Popular Fiction and the English Renaissance

Newcastle University, 14-15 April 2012



Saturday 14th April

12.00-1.00 Registration and Lunch

2.00-3.00 Session 1: Adaptation in Munday, Middleton and Shakespeare.

Emma Kennedy (York) “Jason and his Fleece on the Streets of London: Classical Imagery in the Jacobean Lord Mayor’s Show”.

Louise Wilson (St Andrews) “‘the second part, now on the presse’: serial publication, print popularity and Anthony Munday’s Iberian romance translations”.

Filip Krajnik (Durham) “‘Fast asleep behind the arras, and snorting like a horse’: The Anatomy of Sleeping Falstaff”.

3.00-4.00 Session 2: Early Modern Fiction

Mike Pincombe (Newcastle) “The Tragical Tale: A Forgotten Popular Genre of the Early Elizabethan Period”.

Neil Rhodes (St Andrews) “From the City to the Palace: The Evolution of Painter’s Palace of Pleasure”.

4.00-4.30 Coffee

4.30-5.30 Session 3: Religion and Popular Writing

Agnes Ecsedy (U of Toronto) “A Hap'orth of Devotion: Christ on the Ballad-Sheet”.

Susan Royal (Durham) “Re-forming the Radical Lollards in the English Reformation”.

5.30-6.00 Coffee

6.00-7.00 Keynote Lecture

Andy Kesson (Kent) “Euph Culture: John Lyly’s Euphues as Early Modern Celebrity”.


Sunday 15th April

12.00-1.00 Lunch

1.00-2.00 Session 4: Performing With Early Modern Drama

Amritesh Singh (York) '*Omkara* (2006), Bollywood's *Othello*: 'A round unvarnished tale' or 'an extravagant and wheeling stranger'?'

Sarah Olive (York) “Fabricated Evidence: Fictionalizing an Early Modern Play in Murder Mystery Drama”.

Jitka Štollová (Durham) “Shakespeare’s King Lear and Václav Havel’s Leaving: A Twin Study of Human Fall”.

2.00-2.30 Coffee

2.30-3.30 Session Five: Shakespeare and the Novel

Natalie Moore (Durham) “Shakespeare, Fate and the Novels of Herman Melville”.

Ann-Marie Einhaus (Northumbria) "Playing the Fool: Shakespearean parody and metafiction in Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters".

3.30-4.00 Wine Reception

4.00-6.40 Screening of Anonymous (2011)

Introduced by Peter Kirwan (Nottingham)

6.40 Conference Close.