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Book Announcement: Shakespeare on Screen: The Tempest and Late Romances

Sarah Hatchuel and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin (eds.), Shakespeare on Screen: The Tempest and Late Romances

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

The series

The second volume in the re-launched series Shakespeare on Screen is devoted to The Tempest and Shakespeare’s late romances, offering up-to-date coverage of recent screen versions as well as new critical reviews of older, canonical films. An international cast of authors explores not only productions from the USA and the UK, but also translations, adaptations and appropriations from Poland, Italy and France. Spanning a wide chronological range, from the first cinematic interpretation of Cymbeline in 1913 to The Royal Ballet’s live broadcast of The Winter’s Tale in 2014, the volume provides an extensive treatment of the plays’ resonance for contemporary audiences. Supported by a film-bibliography, numerous illustrations and free online resources, the book will be an invaluable resource for students, scholars and teachers of film studies and Shakespeare studies.

The authors

Sarah Hatchuel is Professor of English Literature and Film and Head of the Groupe de Recherche Identités et Cultures (GRIC) at the University of Le Havre, as well as President of the Société Française Shakespeare. She has written extensively on adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, including Shakespeare and the Cleopatra/Caesar Intertext: Sequel, Conflation, Remake (2011), Shakespeare, from Stage to Screen (Cambridge, 2004), and A Companion to the Shakespearean Films of Kenneth Branagh (2000), and has also written on television series, including Lost: Fiction vitale (2013) and Rêves et séries américaines: la fabrique d’autres mondes (2015). She is Co-editor-in-chief of the online journal TV/Series.

Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin is Professor in Shakespeare studies at Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier and Director of the Institut de Recherche sur la Renaissance, l’âge Classique et les Lumières. She is co-editor-in-chief of the international journal Cahiers Élisabéthains and Co-director (with Patricia Dorval) of the Shakespeare on Screen in Francophonia Database ( She has published The Unruly Tongue in Early Modern England, Three Treatises (2012) and is the author of Shakespeare’s Insults: A Pragmatic Dictionary (2016). She is Co-editor of the online journal Arrêt sur Scène/Scene Focus.

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Gender Studies Network: CFPs of particular relevance

Anglo-Iberian Relations: From the Medieval to the Modern
Zafra, Extremadura, Spain, 19-21 October 2017
Deadline for proposals: extended to 2 June 2017

Northernness: concepts, representations, images
Université de Mulhouse, France, 12-13 October 2017
Deadline for proposals: 15 June 2017

Texts and Territories: The Curious History of the Middle Ages
Call for chapters for an edited volume
Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2017

Beyond Crisis – Reassessing Raymond Williams’ Cultural Materialism
University of Potsdam, Germany, 19-21 January 2018
Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2017

Constructions of Identity: New World – New Ideas
Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 27-28 October 2017
Deadline for proposals: 1 September 2017

Book Announcement: Mark Twain & France: The Making of a New American Identity

Paula Harrington and Ronald Jenn, Mark Twain & France: The Making of a New American Identity

University of Missouri Press (USA), 2017

Blending cultural history, biography, and literary criticism, this book explores how one of America’s greatest icons used the French to help build a new sense of what it is to be “American” in the second half of the nineteenth century.

While critics have generally dismissed Mark Twain’s relationship with France as hostile, Harrington and Jenn see Twain’s use of the French as a foil to help construct his identity as “the representative American.” Examining new materials that detail his Montmatre study, the carte de visite album, and a chronology of his visits to France, the book offers close readings of writings that have been largely ignored, such as The Innocents Adrift manuscript and the unpublished chapters of A Tramp Abroad, combining literary analysis, socio-historical context and biographical research.

About the authors

Paula Harrington, Colby College, Maine, USA
Ronald Jenn, Université Charles de Gaulle, Lille 3, France

Book Announcement: The Phenomenology of Autobiography: Making it Real

Arnaud Schmitt, The Phenomenology of Autobiography: Making it Real

© 2017 – Routledge

Making it Real takes a deep dive into the experience of the reader. Dr. Schmitt argues that current trends in the field of life writing have taken the focus away from the text and the initial purpose of autobiography as a means for the author to communicate with a reader and narrate an experience. The study puts autobiography back into a communicational context, and putting forth the notion that one of the reasons why life writing can so often be aesthetically unsatisfactory, or difficult to distinguish from novels, is because it should not be considered as a literary genre, but as a modality with radically different rules and means of evaluation. In other words, not only is autobiography radically different from fiction due to its referentiality, but, first and foremost, it should be read differently.


Conference Report: Letters: International and Interdisciplinary Academic Conference

Letters: International and Interdisciplinary Academic Conference

Interhotel Cherno More, Varna, Bulgaria

27-29 April 2017

Peyo Karpuzov, St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Picture Gallery

Convened at the Bulgarian coast of the Black Sea, the conference gathered scholars with a wide range of interests within the humanities from China through Europe to the USA and Canada. It was organised jointly by the Bulgarian Society for British Studies (BSBS) and the Bulgarian American Studies Association (BASA) in conjunction with the Alma Mater Centre of Excellence in the Humanities at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” and the Faculty of Modern Languages at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo. The topic of the conference, ingeniously devised to accommodate papers on the two principle meanings of the word “letters” as graphic signs and written messages and all the space between them, gave the participants generously free licence to unfold their creativity and self-expression which everyone took due advantage of. Additionally, the conference hosted a Transatlantic Seminar on the US recent presidential elections.

The conference featured a welcoming note by Ludmilla Kostova (University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria), who presided diligently over the organising committee and the smooth flow of the event, three plenary lectures by prominent scholars, twelve concurrent sessions – among which an experimental Skype panel which proved a daring but altogether successful endeavour – and an afternoon sightseeing trip to the botanical gardens and Queen Marie of Romania’s summer residence in nearby Balchik. The first-day keynote lecture by Tsenka Ivanova, Dean of the Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Veliko Tarnovo,  focused on alphabets as crossroads of culture and politics. The keynote speaker on the second day was ESSE’s President Liliane Louvel (Université de Poitiers, France) who dwelled on the mediating role of letters between texts and images, exemplified by a vast array of pictorial representations from the past and present. Distinguished poet and scholar Nick Norwood (Columbus State University, GA, USA) delivered the last plenary lecture on the third day of the conference, capturing the audience’s attention with his talk on Richard Howard’s epistolary strategies. The papers, presented in the concurrent sessions, built on the plenary insights and brought the discussion of “letters” into the multifarious directions and beyond new horizons. The conference was held in the spirit of mutual respect and fruitful exchange of ideas and heated, but friendly, discussions marked especially the third day of the conference, after the joyful trip to Balchik had served as a socialising catalyst among the participants.

The proceedings of the conference are to be published in the annual STUDIA PHILOLOGICA UNIVERSITATIS TARNOVENSIS series at the beginning of 2018.

New ESSE Board members and national representatives

Dr. Titela Vilceanu, University of Craiova (Romania) – President of RSEAS (the Romanian Society for English and American Studies) and national representative for Romania.

Professor Terry Walker, Mid-Sweden University, Sundsvall (Sweden) – President of SWESSE (The Swedish Society for the Study of English) and national representative for Sweden.

Details about the Board of ESSE can be found here:

Book Announcement: New Perspectives on Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”

New Perspectives on Shakespeare’sAs You Like It”, co-edited by Sophie Chiari, Sophie Lemercier-Goddard and Michèle Vignaux

Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal
Mai 2017

ISBN (Book) : 978-2-84516-756-8
ISBN (PDF) : 978-2-84516-757-5

A favourite with audiences and critics alike, Shakespeare’s As You Like It owes part of its appeal to its seemingly endless capacity for recreation. Despite the apparent simplicity of its plot, it offers a whole gamut of emotions and engages with the act of counterfeiting, thereby proposing a multiplicity of mirror games, from its binary and symmetrical structure to its linguistic games and ritual inversions. Yet, the comedy’s “true delights” (5.4.182) should not overshadow its deep social and political relevance. This volume intends to shed fresh light on Shakespeare’s “green” comedy so as to emphasise its powerful resonances today. Divided into four parts, it first deals with some of the main ecocritical issues at work in the play before examining Shakespeare’s reassessment of human nature. The volume then proceeds with the experimental dimension of As You Like It and explores specific issues related to staging and editing. An Epilogue presented as a question-and-answer session provides clarifying remarks on the comedy’s rich literary background. Working with a variety of approaches, these essays highlight the complexity of a fascinating play while taking stock of the recent critical trends in Shakespearean studies.


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Book Announcement: Laurence Lux-Sterritt, English Benedictine Nuns in Exile in the Seventeenth Century

Laurence Lux-Sterritt, English Benedictine Nuns in Exile in the Seventeenth Century: Living Spirituality 

Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5261-1005-3


This study of English Benedictine nuns is based upon a wide variety of original manuscripts, including chronicles, death notices, clerical instructions, texts of spiritual guidance, but also the nuns’ own collections of notes. It highlights the tensions between the contemplative ideal and the nuns’ personal experiences, illustrating the tensions between theory and practice in the ideal of being dead to the world. It shows how Benedictine convents were both cut-off and enclosed yet very much in touch with the religious and political developments at home, but also proposes a different approach to the history of nuns, with a study of emotions and the senses in the cloister, delving into the textual analysis of the nuns’ personal and communal documents to explore aspect of a lived spirituality, when the body which so often hindered the spirit, at times enabled spiritual experience.​

Book Announcement: Silke Stroh, Gaelic Scotland in the Colonial Imagination

Silke Stroh, Gaelic Scotland in the Colonial Imagination: Anglophone Writing from 1600 to 1900

Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2017

331 pages

Paperback: regular price $39.95; current discount price: $30 (to obtain the discount, order directly from the publisher at and cite the discount code NU2016); ISBN 978-0-8101-3405-8

Hardback: $99.95, ISBN 978-0-8101-3403-4
E-book: $39.95, ISBN 978-0-8101-3404-1

Can Scotland be considered an English colony? Is its experience and literature comparable to that of overseas postcolonial countries? Or are such comparisons no more than patriotic victimology to mask Scottish complicity in the British Empire and justify nationalism? These questions have been heatedly debated in recent years, especially in the run-up to the 2014 referendum on independence, and remain topical amid continuing campaigns for more autonomy and calls for a post-Brexit “indyref2.”  However, postcolonialism cannot be reduced to politics: cultural concerns are equally important. Focusing on the first centuries of the British Unions, Gaelic Scotland in the Colonial Imagination also offers a general introduction to the emerging field of postcolonial Scottish studies, assessing both its potential and limitations in order to promote further interdisciplinary dialogue. Accessible to readers from various backgrounds, the book combines overviews of theoretical, social, and cultural contexts with detailed case studies of literary and nonliterary texts. The main focus is on internal divisions between the anglophone Lowlands and traditionally Gaelic Highlands. Central to the ‘internal colonialism’ debate, these divisions also play a crucial role in Scottish–English relations. This study shows how the image of Scotland’s Gaelic margins changed under the influence of two simultaneous developments: the emergence of the modern nation state and the rise of overseas colonialism. Both sparked intense debates over ethnic hierarchies, progress and development, cultural intermixture, exploitation and resistance. Examples are drawn from novels, travel writing, poetry, political and administrative documents, writings by missionaries and educators, historiography, journalism, and anthropology. Continue reading “Book Announcement: Silke Stroh, Gaelic Scotland in the Colonial Imagination”

Gender Studies Network: CFPs of particular relevance

Political Masculinities and Populism
University of Landau, Germany, 1-3 December 2017
New extended deadline for proposals: 18 April 2017

Movement and/in/of the City
University of Kent, UK, 16 June 2017
Deadline for proposals: 24 April 2017

Linguistic correction/correctness: GReG P.L.S. 5
Université Paris Nanterre, France, 17-18 November 2017
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2017

The Challenges of Cultural Diversity in the Labor Market: Politics, Practices and Representations in the 21st century
MSHS, University of Poitiers, France, 11-13 October 2017
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2017

The poetics of Woolf through the prism of translation
Paris, France, 7 October 2017
Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2017

Memories, Marks and Imprints
Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, France, 20-21 November 2017
Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2017

Self-portraits in costumes: multiple identities at play
Nantes, France, 24 November 2017
Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2017

The Renewal of the Crime Play on the Contemporary Stage
A special issue of Coup de Théâtre
Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2017

Reading Michèle Roberts
University of Lodz, Poland, 7-8 September 2017
Deadline for proposals: 1 June, 2017

First letters (18th-19th centuries)
Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines Victor-Segalen, Brest, France, 24-25 May 2018
Deadline for proposals: 15 June 2017

Shame and Shamelessness
Contributions are invited to an issue of Volume 23 of EJES
Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2017
Shame and Shamelessness