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Shakespeare and Dialectics: free module open to all

December 13, 2015

Christian Smith and the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies offer a short non-credit module open to all on the topic of the modern dialectic in Shakespeare’s plays. 

This seminar will explore four plays by Shakespeare and other selections of his writings to look for elements of modern dialectics. We will explore the thesis that Shakespeare may have played a role in the history of the development of dialectics, from its Classical form – a voluntary method of philosophical exploration – into its modern/Hegelian form – the force by which meaning expresses itself through history. This seminar will be useful to scholars working in both English literature and in philosophy. Since an understanding of the development of the dialectic is vital to Critical Theory, the seminar will also be useful to any scholar studying Critical Theory or working with it as a methodology. The tutor will be Christian Smith, whose doctoral work looked at the influence that Shakespeare had on Marx, Freud and the Frankfurt School Critical Theorists, and whose postdoctoral work explores the role of the modern dialectic as a common ground through which Shakespeare’s plays could have influenced German theory.

The seminar will be held on Tuesdays from 6-7:30pm, weeks 1-5 of Spring Term, at the Writer’s Room in the Milburn House, University of Warwick. Each session will include a mix of lecture and discussion. The syllabus is as follows:
12 Jan – Some fundamentals about Hegel’s dialectics. Dialectics in selections from Sir Thomas More, Hamlet.
19 Jan – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
26 Jan – Romeo & Juliet
2 Feb – Richard III
9 Feb – The Merchant of Venice

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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

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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.

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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.

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Shakespeare Position at Warwick

December 10, 2010

Assistant or Associate Professor in Shakespeare, Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture (1350-1700)
Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies

Assistant Professor £36,715 – £43,840 pa
Associate Professor £45,155 – £52,347 pa

You will undertake advanced research in an appropriate field of study in English and Comparative Literatures; enhance existing research groups in an appropriate field and undertake teaching and other academic duties.

You will be emerging or have an already established international standing in an appropriate field of study in English and Comparative Literatures and you will have an appropriate level of teaching experience.

In exceptional circumstances the University may appoint at professorial level should suitable candidates apply.

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