20 10 / 2014

CFP: Rethinking Shakespeare and Italy

Rethinking Shakespeare and Italy: Cultural Exchanges from the Early Modern Period to the Present, ed. by Enza De Francisci and Chris Stamatakis (Routledge: Studies in Shakespeare Series)

This volume brings together international scholars from English literature, Italian studies, drama, and linguistics, as well as actors and playwrights, and offers new perspectives on the vibrant relationships that can be traced between Shakespeare and Italy from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century. Besides offering a selection of individual examples of exchanges from Shakespeare’s own time to the present, this volume also ventures more theoretical paradigms to explain the fascinating dynamics by which exchange between Shakespeare and Italy is a two-way process. It is not simply that the literary, dramatic, and linguistic culture of Renaissance Italy shaped Shakespeare’s drama in his own time, but rather that, as this book shows by tracing his literary afterlife, Shakespeare’s plays helped shape Italian artistic culture in the ensuing centuries, in the realms of drama, opera, novels, and film. Unifying the chapters in this book is an interest in how Shakespeare’s drama represents, enacts, and becomes the subject of exchanges across the national, political, and cultural boundaries separating England and Italy.

Abstracts of approximately 250 words are sought for essays that address any period and any aspect of exchange between Shakespeare and Italian culture. Essays can be either empirical or more theoretical in nature, and can explore any mode of cultural interchange – from theatrical influences in either direction, to the cross-border travel of actors and acting troupes, to the artistic and political afterlife of Shakespeare’s plays in Italy, to the polyglot, linguistic exchanges that take place through translation, to name a few. The deadline for submissions is 12 December, 2014. Abstracts should be sent to e.francisci@ucl.ac.uk, and will be subjected to peer review. First drafts of chapters (c. 6,000 words) should then be submitted to the editors ideally by March 2015.

So far, the volume includes chapters and case studies on the following areas:
– Shakespeare’s representation of travel in Italy – Shakespeare and Florio – Shakespeare’s relationship with the commedia dell’arte – Shakespeare’s early reception in Italy – Verdi’s operatic adaptations of Shakespeare – Performances of Shakespeare by the Italian grandi attori – Early Hebrew translations of Shakespeare’s plays set in Italy – Adaptations of Shakespeare in Fascist Italy – Strehler’s staging of Shakespeare’s histories – Recent stage and screen adaptations of Shakespeare by Italian translators and playwrights.

For any questions or further information, please do not hesitate to contact e.francisci@ucl.ac.ukor c.stamatakis@ucl.ac.uk.

20 10 / 2014

CFP: Magic and Intellectual History

Magic and Intellectual History 

Thursday 5th March 2015 - CREMS, University of York

A day symposium – Keynote speaker: Dr Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck)

This symposium will explore the place of magic in the intellectual culture of early modern England and Europe. It will focus on how magic was perceived and understood in philosophical, religious and scientific thought, and the ambivalence that surrounded it as topics of scholarship.

Papers might attend to the following:
  • How did early modern thought accommodate magic into its disciplines?
  • Why was magic the object of so much ‘elite’ scientific and philosophical thought?
  • Magic and the study of nature
  • Magic and the ineffable
  • Redefining the parameters of magic
  • Magic and religion.
  • The occult and hidden operations of nature
  • Scepticism and magical thought
  • Magic and language / magic and metaphor
  • Literature and the portrayal of magic
  • Magic and the devil
  • Magicians and their day-jobs.

Call for Papers: Abstracts by 15th October (c. 250 words)

Contact: Kevin Killeen, kevin.killeen@york.ac.uk

This symposium is part of a diffuse and ongoing Thomas Browne Seminar that has digressed quite far: http://www.york.ac.uk/english/news-events/browne/


The Thomas Browne Seminar is a forum for exploring the intellectual history of the seventeenth century, the relations between its apparently incompatible disciplines and the social, scientific and political contexts in which they arose. It is not, by any means, restricted to Thomas Browne himself, but also examines more broadly the intellectual culture in the mid-seventeenth century.

Papers are invited on any aspect of mid-century culture, the history of science and scholarship, religious and antiquarian thought, natural history, politics and the history of trivia, in particular, but not restricted to, those related to Browne. As the seminar will involve an ongoing series of meetings, ideas for future seminars are also invited.

The TBS is run jointly by the Department of English and Related Literature and the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. Thomas Browne was a significant figure in the scholarly and scientific community of the seventeenth century, who nevertheless defies categorisation and whose blend of humanism, scholasticism and natural philosophy is testament to the intellectual flux of the period.

20 10 / 2014

CFP: The International Christopher Marlowe

The International Christopher Marlowe: A 2-day conference at the University of Exeter, 7th-8th September 2015

Much current and historical scholarship has considered Christopher Marlowe’s work mostly from a domestic, English perspective. With one or two exceptions, his connections to the thought and literature of non-English cultures have been less thoroughly explored, even as scholars have begun to examine the highly cosmopolitan, multi-lingual character of English literary production and consumption during the 1580s and 1590s.

To what extent was Marlowe an ‘international’ writer? In what ways did his work absorb, respond to, imitate or challenge literary, dramatic and intellectual trends in France, Spain, Italy, the Holy Roman Empire, the Netherlands, Turkey or further afield? What role, if any, has the reception of his work played in non-English-speaking cultures?

We invite proposals for papers of up to 30 minutes on any aspect of the “international” content or contexts of Marlowe and his work.

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words by 14th November 2014 to InternationalMarlowe@exeter.ac.uk. We are also happy to answer any queries relating to the con- ference.

Dr. Edward Paleit, Nora Williams (conference organisers) 

16 10 / 2014

Newberry Talk: Brief History of a Type Face

Newberry Department of Continuing Education and the Italian Culture Institute of Chicago present:
An Italian Cultural Institute / Italian Language Week Lecture

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6 pm

"Brief History of a Type Face: From Venice in 1470 to Our Own Time
Paul F. Gehl, The Newberry Library

Lecture description: http://www.newberry.org/10222014-brief-history-type-face-venice-1470-our-own-time

This program is free and open to the public, no registration is required.

Faculty and graduate students at member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium may be eligible to apply for travel funding to attend this program (http://www.newberry.org/newberry-renaissance-consortium-grants).

15 10 / 2014

Upcoming Newberry Library Milton Seminar

Saturday, November 15, 12:00 noon

Milton Seminar
Daniel Shore, Georgetown University
"Milton, Search, and the History of Style"

Register online here by 10 am Friday, November 14: http://www.newberry.org/11152014-milton-seminar-daniel-shore

The paper will be precirculated electronically to registrants; the seminar itself is discussion-based.

Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar.

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration in advance is required.

Keep up with the Center for Renaissance Studies by following our blog:http://www.newberry.org/center-renaissance-studies-blog

Faculty and graduate students at member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium may be eligible to apply for travel funding to attend this program (http://www.newberry.org/newberry-renaissance-consortium-grants).