Archive for October, 2011


Shakespeare and the authorship discussion

October 28, 2011

Prof Stanley Wells and Dr Paul Edmondson published a free ebook today Shakespeare Bites Back: Not So Anonymous – partly in reaction to the discussion kicked up by the film Anonymous.

Get the book here.

Find out more from the BBC here.

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Much Ado in Cardiff

October 18, 2011


18-Oct-11 Coal Exchange, Cardiff, 02920 494917
19-Oct-11 Coal Exchange, Cardiff, 02920 494917

“After the critical and popular successes of their most recent touring productions – Dangerous Liaisons (2010), She Stoops To Conquer (2009) andThe Importance Of Being Earnest (2008) – we are delighted to announce that Mappa Mundi – one of Wales’ most dynamic and popular theatre companies – return to Shakespeare for the first time since 2005.

Their latest production, which will tour Wales and England in the autumn of 2011, is Shakespeares’s Much Ado About Nothing. Directing this time is Richard Nichols, with Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones Costume Designer, Carl Davies Set Designer, Peter Knight Musical Compser, and James Smith as Lighting Designer.

Shakespeare’s popular comedy tells of two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero. Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a “merry war”; they both talk a mile and minute and proclaim their scorn for love, marriage, and each other. In contrast, Claudio and Hero are sweet young people who are rendered practically speechless by their love for one another.

Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar. However, Dogberry, a Constable who is a master of malapropisms, discovers—unbeknownst to himself—the evil trickery of the villain Don John.

With a nine strong cast –  including Mappa regulars Lynne Seymour, Liam Tobin, Matthew Bulgo and this time welcoming Nicola Reynolds to the line up,  this is perfect material for Mappa Mundi’s unmistakable theatrical style.”

Find out more here


Glyndŵr University and Shakespeare

October 10, 2011

Shakespeare, Owain Glyndŵr and the future of higher education in North East Wales


Press Release:

The Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University is to speak candidly before a public audience about the links between Shakespeare, Owain Glyndŵr and the future of his university.

A talk by Professor Michael Scott will open the university’s 2011/12 Inaugural and Professorial Lecture Series on Thursday 13 October at 6.15pm.

The event, in the Catrin Finch Centre on Glyndŵr University’s Plas Coch campus in Wrexham, will explore the warmth shown by Shakespeare in his plays towards the people of Wales.

It will trace the visionary path outlined by Owain Glyndŵr, who is mentioned in Shakepeare’s Henry IV Part One, from a 1406 letter to the King of France about universities in Wales to the creation of Glyndŵr University 600 years later.

Event organiser Katie Dutton said: “This year’s professorial lecture series offers the public a unique chance to hear from Glyndŵr University’s Vice-Chancellor sharing his thoughts as chief executive of the university and speaking about his expertise as a Shakespeare scholar.

“Glyndŵr University is dedicated to serving the people of Wrexham and north east Wales and events like this allow us to share the university’ collective knowledge and expertise with the wider public.”

Professor Scott’s lecture is the first of five in the university’s 2011/12 Professorial Lecture series. The events are designed to provide, free of charge, an opportunity for the public to learn more about the university’s research and expertise.

Find out more here.



Fabler Shakespeare Readers in Cardiff

October 8, 2011

The Jew Of Malta -Marlowe


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!”


Sunday, October 9th, 2011, 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.



Call for Papers: ‘Genre in the Renaissance’

October 8, 2011

Northern Renaissance Seminar

University of Chester

17th March 2012

Proposals for papers are invited on any aspect of the ways in which literary/poetic/dramatic genres function in the Renaissance. This seminar endeavours to expose some of the ways in which genres are employed, manipulated, or resisted in Renaissance literature, poetry and drama.


Topics may include, but are certainly not restricted to:


 The emergence and evolution of genres in relation to Renaissance culture;

 The tensions or compliance of literary/dramatic works with genre theory;

 How social discourses shape categories and classifications of literary production;

 How and why do literary works resist or subvert generic classifications;

 How dramatic formulations contribute to the synergy between genre and culture;

 The use of genre as an ideological construct;

 How genre interacts with other driving forces in the literary/poetic/dramatic work.


Comparative, interdisciplinary, and performance-oriented approaches are welcome. We invite proposals (250 words) for papers addressing these questions, and considering the use or subversions of genre and generic readings in the Renaissance. Please send your proposals or any queries to Anna Mackenzie:


Deadline for proposals: 31st December 2011.​


British Institute Florence: Shakespeare Conference, CFP

October 7, 2011

Thursday 26 April 2012

Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference 2012: Call for Papers

Conference for PhD and recent PhD researchers from Italian Universities. 

This is an interdisciplinary conference and the 2012 edition concentrates on the theme Shakespeare, His Contemporaries and the Notion of Conflict. Contributions are welcomed on the idea of conflict in relation to the literary production and life of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) and his contemporaries (playwrights, poets and others). Also welcomed are contributions on the idea of conflict in the historical, political and social context of the times, as long as these are directly related to Shakespeare or a writer contemporary to him. Studies from the perspective of literature, comparative studies, history, art history and theatre history are all welcome.

Candidates are invited to send a description of their proposed contribution according to the following guidelines:

  • the candidate must send the title and an abstract of the proposed contribution (c. 1,500 words), explaining the content and intended structure of the paper. A bibliography should be attached.
  • abstracts should be presented by, and no later than, Friday 9 December 2011
  • a commission will select ten from among the texts presented; the list of selected candidates will be published by 30 January 2012
  • each finished contribution should last no longer than 20 minutes and should be presented in English (an exception will be made for candidates in departments other than English Literature, who can present papers in Italian)
  • a definitive copy of the text must be presented a week before the conference

Candidates should send their abstracts by email to, or by post to The British Institute of Florence, The Harold Acton Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9 50125 Firenze, no later than 9 December 2011 (post office stamp accepted as confirming the date).

Find out more here.


Medieval and Early Modern Authorship: Published Today

October 6, 2011

Reports of his death having been greatly exaggerated, the author has made a spectacular return in English studies. This is the first book devoted to medieval and early modern authorship, exploring continuities, discontinuities, and innovations in the two periods which literary histories and institutional practices too often keep apart. Canonical authors receive sustained attention (notably Chaucer, Gower, Shakespeare, Jonson, Milton, and Marvell), and so do key issues in the current scholarly debate, such as authorial self-fashioning, the fictionalisation of authorship, the posthumous construction of authorship, and the nexus of authorship and authority. Other important topics whose relation to authorship are explored include adaptation, paratext, portraiture, historiography, hagiography, theology, and the sublime.



Medieval and Early Modern Authorship

Edited by Guillemette Bolens and Lukas Erne

ISBN: 978-3823366676

“This rich, challenging and exceptionally well conceived collection addresses the construction of authorship in medieval and early modern England, and revises received opinion in important ways. All the essays are worth attention; several should be considered essential reading.”

Stephen Orgel, J. E. Reynolds Professor in the Humanities,
Stanford University


Helen Cooper (Cambridge)

Choosing Poetic Fathers: The English Problem

Robert R. Edwards (Pennsylvania State)

Authorship, Imitation, and Refusal in Late-Medieval England

Lynn S. Meskill (Paris-Diderot)

The Tangled Thread of Authorship: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Jonson’s Sejanus, His Fall

Johann Gregory (Cardiff)

The “author’s drift” in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida: A Poetics of Reflection

Neil Forsyth (Lausanne)

Authorship from Homer to Wordsworth via Milton

Stephen Hequembourg (Harvard)

Marvell’s Pronouns and the Ethics of Representation

Patrick Cheney (Pennsylvania State)

“The forms of things unknown”: English Authorship and the Early Modern Sublime”

John Blakeley (Plymouth St Mark & St John)

Exchanging “words for mony”: The Parnassus Plays and Literary Remuneration

Colin Burrow (Oxford)

Fictions of Collaboration: Authors and Editors in the Sixteenth Century

Emma Depledge (Geneva)

Authorship and Alteration: Shakespeare on the Exclusion Crisis Stage and Page, 1678-1682

Julianna Bark (Geneva)

Portraiture, Authorship, and the Authentication of Shakespeare

Rita Copeland (Pennsylvania)

Producing the Lector

Stefania D’Agata D’Ottavi (Siena)

The Logic of Authorship in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde

Nicole Nyffenegger (Bern)

Gestures of Authorship in Medieval English Historiography: The case of Robert Mannyng of Brunn

Alice Spencer (Turin)

“By Auctorite of Experyence”: The Role of Topography in Osbern Bokenham’s Lives of Native Saints

Alastair Minnis (Yale)

Ethical Poetry, Poetic Theology: A Crisis of Medieval Authority?

View Publisher’s Page Here


Temporary Lectureship at Bangor University

October 5, 2011
Bangor University

Temporary Lectureship

Bangor University – College of Arts and Humanities, School of English

Grade 7:  £29,972 p.a

Applications are invited for a temporary post in the School of English.

An expertise in Early Modern Literature would be an advantage.

Applicants for this post should be outstanding scholars, with clearly-defined evidence of a promising publication record.

This post is available from 1st October 2011 and will be available until 30th June 2012.

Application forms and further particulars should be obtained by contacting Human Resources, Bangor University;  tel: (01248) 382926/383865;  e-mail:; web:

Please quote reference number 11-11/56 when applying.

For further details or an informal discussion, please contact Professor Tony Brown on 01248 382102.

Closing date for applications: 1.00 p.m. Friday 7th October 2011.

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October 4, 2011


The acclaimed Fluellen Theatre Company has gained a reputation over the last decade of producing lively and innovative productions of classic plays, especially those of Shakespeare.

And now the Swansea-based company is bringing one of Shakespeare’s least performed plays to the stage with its new production of the Bard’s superb and unjustly neglected CYMBELINE – and it is a play that is set largely in Wales.

It was set to appear in Cardiff but that performance will no longer take place – they will still perform in Swansea, Porthcawl and Fishguard, however.

The play tells of King Cymbeline of Britain, who banishes his son-in-law when he realises that his daughter Imogen has married against his wishes. She runs away to Wales (Pembrokeshire), whilst her husband flees to Italy, and there he meets an unscrupulous villain and makes a bet with him that has shattering consequences.

It’s real edge-of-the-seat theatre and presented in Fluellen`s trademark style that brushes away the cobwebs from classic plays and presents them in clear and enjoyable productions whilst staying true to the original.

“It has everything: tense drama, great romance, wonderful comedy and a thrilling story line,” said Peter Richards, Fluellen’s Artistic Director.

“And it is a pleasure that we have the chance to perform this classic production for the people of south and west Wales.

“The cast have been extremely dedicated to the cause and it has been a pleasure to work with them – and I’m confident the audience will warm to them and the play, too.”

Bethan Johns makes her Fluellen – and her Shakespearean – debut as Imogen, one of Shakespeare’s most endearing and charming heroines. She is joined in a top rate cast by Kerry Davies, David Dooley, Christopher Hale, Robert Hopkins, Claire Novelli, James Scannell and Robert Surman.

“This is a great play to be part of,” added 21-year-old Bethan.

“It’s my first Shakespeare production and the fact that it’s partly set in Wales makes it even more special. It’s relatively unknown so hopefully a lot of people will come out to see it, most probably for the first time.”

The production will also feature original music written and performed by Delyth Jenkins, one of Wales’ foremost harpists.

And on the back of a sell-out performance of Taffy Shakespeare in Tenby and the successful return of Toshack or Me!, Fluellen is looking forward to bringing this production to life.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this rare chance of seeing one of Shakespeare’s most interesting and gripping plays.

The production is sponsored by Mason Gordon Holiday Homes.


Swansea Grand Theatre

Tuesday October 4 – 7.30pm

Wednesday October 5 – 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Thursday October 6 – 7.30pm

Tickets cost £8.50 (adults) and £6.50 (concessions)

Porthcawl Grand Pavilion

Friday October 7 – 1.30pm

Tickets cost £8.00 (adults) and £7.00 (concessions)

Fishguard’s Theatr Gwaun

Friday October 14 – 8pm

Tickets cost £8.50 (adults) and £7.50 (concessions)

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