Popular Culture and the Deep Past, 2016: Shakespeare's Day - 1616/2016

January 13, 2016
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 9:00am to Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 6:00pm
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February 19-20, 2016

Ohio Union - The Ohio State University

Academic Conference

Additional Attractions


Shakespeare's Day Main Page


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A two-day event on February 19-20, 2016, sponsored and produced by CMRS, intended as an exploration of popular identities past and present with special attention to the world of Shakespeare's time.

This is the third in a yearly series of events under the broader CMRS theme of 'Popular Culture and the Deep Past,' in which contemporary pop-cultural manifestations will be explored and celebrated with attention to their profound and wide-ranging historical and cultural contexts. A guiding principle of the series is to bring diverse communities together in and around Ohio State, including the academic and non-academic, scholarly and performative, creative, educational, and reflective communities.



Unless otherwise indicated, all events will take place in the Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street.

Visitor Parking is available at the Ohio Union South Garage.


Academic Conference

Sonnet Reading Sign-Up
(Reserve the time(s) you would like to read a sonnet during the Sonnet Reading)

Stream select lectures from Shakespeare's Day!



FRIDAY February 19 — all events in the Ohio Union 





Registration and Refreshments
Central Hall



Welcome, Graeme Boone, CMRS Director
Cartoon Room 1 (3rd Floor)

9:30 - 11:30 AM

Session I: Shakespeare Around the World
Cartoon Room 1

Chair, Marjorie Chan (Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Ohio State)

"Muslim Caliban and England's Popular Culture"
Leighla Khansari (Graduate Student, Comparative Studies, Ohio State) 

"Shakespeare and the Modern Arabic Theater"
Joseph Zeidan (Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Ohio State)

"A Beijing Opera Adaptation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet"
Marjorie K. M. Chan (Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Ohio State)

"The Introduction of Shakespeare to Japan in the Nineteenth Century"
Richard Torrance (Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Ohio State)  

Session II: Papers From the Mappa Mundi Club
Cartoon Room 2

Chair, Nick Spitulski (Medieval & Renaissance Studies)

"Visualizing Elizabethan England"
Reba L. Kocher (Undergraduate Student, History, Ohio State)

"Fairy Interesting"
Kaelyn O. McAdams (Undergraduate Student, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Ohio State)



12-12:45 PM

"Editing Shakespeare"
Cartoon Room 1

with Sarah Neville  (Professor, English, Ohio State)

1:00-3:00 PM

Session III: Modern Resonances
Cartoon Room 1

Chair, Matthew Yde (Ph.D., Theatre, Ohio State)

“'Thou hast no hands to wipe away thy tears': Anxiety and Mutilation of the Body in Shakespearean Performance and Horror Films
Eric Brinkman (Graduate Student, Theatre, Ohio State) 

"Look at This F*cking Thesis: Modern Counterculture in Sweet Wag Shakespeare's As You Like It"
Patrick Aaron Harris (MFA candidate, Shakespeare & Performance Mary Baldwin College)

"From Farce to Tragicomedy: Mutations of Malvolio from William Shakespeare’s Day to Ours"
Matthew Yde (Ph.D., Theatre, Ohio State)

"Shakespeare for Kids: Bringing Shakespeare’s Popular Culture into the 21st Century"
Elizabeth Harelik (Graduate Student, Theatre, Ohio State)

Session IV
Round table 1: Lord Denney’s Players: Performing Medieval and Renaissance Drama Today
Cartoon Room 2

Moderator, Manuel Jacquez (Graduate Student, English, Ohio State)

Sarah Neville (Professor, English, Ohio State)

Antony Shuttleworth (Professor,  English, Ohio State) 

Annie McAlpine (BA, English)

Ellie Rogers (Undergraduate Student, Theatre, Ohio State) 


Break; Refreshment

3:30-5:00 PM   

Session V
Round table 2: Transnational Exchange within Anglo and Iberian Theatre (16–17th centuries)
Cartoon Room 1

Moderator, Jessica Rutherford (Graduate Student, Spanish and Portuguese, Ohio State)

Robey Patrick (PhD, Spanish and Portuguese, Ohio State) 

Andrew Woodmansee (Graduate Student, Spanish and Portuguese, Ohio State) 

Victoria Muñoz (Graduate Student, English, Ohio State) 

Session VI
Round table 3: Teaching Shakespeare in 2016 (Sponsored by the Medieval & Renaissance Graduate Student Association)
Cartoon Room 2

Moderator, Manuel Jacquez (Graduate Student, English, Ohio State)

Carmen Meza (Graduate Student, English, Ohio State)

Evan Thomas (Graduate Student, English, Ohio State)

Jonathan Holmes (Graduate Student, English, Ohio State)

Liz Steinway (Graduate Student, English, Ohio State)

Beth Kattleman (Professor, Theatre, Ohio State)




6:00 PM


The Confused Greenies of Player's Patchwork Theater Company present "Buckets of Ducats"
U.S. Bank Conference Theater 


A one-act commedia dell'arte performance

Stream Performance



CMRS Public Lecture
U.S. Bank Conference Theater (ground floor)

"Shakespeare and the Commedia dell' Arte"
Robert Henke (Professor, Performing Arts and Comparative Literature, Washington University St. Louis)

Stream Lecture    

SATURDAY, February 20 —all daytime events in the Ohio Union lower level (basement), unless otherwise noted




Registration and Refreshments
Central Hall

10:00-12:00 PM

Session VII: Images, Stories, Dancing Across Time
Maudine Cow Room

Chair, Melanie Schuessler Bond (Professor, Costume Design, Eastern Michigan University)

"Deconstructing and Reconstructing Sixteenth-Century Clothing in Film"
Melanie Schuessler Bond (Professor, Costume Design, Eastern Michigan University)

"Picturing a 'Flower': Ballad Woodcuts, Circulating Androgyny, and 'The Famous Flower of Serving-Men'"
Katharine Elizabeth Landers (Graduate Student, English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

"The Fictionalization of History: How Stories Shape Our Understanding of the Past"
Samantha Edmonds (Graduate Student, English, University of Cincinnati) 

“Come Dance through France in Time and Space: From Baroque to Bal-musette"
Martha Pereszlenyi-Pinter (Chair, Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures, John Carroll University) 

Session VIII: Cultural, Literary, and Historical Lenses
Milestones Room

Chair, Alan Farmer (Professor, English, Ohio State)

"Coleridge, Melancholy, and Hamlet"
Clare Simmons (Professor, English, Ohio State)

"Shakespeare and Deadwood"
Sean O'Sullivan (Professor, English, Ohio State)

"Idle and Scurrilous Trifles:  Playbooks and Popular Culture in Early Modern England"
Alan B. Farmer (Professor, English, Ohio State)

"'Dreams that would live on': Shakespeare and the Making of Modern Comics  
Jared Gardner (Professor, English, Ohio State)  



1:30-3:30 PM

Session IX: Interpreting Shakespeare
Maudine Cow Room

Chair, John Slefinger (Graduate Student, English)

"‘Within an organ weak’:  Helen’s Rhetoric of Divine Grace and Self-Abnegation in All’s Well That Ends Well"
Bethany Christiansen (Graduate Student, English, Ohio State)

"Cultural Mixing in Henry VIII"
Mira Kafantaris (PhD, English, Ohio State)

"Mourning, Melancholia, Macbeth, and Film"
Michael Harwick, Travis Neel (Graduate Students, English, Ohio State)

"From Page to Stage: Shakespeare’s use of Holinshed’s Chronicles"
Dustin Meyer (Graduate Student, English, Purdue University)

Session X: Music Then and Now
Milestones Room

Chair, Graeme Boone (Professor, Music, Ohio State)

"Shakespeare and the Blues"
Graeme M. Boone (Professor, Music, Ohio State)
Jarod Ogier (Librarian, Music/Dance Library, Ohio State)

"'The Historical Problem': Underscoring Romance in Shakespeare in Love"
Elizabeth Kirkendoll (Graduate Student, Music, Ohio State)

"The Difficulties of Writing Shakespeare Opera"
Arved Ashby (Professor, Music, Ohio State)

"The Original Music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream"
Ronald S. Cook (Independent Scholar and Performer)

Session XI: Food and Foodways in the Age of Shakespeare
Hagerty Hall, Room 046

Chair, Hannibal Hamlin (Professor, English, Ohio State)

"Reconstructing Sixteenth-Century Regional Gastronomy from Alentejo: Évora, Portugal"
Jessica Rutherford (Graduate Student, Spanish and Portuguese, Ohio State)   

"Feasting in Shakespeare"
Hannibal Hamlin (Professor, English, Ohio State)

"The Cultural Niche of Cheese in Shakespeare’s England
Leslie Lockett (Professor, English Ohio State)



4:00-5:15 PM

'Shakespeare's Day' Keynote Lecture
U.S. Bank Conference Theater

"Music, Death, and 'Uncomfortable Time': William Byrd’s O that most rare breast and Shakespeare’s "Excellent Conceited Tragedy" of Romeo and Juliet"
Jeremy Smith (Professor, Music, University of Colorado at Boulder) 
with participation from Members of Fior Angelico 

Stream Lecture


Additional Attractions


Saturday, February 20 -- additional activities in the Union   



Registration and Refreshments
Central Hall

10:00-4:00 PM

Creative Arts Room


Rare Books and Manuscripts

Rare Books and Manuscripts Library
Hilander Research Library
with Librarians Eric Johnson and Pasha Johnson

Artful Writing

Calligraphy Guild of Columbus

Theatrical Artwork

Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre
Research Institute
with Professor Beth Kattelman

Historical Spinning

with Sharon Mech

Artisan Vendors

Tinctures & Salves from Boline Apothecary
Wooden Utensils from John Gustafson


Lecture Demonstration
Dance 1

"Music and Musical Instruments in Shakespeare's England"
Ron and Janice Cook from The Early Interval



12:15-1:15 PM

Shakespeare Play Reading
Dance 1

with Elizabeth Harelik (Graduate Student, Theatre)               

1:30-3:30 PM

Sonnet Session
Central Hall

 a reading of Shakespeare's sonnets
Led by Jennifer Higginbotham
(Sonnet Reading Sign-Up **Reserve the time(s) you would like to read a sonnet during the Sonnet Reading**)

Elizabethan Dance Workshop
Dance 1

Led by David Sweeten (Graduate Student, English)

Combat Workshop
Dance 2

Led by Sarah Dunlap, Oliver Kennedy and Chris Rockwell (Alumni of the Ithaca Chapter of the Ring of Steel Theatrical Combat and Stunt Troupe)

3:00-3:30 PM

A Concert of William Byrd's Music
U.S. Bank Theater 

Members of Fior Angelico (view their page), Directed by Matthew Bester


Break and refreshments


Shakespeare Bash and Macbeth screening at the Gateway Theater


Shakespeare Bash


Register for Shakespeare's Day


Shakespeare's Day Main Page