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Day 3: Strange Plays, Here We Come

By all accounts, Day 3 of BritGrad started with an incredible panel by Alex Whiteley and Rebecca Fensome, taking the comparative study of Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes and Despicable Me 1 and 2 to unparalleled heights of academic excellence. I wouldn’t know first-hand, because unfortunately despite the best of intentions I didn’t wake up until 9:05. The mention of these two papers … Continue reading

Day 2: King Leia

‘It’s slightly blurred, but you probably don’t want to look too closely at a crow with a penis at 9:15am.’ As opening lines to the second days of academic conferences go, Professor Ewan Fernie‘s contribution is going to take some beating. In his plenary session, ‘Lighten Our Darkness’, Fernie established a series of far-reaching connections between … Continue reading

Day 1: From islands to carparks

At the end of the first day of BritGrad 2014, we’ve learnt many things. Among them: that people in the Renaissance didn’t really understand how dogs’ legs worked; that some theatre critics in the 1980s were remarkably racist; and how best to insult a man called Jake in the 17th century. Professor David Crystal kicked things … Continue reading

‘So many hours must I take my rest/So many hours must I contemplate/So many hours must I sport myself’ – Your BritGrad programme

Hello all delegates, and welcome to Stratford! With apologies for the obvious lateness of this information, here is the programme for this year’s 16th British Graduate Shakespeare Conference: BritGrad schedule 2014 It will also be in your delegate packs, with abstracts for each paper, to help you to decide how best to plan your schedule. Panels … Continue reading

Plenary #9 & #10: Ending with a Roar

With just a week left until the initial meet-and-greet, we’re delighted to announce the final pair of speakers for BritGrad 2014. On Saturday June 7th, 10:45-11:45, we will be welcoming Anna Marsland and David Rintoul to discuss The RSC’s Roaring Girls season, in a question-and-answer session chaired by Hannah Hickman and Charlotte Horobin. Hopefully you already have a number of burning … Continue reading

Plenary #8: My Kingdom for a BritGrad ticket!

Delegates to BritGrad 2014 are welcome to make use of the Institute’s parking facilities, but since the discovery two years ago of the body of King Richard III under a Leicester car-park, I’m personally hesitant about leaving my car anywhere in case a controversial historical personage reimagined by Shakespeare is waiting underneath my wheels. Are … Continue reading

Plenary #6 & #7: DOUBLE BILL!

The plenaries I’m announcing today are two men who give collaboration a good name, and are occasionally asked to discuss it in the Brazilian national press. They will be giving a collaborative talk about Shakespeare’s collaborative plays, and you’d be singularly foolish to miss it.   Sharp by name as well as by nature, Dr … Continue reading

Plenary #5: Grace Ioppolo

    We’re pleased to announce our fifth plenary speaker for this year’s conference: Professor Grace Ioppolo.   Grace Ioppolo is Professor of Shakespearean and Early Modern Drama at the University of Reading and an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Professor Ioppolo specialises in manuscript and textual studies as well as … Continue reading

Plenary #4: Professor Tony Howard

Today on the blog it’s my honour to hand over to Charles Morton to introduce our fourth plenary speaker. BritGrad’s illustrious co-chair describes his former tutor, besides his remarkable academic achievements, as ‘one of the nicest people you are ever likely to meet’. Professor Tony Howard has been at the forefront of much groundbreaking work on Shakespeare. … Continue reading

Bollywood, Reviewing Comedy, and Staging Early Modern Dutch Sex: Papers Called For.

Today’s post is to bring to your notice three calls for papers, spanning the Atlantic Ocean and stopping off in India along the way (and if that sounds like a geographical impossibility, you clearly haven’t read The Winter’s Tale.) The events take in the seriousness of reviewing comedy, the presence of Shakespeare in Bollywood cinema, and the … Continue reading

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