Ohio Shakespeare Notes

Archives - Winter 1995, Vol. 1

Ohio Shakespeare Notes, the newsletter of the Ohio Shakespeare Conference, will provide news about conference members, announcements of the upcoming conference that will include a call for papers, and abstracts of papers given at the previous year's conference. For several years participants have talked informally about finding a way to make abstracts available and to share information relevant to members of the Ohio Shakespeare Conference; we hope that this publication will satisfy some of those goals. Part of your dues will pay for the publishing and mailing of this newsletter.

For those of you who are newcomers to the Ohio Shakespeare Conference, it began in 1977 with its first meeting at Central State University. The topic for the conference was "Shakespeare in Performance: Focus on King Lear and the Kozinstev Film." Each year we gather at a new location and consider wide-ranging topics. Some of the other conferences have included the 1979 University of Toledo program on "Shakespearean Comedy and the Public," the 1983 Oberlin College "Responses to Shakespeare: Scholarly, Critical, Artistic," Kenyon College's 1985 conference on "Test, Performance, Context: Shakespeare as Live Theatre," the highly explosive 1989 University of Akron's "Ideological Approaches to Shakespeare," and last year's Shakespeare and the Sense of Shame" at the University of Cincinnati. Demonstrating that we are not tradition-bound, one year we headed to Maine's Bowdoin College for a conference complete with lobster fest. This atypical "Ohio" conference was also well attended.

The OSC programs have ranged from providing a forum for those of us in Ohio to share our scholarly work with each other to providing an opportunity for nationally recognized scholars to come among us and debate current issues in literary theory in a more intimate format than the Shakespeare Association of America meetings and some other relional Shakespeare conferences provide. At times we have even veered away from Shakespeare, such as we did in 1993 when OSC was jointly hosted by Case Western Reserve and Cleveland State University, around the theme "There the Whole Palace Opened: Court and Society in Jacobean England." At that particular conference, members enjoyed watching a performance of Oberon, the Fairy Prince by Ben Jonson, a spectacular production of the masque which had not been performed since Jonson's time. As such programs indicate, diversity has been a by-word for the Ohio Shakespeare Conference. Future newsletters will provide a bit of history about these earlier meetings.

The 1994 meeting, "Shakespeare and the Sense of Shame," offered an ambitious range of papers. The keynote speakers were Barbara Freedman, Eve Kosofsky Sedgewick, Gail Paster, H.R. Coursen, and Paul Yachnin. Their presentations were spaced among sessions entitled "Cultures of Shame," "The Shakespearean Audience," "Civilization and Sorrow: Tragedy's Shameful Responses," "The Wisdom of the Body," "Shame and the Problems of Comedy," "Shame and Gender Identity," "Shakespeare in Performance," "Psychological Perspectives on Shame," and "The Contagion of Shame: the Case of Othello." The abstracts contained in this newsletter cover most of the papers given at these sessions, excluding keynote addresses, and were submitted by the authors. They are organized according to session.


"Culture of Shame"
Chair: Y.S. Baines, University of Cincinnati

  • "I am that I am": Shakespeare's Sonnets and the Economy of Shame
    by Lars Engle, University of Tulsa
  • Private Guilt and Public Shame: Social Dynamics on Muc Ado About Nothing
    by Leslie Taylor, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • The Erotics of Shame: Hyper-masculinity, Male Masochism, and Circulations of Sexuality in Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra
    by Lisa S. Starks, East Texas State University

"The Shakespearean Audience"
Chair: Edmund Taft, Marshall University

  • The Shame of Unsinewed Bodies
    by Jessica Slights, McGill University
  • Shamefastness: The (Anti-) Theatrical Virtue
    by Tracy Sedinger, State University of New York at Buffalo

"Civilization and Sorrow: Tragedy's Shameful Responses"
Chair: James Forse, Bowling Green University

  • Old and Guilty, Young and Sensitive: the Generation Gap in Hamlet
    by David George, Urbana University
  • A Shameful Violation of the Body Politic: Titus Andronicus as Classical Commentary on English History
    by Valerie Antcliffe, University of Cincinnati
  • Shame as Honorable or Dishonorable in Shakespeare's Villains: Antony's Claim to Shame
    by Wendy Hites, Chapman University, and Timothy Mullen, University of Wales

"The Wisdom of the Body"
Chair: Ernest H. Johansson, Ohio University

  • "Printed in Her Blood": Rhetorical Physiology and the Shakespearean Blush
    by Catherine Belling, SUNY Stony Brook
  • Revising the Amorous Code: Blushing in Venus and Adonis
    by Patrick M. Murphy, SUNY Oswego
  • The Shame of Cuckoldry: Iago's Secret Weapon
    by Louis A. DeCatur, Ursinus College

"Shame and the Problems of Comedy"
Chair D.S. Hassan, Central State University

  • Tongue-tied (Wo)Men and Embarassed Men in Much Ado and Winter's Tale
    by Lori Schroeder Haslem
  • Theaters of Shame in The Winter's Tale
    by Tom Bishop, Case Western Reserve University

"Shame and Gender Identity"
Chair: James M. Hall, University of Cincinnati

  • Othello and Abjection: The Psychology of Shame
    by S.L. Yentzer, University of Georgia

"Shakespeare in Performance"
Chair: Piers Lewis, Metropolitan State, St. Paul

  • Hamlet at Elsinore, 1937: Guthrie, Olivier, and Theatrical Intimacy
    by Barry Gaines, University of New Mexico
  • Branagh's Much Ado and The Mirror of Shame
    by Lauren Shohet, Brown University

"Psychological Perspectives on Shame"
Chair: Beth Ash, University of Cincinnati

  • "Gored with Menelaus' Horn": Shame and Rage in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida
    by Phil Collington, University of Toronto

"The Contagion of Shame: the Case of Othello"
Chair: Louis A. DeCatur, Ursinus College

  • Sin, Sex, and Shame: True Confessions in Othello and Hamlet
    by Marie L. Franklin, Georgia Southern University
  • Othello Burlesques and the Crisis of Whiteness
    by Joyce Green MacDonald, University of Kentucky