Theatre History at PNRS 2017

Dear readers,

I’m thrilled to say that my panel session, “Theatre History Beyond Borders,” will be part of the upcoming conference of the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society in Portland this October! The theme of the conference is timely, “Renaissance Border Crossings: Documented and Undocumented,” to which I am excited to see how keynote Daniel Vitkus responds. Below you’ll find our complete panel rationale and paper abstracts from my lovely colleagues, Misha Teramura (Reed College) and John Kuhn (SUNY-Binghamton).

A sixteenth-century engraving envisioning Domitian’s naumachia (staged sea battle) within the Colosseum, c. 85 AD.

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Meeting in Atlanta: #ShakeAss17


Dear readers,

I realized, looking at previous posts leading up to the Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America—fondly referred to by those in the field as #ShakeAss—that I had forgot to post in advance of the meeting in New Orleans last year. That may well have been because it was one of my most busy and favorites. There were parades celebrating 400 years after Shakespeare’s death, many Pimm’s Cups in tucked-away bars with dear friends, a great deal of oysters, and a publication solicitation! This is not to mention a great seminar session, “Before Shakespeare,” hosted by Andy Kesson and Lucy Munro in advance of their Before Shakespeare initiative. There was simply no time to blog in all the excitement!

This year looks to be equally stimulating and equally busy, with more lunch, coffee, and dinners scheduled than I can remember. Below are the workshops, seminars, and sessions I am most interested in this year. Many overlap, so there will be difficult decisions. For the full program schedule, check out the association’s website, here.

I will be live-tweeting panels as I get to them via @ElizETavares, per usual. Do feel free to DM a question you’d like asked in any of the Q&A sessions!

Hoping to see you in Atlanta,

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