity, strengthen social ties, teach social or economic roles, or perform other cultural functions? What objects were commonly associated with women and girls? What unusual objects did they own or use? Were
specific objects associated with certain times in a woman's life, certain places, or particular rituals? What values, ideas, and assumptions were linked to the material culture of women and girls? Submissions may also address how men and women might view the same material objects differently, how they were branded for gender, and how they were used to mediate between men and women. Submissions should be 1300 words in length (plus footnotes). Building on such recent exhibitions as the Victoria and Albert Museum's At Home in Renaissance Italy (2006) and on such recent books as Jacqueline Musacchio's Art and Ritual of Childbirth in Renaissance Italy (1999) and Ann Rosalind Jones and Peter Stallybrass's Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory (2001), contributions may focus on a single object or group of objects that still exist, or on references to objects in images, literary texts, or archival documents. Submissions that explore a range of socioeconomic groups and regions across the globe are
especially welcome. Editors will accept submissions as email attachments to emwjournal@umd.edu. The deadline for forum submissions is October 31, 2008.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

‘Accipe et Devora’

Packaging, Presentation and Consumption of MSS and Printed Books, 1350-1550

Proposals to be sent by November 15, 2008

The eleventh biennial EBS conference, hosted by Emma Cayley, Department of French, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter, will be held at the University of Exeter from July 9 to July 12, 2009, with an optional trip to sites of interest in the area scheduled for July 13. Proposals may consider the ‘packaging’ of medieval manuscripts and early printed books, that is, the separate tasks of putting late medieval and early modern texts together (writing, abstracting, editing, correcting, illustrating, printing, and/or binding) or the repackaging of older texts for contemporary audiences. The term “consumption” is frequently used in the context of luxury manuscripts or printed books produced for wealthy owners and may be read metaphorically to apply to a range of texts or to one text (though there may also be papers on literal consumption, bibliophagia, or consumption by time, worms, fire, censors). Lectures or proposed sessions that consider the transition from script to print, bibliographic issues, or the movement between French and English texts (or vice versa) and audiences are particularly encouraged, though papers on any aspect of the history of manuscripts and printed books from 1350-1550, including the copying and circulation of models and exemplars, style, illustration, and/or the influence of readers and patrons, artists, scribes, printers are welcome. Proposals for 10-minute papers describing recent discoveries, bibliographic notes or MS and rare book collections are also needed. Speakers may give a short paper as well as a longer one. The conference is open to all EBS members. Please indicate whether a slide projector, OHP, or computer equipment is needed in your proposal.

American and Canadian abstracts (1-2 pp) should be sent for consideration no later than November 15, 2008, to Martha Driver (EBS, English Department, 41 Park Row, Rm 1525, New York, New York 10038-1598) or FAXed to 212-346-1754 (office). Members in Great Britain and abroad may submit abstracts by the same date to Emma Cayley (e.j.cayley@ex.ac.uk, Dept of French, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter, The Queen’s Drive, Exeter EX4 4QH UK).

[these details from Mike Pincombe]

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

‘Church, State and Toleration’

Convener: Dr Eliane Glaser

Room 101
Birkbeck College, Department of English and Humanities,
30 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP
Saturday, 29th November 2008

This seminar will explore connections between the church-state relationship and religious diversity, in the early modern period and today. To what extent are 16th- and 17th-century debates about religious toleration concerned with the structural arrangement of sacred and secular jurisdictions? And how can research on the early modern period shed light on contemporary debates about religious discord and the place of religion within civil society?


Alan Cromartie, University of Reading

Ann Hughes, Keele University

Michael Questier, Queen Mary, University of London

Feisal Mohamed, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

David Feldman, Birkbeck College, London

The London Renaissance Seminar meets regularly to discuss the literature, history and culture of the period 1500-1700. For further information, or to join the e-list, contact t.healy@bbk.ac.uk. For further information about this event please contact elianeglaser@hotmail.com.

Reading University Conference in Early Modern Studies 2009

Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading

Authority and Authorities

The next annual meeting of the Reading conference on early modern studies will be held on 6-8 July 2009. The Reading conferences are as broadly based as possible, reflecting the most interesting developments in current research. Accordingly we welcome proposals for either complete sessions or individual papers from scholars in any discipline or any area of early modern studies, including Atlantic, European and imperial perspectives.

The informal theme of the conference in this year of particular significance for the history of monarchy (1509, 1649, 1689) will be Authority and Authorities. Plenary lectures will be arranged around this theme and papers or entire sessions on authority and authorities are particularly welcome. Participants might think of addressing the following themes:

* Literary and visual representations of authority
* The rituals of authority including coronations, progresses, civic entries and civic ceremonial, the punishment of malefactors
* The exercise of authority by monarchy, landlords, urban, rural and colonial governors
* Challenges to authority and authorities: rebellion, resistance, subversion
* Patriarchialism and authority within the household
* Authoritative texts (Classical, scriptural, Patristic, authorised service books and government proclamations): their uses and their circulation, in manuscript and print
* the emergence of new sites of authority in cities, in print, medicine and other spheres
* The basis of authority in the Reformation and post-Reformation churches
* Reformations of manners and the exercise of authority over marginal groups

Proposals for panels should consist of a minimum of two and a maximum of four papers. Each panel proposal should contain the names of the session chair, the names and affiliations of the speakers and short abstracts of the papers.

A proposal for an individual paper should consist simply of a 200 word abstract of the paper with brief details of affiliation and career.

Proposals for either papers or panels should be sent by email to the chairman of the Conference Committee, Professor Richard Hoyle, by 31 January 2009, r.w.hoyle@reading.ac.uk.

Proposals are especially welcome from postgraduates. The conference hopes to make some money available for postgraduate bursaries. Anyone for whom some financial assistance is a sine qua non for their attendance should mention this when submitting their proposal.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008


The Columbia Early Modern Seminar will be having its first meeting on Tuesday September 16.

Molly Murray (Columbia) will be speaking on
"Toward a Poetics of the Early Modern Prison"

Please note our new time and place: Tuesday, 6pm-7.30pm, in 612 Philosophy Hall, Columbia University.

We will then welcome Catherine Bate (Warwick) on October 14, Drew Daniel (Johns Hopkins) on November 14 (a Thursday), and Richard McCoy (CUNY-Queens) on December 2. Further details of these papers will be circulated nearer the time.

All welcome! For further details please contact Molly Murray (mpm7@columbia.edu) or Alan Stewart (ags2105@columbia.edu).

Monday, September 08, 2008

Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading

Seminar Programme, Autumn 2008

Seminars will take place on Wednesdays at 5 pm in the Seminar Room, Graduate School in Arts and Humanities, Old Whiteknights House, University of Reading. All Welcome.

Wednesday 8 October:
Dr. Mary Morrissey (Reading), ‘Writing a History of Paul’s Cross Sermons’.

Wednesday 22 October:
Prof. Simon Dentith (Reading) 'Ben Jonson’s ‘Inviting a Friend to Supper’ and the Limits of New Historicism’.

Wednesday 19 November:
Prof. David Sacks (Reed College), ‘The Blessings of Exchange: Commerce and Commonwealth in Richard Hakluyt's Political Economy’.

Wednesday 3 December:
Dr. Jason Peacey (UCL), ‘Provincial news junkies: the circulation and consumption of civil war pamphlets’.

Convener: Dr. Michelle O’Callaghan, m.f.ocallaghan@reading.ac.uk

Friday, September 05, 2008

"Islam and Tamburlaine's World-Picture."

John Archer, Professor of English, NYU

Thursday, Sept. 18, 6:30 pm
Room 224 of 19 University Place
(non-NYU visitors, bring a photo ID to sign into the building)

Professor Archer will give a brief presentation then lead a discussion of his paper "Islam and Tamburlaine's World-Picture." Professor Archer has pre-circulated the paper to be discussed. To pick up a copy, go the the NYU English Department (5th floor of 19 University Place). The papers can be found in the pigeon hole labeled "CELCE" directly across from the elevators. If the supply is exhausted or you would like the paper over email, please email us at the address(es) given below.

This is the inaugural event in the NYU English Department's Early Modern Forum. The Early Modern Forum will meet fortnightly on Thursday evenings (a full schedule of speakers and events will follow).

If you have questions, please contact Liza Blake, elizabeth[dot]blake[at]nyu[dot]edu, or Katie Vomero, kathryn[dot]vomero[at]nyu[dot]edu.

Larkin on Spenser

As recalled in this week's TLS: as an undergrad, Kingsely Amis found the following note by Larkin, tucked in the last page of the college library copy of Spenser ...

"First I thought Troilus and Criseyde was the most boring poem in English.
Then I thought Beowulf was. Then I thought Paradise Lost was.
Now I know that the Fairie Queene is the dullest thing out. Blast it."

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Accessorizing the Renaissance Body

The NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Sept. 26, 2008
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
715 Broadway

"Accessorizing the Renaissance Body" is cosponsored by the NYU Department of English, the NYU Department of Italian, and the NYU Medieval and Renaissance Center. The conference schedule is pasted below, but the schedule as well as a conference program can also be downloaded at the CELCE blog: http://blogs.nyu.edu/blogs/sdk248/celce/2008/09/accessorizing_the_renaissance.html

If you have questions, contact Nicole DeRise, nicole[dot]derise[at]nyu[dot]edu.


Session I: Working with Accessories
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Chair: Richard McCoy
Natasha Korda: “Stiff and Starchy Accessories: Froes, Rebatoes and Other ‘Outlandish Comodityes’”
Beth Holman: “Papal Dress and Accessories in the Renaissance”
Adam Smyth: “Functional Ornaments: Early Modern Scissors”

Session II: Renaissance Erotics
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Chair: Juliet Fleming
Anne Jones: “Busks and Bodices: The Bound Renaissance Body”
Will Fisher: “‘Had it a codpiece, ’twere a man indeed’: The Codpiece as a Constitutive Accessory”
Elizabeth Blake: “Renaissance Dildos and Accessories: The Functions of Early Modern Strap-Ons”

Break: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Session III: Dressing Up
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Chair: Virginia Cox
Evelyn Welch: “Perfumed Buttons and Scented Gloves: Smelling Things in Renaissance Italy”
Karen Raber: “Chains of Pearls: Gender, Property, Identity”
Bella Mirabella: “Embellishing Herself with a Cloth: The Double Life of the Handkerchief”
Eugenia Paulicelli: “From the Sacred to the Secular: The Gendered Geography of Veils in Italian Cinquecento Fashion”

Session IV: Taking Accessories Seriously
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Chair: Georgina Dopico
Jane Tylus: “The Garment of Translation”
Karen Newman: “Accessories and the Sartorial Economy of Secondariness”
Joseph Loewenstein: “Hamlet's Mourning Garment”

Response: 6:00 p.m.
Peter Stallybrass

Reception: 6:30 p.m.


The Colloquium in Early Literatures and Cultures in English (CELCE) of the NYU English Department is seeking graduate students interested in presenting their work during the 2008-2009 academic year. We are open to a variety of formats, including pre-circulated papers and oral presentations, but we ask that any paper that is to be read aloud be kept to conference length (20 minutes). Please contact Liza Blake, elizabeth[dot]blake[at]nyu[dot]edu, or Katie Vomero, kathryn[dot]vomero[at]nyu[dot]edu with a brief description of your project and availability.

Monday, September 01, 2008

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: a.smyth@rdg.ac.uk
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