Sunday, July 26, 2015

New Issue of Comparative Drama

Comparative Drama is pleased to announce publication of our Spring 2015 issue. Volume 49.1 includes the following contributions:


Moscow, St Petersburg, London: Hubert Griffith and the Search for a Russian Truth
Claire Warden

The Tragicomic Moment: Republicanism in Beaumont and Fletcher’s Philaster
Judy Park

Vondel’s Brothers and the Power of Imagination
Stijn Bussels

Brothers and ‘Gentles’ in The Life of King Henry the Fifth
Maurice Hunt


The Drama of Reform: Theology and Theatricality, 1461-1553, by Tamara Atkin
reviewed by Clifford Davidson

Documentary Trial Plays in Contemporary American Theater, by Jacqueline O'Connor
reviewed by Leopold Lippert

The Ingenious Simpleton: Upending Imposed Ideologies through Brief Comic Theatre, by Delia Méndez Montesinos
reviewed by Corey A. Reed

Moving Shakespeare Indoors: Performance and Repertoire in the Jacobean Playhouses,
edited by Andrew Gurr and Farah-Karim-Cooper
reviewed by Joel Benabu

Singing Simpkin and other Bawdy Jigs: Musical Comedy on the Shakespearean Stage: Scripts, Music and Context, by Roger Clegg and Lucie Skeaping
reviewed by Catherine Henze

The End of Satisfaction: Drama and Repentance in the Age of Shakespeare
, by Heather Hirschfeld reviewed by William Junker

Shaw’s Settings: Gardens and Libraries, by Tony Jason Stafford
reviewed by Christopher Wixson

Thursday, July 16, 2015

New Issues 20th Anniversary

Please join us for this special gathering of the Kalamazoo community, writers, and Creative Writing and English alumni to celebrate 20 years of New Issues Poetry & Prose. Featuring music, readings, and an art sale. Sunday, August 30th, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. $10 suggested donation / $5 students

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Anthony Ellis Scholarly Speakers Series 2015-16 Events

The Department of English is proud to announce the schedule for the Anthony Ellis Scholarly Speakers Series for 2015-16, an exciting list which includes internationally-acclaimed scholars whose work has had broad influence within and beyond English Studies:

David Bleich, Professor of English at the University of Rochester (and winner of the 2015 CCCC Outstanding Book Award for The Materiality of Language: Gender, Politics, and the University): TUES., OCTOBER 13, 2015, 7:00pm

Carol Symes, who will be the next Comparative Drama Distinguished Lecturer, teaches in History, Medieval Studies, and the Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: THURS., NOVEMBER 12, 2015, 7:00pm

n.b.: Spring dates are still tentative (To Be Confirmed)**

Deidre Lynch, Professor of English at Harvard University and Chancellor Jackman Professor at the University of Toronto (and award-winning scholar with a new critically acclaimed book, Loving Literature: A Cultural History): THURS., FEB. 11, 2016, 7:00pm

David Gerstner, Professor of Cinema Studies at CUNY Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island, will be rescheduled for this coming season after being unable to travel as originally anticipated last year: THURS., MARCH 17, 2016, 7:00pm

Our own Casey McKittrick will deliver the Spring Keynote Lecture (THURS., JANUARY 28, 2016, 7:00pm) in conjunction with the publication of his new scholarly monograph, Hitchcock’s Appetites.

Stay tuned for details about the subjects of all talks, as well as related events, including our Fall kickoff event on Friday, September 25 (TBC, with more info TBA), and a Hitchcock screening in January prior to the Spring Keynote.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Nagle reviews Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Sense & Sensibility

For anyone interested in Jane Austen, musical theater, or literary adaptation in general, you can follow the link HERE to Chris Nagle's recent review of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater's world premiere production of Sense and Sensibility: A New Musical (directed by Barbara Gaines). Nagle's essay extends beyond a review of the production to consider the fit of this new adaptation to its source text as well as the current proliferation of stage adaptations of Austen works, with and without music. The review includes images from the production as well as a host of links throughout. For those who would like to see it, the show has been extended until June 14.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Fellowship Opportunity--deadline 5/8/15!



The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, in conjunction with the George III Archives Project, will offer two month-long fellowships for research on trans-Atlantic and early American topics in the Georgian papers collection at Windsor Castle.

The King George III Archives Project, a partnership of the Royal Archives and King’s College London, aims to digitize the approximately 225,000 papers, 85% of them unknown to scholars, of the Georgian period. The extraordinarily rich and varied collections include the personal papers and correspondence of the royal family and some members of the royal household as well as records of royal household management and staffing. Fellows will work on their own research, exploring the collections while offering invaluable information for the archivists and librarians working on archival organization and cataloguing. Fellows will also have the opportunity for support and collegial exchange with relevant departments and faculty at King’s. The fellowship, supported by the Lapidus Initiative at the Omohundro Institute, will offer a $2,500 stipend with up to $1,500 in additional support for travel.

Applicants for the Omohundro Institute George III Project Fellowship should submit a letter of application stating the nature of their research project and its potential match with the collections, a c.v., and two letters of recommendation; the deadline for all materials is May 8, 2015. Decisions will be announced by May 15, 2015; fellowship offers will require an immediate response.

Fellowships are restricted to advanced graduate students and holders of the Ph.D. who are U.S. or U.K. citizens. Residence must be undertaken in the summer of 2015. Successful applicants will be required to undergo a security clearance before beginning work at Windsor Castle.

Questions about the fellowship may be addressed to Karin Wulf via Martha Howard at the Omohundro Institute ( Applicants should submit an electronic file with a letter of application (including description of the proposed project) and a c.v. by clicking here. In addition, two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Omohundro Institute via e-mail (