This seminar is designed to explore the broadest range of approaches to Shakespeare's plays and those of his contemporaries. We welcome post-structuralist, feminist, formalist, textual, historicist, and performance-based criticism.

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Past Events 2019 - 20

Past Events 2018 - 19

Preti Taneja, Warwick University
King Lear, India, "good girls" and gratitude - some field notes on WE THAT ARE YOUNG
Kim H. Carrell, College of the Holy Cross
"To See Thee Fight, To See Thee Foign": Dueling Culture and the Early Modern English Theatre
Stephen Spiess, Babson College
Turning Chaste: Thomas Dekker, Honest Whores, and the Conversions of English Courtesans
Paul Babin, Northeastern University
Julia Mix Barrington, Boston University
Will Porter, Harvard University
Graduate Student Symposium
Andrea Crow, Boston College
"Fairyes or Divels?": Why Oberon belongs in Lust's Dominion
Sarah Wall-Randell, Wellesley College
Props that Play Themselves: Books Onstage in Marlowe and Heywood
Andrew Fleck, University of Texas, El Paso
Teach You Our Princess English: Language and Diplomacy in Shakespeare's Henry V

Past Events 2017 - 18

Anston Bosman, Amherst College
Macbeth's Burning Issue
Pavel Drabek, University of Hull
Shakespeare and Translation: A Transnational Culture, Literary Histories, and Theatre Practice
Richard Rambuss, Brown University
Literature and Carnival, New Orleans Style
New Work in Early Modern Drama: A Graduate Symposium
Adele Lee, Emerson College
The Rise of China and the Future of Shakespeare Studies
Emily L. King, Louisiana State University
Alternative Temporalities and the Grammar of Possibility in Marlowe's Edward II
Paul Kottman, New School for Social Research
Why Shakespeare Stopped Writing Tragedies

Past Events 2016 - 17

Mary Thomas Crane, Boston College
Shakespeare and Innovation
James Kuzner, Brown University
All's Well and the Art of Love
New Work in Early Modern Drama
Melissa Sanchez, University of Pennsylvania
The Color of Monogamy in Shakespeare's Sonnets
Jessica Tabak, Providence College
Disabling History in Julius Caesar
Curtis Perry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
King Lear: Seneca and the Anti-Social

Past Events 2015 - 16

Jane Degenhardt, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Performing the Sea: Risk, Fortune, and the Ecology of Audience Engagement in Pericles
Douglas Lanier, University of New Hampshire
"And must we be divided?": Commemorating Shakespeare in America, 1864
New Work in Early Modern Drama: A Graduate Symposium
Virginia Vaughan, Clark University
Shakespeare and the Myths of Hercules
Lena Cowen Orlin, Georgetown University
Shakespeare's Daughters

Past Events 2014 - 15

Erika Boeckeler, Northeastern University
Q1 Hamlet: Playfull Typography
Linda McJannet, Bentley College
Dancing on Her Grave? Adding Dance for the Heroine in Shakespeare’s Tragedies
Coppélia Kahn, Brown University
Celebrating Shakespeare: Commemoration and Cultural Memory
Graduate Symposium
New Work on Early Modern Drama
Yu Jin Ko, Wellesley College
MOOC Ado About Nothing
Mario DiGangi, CUNY Graduate Center
Affective Entanglements and Alternative Histories in Samuel Rowley’s "If You See Me, You Know Me"
Rebecca Bushnell, University of Pennsylvania
What Videogames Have Taught Me About Shakespeare: Tragic Time, Choice, and Consequences

Past Events 2013 - 14

Tara Lyons, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Collecting "Shakespeare" Before the First Folio: New Genealogies of Printed Drama in Collection
Paul Menzer, Mary Baldwin College
Shakespeare, Anecdotally
James Beaver, Brown University
Joanna Grossman, Harvard University
Martin Moraw, Brandeis University
New Work in Early Modern Drama: A Graduate Symposium
Amy Rodgers, Mount Holyoke College
A Monster with a Thousand Hands: The Discursive Spectator in Early Modern England
Andrew Murphy, University of St. Andrews
Shakespeare's Irish Lives: The Politics of Biography
Graham Holderness, University of Hertfordshire
"Thrilling Regions": Shakespeare, Dante and Dan Brown

Past Events 2012 - 13

Judith Haber, Tufts University

“’I cannot tell wat is like me’: Simile, Paternity, and Identity in Henry V”

Corey McEleney, Fordham University
"A Villain, a Bastard, a Knave, and a Rascal: Henry V and the Limits of Interpretation"
"New Work in Early Modern Drama": A Graduate Symposium
Travis Williams, University of Rhode Island
"Hyperbolic Multiplication: Rhetoric, Law, and the Female Mathematician in The Merchant of Venice"
Margaret Litvin, Boston University
"Lessons for World Literature: The French Source of the Earliest Surviving Arabic Hamlet"
Madhavi Menon, American University
"Of Cause: The Unutterable Agony of Othello"

Past Events 2011 - 12

Richard McCoy, The City University of New York
"Faith in Shakespeare"
Jason Zysk, University of New Hampshire
"Bell, book, and candle, candle, book, and bell: Doctor Faustus and Marlowe's Sacramental Play"
Lena Cowen Orlin, Georgetown University
"The Private Life of William Shakespeare"
Lars Engle, University of Tulsa
Moral Agency in Montaigne and Hamlet
Helga Duncan, Stonehill College
"'Here at the fringe of the forest': Staging Sacred Space in *As You Like It*"
Clara Calvo, Universidad de Murcia and Ton Hoenslaars, Utrecht University
"Shakespeare and the Cultures of Commemoration: The 1916 Tercentenary in Britain and Abroad"

Past Events 2010 - 11

Jyotsna Singh, Michigan State University
"Mourning Become Macbeth: War, Remembrance, and Tragedy in Shakespeare"
Christina Carlson, Emerson College
"'Gins, Traps, and Alluring Snares': Providence and Satire in Middleton's A Game at Chess and Early Seventeenth-Century Political Engraving"
Dennis Britton, University of New Hampshire
"Romance Conversions on the Early Modern Stage"
Stuart Sillars, University of Bergen
"Shakespeare, Time and the Victorian Visual Sense"
Jeremy Lopez, University of Toronto
"Negative Canon: Collecting Early Modern Drama from Dodsley to Norton"
Arthur Kinney, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"Re-cognizing Shakespearean Tragedy"