Richard Strier Lecture: Scripts, Texts, Poems: The (Real) Shakespeare Authorship Problem

A Lecture By Richard Strier: Scripts, Texts, Poems: The (Real) Shakespeare Authorship Problem

Richard Strier is the Frank L. Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus from the English Department, Divinity School, and the College of the University of Chicago. He is the editor of Modern Philology, one of the leading journals in the field, and the author of The Unrepentant Renaissance from Petrarch to Shakespeare to Milton (2011 winner of the Robert Penn Warren-Cleanth Brooks Award for Literary Criticism), Resistant Structures: Particularity, Radicalism, and Renaissance Texts (1995), and Love Known: Theology and Experience in George Herbert's Poetry (1983). He has edited a number of interdisciplinary collections including, most recently, Shakespeare and the Law: A Conversation Among Disciplines and Professions; Writing and Political Engagement in Seventeenth-Century England; Religion, Literature and Politics in Post-Reformation England, 1540-1688; The Theatrical City: Culture, Theatre and Politics in London, 1576-1649; and The Historical Renaissance: New Essays in Tudor and Stuart Literature and Culture.

Date: Monday, October 27
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: IGT Knowledge Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium

Sponsored by:

The Hilliard Endowment
The Nevada Early Modern Organization
The Department Of English


Posted OCtober 05, 2014

Professor James D. Mardock publishes a new text: Stages of Engagement: Drama and Religion in Post-Reformation England

Professor James D. Mardock publishes a new text: Stages of Engagement: Drama and Religion in Post-Reformation England

Professor James D. Mardock publishes a new text on Shakespeare.

From The Duquesne University Press:

“Neuer came Reformation in a Flood, / With such a heady currance,” exclaims the Archbishop of Canterbury in Shakespeare’s Henry V, describing the king’s seemingly miraculous conversion from the reprobate prince he had been. This description must have seemed quite apt to Shakespeare’s post-Reformation audience. Religious reform in early modern England, whether driven by individual experience or by institutional theology or politics, occurred as more of a deluge than as a clearly defined or steady voyage. And the English stage — where drama revised, resisted, and reacted against Reformation doctrine, but also reinforced it — became a place for engaging and even navigating this “heady currance” of changing religious belief and attitudes.

Throughout, the contributors offer a corrective to the secularization thesis by treating religion on the stage on its own terms while also challenging older histories that see professional English drama evolving from liturgical ritual. Thus, it becomes clear that the confessional makeup of English drama’s audiences cannot be reduced to Protestant and Catholic, or to recusant, Anglican, and Puritan; rather, we must explore the ways in which early modern theater staged its religious culture’s complex negotiations of ideas.

From the early Elizabethan touring companies’ role in disseminating reformed doctrine to the representation of Wolsey and Cranmer in London’s playhouses, English stages were potential sites of encounter — officially sanctioned or not — with mainstream ideology. As Stages of Engagement demonstrates, early modern drama both conveyed and shaped Protestant beliefs and practices, and drama was itself shaped by the religion of its producers and its audiences."

Posted October 17, 2014



John Price Reading: “The Nature of Kinship”

John Price delivers talk “The Nature of Kinship”

John Price is the author of the memoirs Daddy Long Legs: The Natural Education of a Father (Trumpeter Books/​Shambhala Press, 2013); Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships (Da Capo Press, 2008; paperback released by University of Iowa Press, Spring, 2012) and Not Just Any Land: A Personal and Literary Journey into the American Grasslands (University of Nebraska Press, 2004). Price is also the editor of the nature anthology The Tallgrass Prairie Reader (University of Iowa Press, 2014). He attended the University of Iowa, where he earned his B.A. in Religion, M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing and Ph.D. in English. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and other recognitions, his nonfiction writing about nature, family, and spirit has appeared in many journals, magazines, newspapers, and anthologies including Orion, The Christian Science Monitor, Creative Nonfiction, The Iowa Review, and Best Spiritual Writing 2000. He is a Professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he directs the nonfiction writing program. Price is a prominent writer of place-based creative nonfiction from the prairies, and one whose trademark literary style combines poignancy and humor. As one reviewer put it: “If David Sedaris and Annie Dillard had a literary love child and raised him in Iowa, he would write like this.”

Date: Friday, October 24
Time: 4:00 PM
Location :Frandsen 106


Posted September 29, 2014


Nicole Seymour Lecture: “Documentary Film and the Ironies of Climate Change”

Nicole Seymour delivers a lecture on “Documentary Film and the Ironies of Climate Change”

Nicole Seymour was born, and presently lives, in the charmingly sketchy port city of Long Beach, California. In the years between being born and the present, she earned her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University, taught at the University of Louisville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and held a year-long fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Germany. She is currently Assistant Professor of English in the area of Literature and the Environment at Cal State Fullerton. Nicole has published articles in several edited collections and in venues such as Cinema Journal and the Journal of Ecocriticism. Her first book, Strange Natures: Empathy, Futurity, and the Queer Ecological Imagination, came out last year from the University of Illinois Press. Among other accolades, it now sits at #24 (out of 46) on's list of the Pinkest Books Ever.

Date: Friday, November 14
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Frandsen 106


Posted September 29, 2014

Professor Rondel lecture: "Luck Egalitarianism and Its Discontent"

Professor Rondel lecture: "Luck Egalitarianism and Its Discontent"

Professor Rondel's talk describes how Kant’s idea about the impossibility of moral luck has come to influence, via Rawls, recent writings in egalitarian theory. He argues that this has been an unfortunate development. Further, he claims that the major deficiencies of this post-Rawlsian egalitarianism (dubbed by Elizabeth Anderson as “luck egalitarianism" ) are both effectively critiqued and corrected by the understanding of equality and its value located in John Dewey’s political writings.

David Rondel earned his PhD from the department of philosophy at McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada) in 2009, having written a dissertation on John Rawls and liberal theories of equality. Before coming to UNR, David held visiting appointments at Trent University (Peterborough, Canada) and Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada). His areas of research specialization include egalitarianism, theories of distributive justice, Marx and Marxism, and, increasingly, American pragmatist political theory (particularly the work of William James, John Dewey, and Richard Rorty).

David has published widely in these areas. His essays have appeared, among other places, in The Journal of Philosophical Research, Philosophy & Rhetoric, The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Dialogue, Southwest Philosophical Review, and Socialist Studies. He is also co-editor of a volume of professor Kai Nielsen’s political-philosophical essays, recently published under University of Calgary Press (2012).

David is currently working on a book manuscript, loosely drawn from dissertation research, in which he attempts to reconcile what he calls “vertical” egalitarianism and “horizontal” egalitarianism. The former has to do with the (often distributive) relationship between state and citizen; the latter with the (often ethical) relationship between or among citizens. The book claims that there is a problematic reductivist impulse endemic in the contemporary egalitarian literature (as if “vertical” and “horizontal” egalitarians were competing in “zero-sum” fashion for the whole truth about equality) and draws on American pragmatist political thought so as to reconcile these approaches with an eye to a richer, descriptively accurate, and analytically valuable egalitarianism.

Date: November 21
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Frandsen 107


Posted October 17, 2014

David Gessner Reading:
“All the Wild That Remains”

David Gessner LEcture:
“All the Wild That Remains”

David Gessner is the author of eight books, including Return of the Osprey, Sick of Nature, My Green Manifesto, and The Tarball Chronicles, which won the 2012 Reed Award for Best Book on the Southern Environment and the Association for Study of Literature and the Environment’s award for best book of creative writing in 2011-12. He has published essays in many journals and magazines, including Outside and The New York Times Magazine, and has won the prestigious John Burroughs Award for Best Nature Essay, a Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in Best American Nonrequired Reading. He recently appeared on MSNBC’s The Cycle to offer his take on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Gessner taught Environmental Writing as a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard, and is currently a Professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he founded the award-winning literary journal of place, Ecotone. His latest book, All the Wild That Remains (forthcoming from Norton), is about following the ghosts of Wallace Stegner and Edward Abbey around the American West. Gessner is among the most accomplished contemporary American environmental writers, and he is known especially for his irreverent and comically energetic literary voice.

Date: Friday, November 14
Time:at 4:00 p.m.
Location: FH 106


Posted September 29, 2014

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