Archive for January, 2011



January 31, 2011

PaperForm is made of two words: paper and form. Brought together, these words also contain the word perform. Yes, everything’s in the title.

PaperForm is a reading group that looks at papers and their form. In other words, its main concern is the formal aspect of the delivery of papers (e.g. at conferences).

PaperForm considers a conference paper as a performative act: the reading group has a sustained interest in performativity and its implications in the life of an ‘academic’.

PaperForm focuses deliberately on practice, as opposed to theory.

PaperForm gives you space to present papers and receive feedback on the formal aspect of your delivery in a friendly and laid-back environment.

PaperForm aims at bringing postgraduates together to share more or less ‘academic’ interests.

PaperForm, although it is all about form, is definitely an informal workshop that takes place every two weeks on Mondays. It’s open to all postgraduates in ENCAP.


The PaperForm workshops will resume on Monday 31st January at 4.10pm, in room 2.46.

Any questions? Contact Étienne or leave a comment here.


London Shakespeare Seminars

January 27, 2011

31 January 2011: London Shakespeare Seminar
17:15: Room G22/26 (Senate House, Ground Floor)
Charlotte Scott (Goldsmiths, University of London, U.K.): ‘War and Peace: Henry V and the Language of Improvement’
Emma Smith (University of Oxford, U.K.): ‘”Such Readers we wish him”: Reading the Shakespeare First Folio’

28 February 2011: London Shakespeare Seminar
17:15: Room G22/26 (Senate House, Ground Floor)
Florence March (University of Avignon): ‘Richard III at the Avignon Festival’;
Pascale Aebischer (Exeter University, U.K.): ‘Bend it like Nagra: filming Renaissance drama for British television in the twenty-first century’

21 March 2011: London Shakespeare Seminar
17:15 – 19:00 Room G22/26 (Senate House, Ground Floor)

Sabine Schuelting (Freie Universitat, Berlin, Germany): ‘Precarious Figurations: Shylock in Twentieth-Century Germany’
Boika Sokolova (Notre Dame University in London, U.K.): ‘”Is this the promised end?”  King Lear on the post-Communist Bulgarian stage’

Find out more here.






Indoor Jacobean Theatre

January 22, 2011

From Globe Website:

Shakespeare’s Globe is planning to build an indoor Jacobean theatre to complement our world-famous open-air stage. The shell of this theatre already exists to the left of the Globe’s main foyer entrance. Shakespeare wrote for both types of playhouse and it was always the intention of Sam Wanamaker to create an indoor Jacobean theatre alongside the outdoor theatre.

It is only now that we are ready to build this second theatre. It will follow authentic designs and craftsmanship of the period to create a theatre that Shakespeare would recognise. With two tiers of galleried seating and a pit seating area, the indoor theatre will inspire a uniquely intimate and intense theatre experience.

The Winter Season

The indoor theatre will provide a second stage, allowing theatre productions to play throughout the winter, widening the Globe’s repertoire and further extending the understanding of the nature of Jacobean theatre. The new theatre will host a number of visiting companies and could become one of the most important venues for the performance of early music in the capital.

Playing in a period-appropriate indoor space will add a new dimension to the tragedies of contemporary writers such as Middleton and Webster, and to the sharp city comedies that would have been so relevant to the Jacobean public. It is also an exciting prospect that we will have a space for staging works that have not been seen since their seventeenth century premieres.

Find out more from the Globe website here.

Read BBC NEWS article on this story and multilingual Shakespeare here.


The Essay: Montaigne and Shakespeare

January 21, 2011


A series of five essays on Montaigne to accompany a major Radio 3 drama about the French essayist called ‘Living with Princes’, written by Stephen Wakelam with Roger Allam as Montaigne to be broadcast on Sunday, January 23, 2010 on Radio 3.

The essays will be written and read by the writer and broadcaster Alain de Botton; the philosopher and historian Theodore Zeldin who will explore to what extent Montaigne’s philosophy on life holds true today; writer and Shakespeare scholar, Jonathan Bate, who will be exploring the relationship between Montaigne and the Bard; the writer and biographer of Montaigne, Sarah Bakewell, on Montaigne’s cat, scepticism and animal souls; and the philosopher A.C.Grayling.

Listen to Jonathan Bate here.


RSC Competition

January 20, 2011


Inspired by the RSC’s individual plays and sponsored by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the British Shakespeare Association, The RSC Shakespeare Student Award is a new, innovative award aimed at students of English Literature and Drama from 18-25 years. The prize can be won by students from any country and involves entrants submitting an essay on Why Shakespeare is Relevant Today.

Chosen by our panel of experts including Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, the winner will receive an exciting array of exclusive prizes including:

    • £100 cash prize
    • iPod nano with a selection of RSC performances pre-loaded
    • A certificate signed by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
    announcing the winner’s name as recipient of The RSC
    Shakespeare Student Award 2011
    • The publication of the winner’s essay on the competition page of
    The RSC Shakespeare website:
    • A bundle of all RSC individual plays already published

Terms and conditions apply. All entrants must be 18 years and over. Closing date for entries: 31st January 2011. Entries must be between 1,500-2,000 words in length. Entries must be submitted to: with entrant’s name, email address and contact number with an attachment of the essay.

For website and T&Cs press here.


Shakespeare: Assuming Gender

January 18, 2011

The latest issue of Assuming Gender contains a co-authored article by Johann Gregory (Cardiff University) and Alice Leonard (Warwick University):

Assuming Gender in Hamlet and Troilus and Cressida: ‘Are we to assume that there were women in the audience?’


Hamlet was first performed at the Globe around 1600. According to Andrew Gurr, apple-wives, citizen-wives, fishwives, ladies and whores were known to attend commercial theatres. But on stage there remained only male actors, so that the female gender had to be assumed by boy actors for parts such as Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother. At this level of performance, gender can be assumed, constructed, and exchanged. Troilus and Cressida (c. 1601-2) was probably performed at the Inns of Court, where a very different audience of law students and barristers gathered. In Hamlet and Troilus and Cressida, the women take on the roles of both actor and audience, as the women view the men onstage and each other, while being watched by the offstage audience. The female characters’ watchfulness, however, is performed by male actors, while at the Inns of Court it has often been assumed that women were not invited. This essay tackles the significance of boy-actors assuming a female gender by considering women as audience within the fiction of the plays and even some figures who cross gender boundaries while stepping onto the stage or out of the play. Part one shifts from possible theatre audiences in London to fictional audiences within Hamlet; part two moves from considering Cressida as an audience figure to briefly examine the possibility of women being present at an Inns of Court performance.

Assuming Gender is an open access journal:


Stolen Shakespeare Folio On Display

January 15, 2011


A rare folio of Shakespeare’s work is being displayed at Durham University.

The 1623 first edition of the bard’s work was stolen from the university in 1998. Its bindings and some pages were removed to try to disguise its origins.

Visitors to the exhibition at the new Wolfson Gallery at the university can view it in its current condition.

It will be conserved to protect it from damage after the exhibition. It is one of the earliest examples of a gathering together of the playwright’s work.

Raymond Scott, 53, of Wingate, County Durham, was cleared of stealing the book, but found guilty of handling stolen goods and jailed for eight years in July.

He was also convicted of taking stolen goods abroad.

Bill Bryson

The folio, which has an estimated value of £1.5m, will form the centrepiece of the Treasures of Durham University in the refurbished Wolfson Gallery.

The new gallery has undergone a £2.3m refurbishment, funded in part by a £500,000 donation from the Wolfson Foundation – a charity that awards grants to support excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health, education and the arts and humanities.

Chancellor of Durham University, Bill Bryson, is the guest curator of this first exhibition, which covers topics including culture, science, faith and religion, reform and rule, and local history.

The treasures have been drawn from collections across the university.

The Shakespeare First Folio will be on display until 6 March.

Visit the BBC page for this story here.


Fabler Shakespeare Readers in Cardiff

January 14, 2011

Fabler Shakespeare Readers is a community arts engagement project devised and facilitated by Adam Timms.

In 2007, a small group of individuals commenced reading the complete works of Shakespeare above a cafe in Canton, Cardiff. In 2008 the group moved to Chapter arts centre, its current home, and the popularity of the group grew enormously. We regularly involved groups of around 20-30 individuals from the local community – theatre-goers, Shakespeare fans, academics, newcomers, actors, directors, writers – all are welcome! In December 2010 we will complete the first cycle of Shakespeare’s sole-authored works, with out reading of The Tempest. 2011 will see the launch of Fabler Theatre Company and our next phase of readings!”

Forthcoming readings are:

Next reading:  Sunday, January 16th, 2011 All is True (Henry VIII), 6.30pm, Media Point, Chapter, Cardiff. (Cost: £3 on the door)

Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff

For more information about Fabler projects click here.


London Shakespeare Seminar

January 10, 2011
31 January 2011
Venue: Room G22/26 (Senate House, Ground Floor)
Time: 17:15 – 19:00

Charlotte Scott (Goldsmiths, University of London, U.K.): ‘War and Peace: Henry V and the Language of Improvement’
Emma Smith (University of Oxford, U.K.): ‘”Such Readers we wish him”: Reading the Shakespeare First Folio’

Find out more here.


Shakespeare Course: Hamlet – A Tragic Hero?

January 9, 2011

The Classical Education Forum based in the Cardiff area is offering this course.

Mondays, starting
10th Jan.

‘Hamlet’ is one of Shakespeare’s most intriguing plays. In a friendly, welcoming environment, we will explore some of the questions it poses, including the complex nature of Hamlet himself. We will also discuss the major themes and speeches, and how the play reflects the many changes in early seventeenth century society.

Find out more here.

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