Daily Archives: April 10, 2009

Shakespeare Authorship Studies Seminar August 16-21

As authorship devotees pack for the 13th Annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference to be held April 16-19 at Concordia University in Portland, Director Dan Wright of the Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre reminds us that the center is accepting 20 registrants for the Shakespeare Authorship Studies Seminar at the university August 16-21, 2009.

“This event will be the first to be convened in the new Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre,” Wright said. “And it doubtless will attract the interest of a host of people.”

Registration information is available at the authorship studies website.

The topic under discussion at the summer seminar is “Shakespeare and Religion”. Wright’s recommended reading on the topic:

. . . Joseph Pearce’s The Quest for Shakespeare: The Bard of Avon and the Church of Rome(2008) an argument that Shakespeare, in his writing and his personal convictions, was intensely Roman Catholic; Daniel Wright’s The Anglican Shakespeare: Elizabethan Orthodoxy in the Great Histories (1993) – an argument that Shakespeare, apart from his perhaps-unknowable personal convictions, wrote as a partisan of the Church of England; and Eric Mallin’s Godless Shakespeare (2007) – an argument that Shakespeare was a writer of evolving religious sensibilities who began his career as a religious skeptic but matured as an atheist, liberated by unbelief.

The Mallin book is one of a new series called Shakespeare Now! described as a series of newly minted short books that engage imaginatively and often provocatively with the possibilites of Shakespeare’s plays, edited by Simon Palfrey and Ewan Fernie and published by Continuum.

Michigan-based Linda Theil Appointed Editor of SOS Quarterly Newsletter

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY –  The Shakespeare Oxford Society has announced the appointment of Linda Theil, a Howell, Michigan-based journalist and communications professional, as the new editor of the Society’s quarterly newsletter.

Founded in 1957, the Shakespeare Oxford Society is an educational organization dedicated to researching and honoring the true Bard.

Theil’s extensive career as a journalist includes writing for the The Detroit News, Ann Arbor News, and Hour Detroit.  She is the owner of Theil Communications producing newsletters and publication materials for a wide variety of clients.

For the past several years, Theil has been active in the Oberon Shakespeare Study Group, a Michigan-based Shakespeare authorship organization. Theil provides editorial direction for the very informative Oberon blog.  She is accepting articles, news items and media reviews for the SOS newsletter and can be reached at linda.theil@gmail.com.

One of Theil’s goals as editor of the Society’s newsletter is to make more effective use of electronic media, in an effort to disseminate the Society’s messages much more quickly and widely.  A new Shakespeare Oxford Society blog has already been created.

2009 — The Year of the Sonnets: Another priority for Theil and the Society this year is to highlight the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. The Society’s Board of Trustees adopted the following resolution:  “In recognition of the 400th anniversary of the publication of ‘SHAKE-SPEARS SONNETS,’ the Shakespeare Oxford Society hereby designates 2009 ‘The Year of the Sonnets’ and declares its intention to highlight the proposition that the Sonnets were published posthumously in 1609.”

There is a long and distinguished history of doubting the traditional “Stratfordian” attribution of the Shakespeare works. Noted doubters over the years include Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Henry James, Sigmund Freud, and Charlie Chaplin.  More recent skeptics include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stevens and renowned Shakespearean actors Derek Jacoby, Jeremy Irons, Michael York, and Mark Rylance.

Matthew Cossolotto, President of the Shakespeare Oxford Society, said:  “We’re extremely pleased to have a communications professional of Linda’s caliber and extensive journalistic experience as our newsletter editor.  Her background, creativity and high energy will help us get our pro-Shakespeare message out to a much wider audience.”

Video of Matthew Cossolotto Discussing Shakespeare Authorship Issue

Click on this AOL video link to view a short video of Shakespeare Oxford Society President, Matthew Cossolotto, discussing several reasons to doubt the traditional Stratfordian attribution and to consider the Oxfordian theory.

More About The Shakespeare Oxford Society

Founded in 1957, New York-based Shakespeare Oxford Society is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to exploring the Shakespeare authorship question and researching the evidence that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford (1550 – 1604) is the true author of the poems and plays of “William Shakespeare. Visit www.shakespeare-oxford.com for more information.  Other useful sites include: www.shakespearefellowship.org, www.doubtaboutwill.org, www.shakespearebyanothername.com, www.deveresociety.co.uk, and www.oxford-shakespeare.com.