2006 – Program

Thursday, November 9th


  • Conference Registration – The Fireplace Lounge, Andrews Hall 2nd Floor


Session A: Traveling Students to Shakespeare: Experiential Learning, A Roundtable Discussion – Rickey Science Center 141

  • Susan Oldrieve, Baldwin-Wallace College, “Experiential Learning: Best Practices.”
  • Eva McManus, Ohio Northern University, “Experiential Learning: Theory.”
  • Steve Rader, Marietta College, “Experiential Learning: Taking Students Abroad.”

Session B: Cruelties, Curatives and Contradictions in The Taming of the Shrew – Chair, Carol Steinhagen, Marietta College – Rickey Science Center 162

  • Loreen Giese, Ohio University, “Deconstructing a Marital Construction: Marital Cruelty in the London Consistory Court Depositions and The Taming of the Shrew.”
  • Megan Johnson, Urbana University, “Hit Me, Kate, to Kiss Me, Kate.”
  • John Kelly, Xavier University, “Foul Mouths: Shakespeare’s Linguistic Violence, Power, and the Notion of Otherness.”


Session A: Infinite Variety: Generic Violence – Chair, Russ Bodi, Owens College – Rickey Science Center 141

  • Kara Northway, Xavier University, “’Hurt in that service’: Early Modern Workers’ Compensation.”
  • Debra Johanyak, University of Akron Wayne College, “Moors, Turks, and Barbarism in Shakespearean Tragedy.”
  • Amelia Bitely, Marietta College, “Rage, Rebellion, and the Complication of the Humour Play.”

Session B: Issues of Corporality and Gender in Hamlet – Chair, Robert Pierce, Oberlin College – Rickey Science Center 162

  • Edmund Taft, Marshall University, “Hamlet: An Anatomy of Violence.”
  • Tiffany Lowden, University of South Florida, “‘Thou Art On Thy Deathbed’: The
  • Destruction of Women in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Othello.”
  • Rachel Zlatkin, University of Cincinnati, “’The Leprous Distillment’: The Violence to the Body and the Threat of Action in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.”


Session A: Violence in the Greek Plays – Chair, William Godshalk, University of Cincinnati – Rickey Science Center 141

  • Byron Nelson, West Virginia University, “’This World to Me Is a Lasting Storm’: Violence in Shakespeare and Wilkins’ Pericles.”
  • Miles Taylor, LeMoyne College, “’Our son and daughter shall in Tyrus reign’:
  • Patriarchal Politics in Pericles, Prince of Tyre.”
  • Russ Bodi, Owens College, “’Our most violent civility’: Timon, Ken Lay and Everyday Trauma.”

Session B: Race, Rape and Type in Titus Andronicus – Chair, Susan Oldrieve, Baldwin-Wallace College – Rickey Science Center 162

  • Mark D. Stephenson, University of Western Ontario, “Colonialism, Typological Thinking, and the Legacy of Biblical Violence in Titus Andronicus.”
  • Rebecca Lynn, Lehigh University, “Seeing Corruption: Violence Then and Now in Julie Taymor’s Titus Andronicus.”
  • K.D. Wright, Marshall University, “Lavinia’s Lexicon: Understanding the Nature of Rape & Rome.”


Location TBA

  • Advisory Board meeting

Friday, November 10th

8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:00pm

  • Conference Registration – The Fireplace Lounge, Andrews Hall 2nd Floor


Session A: Verbal Violence in Henry VI – Chair, Eva McManus, Ohio Northern University – Rickey Science Center 285

  • Brian Pietras, Bennington College, “Tiger’s Hearts and Foul Stigmatics: Shakespeare’s Monsters of Self-Making.”
  • Heather Murray, Penn State University, “Vengeful Relations: Verbal Violence in Shakespeare’s Henry VI.”
  • Kyle William Agar, Xavier University, “Artistic Patriarchal Violence.”

Session B: Shakespeare’s Contemporaries – Chair, Hillary Nunn, University of Akron – Rickey Science Center 141

  • N.M. Imbracsio, University of New Hampshire, “Secular Relic: The Spectacle of Decay on the Early Modern English Stage.”
  • Kristin M Smith, Boston University, “’Locked up in thy Blood’: Physical Violence and Blood-Contagion in Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher’s The Maid’s Tragedy.”
  • Byron Bailey, University of Cincinnati, “’Stop her mouth’: Class Transgression, Female Sexuality, and Brotherly Violence in The Spanish Tragedy and The Duchess of Malfi.”


Plenary Address: Lisa Starks, University of South Florida-St. Petersburg, “Transforming Trauma” – McDonough Hall Auditorium 1st Floor

  • Opening Remarks from Sue DeWine, Provost of Marietta College
  • Professor Starks introduced by Kara Northway, Xavier University


Ohio Shakespeare Conference Luncheon – Sponsored by the Marietta College Department of English – The Great Room, Andrews Hall 3rd Floor

  • Welcoming Remarks by Jean Scott, President of Marietta College


Locating the Playwright and Labeling Rumour in the Histories – Chair, Edmund Taft, Marshall University – Rickey Science Center 143

  • Richard Dutton, The Ohio State University, “Q1 Henry V and The Famous Victories.”
  • David George, Urbana University, “Shakespeare’s Violent Apprenticeship: Henry VI, Part 1.”
  • Keith M. Botelho, Kennesaw State University, “War Buzz: Rumor’s Violence in Shakespeare’s Henriad.”


Session A: Cycles of Verbal, Visual, and Visceral Violence in Titus Andronicus – Chair, K.D. Wright, Marshall University – Rickey Science Center 285

  • Debra Charlton, Texas State University, “Signs of Violence: Beauty, Imagery, and Abstraction in Yukio Ninagawa’s Titus Andronicus.”
  • Lesya Alexandra Moore, Trinity Western University, “Avenging Violence: the (Re)Embodiment of Suffering in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.”
  • M. Stephanie Murray, University of Chicago, “’Thus speake and strike’: Violence, Rhetoric, and Register in Titus Andronicus.”

Session B: Violence and the Sacred – Chair, Lew Klatt, Marietta College – Rickey Science Center 238

  • Helga Duncan, Stonehill College, “Violence and Sacred Space in Titus Andronicus.”
  • Brinda Charry, Keene State College, “Gender, Science, War: Discourses of Holy War in Early Modern England.”
  • David Summers, Capital University, “’A murder, which I thought a sacrifice’: Violence and the Making of Sacred Space in Othello and Julius Caesar.” 

Session C: Religious Undercurrents and Bastardy in the Tragedies – Chair, Veena Kasbekar, Ohio University-Chillicothe – Rickey Science Center 239

  • Druann Bauer, Ohio Northern University, “From Cordelia’s Lips: Death is an Exit from that ‘dark and painful prison.’”
  • Kathryn Easter, University of Pittsburgh, “Behind the Whirling Words: A Closer Look at Hamlet’s Struggle with Violence.”
  • Robert Fleissner, Central State University, “More Ado About the Edmunds.”


Session A: Does Man + Woman = Violence in the Comedies? – Chair, Sandra Logan, Michigan State University – Rickey Science Center 285

  • Hsiang-chun Chu, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan, “Taming Female Unruliness as Lacanian Castration: Rethinking the Taming Plot in The Taming of the Shrew.”
  • Kezia Vanmeter Sproat, Highbank Farm Peace Education Center, “Killing Rosalind.”
  • Melissa Albornoz, Ohio University, “Sham and Titular Marriages in Titus Andronicus and The Taming of the Shrew.”
  • S. Joshua Wellen, St. Xavier High School, “The Systematic Undermining of Patriarchy.”

Session B: Violent Identities in Othello – Chair, Lesya Alexandra Moore, Trinity Western University – Rickey Science Center 238

  • Jennifer Feather, Case Western Reserve University, “O blood, blood, blood’: Violence and Identity in Othello.”
  • Beth Meredith, University of Akron, “Power Struggles, Violence, and Female Discourse in Othello.”

Session C: Formative Violence – Chair, Janet Bland, Marietta College – Rickey Science Center 239

  • Joy Ellen Parker, Owens College, “Maiming as Metaphor in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, King Lear and King John.”
  • Michael W. Young, LaRoche College, “Harry’s Rules: The Art of War and Leadership from Richard II through Henry V.”


Ohio Shakespeare Conference Business Meeting – Chair, Kara Northway, Xavier University – Rickey Science Center 143

  • Open to all conferees

Saturday, November 11th


  • Conference Registration – The Fireplace Lounge, Andrews Hall 2nd Floor


Session A: Hannibal Lecter, Tarantino’s ‘Bride’, and V: Good Morning, OSC!!! – Chair, Beverly Hogue, Marietta College – Rickey Science Center 285

  • Curtis C. Breight, University of Pittsburgh, “Why Shakespeare Fills the Violent Bill in V for Vendetta.”
  • Alex Morris, University of Akron, “Iago, Hannibal Lecter and the Discourse of Violence.”
  • Jewel Aldea, East Tennessee State University, “’Upon these eyes of thine I’ll set my foot’: Shakespeare and Tarantino’s Use of Violence as a Medium.”

Session B: Stages of Shakespearean Violence – Chair, David Summers, Capital University – Rickey Science Center 238

  • Blair Morris, McGill University, “Titus Andronicus and the Theatrical Value of Violent Early English Drama.”
  • Jeffrey M. Cordell, Marietta College, “’Endangering his body for a girl who loves him not’: A Violent Production Choice Parallels Violent Student Responses to The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”
  • Ashley Duncan, Texas State University, “Interpretations of Modern Political Strife in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.”

Session C: Silence, Laughter, and Desperate Housewives: Manifestations of Titus Andronicus – Chair, Helga Duncan, Stonehill College – Rickey Science Center 239

  • Aaron DeRosa, Boston University, “’Thy words are replete with offense and in need of consequence’: Fusillade in Titus Andronicus.”
  • Amy S. Anderson, University of South Florida, “Desperate Women, Desperate Avengers.”
  • Amanda N. Gass, Texas State University, “Approaches to Violence in Titus Andronicus.”


Plenary Address: William Proctor Williams, University of Akron and Northern Illinois University, “Something for All the Family: Violence and Family Values in Titus Andronicus” – McDonough Auditorium 1st Floor

  • Susan Oldrieve announces winner of 1st Smith Award for Graduate Student Scholarship
  • Opening Remarks by Beverly Hogue, Marietta College English Dept. Chair
  • Professor Williams introduced by Hillary Nunn, University of Akron


Session A: Violent Versification – Chair, David George, Urbana University – Rickey Science Center 141

  • William Kerwin, University of Missouri-Columbia, “’To detraction I present my poesie’: John Marston’s Satire and a Culture of Verbal Violence.”
  • Douglas Ryals, University of California-Irvine, “Brutus or Tarquin?: Imitation, the Essex Revolt, and Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece.”
  • Elise Lonich, University of Pittsburgh, “’His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter’: Suicidal Despair in Spenser, Donne, and the English Renaissance.”

Session B: The Disparate Values of Violence for Titus, Hector, and Romeo – Chair, Gabriel Rieger, Case Western Reserve University – Rickey Science Center 162

  • Erin Ashworth-King, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “The Violence and Evil of Revenge: The Descent of Titus Andronicus.”
  • Matthew Stallard, Ohio University, “The Bower of Tranquility: The Role of Violence in Romeo and Juliet.”
  • Mark Jackson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Seeing or Not Seeing Chivalric Violence: Staging the Tournament of Hector and Ajax.”


Session A: Violent Issues of Gender, Class, and Genre – Chair, Steve Rader, Marietta College – Rickey Science Center 141

  • Jonathan Kamholtz, University of Cincinnati, “Comic Violence: New Laughs for Old.”
  • Sandra Logan, Michigan State University, “Forms of Naysaying: State Violence and Social Resistance in Shakespeare.”
  • Paula von Loewenfeldt, University of Southern Indiana, “Malvolio’s 21st-Century Revenge: Reflections on the 2006 Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s Twelfth Night.”
  • Anna Beskin, University of South Florida, “Abigail and Jessica: The Role of Violence in The Jew of Malta and The Merchant of Venice.”

Session B: The Makings of Violence: Motives, Means, and Masculinity – Chair, Carolyn Hares-Stryker, Marietta College – Rickey Science Center 162

  • Gabriel A. Rieger, Case Western Reserve University, “Sympathy for the Devil: Reevaluating Iago’s ‘shows of service.’”
  • Marisa Iglesias, University of South Florida, “Raced and Gendered: The Violence in Shakespeare’s Othello and Macbeth.”
  • Mary Jane Chaffee, Campbellsville University, “By self and violent hands.”
  • Lexi Stucky, University of Central Oklahoma, “What Makes a Man: Masculinity in Macbeth.”


The Ohio Shakespeare Conference Advisory Board would like to thank the following individuals and groups for their assistance:

  • Donna Bentley, Administrative Assistant for the Marietta College Department of English
  • Tim Catalano, van driver extraordinaire
  • Beverly Hogue and the faculty of the Marietta College Department of English
  • Sue DeWine, Melody Miko and the Marietta College Office of the Provost
  • Jean Scott, Jan Vaughan-Graham and the Marietta College Office of the President
  • Steve Rader, Jeffrey Cordell and the Marietta College Department of Theatre
  • Frank Diller, Marietta College Web Designer and real force behind the OSC web page
  • Chef Walter Miller and the Staff of Marietta College Dining Services by Chartwells
  • Mark Miller, Jacquelyn Lane, Todd DeLong and the faculty and Staff of the Marietta College Rickey Science Center
  • Tom Perry and the Marietta College Office of College Relations
  • Traci Perry and the Marietta College Business Office
  • Howard Korn, Lois Arnold and the Marietta College Office of Conference Planning
  • Fred Smith, Marilyn Pottmeyer and the Marietta College Office of the Physical Plant
  • Amy Bitely, artist responsible for this year’s Lady Macbeth sketch
  • Jordan Blackstone, Sigma Tau Delta Chapter President and spreadsheet/conference badge expert
  • The Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • The 2006-2007 Ohio Shakespeare Conference Advisory Board:
  • Russ Bodi, Owens College
  • David George, Treasurer, Urbana University
  • Kara Northway, Chair, Xavier University
  • Hillary Nunn, The University of Akron
  • Susan Oldrieve, Baldwin-Wallace College
  • Robert Pierce, Oberlin College