Welcome to the British Shakespeare Association

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 »

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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Free-to-view books from Routledge during May 2014

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Routledge Literature is running a promotion throughout May allowing readers free online access to hundreds of Routledge titles, including books on Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature. To browse the catalogue and take advantage of this promotion, please visit...
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The Birmingham Photo Album: Illustrating Germany’s Shakespeare Reception

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In cooperation with other libraries and archives, the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz presents, on the occasion of Shakespeare’s (1564-1616) 450th birthday, an impressively produced photo album with about 150 portraits and autograph signatures of personalities...
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Reading Shakespeare When He Was New: The Earliest Printed Texts

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LECTURE AND LATE VIEW Thursday 24 April, 6.00 pm-8.00 pm What was it like to read a newly published play by Shakespeare?  Dr Emma Smith, Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, discusses Shakespeare in print during his lifetime. Was the playwright really as popular as we assume? What...
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Shakespeare in Italy summer school

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The Shakespeare in Italy  Summer School will be held from 12-26th July 2014 in the lovelywalled city of Urbino, which is tucked away in the hills near Italy’s upper Adriatic coast. The summer school will be taught, at the invitation of the University of Urbino, by four leading...
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