From Amsterdam to Zadar, LUP students covered a lot of ground over break week – 38 or more different destinations across Europe, and over 350 travel legs logged during the week. The many beautiful regions of Italy proved the strongest draw this semester, with Eastern European countries and Spain also proving very popular.
It was lovely to be able to welcome everyone home to London at the start of this week, as we return to classes. We’re looking forward to reading some of their traveller’s tales in our photo-essay contest later in the semester.
Professor Rory Rapple, who is currently teaching courses on sixteenth-century and seventeenth-century British history on the LUP, is going to Ireland to give two papers on different aspects of his own research over the first weekend of the Fall Break.
The first paper, which will be given at the Humanities Institute of Ireland in University College, Dublin tonight, is about the career of Essex man Ralph Lane. Lane is best known as the Governor of England’s first (not very successful) American colony in Roanoke, Virginia. His later career as the master of Elizabeth’s army in Ireland, however is a good deal less heroic. It is an hilarious story of corruption and graft that would not look out of place in Joseph Heller’s book Catch 22. Rapple highlights Lane’s political opportunism and shows how, under the guise of professionalism, he weaved a web of bribery and larceny that beggars belief.
Rapples second paper will be given in Trinity College Dublin on Monday 17 October. It is on the ways in which the question of who would succeed Elizabeth I after her death made an impact on Irish politics in the 1590s. This period saw native Irish alliances with Spain against Elizabeth’s regime, but Rapple argues that the Irish ‘rebels’, despite their defiance, always had the question of what might happen following the aged queen’s death on their mind, even during the most polarised periods of conflict. In this way Rapple reinterprets the period and invites a reimagining of the dying days of Elizabethan Ireland.
Two Notre Dame faculty members, Professor Peter Holland and Dr Boika Sokolova, are among the 60 scholars who appear on the website of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as part of the discussion Who Wrote Shakespeare. The online conference ’60 Minutes with Shakespeare’ offers 60 one-minute answers to questions to do with Shakespeare’s life and work.
Visit: http://60-minutes.bloggingshakespeare.com/, and sign up to find out what they had to say, as well as answers to other questions such as “What does Stephen Fry think about the Shakespeare authorship issue?” and “In what ways are the plays revealing about Shakespeare’s knowledge of theatrical practice?”
Dr Boika Sokolova, teaches our Shakespeare in London class, and the first half of the performance-based class, Playing Shakespeare, before the students go on to develop their performance with Globe Education, in preparation for an end of semester production.
On Monday, Keith Surridge, who teaches two history courses for the LUP, drew on another of his personal passions and gave an entertaining presentation on English football to an audience of interested students, faculty and staff.
In a jam-packed presentation, he covered the history of football; how it began and developed in England and how and why the rest of the world took up the ‘beautiful game’. He also tackled some of the tough questions: the impact of big money on the game; why England’s national team has had little success, while English clubs have dominated European competitions; and why the game means so much to so many people, both in the UK, and in the rest of the world.
The presentation was followed by a reception, which allowed the conversation to continue into the evening and extend to cover personal experiences as players, fans, and first-timers, as well as the politics and sociology of sports.
This presentation was the first in a series of event events that, within a convivial social setting, deepen student engagement with British and international culture.
For more photos, please see the gallery.
Dr Boika Sokolova is a guest co-editor of this autumn’s issue of Shakespeare Bulletin, dedicated to the 400th anniversary of The Tempest. The issue includes her article Morphing The Tempest: Alexander Morfov’s Bulgarian Wrecks*.
(University of Notre Dame Library members can access Shakespeare Bulletin electronically here.)
Dr Boika Sokolova teaches our Shakespeare in London class, and the first half of the performance-based class, Playing Shakespeare, before the students go on to develop their performance with Globe Education, in preparation for an end of semester production.
*(Volume 29, Number 3, Fall 2011, pp 279-290)