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The Scrivener : Scholarship News for the week of August 21

By August 21, 2011 No Comments


Hello again all,
It is time for another edition of my weekly scholarship column for The Shakespeare Standard, but before getting with what is going on in the world of Scholarship related to Shakespeare. I have to make an important announcement. That announcement being that as of this post this column is retitled from The Sunday Scholar to another name. The renamed scholarship column shall be henceforth known as The Scrivener. Now for those of you who don’t know scrivener is another word for scribe and there are two reasons why I chose this title. For one one of Shakespeare characters was known simply as the Scrivener and the second reason I chose this was because as the scribes were the most learned men in the ancient world next to the elite class and clergy and were the researchers and scholars for the noble class.
So with that announcement out the way lets get on to the news of the week:


Shakespeare Love Poems and Analysis:

This week as I was searching for news I came across a neat little website titled Shakespeare Love Poems. This websites explores and analyzes each of the Shakespeare love poems. You can check it out here at Shakespeare Love Poems. Also an analysis of Venus and Adonis by Shakespeare can be found here.


Hear ye! Hear ye! Professors, Scholars, and Grad Students Lend me your Papers: Calls for Papers and Panelists Submission

Creating a Medieval Studies Program- A Round-table:

A call for panelists for a round table discussion on creating a interdisciplinary Medieval Studies program in 2012 at 47th International Medieval Congress has been sent out. The announcement for panelists and as well as the parameters for discussion can be found at RenaiBlog.

Call for Papers Vernacular Religious Writing in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Century:
There has been a Call for Papers sent out dealing with the theme of Vernacular Religious Writing in the twelfth and thirteenth century. The announcement of the call for papers can be found here at Renai Blog.

Call for Papers: Kings and Queens: Politics, Power, Patronage and Personalities in Medieval and Early Modern Monarchy:

A second Call for Papers for this conference has just been sent out this week. The announcement for this Call For Papers can be found here at Renai Blog. The conference will be taking place April 19 and 20 at Corsham Court near Bath in England.

Call for Papers : The South Central Renaissance Conference:

The South Central Renaissance Conference has just sent out a Calls for Papers announcement for its 2012 conference titled Exploring the Renaissance 2012 which will be taking place in New Orleans Louisiana on March 8-10, 2012. The announcement with all the requirements for the paper can be found here at Shaksper. A second announcement of Calls for Papers for this Conference may be found here.

Calls For Papers: The International Congress on Medieval Studies:

The 47th annual International Congress on Medieval Studies has sent out a Call For Papers on the theme of Land Space and Culture in Medieval Britain. To see the announcement with the regulations for the paper look here. Further information on the conference and the rules for the paper can be found here.

Shakespeare and Elizabeth 1st An International Medieval Congress Panel:

Here is another announcement for submission of topics and papers for the International Medieval Congress. The overall theme for this panel is on Shakespeare and his relationship with Elizabeth I from a multitude of aspects such as her representation in his plays to how the writing of her in his places impacted the culture and society as a whole. The announcement can be found here.

Medieval Women Warriors of Eurasia:
Here is yet another announcement from The 47th International Medieval Congress calling for more submissions for papers and topics for panel discussion. The theme for this panel will be discussion of the transformation, appropriation and locating of women warrior in medieval Eurasia. If you are interested in being a part of this panel you can see the announcement here.

Call for Papers: The Society for Renaissance Studies:

The Society for Renaissance Studies along with a conference announcement has sent out a Call for Papers announcement exploring the appropriation and representation of culture from the mid 1300’s to the early 1700’s by modern critical theory. The panel for these papers is entitled Renaissance and Baroque in Critical Theory. For more information on the guidelines for the paper look here.

Call For Papers: Shakespeare and The Natural World

The Shakespeare and The Natural World Conference has sent out a Call for Papers for an interdisciplinary look at recent trend of Green Shakespeare productions and other facets of this topic. For more information you can see the announcement located here. For further information on the conference, please see below in the Conferences Near You section


Conferences Near You:

Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference:

The Ninth Annual Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference at The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst will be held on October 15 2011. Graduate students in all disciplines are invited submit abstracts for a ten to fifteen minute papers on any topic relating to Renaissance literature and history. Suggested topics can include but are not limited to: textual studies, gender studies, performance history and many more. The announcement with all the pertinent information can be found at Renai Blog.

Inarticulacy An Early Modern Conference:
An announcement for an interdisciplinary Early Modern conference on the theme of Inarticulacy that will be hosted at the University of California, Berkley on November 12 and 13 2011 has just been sent out. Submissions of topics for papers and discussion panels are now welcome. The announcement can be found at Renai Blog.

The 47th International Medieval Studies Congress:
The International Medieval Studies Congress has just set a date for its 47th annual conference. To learn more about the conference you can click here for information. You can look above in the Call for Papers and Panelists section. The date for this conference is May 10-13 2012 in Kalamazoo Michigan.

The 5th Biennial Society for Renaissance Studies Conference:

The Society of Renaissance Studies will be holding its 5th biennial conference July 9-11 2012 at the University of Manchester. For more information on the conference visit here.

Shakespeare and the Natural World Conference:

A conference jointly sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Kings College in London will be happening at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill March 3oth and 31st in 2012. For more information on the conference see the UNC Chapel Hill website. For more information on the requirements for papers for this conference, see above in the Call For Papers sections.

The South Central Renaissance Conference: The South Central Renaissance Conference will be happening March 8-10 in New Orleans Louisiana. This conference and all it panels and papers will be discussing a variety of topics and facets of the Renaissance including but not limited to painting in Italy, women poets and Shakespeare in his dramatic art. For more information on the paper requirements for this conference see above. For more information on this event, you can visit the The South Central Renaissance Conference website.

Books and Books: Here are some books that you might like to consider adding to your scholarly collection:

How Shakespeare Changed Everything by Stephen Marche. This book by Stephen Marche explores just how much Shakespeare has impacted our world of today from coining over 1700 words like dawn and lackluster to creating names used today like Jessica. This book is a great for anyone who has interest in Bard or for anyone who is trying to get even the most Shakespeare-phobic person interested in him. You can find the book on

SHAKESPEARES LONDON: Everyday Life in London 1580 to 1616 by Stephen Porter. This book by Stephen Porter helps give modern day viewers of Shakespeare’s plays a look and feel for what it would have been like growing up in Shakespeare’s London through pictures, diaries, journals and other mediums. You can find the on

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Shakespeare’s Love Poems

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