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The British Shakespeare Association is a professional association of teachers, researchers, theatre practitioners, writers and enthusiasts. The BSA is a registered charity and its aims are educational – ‘to promote and foster a better understanding of Shakespeare and his work’. Read more about us »

British Shakespeare Association conference reports

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The British Shakespeare Association’s annual conference took place on July 3rd – 6th at the University of Stirling in Scotland. The conference was attended by hundreds of academics, teachers, practitioners and enthusiasts from around the world. Keynote lectures were...
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Humour in Shakespeare’s Arcadia: Gender, Genre, and Wordplay in Early Modern Comedy (Call for Papers)

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Florence 23rd April 2015 The 2015 IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute in Florence is a one-day interdisciplinary and bilingual English-Italian forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years. This year’s...
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Job posting: University of Lausanne

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The Department of English at the University of Lausanne is seeking to appoint a Professor (Professeur-e Associé-e) of Modern English Literature, with expertise in any area of English Literature from 1550 to the present. Preference may be given to candidates specialising in...
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Call for Papers – 2015 Shakespearean Theatre Conference: “Language in Text and Performance”

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We invite paper, session, and workshop proposals for the inaugural Shakespearean Theatre Conference, to be held June 18-20, 2015, in Stratford, Ontario. Both text-based and performance-based approaches to language in Tudor-Stuart drama are welcome, and we especially encourage...
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Shakespeare on the Chinese bookshelf–the translation of Shakespeare’s work in China, past and present

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As one of the best known British writers, Shakespeare has an undeniable influence on literature around the world. However, for the majority of foreign language readers, including students in China, the first encounter with this literary master is actually the translated version...
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How to Apply Visual Aids and Contrastive Analysis in Teaching Shakespeare for Chinese English Major Undergraduates in EFL Class

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I’m a current postgraduate majoring in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of York. One year ago, I finished my bachelor degree of English in China. To be a teacher is my expected job after graduation especially a teacher to teach...
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Reading Love’s Labour’s Lost

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13-14 February 2015, Paris, France Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, sometimes described as euphuistic because of the importance of language games, also stages a revision of neopetrarchanism. This conference aims at providing a whole range of critical readings of the play and...
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Shakespeare’s Europe – Europe’s Shakespeare(s) – Extended Call for Papers

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European Shakespeare Research Association Shakespeare’s Europe – Europe’s Shakespeare(s) 29 June – 2 July 2015 University of Worcester, UK Extended Deadline for Proposals Conference Announcement The traffic of Shakespeare’s stage invites spectators and readers to travel to...
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A Desk Bound Dramatisation: The Limitations of Editorial Intervention in School Editions of Hamlet

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Anna Henley, an undergraduate student in the Department of English, University of York, considers the limitations of available editions on teaching Shakespeare’s plays in light of new A-level English specifications. She focuses particularly on the constraints they might place on...
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Teaching Shakespeare: encouraging personal development, sharing cultural capital or submitting to a political agenda?

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The annual Birkbeck Arts Week enables a public audience to engage with those who study and lecture there – sharing ideas on subjects they are jointly passionate about.  Those who come along are sometimes students themselves, or wish to be – considering BA, MA or PhD...
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