Late Shakespeare, 1608-1613

In fourteen specially commissioned chapters by leading Shakespeare scholars from around the globe, Late Shakespeare, 1608–1613 provides an essential re-appraisal of the final phase of Shakespeare's writing life. Arranged for the first time in the best-established chronological sequence, Shakespeare's last seven extant plays are discussed in detail in dedicated chapters, from Pericles to the late co-authored works, King Henry VIII and The Two Noble Kinsmen. The plays are situated in the context of Shakespeare's financial investments, his focus on the practice of reading, the changing nature of his acting company and the pressing issues of contemporary politics and urban life. The book also goes on to explore the relationship between Shakespeare and his audience and considers the dominant themes in his final works. Analysing and responding to the latest criticism in the field, this volume brings to light a vital re-examination of what it means to discuss 'late Shakespeare'.

Table of Contents

Introduction Andrew J. Power and Rory Loughnane
1. Pericles, Prince of Tyre: Pericles, Prince of Tyre and the appetite for narrative Andrew Hiscock
2. Coriolanus: Coriolanus and the late romances David George
3. Cymbeline: recognition in Cymbeline Raphael Lyne
4. The Winter's Tale: kinetic emblems and memory images in The Winter's Tale William E. Engel
5. The Tempest: 'hush, and be mute': silences in The Tempest Michael Neill
6. King Henry VIII: semi-choric devices and the framework for playgoer response in King Henry VIII Rory Loughnane
7. The Two Noble Kinsmen: Shakespeare's final phase: The Two Noble Kinsmen in its context Sandra Clark
8. Shakespeare: from author to audience to print, 1608–13 Grace Ioppolo
9. Reading strange matter: words and text in Shakespeare's late plays Charlotte Scott
10. Late Shakespeare, late players Andrew J. Power
11. Cities in late Shakespeare Adam Hansen
12. Shakespeare and James I: personal rule and public responsibility Stuart M. Kurland
13. Writing faithfully in a post-confessional world Thomas Betteridge
14. Magic and gender in late Shakespeare Ian McAdam
Afterword Gordon McMullan.

Conference Schedule

Schedule of Speakers

Day One: Friday, December 5th

5.15pm Early Panel:
Shakespeare, Latelie Adapted
Kate Harvey (TCD)
The Afterlife of The Taming of the Shrew in Children's Literature
Emily O’Brien (TCD)
'Exit Music (for a film)': Romeo and Juliet’s musical afterlife
Dr Carmen Szabo (UCD)
Bardolatry and building the 'definitive' filmic canon of Shakespeare's plays
Chair: Dr. Edel Lamb (University College Dublin)

6.30pm Official Conference Opening

Plenary Address: Professor Michael Hattaway,
Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Sheffield.
' New Directions for the last plays: Timon of Athens and its Afterlife’

8pm Wine Reception, Room 401, Arts Block

Day Two: Saturday, December 6th

9.30am Panel One:
Text, Speech and Religious Debate
Dr Adrian Streete, (Queens University, Belfast)
Christ, Revelation and Political Prolepsis in Richard II
Máté Vince, (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
From the ‘speech conceived in adultery’ to the ‘juggling of the fiends’: In what sense did the debate on equivocation influence Macbeth.
Chair: Rory Loughnane (Trinity College Dublin)

10.30am Break

10.45am Panel Two:
Being and Playing: Time and Age
Dr Andrew Power, (TCD)
Late Shakespeare, Late Players
John Tangney, (Duke University)
Being and Time in Macbeth.
Chair: Dr. Patrick Lonergan (NUI Galway)

11.45am Break

12.00pm Panel Three:
Romance or no romance
Erin De Young, (Marquette University)
‘For I Was Dead’: A Final Farewell to the Restoration of Life.
Emiliebeth Arwen Caddy, (University of Sheffield)
‘Whiter-Than-White’: The Casting of Ariel and Caliban.
Chair: Dr Andrew Power (Trinity College Dublin)

1pm Lunch

2.30pm Panel Four:
Looking Before and After
Dr Chloe Porter, (University of Manchester)
‘But begun for others to end’: Concepts of Incompletion in Lyly and Shakespeare.
Christopher Salamone, (Mansfield College, Oxford)
John Fletcher and James Shirley's The Night-Walker: Hoaxed Ghosts and the Spectre of Authorship.
Chair: Professor Danielle Clarke (University College Dublin)

3.45pm Break

4pm Second Plenary Address:
Dr Martin Wiggins,
Senior Lecturer and Fellow, Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-Upon-Avon

5pm Panel Discussion with

Professor Michael Hattaway & Dr Martin Wiggins

7.30pm Conference Dinner

Conference attendance is free and all are welcome
Late Shakespeare: Texts and Afterlives
A two-day international conference, held at Trinity College Dublin on 5th & 6th December 2008, interrogating things recent, late, and belated in the study of Shakespearean drama.

Plenary Speakers

Professor Michael Hattaway, MA, PhD, FEA Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Sheffield.

Dr Martin Wiggins, MA, DPhil (Oxon) Senior Lecturer and Fellow, Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Time & venue:

Fri. 5th Dec. 5.15pm-8pm, Uí Chadhain Theatre, Arts Building, TCD
Sat. 6th Dec. 9.30am-6pm, Uí Chadhain Theatre, Arts Building, TCD

Conference Organisers

Dr Andrew J. Power & Mr Rory V. Loughnane
Contact information:

Suggested Areas of Interest

"That for which we find words is something already dead in our hearts. There is always a kind of contempt in the act of speaking." Nietzsche Twilight of the Idols (1888)

Many of the later quarto texts of Shakespeare's plays boast that they are copies of plays 'latelie Acted'. This conference proposes to investigate things recent, late, and belated in the work of Shakespeare and his later contemporaries. On one level the conference promotes new writing in the field of Shakespeare studies with the papers themselves being lately written. The conference also encourages an investigation of what it means for a work to be late, what happens to a text once the writing is finished, and what implications there are for an author who is writing late in his career or even who is 'late' (i.e. who is published posthumously).

To that end, the conference organisers would welcome papers that include, but are not limited to, the following themes:
The writing process; 'late' trends / events that influence a text or its production; late-authorship; the relationship between the author and the text after the writing is finished; textual ephemera, marginalia, or dedication; authorship and death; bardolatry; anxiety of influence; issues of time, decay, or time-keeping in texts; the afterlife of the text; representations of the afterlife in a text; lost, forgotten, or neglected texts; performance / textual history; the London stages at the end of Shakespeare’s career / after Shakespeare’s death; the closure of the theatres.