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Happy Easter, and Happy Almost-Shakespeare’s-Probably-Birthday! It’s Lindsay here at The Scrivener this week with lots of scholarly updates!

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom

First off today, have you heard the news about what’s being referred to as a ‘potentially significant’ find at Shakespeare’s presumed school in Stratford? Workmen recently found a seventeenth-century book that seems to contain fragments of documents relating to Shakespeare’s school years. The book is currently undergoing examination in the rare books department of the British Library in London. Read more details about this story here.

Early Modern Postdocs

April hath put a scholarly spirit in everything | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare Next up this week, there are lots of postdoctoral opportunities for early modernists being advertised right now. At my own home institution, the National University of Ireland, Galway, five full-time Postdoctoral Researcher positions have just been announced for a project called ‘The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550-1700’. The deadline to apply for these positions is 14 May 2014, and you can read more here.

Additionally, there are a total of six postdoctoral positions for early modernists being advertised at the University of Cambridge. Three are attached to a project on ‘Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern England: the Place of Literature’, and three are attached to a project called ‘Genius before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science ‘. The deadline for all six of these posts is 30 April 2014, and information can be found here.

News from ESRA

The 2015 meeting of the European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) will take the theme ‘Shakespeare’s Europe / Europe’s Shakespeare’. Members of ESRA are invited to propose a seminar related to this theme that they would be interested in convening. Proposals of 300-500 words should be submitted by 2-3 potential convenors no later than 1 May 2014 to and

Calls for Papers

April hath put a scholarly spirit in everything | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare Next year will be the 500th anniversary of the death of Aldus Manutius, and the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies will mark the occasion with a day-long public symposium that aims to bring the fruits of recent printing-history research to a broad Chicago public on 7 February 2015. Proposals are invited from faculty members and postdoctoral scholars affiliated with Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions and who are interested in giving talks on topics related to the history and culture of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century European printing. 15 May 2014 is the deadline to submit a proposal, and you can read more about the event here.

28 April 2014 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘On the Fringes: Outsiders and Otherness in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds’, an interdisciplinary postgraduate/graduate student conference to be held at Durham University from 8-10 July 2014. You can find more information here.

A graduate/postgraduate student conference on ‘Creativity and Commerce in the Age of Print’ will take place at the University of Edinburgh on 26 July 2014. This interdisciplinary conference will explore the sometimes-fraught connections between the ‘art’ and ‘trade’ of books from the Western invention of printing to today. Proposals in all relevant subject areas and historical periods post-1450 are welcome by 5 May 2014. More details are available here.

 Calls for Manuscripts

Contributions are sought for an edited collection on ‘sea narratives’ from 1600 to the present. This volume will examine how the sea has figured as an important site in different cultural and geographical contexts. Contributions are invited from disciplines including (but not limited to) geography, history, literary studies, media studies, and art history. More information can be found here, and preliminary proposals are due by 4 May 2014.

April hath put a scholarly spirit in everything | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare An edited collection on pre-modern performing animals and animal performance is also seeking contributors. Abstracts or completed papers are due no later than 30 May 2014. The full call is available here.

Articles that focus on this dark side of forests in literature and film are sought for an edited volume entitled Madness in the Woods. You can read the full call here. Abstracts are due by 15 May 2014

Have you taught a terrific literature class recently? Contributions are being solicited on an ongoing basis for Teaching College Literature, a web resource focused on teaching English at the college/university level. More information is available here.

Library-Related News

In honour of The Bard’s upcoming birthday, the Newberry Library has partnered with Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Shakespeare Project of Chicago to host what is being described as a small but spectacular exhibition. Free and open to the public, ‘The Bard Is Born’ will run 22 April through 21 June. Highlights of the exhibition include a First Folio, a c. 1500 musical score titled ‘Victory of Agincourt,’ a nineteenth-century engraving called ‘The Infant Shakespeare Attended by Nature and the Passions,’ and more. You can find additional information here.

The Folger Shakespeare Library is pleased to announce that all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays are now available in HTML format here! The plays available as Folger Digital Texts are taken from the Folger Shakespeare Library editions by Barbara Mowat and Paul Werstine.

News from Routledge

From 21st to 25th April, Routledge will be celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth by offering free access to a range of its Shakespeare books. Routledge has created a special campaign page on its website which will be live for one week only, the link for which is http ://www . routledge . com/u/SHAX450.

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