Shakespeare: Puzzles, Mysteries, Investigations



1pm (Mitre Lecture Theatre) Welcome

1.15pm Keynote Lecture

Prof. Katherine Duncan-Jones (Somerville, Oxford)

‘Two Hobbies and a Purge: three Shakespearian puzzles'.

2.15pm Twenty Minute Papers

Panel A: Room E124

Nick de Somogyi ‘"Shakespeare and the Three Bears"

This paper seeks to correct a pervasive misunderstanding about the identity of one (or two) of Shakespeare's celebrity contemporaries.

Dr. Annaliese Connolly (Sheffield Hallam), ‘Guy of Warwick, Godfrey of Bouillon, and Elizabethan Repertory’. (20 mins)

This paper argues the play is a product of the 1590s and situates The Tragical History in the context of the repertorial strategies employed by companies such as the Admirals’ Men involving foreign wars and character types such as Turkish Sultans.

Patrick Ashby (Bristol) ‘Othello and the invisible Turk’ (20 mins)

The paper suggests that the Venetian sense of collective identity, as depicted in this play, is based largely upon oppositional values, and that this opposition is paradigmatically illustrated in the city-state’s antagonistic relationship with the Ottoman Levant.

Panel B: Cloisters Chamber

Dr. John Lyon (Bristol) ‘Fat Ladies Never Sing: Henry James and the endless Tempest’

There are Shakespearean puzzles and mysteries. Why do readers, critics and editors make fools of themselves in trying to solve them?

Dr. Edward Chaney (Southampton Solent) ‘Shakespeare and Egypt’

The French were far ahead of the English in their interest in obelisks, but their scale and emphasis in England seems to have been inspired by Sixtus V’s projects.

Dr. Ann Kaegi (Hull) ‘Nicks, Cuts, and Henry V’

In this paper I examine the extent to which landmark productions of Henry V, from the Vietnam War to the present day, have continued to cut the play in a manner that suppresses the alignment between sexual and martial discourses (nicks and cuts) within the long Folio version.

3.15pm Tea, coffee and biscuits

3.30pm Keynote Lecture

Prof. Tiffany Stern (University College, Oxford)

‘A New Shakespeare Play? The Story of Cardenio’s Double Falsehood’.

Lewis Theobald's eighteenth-century play The Double Falsehood has recently been heralded as a Shakespeare play in disguise. Inside it are said to be fragments of Shakespeare's lost play Cardenio. But is this true? Did Theobald have any Shakespeare manuscripts? And was there a Shakespeare play called Cardenio in the first place?

4.30pm Buffet Tea

5.30pm Twenty Minute Papers

Panel C: Room E124

Prof. Simon Barker (Gloucestershire) Shakespeare at ‘HK’: 1939 – 1945

This paper will describe this wartime context for the short seasons of plays staged at the Memorial Theatre, in order to show how the war years irreversibly transformed the relationship between Stratford and Shakespeare.

Dr. Paul Quinn (Chichester/Sussex) ‘How many children had Lady Macbeth?’: How L. C. Knights asked the right question for the wrong reason.

By constructing a text that turns on the violent deaths of fathers and children, Shakespeare positions his play within the polemical matrix spawned by James I within days of the discovery of Fawkes in the cellars under Parliament.

Dr. Cathy Parsons (Sussex) ‘Gods and Monsters’: The search for religious and national identity in Cymbeline

The use of conventional early-modern anti-Papist tropes of Roman Catholic depravity and evil are set against the construction of innate but endangered Protestant virtue in such a way as to subtly manifest Shakespeare’s unease with James I’s political and religious policies, and the danger to national safety and wellbeing from his seemingly pro-Papist stance.

Panel D: Cloisters Chamber

Barbara Kennedy (Sussex) ‘The belching whale and humming water: efficacious music in Pericles’

As an emblematic symbol of the entire universe, the musical references in Pericles have a thaumaturgic value: music has the power to work marvels or miracles evident in the revival of Thaisa and the healing of Pericles.

Dr. Julie Sutherland (British Columbia/Durham University) Shakespeare’s “Bromance” – Hollywood and Homosociability in Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet.

This paper proposes to trace filmic representations of homosociability in Shakespearean drama in an effort to understand how far we have (or have not) come in our understanding of male-male love.

Dr. Duncan Salkeld (Chichester) Shakespeare, the Clerkenwell madam and Rose Flower

This paper elucidates details in the 1594 Gesta Grayorum entertainment that point towards Shakespeare’s acquaintance with a prostitute, Lucy Negro, alleged to have been the ‘dark lady’ of the Sonnets.

6.45 pm Keynote Lecture

Prof. Stanley Wells and Dr. Paul Edmondson [Title TBC]

8pm Close

Conference Fee: £25 (Concessions, £15)
To register, contact Lorna Sargent, Administrator,
Department of English, University of Chichester,
College Lane, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 6PE,
email:, telephone 01243 816163
or Duncan Salkeld at,
or 01243 816184.

The Governance of Nature

The Governance of Nature
CPNSS Seminar Room T206 , LSE   
27-28 October 2010

Day One

1              Historical Views of Governance and Order
Chair:     Peter Harrison, Oxford

10.15-11.30     Eleonora Montuschi (LSE)
Order of Man, Order of Nature: Francis Bacon’s idea of a ‘dominion’ over nature

11.30-12.45     Dennis DesChene (Washington UniversitySt Louis)
Law, Order, and Formal Conditions of Wisdom in the late 17th Century

12.45-13.45     Lunch Break

14.00-15.15     Jon Hodge (Leeds)
Forms, Laws and Order from Plato to Darwin: what were decisive transitions?

2              Laws of Nature and their Alternatives
Chair:     Nancy Cartwright, LSE and UCSD

15.30-16.45     Jonathan Cohen (UCSD)
Special Sciences, Conspiracy and the Better Best System Account of Lawhood

16.45-17.15          Tea – CPNSS common room

17.15-18.30 Robin Hendry  (Durham)
Dependence and Novelty

18.30               Drinks Reception – CPNSS common room

Day Two

2              Laws of Nature and their Alternatives
Chair:     Rom Harre (LSE and Georgetown)

10.00-11.15     Stephen Mumford  (Nottingham
A Powerful Theory of Nature

11.15-12.30     Towfic Shomar (Philadelphia University and Jordan)
Causation and Order in Islamic Kalam

12.30-13.30     Lunch Break

3              Laws and Evolutionary Science
Chair:     Eric Martin, LSE

13.45-15.00     John Brooke (Oxford)
Darwin on Law and Order – and God

15.00-16.30     Chris Haufe (University of Chicago
Darwin’s Laws

16.30-17.00     Tea – CPNSS common room

17.00-18.15     Eric Desjardins (University of Western Ontario)
Is there a Role for Stability and Laws in Managing Imbalanced Ecosystems?

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Persia in the Early Modern Period: “Chiefe of Empires”?

London Renaissance Seminar, 23 Oct 2010

Organiser: Dr Chloë Houston (University of Reading)
Venue: The Council Room, Main BuildingBirkbeck CollegeMalet StLondon WC1E 7HX

Chair: Dr Chloë Houston
1.30 pm Welcome
2-2.45 pm Abid Masood (University of Sussex) ‘Re-emergence of Persian Islamic Identity in Late-Elizabethan England’
2.45-3.30 pm Dr Jane Grogan (University College Dublin), '"Warres commodious": Tamburlaine's Persia'
3.30-4 pm Tea
4-4.45 pm Kate Arthur (University of Exeter) '"A foreign court lands here upon your shore": Models of kingship in Persian drama'

When European travellers began to visit Persia in the mid-sixteenth century, knowledge of the country came from the Bible, classical  histories, commentaries and drama, which described pre-Islamic Persia and in particular the 'glorious' Achaemenid empire of antiquity.  As travel to Persia increased, it became the subject of contemporary geographies, travel writings and plays, which portrayed Islamic Persia under the Safavid dynasty and ensured that Persia was well known to English audiences and readers by the mid-seventeenth century.   This seminar will discuss representations of Persia in the early modern period through travel literature, histories and drama, exploring the particular identity held by Persia in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century European ideas about Islamic peoples.


The UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges: France and England: Medieval to Early Modern

The UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges is delighted to invite you to a
series of seminars for the autumn term. Seminars will take place at 4.30pm
on Wednesdays in Foster Court 243. For maps and directions, please see

Details are as follows:

20th October. France and England: Medieval to Early Modern

Jane Gilbert (UCL, French), France and England and Medieval Literature
Ardis Butterfield (UCL, English), Literatures of France and England
Paul Davis (UCL, English), French Influence on Restoration Drama

Information can also be found at  or by
contacting Helen Hackett ( or Alexander Samson
( All welcome; we hope you can join us.

UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges: France and England: Medieval to Early Modern

Wednesdays at 4.30pmFoster Court 243

20th October: France and England: Medieval to Early Modern

Jane Gilbert (UCL, French), French sans frontières? Translation and Translatio in the 15th Century

Ardis Butterfield (UCL, English), 'Our self-stranger Nation': EnglandFrance and period boundaries
Paul Davis (UCL, English), Rochester's French

Centre for Early Modern Studies:ohn Donne’s Books: Reading, Writing, and the Uses of Knowledge


Hugh Adlington (University of Birmingham)
John Donne’s Books: Reading, Writing, and the Uses of Knowledge

Tamara Aitken (Queen Mary, University of London)
Staged Presence: “Jack Juggler” and the Edwardian Eucharistic Controversy

Richard Serjeantson (Trinity College, Cambridge)
From Print to Manuscript

Gavin Alexander (Christ’s College, Cambridge)
Theorising English Poetry in 1599: William Scot’s ‘The Model of Poesy’

All in Arts B274 at 6pm. Refreshments provided – all most welcome!

'How to Do Things with Style' - a talk by Professor Jeff Dolven, Princeton University

5pm, Wednesday 13th October, K2.31, King's College London

Jeff Dolven teaches Renaissance Literature at Princeton, with a particular focus on poetry and poetics. He is the author of Scenes of Instruction in Renaissance Romance (Chicago, 2007), and is currently working on a book on poetic style in the 1590s and 1950s. He is also a poet himself, and has published in The Paris Review, The Yale ReviewThe TLS and elsewhere.


The John Edward Kerry Prize - enter by 10th October 2010

The John Edward Kerry Prize

The Malone Society ( has organized a competition for graduate students to celebrate the life work of one of its members, the late John Edward Kerry (1924 – 2008).

Postgraduate students who are currently working on any aspect of early modern English drama and using Malone Society volumes as part of their research projects are warmly invited to submit a short statement (max 500 words) to Dr Sonia Massai (Malone Society Publicity Officer – email address: by 10 October 2010.

Those wishing to enter this competition should ensure that their statements explain how their work contributes to the development of scholarship in their fields and in what ways the Malone Society editions have facilitated and supported their research.

Statements should also include the applicants’ contact details and academic affiliation, the name of the programme of studies being attended and the year of registration, and the name and contacts details of a supervisor or of an academic referee willing to write on their behalf.

The winner of this competition will receive 30 Malone Society volumes, which used to be part of Mr Kerry’s private library, and a year’s free membership, which includes our current volume, The Trial of Treasure, The Malone Society Reprints, vol. 173 (2010), and three complimentary volumes to be chosen from the Malone Society Backlist (

Applicants may also be interested in other Malone Society fellowships and bursaries. Further details are posted at the following address:

Early Modern Literature, Culture, and Society at the University of Birmingham


Early Modern Literature, Culture, and Society

Seminar Programme 2010-11

Semester 1

Wed 6 October (Week 1) Tara Hamling (Birmingham): ‘Old Robert’s Girdle: Visual and Material Props for Protestant Piety in Post-Reformation England’

Wed 13 October (Week 2) CREMS ANNUAL LECTURE: Barber Institute, 5.15 pm, William Sherman (York): ‘Anagrammatology and the Shakespeare Authorship Question’

Wed 20 October (Week 3) Kim Hackett ( York): ‘Making “Republikes of Kingdomes”? Dutch Pamphlet Polemic and English Politics, 1619-1623’

Wed 3 November (Week 5) Max von Habsburg (Oundle School): ‘The Imitatio Christi within the Late Medieval and Early Modern World of the Jesuits’

Wed 8 December (Week 10) Harry Newman (Shakespeare Institute): ‘Printing and Obstetrics in the Texts of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries’

*All seminars to take place in Room 103, Arts Building, 4.15 pm, except for the CREMS annual lecture, which will take place in the Barber Institute lecture theatre at 5.15 pm

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

Contact: Dr Simone Laqua-O'Donnell (<>) or Dr Hugh Adlington (<>)

All welcome!

Thomas Killigrew (1612-1683): Call for Papers, October 2010

Contributions are invited towards the first collection of essays on Thomas Killigrew (1612–1683), with publication designed to coincide with the quarter-centenary of his birth. Despite his influence as a courtier, exile, playwright and Restoration theatre manager Killigrew remains a surprisingly understudied figure: the last book-length study was William Reich’s edition of Claricilla in 1980; and the sole biography, by Alfred Harbage, was published in 1930. The original essays in this interdisciplinary volume will belatedly provide the sustained modern critical attention Killigrew’s life and work demand. Abstracts of 300 words on any historical, dramatic or artistic aspect of Killigrew should be emailed to the editor, Philip Major, by 1 October 2010. Critical appraisals of Killigrew’s lesser known plays would be particularly welcome.

Dr Philip Major
Birkbeck College, University of London
Email address: