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John Taylor the Water Poet, 1578-1653

November 27, 2012

Johann Gregory (Cardiff University) will be presenting a paper in Aix-en-Provence this week at an international symposium on Transmission and Transgression in Early Modern England.

Transgression Through Punishment:

John Taylor and the ‘Willful Women’

“Returning from his trip around Wales at the age of 74, John Taylor a.k.a. The Water-Poet spent the final weekend of August 1652 at the village of Barnsley, about sixteen miles from Gloucester, his hometown. Taylor writes in his published travel diary that “Of all the places in England and Wales that I have travelled to, this village of Barnsley doth most strictly observe the Lord’s day, or Sunday”; he goes on to inform his readers of the doubly transgressive actions of two inhabitants:

two women who had beene at church both before and after noone, did but walke into the fields for their recreation, and they were put to their choice, either to pay sixpence apiece (for prophane walking,) or to be laid one houre in the stocks; and the peevish willfull women (though they were able enough to pay) to save their money and jest out the matter, lay both by the heeles merrily one houre.

Whether this event occurred as reported or not, issues of transmission and transgression are writ large in Taylor’s story; the implication seems to be that it was expected the women would want to pay the fine rather than be humiliated, although according to Taylor the women had the last laugh. The paper will contextualise this passage in terms of Taylor’s often entertaining travel writing – and the larger representation of Puritans and “willfull women” – in order to address the implications for Taylor’s account of apparent transgression through punishment.”

Find out more about the symposium organised by Aix-Marseille University here.

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Shakespearean libretti in British Opera: MEMORI Lecture

November 27, 2012

Medieval and Early Modern Research Initiative

Zeynep Bilge (University of Istanbul) will be speaking this Thursday. Her paper is entitled:

“From the First Folio to the sheet music: Shakespearean libretti in British Opera”

Thursday Nov 29th

Humanities Building

5.15pm in Room 2.03

 

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November 19, 2012

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BritGrad. June 1st - 3rd 2017

Hello all,

We’re very pleased indeed to announce that BritGrad 2013 will convene June 6-8. Mark your calendars now!

In other news, we have a new committee about to plan another excellent conference, chaired this year by Cathleen McKague. For more info on the core and sub-committees, head over to theAbout Us section of the site.

[They can be reached, as always, at britgrad@yahoo.com.]

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November 19, 2012

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BritGrad. June 1st - 3rd 2017

SHAKESPEARE 450 : Call for program proposals
21-27 April 2014, Paris

The Société française Shakespeare is organizing in Paris a week-long
conference from 21-27 April 2014 to coincide with the 450th anniversary
of Shakespeare’s birth. The program will include plenary lectures,
roundtables, workshops, seminars, panels, along with performances at
various venues, theatres, concert halls, museums, libraries, artists’
studios and bookshops.

The conference is backed by a large number of French and international
institutions and organizations.

The international organizing committee welcomes seminar, workshop or
panel proposals on all aspects of Shakespeare’s works, their reflections
in painting, sculpture, opera, on radio and screen, as well as issues of
performance, critical theory, poetics, commemorations, textual and
scenic rewritings, translation, biography.

For 2014, panel proposals will welcome up to four papers per session.
Panels may extend for more than one session. Workshop and
seminar/roundtable proposals may include more participants; it is up to
the…

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Research Fellow (Multicultural Shakespeare)

November 4, 2012

University of Warwick -English and Comparative Literary Studies

£27,578 – £35,938 pa

Fixed Term Contract for 3 Years from January 2013

You will serve as a researcher on the AHRC-funded project Multicultural Shakespeare, led by Professor Tony Howard of the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. You will conduct independent and collaborative research into the history and practice of Shakespearean performances in the UK by Black and Asian artists, in their social and cultural contexts, from World War II to the present day.

You will be involved with liaison activities with British Black and Asian artists and communities. You will conduct research in collections and libraries in the UK and abroad, and will contribute to the creation of an oral history archive. You will be responsible for developing and maintaining the project’s web-based resources and database. You will organise a Symposium and will co-edit a volume of its proceedings.

You will have a PhD in an area of theatrical/performing arts research relevant to the focus of the project. Practical theatre experience would be an advantage. You will also possess competency in the construction of web-based resources.

Interview date: 10 December 2012

Click here for further details of the post in Microsoft Word format.
Click here for further details of the post in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).

The link will take you to register/login to our applicant tracking system before you can complete the application form. You will be given the chance to upload a CV and up to one supporting document during the application process. You can save a partially completed form without submitting it as long as you return to complete it before the closing date. Minicom users can call 024 7615 0554 if they require any further help.

Please quote job vacancy reference number 72420-102.

The closing date/time for applications is midnight (British time) at the end of Friday 30 November 2012.

Find out more here.

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November 1, 2012

Special Collections and Archives / Casgliadau Arbennig ac Archifau

As it’s Halloween I went hunting for our copies of The discoverie of witchcraft, wherein the lewde dealing of witches and witchmongers is notablie detected, written by Reginald Scot and first published in 1584. Unlike the majority of 16th century works on the subject of witches and witchcraft, Scot’s Discoverie takes a predominantly sceptical view and reveals how the superstitious public were often fooled by charlatans and frauds.

Scot believed that the prosecution and torture of those accused of witchcraft, most often the elderly or simple-minded, was un-Christian and irrational. He set out to prove that belief in magic and witchcraft could not be justified by religion or observation, and that many reported experiences of the supernatural were either wilful attempts to defraud or  illusions caused by mental disturbance.  The book includes chapters on contemporary beliefs about witchcraft, magic, alchemy, ghosts, devils and other spirits, and was a heavy influence on later works about the occult, including Shakespeare’s portrayal of witches for Macbeth

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