Recently published: Shakespeare and Wales

Shakespeare and Wales: From the Marches to the Assembly, edited by Willy Maley and Philip Schwyzer has recently been published by Ashgate.

Shakespeare and Wales offers ‘a Welsh correction’ to a long-standing deficiency. It explores the place of Wales in Shakespeare’s drama and in Shakespeare criticism, covering ground from the absorption of Wales into the Tudor state in 1536 to Shakespeare on the Welsh stage in the twenty-first century. Shakespeare’s major Welsh characters, Fluellen and Glendower, feature prominently, but the Welsh dimension of the histories as a whole, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, and “Cymbeline” also come in for examination. The volume also explores the place of Welsh-identified contemporaries of Shakespeare such as Thomas Churchyard and John Dee, and English writers with pronounced Welsh interests such as Spenser, Drayton and Dekker. This volume brings together experts in the field from both sides of the Atlantic, including leading practitioners of British Studies, in order to establish a detailed historical context that illustrates the range and richness of Shakespeare’s Welsh sources and resources, and confirms the degree to which Shakespeare continues to impact upon Welsh culture and identity even as the process of devolution in Wales serves to shake the foundations of Shakespeare’s status as an unproblematic English or British dramatist.

The publication of the book will be celebrated with a symposium at Cardiff University on 23 April 2010 (see post below).


Shakespeare and Wales: Symposium and Book Launch at Cardiff, 23/4

Shakespeare and Wales: Public Lecture and Symposium

Friday April 23rd, 2010

The afternoon will include a lecture by the award winning theatre director, Michael Bogdanov, and a symposium led by scholars from around the world. The event is spurred by the publication of Shakespeare and Wales: From the Marches to the Assembly (see post above).

Wallace Lecture Theatre, Main Building

12pm Public Lecture:

Michael Bogdanov, “The Welsh in Shakespeare”

2.30-6pm Symposium: “Shakespeare and Wales”

Participants include:

David Baker (North Carolina)

Michael Bogdanov (Theatre/Film Director)

Martin Coyle (Cardiff)

Dominique Goy-Blanquet (Picardie)

Katie Gramich (Cardiff)

Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam)

Chris Ivic (Bath Spa)

Margaret Jones-Davies (Sorbonne)

Willy Maley (Glasgow)

Stewart Mottram (Aberystwyth)

Philip Schwyzer (Exeter)

Margaret Tudeau-Clayton (Neuchâtel)

Richard Wilson (Cardiff)

Generously supported by Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy, and by Ashgate Press.

Admission is free, but please register your interest in attending by sending an email to or by telephone on 029 2087 6049. The event will take place in Cardiff University’s Main Building, opposite the Students’ Union on Park Place, CF10 3AT.

Selden Conference, Oxford, 24-26 June

John Selden (1584-1654): Scholarship in Context

24th-26th June, 2010 Magdalen College, Oxford

In association with: the Centre for Early Modern Studies, Oxford, and the Centre for the Study of the Book at the Bodleian.

This will be the first major international conference on John Selden (1584-1654), to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his first publications.

John Selden, ‘the monarch in letters’ (Jonson) and England’s ‘chief of learned men’ (Milton) was Britain’s leading scholar, antiquary and jurist. He was a key figure in the advance of Oriental learning in the West: his achievements in Hebraic studies were unparalleled, and he promoted the study of Arabic and Islamic culture. He was a renowned theorist of international law (with his Mare Clausum) and of natural law (with his De Iure Naturali & Gentium). He was also a leading Member of Parliament, especially during the Civil War, and an active member of the Westminster Assembly. His work provoked praise and polemic from scholars, theologians and philosophers. His correspondence ranged throughout the European Republic of Letters and reached to Aleppo in Syria. He was the greatest scholarly book collector in England; more than 8000 volumes of his library were deposited in the Bodleian, where he gave his name to the ‘Selden End’ of Duke Humfrey’s library. This conference aims to build on G.J. Toomer’s recent magnum opus, John Selden: A Life in Scholarship (OUP, 2009), to return Selden to the centre of the intellectual culture of his age.

Keynote speakers: G.J. Toomer, Mordechai Feingold, Peter Miller, Jason Rosenblatt, Richard Tuck

Speakers: Sharon Achinstein, Sir John Baker, Mark Bland, Hans Blom, Elizabethanne Boran, Christopher Brooks, Alan Coates, Theodor Dunkelgrün, Anthony Grafton, Simon Keynes, Vivienne Larminie, Jan Loop, Scott Mandelbrote, Anthony Milton, Sarah Mortimer, Martin Mulsow, Eric Nelson, Paul Nelles, Graham Parry, Annabel Patterson, Jean-Louis Quantin, Julian Roberts, Richard Sharpe, Harvey Shoolman, Colin Tite, Chad van Dixhoorn, Dirk van Miert, Joanna Weinberg

Sponsored by:

The John Fell OUP Research Fund; The Cultures of Knowledge Project; The Royal Historical Society; The English Faculty, University of Oxford

For full details and to register see:

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Cuppe Refilled

The lights have been out at A Cuppe of Newes for the past few weeks, but the blog is now active again — check back for regular postings of medieval and early modern events at Exeter, around the southwest … and beyond.

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