Jennifer Ann Bates: Hegel and Shakespeare on the Measure for Measure: The Hangman’s Mystery -recordings

Jennifer Ann Bates HegelIn her illumination of Shakespeare through Hegel, Jennifer Ann Bates reads the logic of measure from Hegel alongside Measure for Measure. Bates argues that each text is an initiation into the execution of the logic of measure with a focus on the hangman’s mystery as discussed by Abhorson and Pompey.

Jennifer Ann Bates is Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. She specializes in 19th century German philosophy with an emphasis on Hegel. Professor Bates established the Philosophy Duquesne-Heidelberg Exchange in 2013 and chaired it until 2016. She has served as a Heidelberg University Alumni Research Ambassador since 2013.

Professor Bates is the author of Hegel’s Theory of Imagination (SUNY 2004), Hegel and Shakespeare on Moral Imagination (SUNY 2010), and co-editor (with Richard Wilson) of Shakespeare and Continental Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). She has published numerous book chapters, as well as articles in the Wallace Stevens Journal, the Journal for Environmental EthicsCriticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the ArtsMemoria di ShakespearePhilosophy Compass, and Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities. She is currently writing a chapter on Kant and Shakespeare for The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy, and a chapter on Kant, Hegel, Solger and Imagination for Cambridge University Press.

This talk is part of the Shakespeare and Hegel symposium (itself part of the Shakespeare at the Temple symposia), held at Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare (Hampton, London) on April 1, 2017. The session is chaired by Richard Wilson.

Audio recorded and edited by Anna Ilona Rajala, video edited by Timo Uotinen.

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Paul Kottman: Herder, Hegel and Shakespeare -recordings

Enlightenment Paul KottmanBy discussing the German philosophers Johann Gottfried von Herder (1744-1803) and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), Paul A. Kottman proposes to see Shakespearean tragedy as the birth of a distinct art form. He argues that Shakespearean tragedy works through and makes sense of the loss of a given (such as nature, God, or fate), as well the loss of social bonds.

This talk is part of the Shakespeare and the Enlightenment symposium (itself part of the Shakespeare at the Temple series), held at Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare (Hampton, London) in September 2016. The session is chaired by Richard Wilson.

Paul A. Kottman is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the New School for Social Research, and Eugene Lang College, the New School for Liberal Arts. He is a member of the Committee on Liberal Studies, and is affiliated with the Philosophy Department. He holds the Abilitazione, Professore Ordinario in Filosofia, Estetica (Professor of Philosophy, Aesthetics) in Italy. He has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Tokyo; the Università degli studi di Verona; Instituto per gli studi filosofici, Naples; and the International Chair in Political Languages, Dipartimento di Politiche Pubbliche e Scelte Colletive (POLIS), Università del Piemonte Orientale. He has been awarded residential fellowships at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (Institute for Research in the Humanities) and Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, Universität zu Köln.

Paul Kottman is the author of Tragic Conditions in Shakespeare (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), A Politics of the Scene (Stanford University Press, 2008) and the editor of Philosophers on Shakespeare (Stanford University Press, 2009), and The Insistence of Art: Aesthetic Philosophy and Early Modernity (Fordham UP, forthcoming). His next book is tentatively entitled Love as Human Freedom. He is also the editor of a new book series at Stanford University Press, called Square One: First-Order Questions in the Humanities.

The symposium was held on September 3, 2016. Audio recorded and edited by Anna Ilona Rajala, video edited by Timo Uotinen.

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Introduction to Shakespeare and the Enlightenment by Richard Wilson

Professor Richard Wilson introduces the symposium on Shakespeare and the Enlightenment at Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare in Hampton, London. This is part of the Shakespeare at the Temple series.
Unfortunately the original video file was corrupted, hence the slideshow video.
The symposium was held on September 3, 2016. Audio recorded and edited by Anna Ilona Rajala, video edited by Timo Uotinen.
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Videos from Marlowe Day 2017 in Canterbury

Christopher Marlowe Day 2017 took place  at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury on May 20th, organised by the Marlowe Society. Below is a video montage where you can spy old friends and our own Ildiko Solti. Moreover, another video is linked featuring a preview song from Kit the Musical.

Futhermore, see the CFP for our upcoming two-day symposium on Shakespeare and Marlowe!

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ESRA 2017 Registration open!

Below is a message from our friends at ESRA. Check out the programme, panels and seminars, and you will find familiar people. An exciting conference ahead!

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that the registration for the European Shakespeare Research Association congress ‘Shakespeare and European Theatrical Cultures: AnAtomizing Text and Stage’ held on 27-30 July 2017 in Gdansk is now OPEN.

Please follow the link here to register.

Please note that the Early Bird Registration Fee is available until 30th June. Further details can be found on the congress website

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in Gdansk this July.

with very best wishes,

Dr Aleksandra Sakowska
ESRA2017 Secretary
Organising committee, ESRA 2017:

Prof. Jerzy Limon, convenor | University of Gdańsk and the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre
Prof. Jacek Fabiszak, co-convenor | Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and the Polish Shakespeare Society
Prof. Olga Kubińska | University of Gdańsk and the Polish Shakespeare Society
Dr. Aleksandra Sakowska | The Shakespeare Institute (UK)
Marta Nowicka | Conference Coordinator for the University of Gdansk
Anna Ratkiewicz-Syrek | Conference Coordinator for the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre

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Marlowe and Shakespeare symposium CFP, Nov 18-19


NOVEMBER 17 – 18 2017

Confirmed speakers include
Gabriel Egan, Jean Howard, Charles Nicholl, Lois Potter,
Robert Sawyer, Gary Taylor, Brian Vickers and Stanley Wells

Proposals are invited for 25-minute presentations, or panels of presentations, at a conference,  hosted by the Kingston Shakespeare Seminar, on Marlowe and Shakespeare, to be held at the  Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames, on Friday November 17 and Saturday November 18 2017.

Opened in 2007 as a replica of its Elizabethan namesake, Kingston’s Rose Theatre recently  staged Trevor Nunn’s production of The Wars of the Roses, and the focus of this conference will  be on Marlowe and Shakespeare as colleagues and possible collaborators on the original Rose  playhouse performances of plays such as the early histories. Papers will therefore be welcome  on any aspect of the Bankside Rose, including its architecture, audiences, personnel, patrons, practices and repertoire, as well as on questions of Marlovian and early Shakespearean attribution, authorship, biography, influence, reputation and rivalry.

Abstracts of up to 200 words should be sent by July 31st 2017 to Professor Richard Wilson at

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Shakespeare and Marx -symposium, June 24




10.00: Chair: Richard Wilson (Kingston University)

 David Hawkes (Arizona State University)
‘Marx and Shakespeare Today: Towards an Ethics of Representation’

11.00: Coffee

11.30: Chair: Kiernan Ryan (Royal Holloway University)

Chris Fitter (Rutgers University)
‘Shakespeare and the Tudor Ferment: A Marxist Homecoming?’

Gabriel Egan (De Montfort University):
‘Shakespeare::Marx && community::writing’

13.00: Lunch (Bell Inn, Hampton)

14.00: Chair: David Schalkwyk (Queen Mary University)

 Christian Smith (Independent scholar, Berlin)
‘“Ay, his breast. So says the bond”:
Marx, Shakespeare and the Theory of Labour Power’

Martin McQuillan (Kingston University):
‘Marx’s Timon: Reading and Quantitative Easing’

15.30: Tea

16.00: Chair: Aaron Kitch (Bowdoin College)

Hugh Grady (Arcadia University):
‘Shakespeare and Marx:  A Select Genealogy’

17.00: Round Table Discussion

19.45: Chamber Concert: Marx’s Music (Lovekyn Consort)

Tickets are £20 (includes sandwich lunch, coffee and tea) and £12 for the concert.

All proceeds go to supporting the Temple.

Please register for the symposium and / or concert on Eventbrite

Getting to the Temple

See also the Facebook event page!

Shakespeare and Marx Programme V2

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Sir Stanley Wells: The Genius of Shakespeare -podcast

Stanley Wells Genius of Shakespeare background

Sir Stanley Wells delivers the 2017 Rose Theatre Shakespeare Birthday Lecture. The lecture is entitled ‘The Genius of Shakespeare’. The session is chaired by Richard Wilson.

The Shakespearean actor Andrew Jarvis receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Shakespeare Association on behalf of the great director John Barton.
Sir Stanley Wells is Britain’s preeminent Shakespeare scholar and one of the world’s leading experts on the Elizabethan theatre. His many bestselling books on the Bard include Shakespeare, Sex and Love, Shakespeare & Co. and Shakespeare For All Time. He is the General Editor of both the Oxford and the Penguin Shakespeare editions, and President of Stratford’s Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Sir Stanley is also one of the best-loved lecturers on TV and radio and at literary festivals, and this recording of his 2017 Rose Theatre Birthday Lecture is a spell-binding display of all his talents as a Shakespeare interpreter, raconteur and performer.
Recorded on April 27, 2017 at the Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames. Audio recorded and edited by Anna Ilona Rajala; video recorded and edited by Timo Uotinen.
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Margaret Jones-Davies: Shakespeare, le « nid de cygnes » et le rêve d’Europe

Shakespeare, le « nid de cygnes » et le rêve d’Europe

Shax brexit peeking roundShakespeare, poète national, est le plus souvent cité pour ses tirades à la gloire d’une Angleterre insulaire, forte de son indépendance. La plus célèbre, dans Richard II (1595) chante l’invulnérabilité de l’île: « Cette forteresse bâtie par la Nature pour elle-même / Contre la contagion et la main de la guerre/… Cette pierre précieuse sertie dans une mer d’argent/ Qui fait pour elle office de rempart » (II, 1, 44-48 ; trad. J.-M.Déprats) est naturellement protégée contre tout envahisseur. Et le 20 août 1940, c’est à Shakespeare que se réfère Winston Churchill pour célébrer les pilotes de la Bataille d’Angleterre en empruntant au vainqueur d’Azincourt, le roi Henry V, de mémorables accents patriotiques (Henry V, (1599), IV, 3, 59). Continue reading

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Richard Wilson: The Bard on Brexit

From The New European April 21-April 27 2017





Shakespeare scholar RICHARD WILSON says the Bard’s work is one long battle between Brexit and Remain. And his vision of ‘this sceptered isle’ is not necessarily what the Little Englanders would have you believe

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Shakespeare lovers love the spring, ‘the only pretty ring-time’, according to his best-loved song, when the Bard’s Birthday and St George’s Day fall boisterously together. But this April 23 there will be a louder ‘ding-a-ding ding’ than ever to the ‘hey-nonny-no’ in the ballad of the Brexiteers, who will be caroling how in ‘the present time’ their love of Will ‘is crownèd with the prime’ of the first spring of UK independence.

Already, the traditionalist quarterly This England has credited the joy that ‘The battle’s now won / Our day’s work is done,’ to the inspiration of Shakespeare’s poetry about ‘This sceptered isle’.

But in its next poetic breath this ‘unashamedly patriotic magazine for those who love our green and pleasant land’ is also resolved to ‘fight on’ under its Shakespearean banner: ‘Our enemy shall know fear / This battle cry to hear: / St George for England!Continue reading

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