VMI Undergraduate Research Shakespeare Conference 2009-2010
Sixth Conference, February 12-13, 2010
For the sixth annual conference, our keynote speaker is Dr. Roslyn Knutson. Dr. Knutson is Professor Emeritus of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. She is an expert in theater history, specifically repertory studies, and has been a champion of the Records of Early English Drama (REED) Project. Her publications include the book Playing Companies and Commerce in Shakespeare's Time and the article "Two Playhouses, Both Alike in Dignity" in Shakespeare Quarterly.
The title of her address is “Who Cares about Lost Plays? YOU Should.”
Prizewinners for "Best Paper in Session" each receive a copy of The Royal Shakespeare Company's Shakespeare: The Life, the Works, the Treasures. The prizewinner for "Best Paper in Conference" receives an autographed, personally inscribed copy of Dr. Knutson's The Repertory of Shakespeare's Company, 1596-1613.
The conference this year is dedicated to the late Dr. Barbara Palmer, one of the founders of REED and a long time member of its editorial board, who passed away in September of 2009. She was a dynamic and very generous scholar. Barbara was scheduled to be our keynote speaker this year, but a serious stroke made her unable to be with us. Yet even in her greatest distress, she was more concerned with her obligation to this conference than with her own serious condition, and it was at her suggestion that we were able to engage Dr. Knutson to step into her place. Soon afterwards, Barbara died. Her untimely passing is a great loss to the scholarship of early English drama and to the profession of teaching.
THE COMPLETE PROGRAM OF THE 2009-2010 CONFERENCE.
Other presenters and papers:
- Jonathan Buckland, Virginia Military Institute, "Henry V: The True Machiavelli"
- Victoria Hatcher, Bridgewater College, "Well Wed: A Dramatic Assessment of Marriage in the Comedies"
- Lucy Hundley, Washington & Lee University, "Forms of Things Unknown: Nothingness in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream"
- Elizabeth Micci, Washington & Lee University, "The Reader's Sympathies: A Look at Macbeth's Tragedy Through the Lens of Performative Language"
- Ryan McLaughlin, James Madison University, "Arguing One's Way into Sin: Religion, Logic, and Damnation in Dr. Faustus and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore"