As part of the University of Manchester’s Widening Participation Programme, I was asked to put together a workshop covering some area of my research, pitching it for schoolchildren in years 8 or 9 (ages 12-14). Medieval literature may seem irrelevant to a modern society, but there are important challenges that we face today on global … Continue reading Early Drama in the Classroom: Back to the Future Workshop
Panel: Shakespeare and Transgender Theory Is female-to-male cross-dressing liberating? What is the root of transmisogyny in feminist discourses? What difference might it make for transgender performers to play Viola in Twelfth Night, Jaquenetta in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Rosalind in As You Like It? Are all-female productions of Shakespeare empowering? Patriarchal institutions … Continue reading Shakespeare and Transgender Theory, Shakespeare Association of America, 17–20 April 2019, Washington D.C.
Seminar: Tudor Performance – Contexts, Traditions, Afterlives Shakespeare Association of America, 17–20 April 2019, Washington D.C. Performance-oriented criticism is not yet a routine part of Tudor studies. How might such work transform the field? When the Shakespeare Association of America opens up enrolment for conference seminars in June, members of the Early English Drama and Performance Network … Continue reading Tudor Performance: Contexts, Traditions, Afterlives Seminar, Shakespeare Association of America, 17–20 April 2019, Washington D.C.
There are many images that might be considered fundamental, or at least quite useful, to a robust undergraduate course on early drama: the stage plan from The Castle of Perseverance, the woodcuts from Skot’s edition of Everyman, Denijs van Alsloot’s painting of the Brussels ommegang pageant wagons, Cailleau’s resplendent painting of the Valenciennes Passion … Continue reading ‘The Pride of Life’ Manuscript
Shakespeare FuturEd is an international conference exploring the nexus of Shakespeare Studies and Education to be held at the University of Sydney on Friday 1 - Saturday 2 February 2019. We are seeking proposals for papers, panels and workshops that interrogate and experiment with new directions in Shakespeare pedagogy in theory and practice. We welcome … Continue reading Shakespeare FuturEd, 1 – 2 February 2019, University of Sydney
REED: Berkshire, ed. Alexandra F. Johnston, Launched! Announcing REED’s second digital edition, for the county of Berkshire, edited by Alexandra F. Johnston. Now freely available at REED Online. REED is pleased to make available the long-awaited records for Berkshire and equally delighted that for the first time users will be able to search across two … Continue reading Records of Early English Drama: Berkshire, Ed. Alexandra F. Johnston
Starting Point The story of the Peregrini (sometimes called the ‘Journey to Emmaus’) is found in the Bible, Luke 24. 13-35. It was popular in western medieval drama: in liturgical performance it dates from at least the mid-12th Century. It appears in all the main English biblical play collections: York, Chester, Towneley and N-Town, and … Continue reading Staging the ‘Peregrini’ Plays