Archive for March, 2013


Renaissance Literature Position at Cardiff University

March 18, 2013

  Senior Lecturer / Reader in English Literature 

  Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy

The Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy wishes to make the following appointment, tenable from 1 September 2013.

Senior Lecturer or Reader (Grade 8). Candidates will have an established national, or emerging international, reputation for excellence in research and a commitment to teaching and to public engagement in Renaissance Literature.

Find out more here.


La langue de Shakespeare (Paris, March 21-23rd)

March 17, 2013

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March 13, 2013

Histories of Emotion

In which I describe a theatre company and production I find fascinating and then go on to consider the conversations around global Shakespeare that emerged in the event at UWA last week. Forgive me for quite a long post. – Pen.

Frontier Shakespeare Image

6 March 2013

Last week we hosted an event at UWA that brought together Shakespeare scholars and practitioners in Western Australia to discuss globalization and the emotional score of cross-cultural performance for actors and audiences under the banner: Frontier Shakespeare. This discussion marked the arrival of Two Gents Productions from London/Harare.

Download the full poster of the event here.

The Two Gents are a London-based theatre company who I first saw perform in Manchester, UK, in 2009. This piece, done by two actors in a small regional theatre to a very small audience, completely blew me away. In the same year, academic writing on this company began…

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Call for Papers: Levinas and Early Modern Literature (Edited Collection)

March 13, 2013

Proposals sought for an edited collection exploring the relationship between the writings of Emmanuel Levinas and the writings of early modern authors, especially Shakespeare. For consideration, please submit a chapter proposal (500-1000 words), a brief bio (<250 words), and an abbreviated cv (<3 pages). All submissions will be acknowledged.

Deadline for proposals is 15/6/2013

Delivery of completed chapters will be expected by 15/1/2014

Contact Kent Lehnhof, Chapman University


Hamlet In Cardiff This Week #Shakespeare

March 12, 2013

Everyman Theatre is proud to present Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

A play of stature and renown. Banned from day one when the bard was told to ‘clean up his act.’ Considered morally and politically offensive. With its secret, midnight burials, secret treaties mirroring a totalitarian state and inciting the murder of a tyrant.

Staged as a group of wild, travelling players drawn from diverse countries, bursting into the market place of Elsinore.

“Hamlet is the play.
…and so shall you hear
of carnal, bloody and unnatural acts
Of accidental judgements, casual slaughter.
All this I can truly deliver.”

In true tradition “The Players” will commence at 7pm in the theatre foyer to regale you with European Singing and Folk tales followed with a pre-show at 7.20pm in the theatre

This production is directed by Gerry Watson.

Hamlet runs at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff from 12-16 March 2013. Performances start at 7.30pm with tickets priced at £10 (£8 concessions available for 2pm Saturday matinee only)

Find out more here.


Call for Papers: Girls and Girlhood in Adaptations of Shakespeare

March 6, 2013

Special Issue of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation

The editors of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, in conjunction with guest editor Deanne Williams, York University, extend a call for papers for B&L 9.2 (Fall 2014) on the topic of Girls and Girlhood in Adaptations of Shakespeare.

In 2012, the United Nations celebrated the first “Day of the Girl Child,” highlighting the treatment of girls and young women as the key moral issue of our time. As the advancement of girls becomes a global economic, medical, and social priority, literary scholars are turning their attention to cultural representations of and by girls and to historical and philosophical conceptions of girlhood. This special issue of Borrowers and Lenders initiates a scholarly conversation on girls and girlhood in adaptations of Shakespeare, seeking papers that address the process of adapting Shakespeare for girl actors, readers, patrons or audiences; adaptations of Shakespeare’s “girl” characters; and girls’ responses to and appropriations of Shakespeare. We encourage contributions that range from Shakespeare’s contemporaries and Restoration theatre to contemporary authors, playwrights, visual artists and directors, as well those that engage with newer or non-canonical literary genres such as online and Web 2.0 Shakespeares; fanfiction and the graphic novel; autobiography, memoirs and life writing; Shakespeare for children; and international, multicultural and postcolonial adaptations.

Please send inquiries and completed essays as Microsoft Word documents sent as email attachments to Deanne Williams: dmw[at] by October 1, 2013. Essays should make original contributions to the study of Shakespeare and of girlhood. We encourage authors to consult Richard Lanham’s Revising Prose or Joseph Williams’s Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace as they edit their work. Essays will be reviewed by the guest editor and then by the board of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation before final acceptance. Upon acceptance, we will ask authors to verify all citations and to put their essays into Borrowers and Lenders house style.

Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation is a peer-reviewed, online, multimedia journal that welcomes original scholarship engaging with the afterlives of Shakespearean texts and their literary, filmic, multimedia, and critical histories. It encourages contributors to use the online format to its best advantage, in particular, by imagining how to enhance or illustrate their essays with multimedia (screen captures, sound clips, images, and so on). B&L won the CELJ’s “Best New Journal” Award in 2007. B&L is fully indexed in the MLA Bibliography. B&L is currently co-edited by Dr. Christy Desmet (cdesmet[at] and Dr. Sujata Iyengar (iyengar[at]; correspondence should be addressed to lenders[at] or to Managing Editor Ms. Maria Chappell (machapp[at]

Visit the journal website here.


Proceedings of the “Shakespeare and His Contemporaries” Graduate Conference (available online)

March 5, 2013

BI Florence


The British Institute of Florence is pleased to announce the online publication of the first volume of Proceedings of the “Shakespeare and His Contemporaries” Graduate Conference, comprising papers chosen from the three conferences organised by the Institute in the period 2009-2011.

The Shakespeare Graduate Conferences – with the participation of scholars such as Prof. Emerito Alessandro Serpieri, Prof. Fernando Cioni, Prof.ssa Claudia Corti and Prof.ssa Paola Pugliatti of Florence University, of Prof. Keir Elam of Bologna University, and Prof.ssa Carla Dente of Pisa University, founding member of the Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies – were devised to allow young doctoral candidates at Italian universities, as well as those who have recently taken their doctorate, an opportunity to present their research to peers and professors.

The volume gathers together papers in English and Italian that in their variety of content and methodology reflect the current lively interest in Shakespearean studies in Italy: some concentrate on individual works by the great playwright while others address more general themes relating to the historico-cultural period.

Proceedings of the “Shakespeare and His Contemporaries” Graduate Conference is now available in pdf format on the Institute’s website at

The publication of the proceedings will be announced at the Cultural Programme on Wednesday 17 April 2013 and at the opening session of the Fifth edition of the Shakespeare Graduate Conference on Thursday 18 April 2013, during Shakespeare Week 2013.

For further information, please contact Sofia Novello,

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