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Slings and Arrows

A must see for the Shakespeare geek....
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I posted before about the Southwest Graduate English Student Symposium here at ASU, and you've probably gotten a message in your inbox as well. Still, since the deadline hasn't hit yet (we've extended it to October 31st) I thought I'd mention it again, and point out some specfics.

First off, there is a specifically theatre-oriented panel:

Theatre and the (Re)Invention of Communications and Communities: Transmission, Translation, Transgression: Each production of a play communicates meaning beyond the playwright’s original intent.  In the transmission of text from page to stage, what gets lost in translation and what new meanings are invented?  Does the work’s inherent meaning get changed and transgressed in staging, or isit merely communicated differently?  Does the audience or community receiving the play take part in the (re)invention of meaning?  Examples could include explorations of race, gender, staging techniques, translations, adaptations, etc.

(Of course, we're accepting papers that are on a myriad of foci, not just the ones specifically listed here. But those could give you some ideas.)

Secondly, we're also accepting submissions for the Doebler Award. This is a prize (cash monies!) that goes to specifically Renaissance oriented papers. Yes, that's right! Moolah (and a great line on your CV!!) for writing a paper about what you're studying anyway! If you'd like more information on this, leave a comment here or drop me an email. You'd get to read your paper at the conference, and if yours wins, you get an awards ceremony and everything! Whee!

Don't forget, too, you're going to be in dreary, chilly Virginia in late February early March. Wouldn't you love a weekend out here in the desert? Bring the penguin love out here to ASU!

(Oh! And I forgot to mention, the inimitable William Proctor Williams will be our keynote speaker!! Hurrah!)
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CFP: Theatrical Representations of Prison and Imprisonment

CALL FOR PAPERS: Theatrical Representations of Prisons and Imprisonment.

ATHE CONFERENCE July 31 – August 3, 2008
Grand Hyat Hotel; Denver, Colorado, USA.

In April, 1910, British Home Secretary Winston Churchill attended a performance of John Galsworthy’s Justice, a play focusing on the criminal justice system in general and the psychological results of solitary confinement in particular. The following July, Churchill, in a fiery speech to the House of Commons, proposed a complete overhaul of the UK penal system.

John Herbert’s Fortune and Men’s Eyes opened in New York on February 23, 1967. During one Tuesday night post-show discussion, an audience member challenged the play’s accuracy, claiming that prison life could not be as brutal and degrading as depicted in the play. Another audience member, former convict Peter McGarry responded with a description of prison life that lasted more than half an hour, painting a picture at least as bleak as that in the play. Producer David Rothenberg shortly thereafter founded The Fortune Society, an organization devoted to giving former offenders a public voice and to helping them rebuild their post-prison lives. Today, The Fortune Society serves over 4,000 ex-prisoners annually and employs a staff of 175 people, seventy percent of whom are former offenders.

The Culture Project’s 2002 production of The Exonerated, Jessica Blank and Erika Jensen’s docudrama about wrongfully convicted death row inmates, enjoyed sold-out houses in New York and toured the United States. Less than a month after seeing the production, Governor George Ryan commuted all existing death row sentences in the state of Illinois and instituted a statewide moratorium on the death penalty. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers presented the writers, director and producer of the play their Champion of Justice Award.

In these and other (sometimes less uplifting) instances, prison plays have attempted to render the invisible visible by representing the usually hidden world of prison life under the glare of stage lights. Given the theme of this year’s ATHE conference (Difficult Dialogues: Theatre and the Art of Engagement), I am interested in forming a panel focusing on representations of prison, imprisonment, and incarceration in drama, theatre, and performance. How do these texts engage, catalyze, or simulate a “dialogue” about incarceration? How do theatrical representations of imprisonment vary from cinematic and televised representations? How are identity processes impacted, interrupted, and reconfigured by prisons, theatres, and prisons-within-theatres? What are the potential pitfalls of these representations?
Other possible topics/questions include:

The efficacy of prison plays.

Metatheatrical prison plays.

prison and theatre as “queer spaces.”

The panopticon and the theatron

The exoticization of the prisoner.

Theatrical responses to Abu Ghraib and/or Guantanamo.

“Western” representations of “other” prison systems (Latin America, Turkey, the Middle East, Africa)

Prison musicals and/or operas.

Prisons as tourist attractions.

Representations of rehabilitation.

Geopolitical prison plays.

Prison as a function of national identity.

Traveling prison plays: how does a play about a specific prison or prison system change when it is performed for an audience unfamiliar with that system?

Giving voice to prisoners: Who can, or should be able to, claim that right?

Etc. There are myriad possibilities.

Please submit an abstract, brief bio, and contact information by October 20, 2007 to frankepi [at] gmail.com or fepisale [at] gc.cuny.edu
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 I don't want to move to CT for a part-time gig, but one of you might...


Job posted on September 19, 2007

Part-time. Shakespeare on the Sound, an Equity theatre company in Norwalk, CT seeks an Education Director to develop, coordinate and administer a theatre-based Shakespeare education program for children and adults in schools, after-school programs, libraries and in the parks where we perform admission-free Shakespeare. The successful candidate will be organized, vigorous and imaginative, have a background in theatre and/or the performing arts, and a commitment to strengthening communities through education and art. Reports to the Artistic Director and the Managing Director. Part-time, flexible hours. Contact Managing Director, SHAKESPEARE ON THE SOUND, P.O. Box 15, Norwalk, CT 06853. Email: contactus@shakespeareonthesound.org Attn: Managing Director.

Employer Profile




Mary  Osborne


P.O Box 15
Norwalk , CT   06853









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The 14th Annual Southwest Graduate English Symposium Presents:

(Re)Inventing Communications and Communities:
Transmission, Translation, Transgression

Friday, February 29, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008

Theconference entitled“[Re]Inventing Communications and Communities:Transmission,Translation, Transgression” invites you to submit papersthatcritically examine the invention/re-invention of communicationsandcommunities. How are communications and communities transformedbytransmission and translation? How can communications andcommunitiessurvive and thrive? How far can we go with transgression?

Interdisciplinaryandcreative panels and papers are encouraged in fields thatincludeliterature, rhetoric and composition, creative writing,theaterstudies, communication, language studies, English education,womenand gender studies, film, visual studies, history,psychology,philosophy, religion, social sciences, media studies, andpopularculture.

Panelproposals shouldbe no more than 500 words and submitted by September30, 2007. Paperabstracts should be no more than 350 words and submittedby October15, 2007. Please include home and office numbers, completemailingaddress, e-mail address, professional affiliation, andAVrequirements with your submission.

Please directsubmissions and questions to asu2008symp@gmail.com

I'm also probably organizing a more specifically renaissance panel, should you wish to wait for a more specific call for papers. But clearly, our call opens more doors than it closes, and we invite anything and everything pertaining to this topic. Plus, it'll be nice and warm here in AZ in Feb/March, and it won't be in VA!
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Hey guy - I just got the sad news that Lesley is not going to be able to present at the Forum this weekend, which leaves us with not 1 but 2 open spots for papers.

This will be a really laid back conference - no pressure,
small, supportive audience - it is the perfect opportunity to add a line to your resume and get some presenting experience.

If anyone would like to throw their hat in the ring, please let me know ASAP - 
email me Megan at mdshakes dot org


Maryland Shakespeare Festival Hosts:
MAKING SHAKESPEARE MATTER: A Forum on the Intersection of Scholarship, Stagecraft, and Community

This Saturday, May 12

9am-5pm (stay for all or part of the day)

Frederick Community College
Conference Center

301-668-4090 for more info and to register

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Please join us for a FREE day of learning .... 
Maryland Shakespeare Festival and Frederick Community College’s Public Forum Present:

MAKING SHAKESPEARE MATTER: the Intersection of Scholarship, Stagecraft, and Community

This Saturday, May 12
9am-5pm (stay for all or part of the day)

Frederick Community College
Conference Center

301-668-4090 for more info and to register

What’s with this Shakespeare Stuff, anyway?
Does Shakespeare matter in our Community?
Should it? How?
As a source of entertainment, enlightenment, or education?
Is Shakespeare good for you like eating your vegetables;
fun and terrifying like a ride on a roller coaster;
or edifying like psychology, history, and
English class all rolled into one?

Scholars, theater practitioners, experts, and enthusiasts will all
enjoy a day of debate, discussion, and deliberation as well as take part in a community discussion 
on Making Shakespeare Matter in the Life of our Community!

This is a FREE event
(optional $15 paid at door for snacks and lunch)

Sponsored by: Maryland Humanities Council, Frederick Community College, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

for complete details and a registration form: Forum Flyer

Please pass this information/email on to ALL of your friends!

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CFP: Renaissance Society of American Annual Meeting
Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 3-5, 2008.
The Communication of Appearances: Dress and Identity in the Early Modern World

Relying on a broad definition of fashion, this CFP aims to attract
several panels focusing on one or more of the following issues: the
material realities in which fashion is engendered; the diffusion of
particular sartorial styles; and the complex ways in which clothes
reveal the wearer's gender, social status, and hers or his
intellectual, political, religious and cultural values. The direct
symbolic relation of clothes with identity, clarifies well the
polyvalent language of attire, thus inviting an interdisciplinary
approach, which will bring together specialists in communication
studies, art history/visual studies, literature, anthropology,
political sociology, and more.

Possible suggested topics:

1. Various expositions of how early modern geographical discoveries,
technological innovations, and the related expansion of urban
centers, markets, and products affected the daily lives and
appearances of contemporaries.

2. National styles and their influence throughout Europe and the New
World, with particular reference to Italian fashion during the
Renaissance, Spanish fashion during the Catholic Reformation, and
French fashion from the times of Louis XIV onwards. Of course, subtle
analysis of sartorial evolution should transcend all-encompassing
discourses of zeitgeist, cutting across social and regional divides.
Changes in design, reflecting contemporary ideas of proper appearance
and taste, should be confronted with specific cases of personal and
group agency across social, regional, and gender divides.

3. The ways in which women and men used apparel and cosmetics for
body improvement or concealment.

4. Sumptuary Laws: including the various strategies applied by
governments and city councils to restrain expenditures on attire, as
well as the physical marking of socially undesirable groups such as
Jews and prostitutes.

5. Clothes as disguises: for example, Carnivalesque costumes showing
the ritualized opportunities used to symbolically subvert and
transgress sartorial conventions.

6. The functions of supposedly unchangeable forms of clothing
(anti-fashions) used in public ceremonies by monarchs/princes/rulers,
civic officers, and clerics.

No geographic limitations apply, and papers dealing with any related
topic are welcome.

Proposals should include the following items:

1. Preliminary abstract, 150 words.

2. CV with e-mail address, phone and fax numbers.

Please send them by April 30, 2007 via e-mail attachments to: Gabriel Guarino:
guarinog@gmail.com; or guarino@research.haifa.ac.il
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We interrupt this hectic thesis season to bring you a bit of levity.

Doctor Who recently went to England in 1599. You can find the entire episode of "The Shakespeare Code," which apparently aired just last week, online at YouTube if you are interested. Theater scenes were filmed at the New Globe and then digitally altered.

Here's part one:
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Hey guys -

I still haven't received a single paper submission from any M.Litt-ers for the Maryland Shakespeare Festival's forum on "Making Shakespeare Matter: the Intersection of Scholarship, Stagecraft, and Community."

I know you still have a week - but don't let this slip away. This is a really low-key conference designed specifically to give both M.Litt-ers and MSF something to add to their resumes. And so I can hear some of the cool scholarship I have been missing out on since I graduated.

So send me some stuff and start cutting down those papers!

Send to: 

Megan at Mdshakes dot org

By April 13th!

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