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June 10, 2013

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Cardiff Shakespeare now has over 600 followers, including those of the blog and the twitter account @CardiffShakes.

Here is a Cardiff Shakespeare update to mark the occasion:

This spring, Alun Thomas successfully defended his PhD thesis on The making and remaking of history in Shakespeare’s History Plays, while Elizabeth Ford recently defended her PhD thesis entitled: ‘Enter Will Kemp’: the role of the stage clown in the composition and revision of Shakespeare’s plays, 1592-99. Both projects were supervised by Martin Coyle.

Cardiff University’s drama society Act One produced Shakespeare’s Macbeth in April. The script was cut so that the performance lasted just over an hour. The production was rehearsed in just a week and props were limited to a few blocks of wood, two chisels and a bucket of blood.

Johann Gregory guest edited a journal special issues on “Shakespeare and Theory” with François-Xavier Gleyzon  for English Studies. This issue included an article by Étienne Poulard on “‘After the Takeover’: Shakespeare, Lacan, Žižek and the Interpassive Subject” and one by Johann Gregory on “Wordplay in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Accusation of Derrida’s ‘Logical Phallusies'”. A second special issue on “Shakespeare and Theory” will be published in November.

Irene Morra has organised a major international conference for this weekend at the Institute of English Studies entitled: “New Elizabethans 1953-2013: Nation, Culture, and Modern Identity”. Coinciding with the 60-year anniversary of the Coronation, this conference will explore the ways in which the ideal of a new (or second) Elizabethan age has been variously defined, promoted, and challenged in Britain and the Commonwealth.  Lewis Beer will present a paper there on “‘She Shall Be’: Clunky Prophecies in Henry VIII and Anne of the Thousand Days“, while Michael Goodman will present a paper entitled:  “Experts Textperts: ‘I am the Walrus’ and Literary Nostalgia”. Zeynep Bilge (who has been researching Shakespearean librettos in contemporary English opera at Cardiff University) will give a paper on “New Elizabethan Opera: Rewriting the Text and the Genre”. Rob Gossedge and Helen Phillips will also be presenting papers at the conference (see programme).

At the end of the month at Cardiff University’s Translations: Exchange of Ideas conference, Sophie Battell will be presenting a paper entitled:  “Hospitality as Intralingual Translation in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (1597)”.

Please do get in touch with me if you have any news for Cardiff Shakespeare!


“New Elizabethans 1953-2013: Nation, Culture, and Modern Identity” Conference Next Month

May 21, 2013

13-15 June 2013

Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

Conference organiser: Dr Irene Morra (Cardiff University)

Coinciding with the 60-year anniversary of the Coronation, this conference will explore the ways in which the ideal of a new (or second) Elizabethan age has been variously defined, promoted, and challenged in Britain and the Commonwealth. Following closely after the London Olympics and Jubilee celebrations, it will also offer a fitting opportunity to explore the ways in which these values continue to present themselves in contemporary definitions of national identity, culture, and character.

In the years surrounding the Coronation of Elizabeth II, British political and cultural life was suffused with a language that both prophesized and idealized the potential for a new Elizabethan era. The self-styled new Elizabethans identified an innate national character in the accomplishments of a vanished age. This age was apparently manifest in ‘Shakespearean’ music, theatre, and poetry — and characterized by imperial expansion and exploration, a clear sense of social hierarchy, a fierce and heroic spirit of patriotic individualism, and the brave resistance of a mighty little people to larger invading forces.

Such constructions inevitably responded to the anxieties and aspirations of a post-war, post-imperial Britain. The new Elizabethans characteristically asserted the latent, continuous presence of the essential spirit of an earlier era, invoking its legacy for the forging of a new, contemporary nation. It is the aim of this conference to explore the informing values and assumptions behind such constructions, to investigate their manifestation in various contexts and forms, and to expose the ways in which they continue to be promoted in contemporary social, cultural, and political definitions of modern identity in relation to Britain and the Commonwealth. To that end, the event will be organized around two complementary themes: ‘Origins and the New Elizabethan Moment’ and ‘Cultural and Social Legacies: Staging a New Elizabethan Era.’


Full Conference: Standard £70
Full Conference: Speakers/Students/Concessions £50
One-day rate: Standard £35
One-day rate: Speakers/Students/Concessions £25


Download the poster in pdf: NewElizabethansPoster

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