113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Shakespeare and Related Topics

Session Chair: 
Deborah Willis, University of California - Riverside
Session 7: Saturday 10:20-11:50am
Senate Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Michael McShane, Carthage College
    Unwittingly announcing the play’s largest temporal frame, King Lear’s first public word is “meantime.” The drama is set, precisely, in a meantime: an interregnum not only between temporal rulers of England but also between the death and birth of gods.   Like our own time, Lear’s is a fraught moment, pregnant with an unknown future.
  2. Kathy Hardman, University of California, Riverside
    This paper proposes a reevaluation Thomas Wyatt’s poetry and the use of Wyatt’s poetry by the recent television series, The Tudors. By viewing Thomas Wyatt’s poetry in context, I argue that Wyatt undertook a project of humanist translatio studii in his work on Petrarch's sonnets; this notion then serves as a starting point to argue that, while faulty in a sense, The Tudors’ use of Wyatt’s poetry is in keeping with the spirit of Wyatt’s translatio.
  3. Michael Bryson, California State University at Northridge
    This paper will examine the way the alba, or dawn song of 12th and 13th-century Troubadour poetry plays a central role in both Romeo and Juliet and Paradise Lost. Painfully evocative in the former, and brilliantly perverse in the latter, the respective uses/modifications of the alba form serve as powerful critiques of the father (and the Father).
  4. Sarah Antinora, San Joaquin Delta College
    This paper centers on the moves employed by modern productions of The Taming of the Shrew to avoid “problem play” status. These productions usually do not transform Shakespeare’s words; instead, the play is “rewritten” through staging. These productions are worthy of critique as they alter the play’s themes while seemingly not being adaptations at all.
Session Cancelled: