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VMI Undergraduate Research Shakespeare Conference 2007-2008

William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & TragediesFourth Conference, November 9-11, 2007 

For the fourth annual conference, our keynote speaker is Dr. Alan Dessen, professor of English at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Dessen has published widely on Shakespeare and on Elizabethan and Jacobean drama and is a pioneer in the study of original performance practices. He is the author of, among other books, Elizabethan Stage Conventions and Modern Interpreters; Rescripting Shakespeare: The Text, the Director, and Modern Productions; Recovering Shakespeare's Theatrical Vocabulary; and is the co-author of A Dictionary of Stage Directions in English Drama, 1580-1642. Dr. Dessen's keynote address is entitled "Eavesdropping on a Conversation: Stage Directions and Theatre History."

Schools taking part this year are Bridgewater College, Furman University, Hollins University, James Madison University, Roanoke College, Virginia Military Institute, and Washington and Lee University.


Prizewinners for "Best Paper in Session" each receive an autographed copy of Alan Dessen's Rescripting Shakespeare: The Text, the Director, and Modern Productions. The prize for "Best Paper in Conference" receives a copy of The Theatergoer's Guide to Shakespeare, by Robert Thomas Fallon, and an autographed copy of Dr. Dessen's Elizabethan Stage Conventions and Modern Interpreters. The winners in 2007 will be listed below. All papers will be made available here, as well.

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