Thursday, March 31, 2011

Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare

Please join us as five Writers in Residence in the Research Study
Rooms at the NYPL present a week-long series of free public lunch-time lectures on
the one and only Mr. William Shakespeare.

Monday, April 11, 1:15 pm - Matthew Zarnowiecki - The End of Shakespeare’s
Most readers recognize that Shakespeare’s sonnets begin with a set of
poems persuading a young man to cheat death by reproducing. But how do
they end? Do they end once, with sonnet 154? Or twice, once for the young
man and once for the dark lady? What about the end of A Lover’s Complaint,
which was printed in the first edition of the sonnets? By the early 17th
century, Shakespeare’s poetry was far more miscellaneous in nature than
Venus and Adonis or The Rape of Lucrece, and this miscellaneity means we
should read the sonnets very differently. Most importantly, we should not
look for beginnings, middles and ends at all. This, it turns out, is an
important principle in the sonnets themselves.
After the lecture, Dana Ivey, star of stage and screen, will read a
selection of the Sonnets. Twenty members of the audience (drawn by lot)
are then invited to view the Shakespearean holdings, including the First
Folio, in the Library's Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
Matthew Zarnowiecki is Assistant Professor at Auburn University, and
received his PhD from Columbia University. He has published articles on
early modern English poetry in manuscript and print, and his book
manuscript is titled Fair Copies: Reproducing the English Lyric from Tottel
to Shakespeare.

Tuesday, April 12, 1:15 pm - Bernice W. Kliman - for
Everyone! gathers and analyzes data, whole works, and more every
week! It offers deep levels of information on Hamlet and related works for
scholars, students, theater practitioners, and fans. The site is a
continuing work in process and brings together an important body of
information about Shakespeare’s play that will interest casual students as
well as serious scholars, and it will grow increasingly valuable as it
continues to develop.
After the lecture, please join us in a Masterclass of four finalists
from the English Speaking Union’s Annual Shakespeare Recitation Contest,
coached by Ian Hersey and Bill Williams.
The original editor of the New Variorum Hamlet, and currently the
Coordinating Editor of, Bernice W. Kliman is Professor
Emeritus of English at Nassau Community College. Active in Shakespeare
scholarship, she has edited The E folded "Hamlets": Parallel Texts of
and {Q2} each with Unique Elements Bracketed, and written Hamlet: Film,
Television, and Audio Performance, among many others.

Wednesday, April 13, 1:15 pm - Gavin Hollis - Shakespeare's Mappery
Since the 1990s, critics have argued that Shakespeare was alert to the
cartographic developments and innovations of the 16th and early 17th
centuries. In a number of plays his characters employ maps for military,
monarchic, and mercantile purposes, practices which were increasingly
common in his period, and practices that align cartography with power and
possession. Less critical attention has been paid to the ways in which
Shakespeare’s maps act frequently as indexes of loss and death:
Shakespeare’s cartographers frequently end up dead, with what they lay
claim to slipping through their grasp; when used figuratively,
“map” (meaning emblem or epitome) frequently stands for something
ephemeral, out of reach, or already passed. Shakespeare’s “mappery” engages
not only with the vast possibilities of a rapidly expanding
world—possibilities to which the contemporary map-reader was readily
attuned—but also the limits of such longings and desires.
Directly after the lecture, the Library’s Lionel Pincus and Princess
Firyal Map Division invites you to peruse in the auditorium foyer a
selection of maps and atlases printed in the late 16th and early 17th
Gavin Hollis is an Assistant Professor in English Department at Hunter
College, CUNY. He has published on cartographic literacy in King Lear,
Native American and European mapping in 1670s Virginia, and has articles
forthcoming on White Europeans dressing up as Native Americans in early
modern drama.

Thursday, April 14, 1:15 pm - Naomi Conn Liebler - Reading (Between) the
Lines: Shakespeare’s Old Ladies
The typology of women characters in Shakespeare‘s plays is most
commonly described in four parts: Maid, Wife, Mother, Crone. The last of
these terms is persistently understood as pejorative, assigning to women
beyond child-bearing age not only ugliness and uselessness but also,
regularly, demonism. The First Tetralogy’s Queen Margaret leads this group;
so do Macbeth’s Weird Sisters. At best (e.g., Juliet’s Nurse), they are
seen as ludicrous. Somewhere between mother and crone we have King John’s
Queen Elinor, Richard II’s Duchess of York, The Comedy of Error’s Abbess,
All’s Well’s Countess of Rossillion, and of course Cleopatra, “wrinkled
deep in time”. Professor Liebler proposes that Shakespeare offers his old
ladies the same degrees of dignity and indignity as he offers (Lear, Gaunt,
Prospero) and denies (Polonius, Gloucester, Falstaff) his old men. He
attended carefully to female narratives of age and aging, inviting us to
read the lines on their faces equally as documents of respect and of
During the lecture, Estelle Parsons, star of stage and screen, will
“personate” selected old ladies, including Richard III’s Queen Margaret.
Naomi Conn Liebler is Professor of English and University
Distinguished Scholar at Montclair State University. She is the author of
Shakespeare’s Festive Tragedy: the Ritual Foundations of Genre; co-editor
of Tragedy, a Theory Reader, editor of The Female Tragic Hero in English
Renaissance Drama, and has published widely on Shakespeare and other
Renaissance and modern dramatists. Her current research focuses on
“Shakespeare’s Geezers,” his negotiations of old age throughout his
dramatic and poetic genres.

Friday, April 15, 1:15 pm - Scott Trudell - Hamlet: Poetry That Doesn’t
In Shakespeare’s most self-conscious play, obsessed with writing,
acting, directing, singing and public speaking, what types of poetry and
performance “matter”? Shakespeareans have been concentrating in recent
years on the materiality of the text, the concrete physical substances and
practices of writing that circulated in Renaissance culture. But what
exactly is material – not to mention lasting and meaningful – about the
Ghost’s Impalpable presence, Hamlet’s erasable journals, the Players’
ephemeral performances, and Ophelia’s mad, musical song-speech?
After the lecture, Music Divine will perform a
selection of sacred and secular music of the Elizabethan Age by Byrd,
Tallis, Morley, and Tomkins.
Scott Trudell is a PhD candidate in English literature at Rutgers
University, New Brunswick. He is writing a dissertation about the
relationship between literature and music in early modern England.

Elevator access is at 42nd Street.
All programs are subject to last minute change or cancellation.

Monday, March 21, 2011

PhD Scholarship (fees only) - Shakespeare and Adaptation

English and Creative Writing, STARTING OCTOBER 2011

A PhD research studentship covering tuition fee costs in the area of Shakespeare and Adaptation is available to suitably qualified UK or EU students. The studentship will complement research strengths in this area within the internationally-renowned Centre for Adaptations and the Department of English and Creative Writing.

Topics could include new research in the fields of Shakespeare and the new technologies, adaptations of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, teenpic adaptations of Shakespeare, Shakespeare, race and adaptation, Shakespeare, gender and adaptation, animated Shakespeare, Shakespeare and romantic comedy, contemporary cinematic allusions to Shakespeare, Shakespeare and Hollywood, biographical adaptations of Shakespeare, or silent Shakespeare.

For more detailed information about the studentship project please contact Dr Siobhan Keenan on +44 (0)116 207 8126 or email
Further information

This research opportunity is one of 28 scholarships funded by DMU in 2011/12 to build on our excellent achievements in the RAE2008 and looking forward to REF2014. It will develop the university’s research capacity into new and evolving areas of study, enhancing DMU’s national and international research partnerships.

Applications are invited from UK or EU students with a good first degree (First, 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Doctoral scholarships are available for up to three years full-time study starting October 2011 which will cover the cost of University tuition fees.

Applicants should contact Anne McLoughlin to receive an application pack. Please email or call +44 (0)116 250 6409/6179 for further details.

Please quote ref: DMU studentships 2011

CLOSING DATE: Monday 11 April 2011

English Renaissance Translation: A Symposium

School of English, University of St Andrews

1-5 PM Wednesday 18 May 2011, Lawson Room
(Lunch 1-2PM)
Chair: Neil Rhodes

Introduction: The MHRA Tudor and Stuart Translations


Fred Schurink (University of Northumbria)

‘Plutarch in Renaissance England’
This paper will offer an introduction to my volume on Plutarch in the MHRA Tudor and Stuart Translations series. It will ask what translations of the Parallel Lives and the Moralia can tell us about the wider reception of Plutarch in renaissance England. The Lives and the Essays, combined in this volume, both present philosophical studies as an aid for elite readers to carry out their social and political duties. I will argue that they were thus particularly well suited as advice books for princes and lesser magistrates in the context of the early modern England, but also offered an opportunity for humanists to fashion their own role in society by presenting themselves as counsellors and educators. While these explanations offer general reasons for the popularity of Plutarch in the period, however, they do not explain how and why specific Lives and Essays were received in particular cases. By focusing on translations of individual Lives and Essays as well as the better-known collections of North and Holland, my volume in the series further highlights the importance of the specific intellectual, social, and political circumstances of the reception of Plutarch's works in early modern England.

Gordon Kendal (University of St Andrews)
" 'Ignotum per ignotius?' - editorial issues in redoing Douglas's translation of the 'Aeneid' (1513)"
It's the first translation of Virgil's poem into a form of English. But what form? And to what effect? I'll look at the reasons he gives for tackling the work, and touch on a few ways in which theoretical questions about what constitutes 'translation' impinge on the practical challenge of producing a modern edition of a text like Douglas's. What's the rationale? Or put it this way - Which of the following (if any) are not really 'translations' at all: Virgil's poem, Douglas's text, a modern scholarly edition (e.g. MHRA's), a retelling (such as appeared recently under the auspices of the Scots Language Society) in modern literary Scots? Perhaps none is: perhaps they all are.

Louise Wilson (University of St Andrews)
‘Elizabethan Translations of Iberian Romance: The Editions of Anthony Munday’
Beginning in the 1580s, Anthony Munday, one of the most prolific of early modern writers, translated numerous volumes of the Iberian chivalric romance cycles, _Amadis de Gaule_ and _Palmerin_, from French editions. This paper will focus on the paratexts and publication of Munday’s editions, particularly the ways in which the front matter addresses questions concerning the translating of chivalric fiction, reading practices, and the place of popular texts in the book trade. It will also consider Munday’s oblique use of material from the paratextual debates and related polemical texts of the French editions, a strategy which wittily engages with contemporary commentators’ anxieties about the effects of reading the romances.

Guyda Armstrong (University of Manchester)
'Authorizing the Italian novella: the 1620 English Decameron'
This paper will consider this landmark translation of Boccaccio's Decameron as a contemporary position statement on Boccaccio and the Italian novella. There are at least 35 different English translations of individual tales from the Decameron published in Britain between 1566 and 1619, not including verse retellings and paraphrases. However, the 1620 editio princeps is the first to translate the Boccaccian macrotext in its entirety (give or take a couple of censored novellas). In my paper I will explore the differences in material form, genre, and presumed audience between these dispersed tales and the 1620 princeps, via a comparison of some of the different renderings of the same source texts. The paper will also serve as an introduction to my forthcoming edition for the series.

Folger Lab Work

Teaching the History of the Book: New Theories, Approaches, Pedagogies
A lab workshop at the Folger Institute, Washington DC
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
This day-long workshop will discuss new and emerging ways of teaching book history and manuscript culture.

10.30-12 Session 1

Brief presentations and general discussion

Guyda Armstrong (University of Manchester), ‘Teaching and digitizing Dante’

Anne Coldiron (Florida State) ‘Teaching the Transitions’

Noon - 1 pm Lunch (on your own)

1-1.45 Workshop

Jerome de Groot (Manchester), ‘Anthologising the English Revolution’

2- 3 Session 2

Folger perspectives

Sarah Werner (Undergraduate Program Director), ‘Old books and new technologies’

Steven Galbraith (Curator of Books), Jim Kuhn (Head of Collections Information Services), and colleagues on Folger initiatives

3- 3:30 Tea break

3:30 – 4:30 Roundtable discussion

Ian Gadd, Peter Stallybrass, Jerome de Groot, Kathleen Lynch

Technologies of writing

Digital humanities

The importance of the book to book history

Space limited, to register:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Saturday, July 16, 2011

The debate about different kinds of society, both real and fictional, was intense and wide-ranging during the 16th century and into the 17th century. In addition to the two basic types of social formation that actually existed - absolute monarchy and republic - there were, from Sir Thomas More’s Utopia onwards, accounts of ‘fictional’ communities of the kind envisaged by Shakespeare’s Gonzalo in The Tempest. This symposium aims to address the various kinds of representation of actually existing communities, covering descriptions in texts such as Sir Thomas Smith’s De Republica Anglorum, Jean Bodin’s Six Books of the Commonwealth, or Fulk Greville’s A Treatise on Monarchy, and representations in Shakespeare’s Roman plays, and those of Jonson, and other early 17th century contemporaries, of the various stages and kinds of political formation from tyranny to empire; or in Shakespeare’s two Venetian plays, The Merchant of Venice and Othello, and Jonson’s Volpone, of republicanism. Questions such as: what binds a community together; how are its values formulated and transmitted; to what extent are these ties dependent upon ‘language’ and upon an ‘imagined’ collectivity of the kind proposed by commentators such as Benedict Anderson, will form part of the discussion. But the symposium will also consider ‘imagined’ communities in the fully fictional sense of the term and as exemplified in texts such as More’s Utopia but extended to early 17th century writers of utopian fiction. For the purposes of the symposium the terminus ad quem will be the writings of Milton and Thomas Hobbes.

Papers are invited for a one-day symposium on ‘Known and Imagined Communities in the Renaissance’, and proposals should be submitted to the following address by Monday 30 May, 2011; papers should be no longer than 15 mins. duration (10pp. double-spaced typed A4):

Professor J. Drakakis

Department of English Studies

University of Stirling

Stirling FK9 4LA

Scotland Email:

Should contributors so wish, then their papers will appear on the SINRS website after the symposium. There will be a fee of £35 for the day, which will cover coffee, tea, and a buffet lunch. This symposium is run in conjunction with The British Shakespeare Association, and members of the BSA are entitled to a £5 discount on production of membership number. BSA membership forms will be available on the day for anyone who wishes to join. There may be a small number of travel bursaries available to BSA members. Cheques for the symposium to be made payable to English Studies, University of Stirling. A symposium registration form is attached. Delegates who wish to pay on the day can do so, but please send in your registration form well beforehand so that we can plan for meals. The registration list will close when the number has reached 50 participants, and registration will be done on a first-come-first-served basis. Please complete the following slip and return it by Monday 6 June to:
SINRS Symposium
Department of English Studies,
University of Stirling,
Stirling FK9 4 LA,

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Honest Man's Fortune

The Annual Renaissance Colloquium presents a Staged Reading of
Nathan Field's and John Fletcher's The Honest Man's Fortune (1613).
At Canterbury Christ Church University Saturday 7th May 2011. Laud
Building (Lg25)

The event will feature the staged reading of the entire play and will
culminate with a round-table discussion of the many issues associated with
this important and entertaining play. The leading roles of Montaigne and
Veramour will be read by Brian McMahon and Kelley Costigan.

The play itself, originally performed in 1613, has some interesting and at
times, downright bizarre instances of gender games upon the early modern

**Schedule for the Event**

12.30: Welcome Coffee in Laud (Room Lg25)

12.45: Welcome and Introductory Notes

13.00: Staged Reading of The Honest Man's Fortune (with a short interval
at the end of Act III).

16.30: Round Table Discussion of the play with coffee.

17.15: Close

*Admission is free but prior registration is required. If you would like
to attend this event, please register by contacting Steve Orman.

Radical Literature

Princeton English Renaissance Colloquium

Nigel Smith
Princeton University

"Radical Literature in Early Modern Culture: Property, Prophecy,
Sexuality and Modern Ignorance"

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
4:30 pm
McCosh 40, Princeton University

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Call for Papers:

The Medieval and Renaissance Postgraduate Discussion Group at Durham University invites abstracts for its fifth annual conference on 23 and 24 June 2011 addressing the theme of “Beauty”. The interdisciplinary conference aims to offer a broad ranging forum, and will be followed by a display of Durham’s medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, introduced by staf from the University’s Palace Green Library.

Possible areas of discussion might include, but are by no means limited to:

~The appreciation of beauty within literature; poems, manuscripts, and books as beautiful objects; the performance of beauty in drama.
~Changing historical attitudes to beauty traced in contemporary historiography; the debates on aesthetic qualities in medieval and Renaissance philosophy; the infuence of Continental Humanism.
~Theological interactions with beauty; the moral implications for appreciating and/or consuming human beauty; the Divine image; signs of grace.
~Gendered beauty; fashioning by the self and society; race and beauty; power and authority; infuence of the New World.
~Beauty and the visual in art or architecture; beauty in music; beauty as a valuable commodity.
~Scientifc recognition of beauty; the human form; beauty and medicine; ordered, symmetrical, and systematised beauty.

Abstracts for twenty minute papers are invited from postgraduates and post-doctoral researchers working in the Medieval and Renaissance periods in the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent via email to Jamie McKinstry,, By 11 April 2011.

Early Modern Childhood and Adolescence: Histories, Fictions and Performances

London Renaissance Seminar
Birkbeck College, 2 April 2011, 1.30pm-5.00pm
Room 252, Main Building, Malet Street, WC1. Organiser: Lucy Munro

The last decade has seen a remarkable surge of scholarly interest in early modern childhood and adolescence. It has also seen the revival of a number of plays originally performed by boy actors, notably through Globe Education’s Read Not Dead project and in productions with all-boy casts at schools such as King Edward VI Grammar School, Stratford-on-Avon, and Magdalen College School, Oxford. The seminar will assess recent developments and explore new approaches.

The afternoon will feature papers by Kate Chedgzoy (Newcastle University), Sarah Knight (University of Leicester) and Katie Knowles (University of Liverpool), and a roundtable discussion on children’s company plays in performance, with Andy Kesson (University of Kent), Shehzana Mamujee (Globe Education/Central School of Speech and Drama) and Perry Mills (King Edward VI Grammar School, Stratford-on-Avon).

Monday, March 07, 2011

10th Anniversary, 5th Biennial British Shakespeare Association Conference

24-26 February, 2012, Lancaster University (closing date for proposals: 1 Oct)

Shakespeare Inside-out: depth / surface / meaning

Shakespeare's texts produce meaning by turning insides out. We are drawn into
the plays and poems from the outside through surfaces: books, screens, words,
objects, costumes, the surfaces of actors' faces and bodies, retellings or
adaptations, teaching spaces and theatres, and via
our experiences of immediate effects like music, laughter, tears, movement. The
texts, meanwhile, turn deep human questions, emotions, subjectivities outwards
by projecting them as words and performance. This conference will ask how the
relationship between surface and depth
operates in Shakespeare's work. How does it function in different types of
performance practice from live theatre to film? In the traces of the past that
have come down to us? And in our practices as teachers and critics? The
conference will explore 'the deep value of surfaces' (Shusterman), the dynamic
relationship between surface and depth across a range of practices: reading,
watching, editing, teaching, performing. While postmodernism's defining feature
is supposedly 'the emergence of a new kind of flatness' (Fredric Jameson),
early modern constructions of inwardness, or 'depth', have been the subject of
some brilliant work on emotion, the body, subjectivity and psychological
character. We will investigate how multi-layered surfaces offer different ways
to get inside Shakespeare's texts, to access cognitive, emotional and
psychological depth. We will consider how, alternatively, spectacular and
brilliant surfaces may block such routes, emptying out texts /
bodies / performances and reflecting only those who watch or produce them in
different ways. Contemporary culture and economic recession arguably frustrate
our pedagogical preferences for 'deep' rather than 'surface' learning.
Proposals for panels, papers, workshops or presentations on any aspect of the
topic are welcomed from across the membership of the BSA by 1 October 2011
Questions we might address include:
•How are emotions represented, invoked and experienced in and through
Shakespeare's texts?
•How do superficial artefacts used in performance or printing such as costume
and props, illustrations, type, decorations, act as 'talismans' for different
kinds of engagement with Shakespeare?
•How do rituals and ceremonies in Shakespeare work as superficial orderings of
emotion and violence?
•Do Shakespeare's texts offer 'deeper' rewritings of source texts or do the
inter-textual relationships themselves deserve more in-depth study than they
have received to date?
•How do adaptations or retellings of Shakespeare act as gateways to and from the
•Does music in Shakespearean performances add depth or is it the 'icing on the
•How much deeper can we dig behind the fairly sparse documentation of early
modern theatre practices -- playing and watching?
•Does learning about Shakespeare happen on an immediately-measurable level or at
more intangible cognitive, affective and spiritual levels or both at once?
•Is it possible (or even desirable) to quantify what goes on as the result of a
performance, a film, a teaching session?


A one-day conference to celebrate the launch online of
Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts 1450-1700 (CELM)
at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, Senate House, Malet
Street, London WC1E 7HU
Friday 29 July 2011

Compiled by Peter Beal
in collaboration with John Lavagnino and Henry Woudhuysen
Papers on subjects relating to English manuscripts of this period, taking no
longer than 15/20 minutes each, will be delivered by scholars including:
Carlo Bajetta, Peter Beal, Joshua Eckhardt, Germaine Greer (keynote speaker),
Elizabeth Hageman, Grace Ioppolo, Gerard Kilroy, Tom Lockwood, Arthur Marotti,
Steven May, Richard Serjeantson, and Ray Siemens.
This conference, sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, is FREE
and, besides coffee breaks, will include lunch and a drinks reception in the
Please note, prior registration is required. For registration and further
details please contact:
Jon Millington, Events Officer, Institute of English Studies, Senate House,
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU; tel +44 (0) 207 664 4859; Email

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Historicizing Sex

Registration is now open for “Historicizing Sex: A State of the Field
Conference in Early Modern Gender and Sexuality Studies.” The
conference will be held at the McNeill Center for Early American
Studies, University of Pennysylvania, from 9:00-6:00 on Friday, March
18, 2011.

Registration is free, we welcome all who are interested in attending
the conference. To register, please send your name, institutional
affiliation (if available), and email address to by March 7.

"Historicizing Sex” will feature six eminent scholars who will discuss
the relationship between historical inquiry and contemporary theory.
How do we understand the relations between past and present cultures?
How do the debates about race, empire, sovereignty, religion, writing,
and nationalism that emerged in the early modern period intersect with
gendered and sexual ideals? How does attention to gender and sexuality
complicate or challenge traditional views of temporality and
periodization? How do feminist and queer theory intersect or diverge
in discussions of early modern representation of men, women, and their
erotic desires and practices.

Dympna Callaghan, Syracuse University, Professor of English
Richard Halpern, Johns Hopkins University, Professor of English
Coppélia Kahn, Brown University, Professor of English
Jeffrey Masten, Northwestern University, Professor of English and
Gender Studies
Patricia Parker, Stanford University, Professor of English and
Comparative Literature
Richard Rambuss, Emory University, Professor of English and
Comparative Literature

Detailed information (including map/directions and panel schedule)
will soon be available on the conference website: The website
is still under construction, but we will notify all registered
conference attendees once it is fully up and running. In the meantime,
if you have any questions please contact Melissa Sanchez

Please feel free to forward this message to anyone who you think might
be in the area and interested in attending. And we hope to see you all

Melissa Sanchez and Ania Loomba

Friday, March 04, 2011


The editors are pleased to announce the creation of a new journal, THE
HARE, publishing scholarly essays and reviews pertaining to the
dramatic, poetic, and prose works of Shakespeare and his
contemporaries. THE HARE will be published three times per year
(March, July, and November) beginning in 2012. We are now accepting
submissions for Volume 1.

THE HARE will be published in an on-line format and hosted by the the
Mary Baldwin College Shakespeare and Performance Program. The general
editors are Paul Menzer (Mary Baldwin College) and Jeremy Lopez
(University of Toronto).

Send submissions or queries by email to the editors:

a peer-reviewed academic journal
published in March, July,& November
Jeremy Lopez, Paul Menzer
The Hare solicits short essays on the dramatic, poetic, and prose works of Shakespeare
and his contemporaries. The journal also publishes academic book reviews, and provides
a public forum for open exchange between scholars in the field.
Article submissions should be approximately 1000 – 3000 words, including all notes and
references. Longer submissions will not be considered. The Hare encourages the
submission of conference papers, lectures, out-takes, first gestures, and other occasional
pieces whose exposition does not require the 7000 – 10000 words and extensive
apparatus typical of a scholarly article. By soliciting only short pieces, the Editors hope
to encourage the submission of stylistically and interpretively adventurous work that
addresses out-of-the-way subjects, non-canonical literature, and/or current scholarly
controversy. Essays on familiar, canonical texts & subjects are of course welcome as
well. The Hare asserts copyright over all published material but will freely grant
permission for future publication without any reservations.
Book reviews
The Hare solicits reviews of old books. The Editors believe that scholarship and
pedagogy benefit from the continuous reappraisal of foundational or seminal critical
works—and also the reconsideration of works whose importance has been forgotten, or
heretofore overlooked. The definition of “old” will remain flexible, and contributors are
encouraged to interpret it creatively. Reviews of recently published books will be
considered if they are discussed in conjunction with old books. Book reviews should be
1000 – 3000 words; they may cover more than one book; they may cover books that are
foundational in, seminal for, or otherwise important to the field of early modern literary
studies, or literary studies in general. Book reviews should be submitted with titles.
Readers are encouraged to respond to content in The Hare, or to call attention to
scholarly matters that might be of interest to other readers, in the form of publishable
letters. Letters should be addressed to the Editors, should be no more than 500 words
long, and must be signed. Letters may be edited for content and length.
First Issue
The first issue of The Hare will be published in March 2012

Editorial Board
Pascale Aebischer, University of Exeter
Alice Dailey, Villanova University
Matt Davies, Mary Baldwin College
Andrew Hartley, UNC Charlotte
Peter Kanelos, Loyola University, Chicago
Farah Karim-Cooper, Shakespeare’s Globe
Matt Kozusko, Ursinus College
Rebecca Lemon, USC
Zachary Lesser, University of Pennsylvania
Genevieve Love, Colorado College
Kirk Melnikoff, UNC Charlotte
Richard Preiss, University of Utah
Paul Prescott, University of Warwick
Melissa Sanchez, University of Pennsylvania
Peter Smith, Nottingham-Trent University
Tiffany Stern, Oxford University
Andrea Stevens, University of Illinois
Holger Syme, University of Toronto
Henry Turner, Rutgers University
Brian Walsh, Yale University
Christopher Warley, University of Toronto
William West, Northwestern University

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

North West Renaissance Drama Colloquium

A day of papers and discussion to be held in Manchester, 23rd June 2011

Proposals are invited for papers to be delivered at the first North
West Renaissance Drama Colloquium. The event will bring
together researchers and students from all institutions and at all
career stages for a day of papers and discussion. A short list of
plays being spoken on will be circulated in advance of the event
and all delegates will be encouraged to come prepared to share
ideas on interpretation and teaching. The venue in Manchester is
to be confirmed.
A keynote lecture will be given by Professor Nicholas Royle
(Sussex), author of The Uncanny, How to Read Shakespeare,
After Derrida and a novel, Quilt .
To express interest in attendance or to propose a 20 minute paper on any
aspect of Renaissance or Restoration drama (preferably focussing on a single
play), please email a 300 word abstract by 08.04.11 to Naya Tsentourou and
James Smith at:

England and Spain

The next seminar of the UCL Centre for Modern Exchanges will be on
'England and Spain'. It will take place at 4.30pm on Wed 9 March, in
Foster Court 243 (NB return to original location!). Please display the
attached poster if you can.

The speakers and papers are as follows:

Alexander Samson (UCL, Spanish), Translating the Reign of Philip and Mary

John Ardila (Edinburgh), The English Reception of Don Quixote in the
Performing Arts

Catherine Scheybeler (KCL), Jorge Juan y Santacilia's mission to London:
An example of naval espionage in the eighteenth century

There will be a further Early Modern Exchanges seminar at 5pm on Wed 8
June, when the speaker will be Alan Stewart (Columbia), title to be

For further information, please see
For maps and a route finder, please see

All welcome!

Professor Helen Hackett
Co-Director, UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges
English Department
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
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