Assistant Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Literatures, California State University, Los Angeles: The Department of English at California State University, Los Angeles is currently searching for an Assistant Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Literatures. Candidates should be able to work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in CSULA’s diverse, multicultural, and inclusive setting and understand the University’s commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good. For more information, please see the position announcement. (Posted 30 October 2019)
Assistant Professor of English and Humanities, Reed College: Reed College seeks candidates for a tenure-track appointment in English and Humanities, beginning August 2020, preferably at the rank of Assistant Professor. Candidates should specialize in Shakespeare and demonstrate competence in the broader fundamentals of dramatic form, theory, and history. The successful candidate will typically teach two courses each year on Shakespeare (introductory and advanced) in the English department, as well as a year-long interdisciplinary course pedagogically focused on the development of analytical and critical skills of first-year students. The teaching load will also include advising year-long senior theses. Above all, we seek candidates who have a strong commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level and who are engaged in a lively and serious program of scholarship. Ph.D. is required at time of appointment. The Reed community believes cultural diversity to be essential to the excellence of our academic program. For more information, please view the position description. (Posted 16 August 2019)
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The MLA International Bibliography is accepting applications for three-year field-bibliography fellowships. MLA field bibliographers examine scholarly materials and submit bibliographic and indexing information for citations in the Bibliography. Open to all MLA members, including graduate students, the 2020 fellowships will run from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2023. Field bibliographers perform a valuable service for the profession and receive institutional recognition while deepening their knowledge of the field as well as their research skills. The MLA provides materials and training and waives registration fees for fellows attending training sessions at the MLA convention. On completion of the fellowship, fellows receive a $500 stipend and a certificate presented at the convention awards ceremony. For more information and to submit an application, visit the MLA Bibliography Fellowships Web page. Applications are due 1 April 2020.
St Anne’s College, Oxford and the Oxford Centre for Early Modern Studies welcome applications for the termly Plumer Visiting Fellowship in Early Modern English Literature. The Plumer Fellowship is a non-stipendiary research position designed for established academics (of any nationality and institution) who wish to be temporarily resident in Oxford. The fellowship is available at any time of year, though would preferably be taken up during an Oxford term, and can last anywhere from 1-3 months. The Fellowship carries no responsibilities beyond giving one lecture in college during the duration of residence. While the fellowship carries no stipend, the college will provide five lunches and/or dinners per week, full free use of the University of Oxford’s libraries, shared office space, Senior Common Room membership (free tea and coffee, newspapers, journals), and free printing and photocopying facilities. Fellows will also be invited to attend formal college dinners and early modern seminars, lectures and social events around the university. In addition, the college can sometimes provide accommodation at a substantially below-market rent. Fellows are asked to be resident in Oxford for the majority of their time in post. Previous and upcoming Plumer Visiting Fellows (since the fellowship started in 2018) include: Prof Ros King (Southampton), Prof Kaara Peterson (Miami), Prof Richard Wilson (Kingston), Dr Hannah Crawforth (KCL), Prof Michael Ullyot (Calgary), Prof Jessica Wolfe (UNC Chapel Hill) and Prof Stephen Guy-Bray (UBC Vancouver). Applications for the Fellowship are brief and easy; they consist of a CV and a short statement detailing the research the candidate wishes to undertake while in Oxford. Applications are now open for fellowships starting in or after the academic year 2020-1. In the first instance, interested parties should contact Dr Robert Stagg (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) to discuss a possible application.
- Calls for Papers
- “Revisiting Revenge. New Perspectives for the Study of Revenge Tragedies (late 16th—early 18th century), a workshop to be held 16-17 September 2021, invites scholars working on the subject to submit case studies exploring the ways in which European revenge plays participate in contemporary political, religious, philosophical, legal, economic and gender discourses, in order to make clear the genre’s broader cultural relevance – both in terms of its historical moment and of our analysis of that moment. More information can be found here.
- “Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation and Performance” is seeking articles for their 2021 volume which will be a non-thematic issue. The editorial board invites articles from a variety of perspectives, including theatre studies, literary studies, performance studies, adaptation studies, and translation. The deadline for submitting articles (not more than 6500 words), interviews and reviews is 31 December 2020. More information can be found here.
At the start of Charles Dickens’s Hard Times (1854), Mr M’Choakumchild drills his pupils in ‘the sciences of compound proportion, algebra, land-surveying and levelling’. The list continues, as a mixture of tedium and threat, until it reaches the ne plus ultra ‘prosody’ (Mr M’Choakumchild’s topics are ‘at the ends of his ten chilled fingers’, one finger for each of the syllables in a strict blank verse line). For a long time, versification has been a m’choakumchildish subject – with a reputation for being scientistic, deontological, rebarbative, and downright tedious.
A special issue of the journal Shakespeare, due to be published in 2022, will work to upset (perhaps to correct) this reputation. Where most scholarly work on versification has tended toward linguistics and authorship attribution studies, this special issue invites a broader consideration of Shakespeare’s prosody. The journal’s editors are keen to see fresh, imaginative scholarship about Shakespeare’s versification that works toward these ends. What would happen if we thought about metre more ambiguously or multiplicitously? Might we think about prosody alongside gender, or sexuality, or race, or class, or disability? Could we think about the cultural histories of Shakespeare’s metre, or its bibliographical and editorial histories in print and manuscript, or its dramaturgical qualities onstage? Do we need to reckon with the versification of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, in England and in Europe, to understand his own prosody aright (if it is indeed truly his own)?
Shakespeare is one of the leading journals in Shakespeare studies, and more information about it can be found here.
The special issue will be edited by Dr Robert Stagg (The Shakespeare Institute / University of Oxford). It will include approximately five articles of c.6000 words each, though there is considerable flexibility as to word counts and so forth. All articles will be subject to double-blind peer review, as is customary in Shakespeare. Anyone interested, however provisionally, in contributing an article to the special issue is invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of October 2020.
Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A Global Perspectiveseeks to bring together an international range of Shakespeare scholars, practitioners and teachers, to explore the global reach of Shakespeare’s Sonnets and the ways in which they are translated and reshaped by different languages and cultures across the world. Click here for the full CFP. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be emailed to the editors, Jane Kingsley-Smith, University of Roehampton, London (J.Kingsley-Smith@roehampton.ac.uk) and W. Reginald Rampone, Jr, South Carolina State University (email@example.com), by 1 September 2020.
Staging and Stage Décor in Early Modern Theater is a new volume of essays that examines approaches to staging early modern theater, including, but not limited to, set design, types and placement of props, symbolic and aesthetic uses of color, stage devices, lighting, costuming, embedded or explicit didascalia, and issues of proxemics. The focus should be on the visual and performative, rather than on the purely textual. Essays may examine historical or modern productions or may consider theoretical issues. Essays should be written in English and not exceed 20 double-spaced pages, including endnotes and Works Cited. The publisher, Vernon Press, produces high-quality books that reach wide audiences. To be considered for inclusion, please submit an abstract, not to exceed 500 words, to the editor, Dr. Barbara Mujica, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by July 15, with the Subject line “Staging and Stage Décor.” Completed essays will be due by January 15, 2021.
- Amrita Sen (University of Calcutta) and Jennifer Linhart Wood (the Folger Shakespeare Library) invite proposals for original essays for the collection Reconceptualizing Renaissance Performance: Beyond the Public Stage. Click here for the full CFP. Deadline for abstracts is October 31, 2020.
Intersections in Shakespeare, 4th Biennial Conference of the Asian Shakespeare Association, will be held 5-7 November 2020 as a hybrid event incorporating in-person and online participation. Registration is now open. Click here for more information.
11th World Shakespeare Congress, Singapore: Shakespeare Circuits will be held 18-24 July 2021. Enrollment for seminars and workshops will soon open. Click here for more information.