2011 – Program

Thursday, November 3

2:45 – 4:00

Dilemmas of Despotism – Snyder Hall C203 – Chair, Robert Pierce

  • Byron Bailey, “Blood and Sword and Fire: Machiavelli, Erasmus, and Henry V‘s Ethical Battleground”

4:15 – 5:30

Evolving Choices, Devolving Destinies – Snyder Hall C203 – Chair, Sandra Logan

  • Derek Alwes, “Whose tragedy is this anyway? The Comic Structure of Hamlet
  • Joe Keener, “‘Shall I be tempted to infringe my vow?’: Oaths, Morality, and the Biocultural”
  • Robert Pierce, “Hamlet and the Problem of Moral Agency”

5:30 – 6:45

Dinner on your own


Conference Welcome – Fairchild Auditorium: Studio 49

The American Collective Adaptation of Othello

Reception Immediately Following

Friday, November 4

9:00 – 10:15

Method and Madness – Snyder Hall C201 – Chair, Russell Bodi

  • Alicia Andrezejewski, “‘I’ll lead’: Restoring the Jailer’s Daughter’s Agency in The Two Noble Kinsmen
  • James Lewin, “Hamlet‘s Hard-Boiled Ethics”
  • Jennifer Royston, “Timon’s Portrait: The Counterfeit Flattery and the Failure to Adapt”

Subjection and Objection – Snyder Hall C203 – Chair, Stephen Deng

  • Amrita Dhar, “The Ethics of Service in King Lear
  • Neal Klomp, “Beasts of Burden and Friends or, When Hegemony and Counter-Hegemony meet: the Ethics of Service Relationships in Julius Caesar
  • David Morrow, “The ethics of the Commonwealth in Henry VIII”

10:30 – 11:45

Wielding the Scepter – Snyder Hall C203 – Chair, Jyotsna Singh

  • Abdulhamit Arvas, “God’s Phallus vs. Devil’s Phallus: The State, The Sovereign and the Witch in the Works of Bodin, King James I, and Shakespeare”
  • David George, “Shakespeare’s Ethics: Personal and Literary”
  • Robert Stefanik, “The Ethics of Surveillance: The Phoenix and Measure for Measure at the Court of James I”

Passing Time, Passing Space – Snyder Hall C204 – Chair, Jennifer Toms

  • Allison Grant, “The Dangers of Playing House – Celia’s Subversive Role in As You Like It
  • Niels Herold, “‘Merry or sad shall’t be?’: Redeeming Time in Prison Shakespeare”
  • Robert Jones, “‘Could I find out the woman’s part in me?’: The Actor’s Attitude towards Playing Women on the early Modern Stage”

11:45 – 1:45

Lunch on your Own

2:00 – 3:30

Keynote – Snyder Hall C204

  • Bradin Cormack, “Ethics as Practice in Shakespeare”

3:30 – 4:45

Inchoate Character – Snyder Hall C201 – Chair, David George

  • Jonathan Holmes, “‘Like Patience gazing on kings’ graves’: Dramatizing Patience as Endurance in Pericles
  • Gabriel Reiger, “‘Is man no more than this?’: King Lear and the Ethics of Identity”
  • Rachel Zlatkin, “Remembering Gertrude”

Marriage Imperatives – Snyder Hall c203 – Chair, Megan Inbody

  • Kathleen Davies, “‘In that Marriage, Strife Will Die Forever’: Contract, Colonialism, and Dynasty in The Tempest and The Forest Princess
  • Sandra Logan, “Queens of another country: Alien English Queens in Woodstock and Henry VI
  • Louis Martin, “Much Ado About Nothing: Desire, Double Standards, and Survival of the Fit”

Contingency and Conditionality – Snyder Hall C204 – Chair, William Kerwin

  • Craig Dionne, “Lear’s Dark Ecology: Theorizing the “Screen” of Tragic Nostalgia and its Blank Voice”
  • David Summers, “‘Much Virtue in If’: Peacemaking and Conditionality in As You Like It
  • Jeffrey Yeager, “‘How this World is Given to Lying!’: Orson Wells’ Deconstruction of Historiography in Chimes at Midnight

4:45 – 6:45

Dinner on your own


Performance – Snyder Hall C20

  • Pigeon Creek Shakespeare – Henry IV

Saturday, November 5

9:00 – 10:15

Veracity, Sincerity and Wit – Snyder Hall C201 – Chair, Geoffrey Johns

  • Drew Haverin, “The Widow’s Test: Greene’s To Quoque and the Affirmation of Civic Virtues in Jacobean City Comedies”
  • William Kerwin, “‘The foole to laugh, the wiser sort to learne’: Humor and Ethics in the Epigrams of John Harrington”
  • Kristin Rutter, “Why So Serious?: The Reinvention of the Shakespearean Ethical Fool in Albion Tourgee’s A Fool’s Errand and Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson

Unsocial Networks – Snyder Hall C202 – Chair, Craig Dionne

  • Jennifer Holl, “‘The tongues that durst disperse it’: Gossip and Intrigue in Henry VIII”
  • Kyle Janke, “The Condition of Banishment: Community and Nature in As You Like ItTitus Andronicus and Coriolanus
  • Andrew Kranzman, “‘It is a holiday to look on them!’: Sentimentality and Actuality of Friendship in The Two Noble Kinsmen

Interpretation and Expectation – Snyder Hall C203 – Chair, Gabriel Rieger

  • Joanna Grossman, “The Literal in The Merchant of Venice
  • Lindsey Jones, “Lexical Dichtomy and Ethics in Macbeth
  • Joseph Sullivan, “Don’t stop believing in an ending, unless you want to: Measure for Measure and The Sopranos

10:30 – 11:45

Purposeful Ambiguities – Snyder Hall C201 – Chair, Andrew Kranzman

  • Emily Detmer-Goebel, “‘Yet let Mother’s Doubt’: The limits of love in Richard III”
  • Ken Hanssen, “‘A garment nobler than it covers’: Ethical Ambiguity in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline

Rood Awakening – Snyder Hall C202 – Chair, Joseph Sullivan

  • Russell Bodi, “Power Inequities and Forced Conversation”
  • Hyosik Hwang, “The Protestant Ethic and Othello’s Double Damnation”
  • Amber True, “Luther’s Good Christians in The New of Malta”

Body Langauge – Snyder Hall C203 – Chair, Sandra Logan

  • Geoffrey Johns, “Crooked Manners, Crooked Shapes: Richard III and the Birth Metaphor”
  • Colleen Kennedy, “The Nasal Ethics of Thomas Dekker’s The Wonderfull Yeare
  • Brandon Polite, “Tortured Calculations: Body Economies in Shakespeare’s Culture of Honor”

11:45 – 1:45

Annual Luncheon and Smith Prize Awards – Snider Dining Hall

2:00 – 3:30

Keynote – Snyder C20

  • Emily Bartels, “Shakespeare’s ‘General Good'”

Closing Remarks