9 am to 5 pm
The field of eighteenth‐century Shakespeare has recently received renewed attention with the publication of the essay collection Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century (Fiona Ritchie and Peter Sabor, eds.) by Cambridge University Press (2012), Michael Caines’s volume for the Oxford Shakespeare Topics series (2013) and conference sessions at the American Society for Eighteenth‐Century Studies (2015) and the Shakespeare Association of America (2016) devoted to the subject. This one‐day research methods workshop for graduate students will make use of two areas of strength in the Newberry Library’s collections: Shakespeare and eighteenth‐century literature. Critics such as Michael Dobson in The Making of the National Poet (1992) have argued that the eighteenth century saw the establishment of Shakespeare as Britain’s pre‐eminent cultural figure, a status that he still holds today. By examining different types of source material that elucidate Shakespeare’s importance on both stage and page we can investigate how this canonization occurred. In the year of the 400th anniversary of his death we can therefore shed fresh light on Shakespeare’s now global cultural status and our ongoing attempts to maintain it.
Participants should plan to arrive early enough to attend a lecture by Peter Holland the evening before the workshop.
Learn more about the director: Fiona Ritchie, McGill University
Eligibility: This workshop is open to graduate students in a terminal master’s program and those who have not yet completed comprehensive exams in a PhD program, at Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies consortium member institutions. No language prerequisities. We encourage students to apply from disciplines as varied as the literatures of English and other languages, Religious Studies, Medieval or Renaissance Studies, Art History, and History, among others.
Travel funding: Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.
The application deadline has passed.