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Pop-Up Shakespeare — Monday, April 25, 10am-2pm, Langson Library Lobby April 7, 2016

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Join us as we celebrate 400 years of William Shakespeare’s legacy!

2016 commemorates 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. In honor of his life’s works, the First Folio will make a rare public appearance in the Langson Library lobby! Other activities will include: a flash mob appearance by Shaken Shakespeare; First Folio title page puzzle and coloring sheets; free Shakespeare-themed buttons; and an appearance by Julia Lupton, UCI Professor of English and Comparative Literature; Co-Director of UCI Shakespeare Center; and Associate Dean for Research, School of Humanities.

An exhibit of additional Shakespeare material will be on display in the Langson Library 5th floor lobby, just outside of Special Collections & Archives, from April 25th-28th.

Date: Monday, April 25, 2016
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: Langson Library lobby, UCI Libraries
Questions? Email: spcoll@uci.edu Phone: (949)824-3947

P.S. If you can’t make it April 25th, come to the Shakespeare First Folio Fridays Seminars August 12 & 26, 2016 at Langson Library. For further information, please call (949)824-4651 or email partners@uci.edu

 

Shakespeare First Folio Fridays July 13, 2015

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The UCI Libraries invite you to
New Swan Shakespeare Festival:
FIRST FOLIO FRIDAYS

Macbeth, Friday, August 7, 2015, 12:00pm

Much Ado About Nothing, Friday, August 14, 2015, 12:00pm

UCI Langson Library, Caroline A. Laudati Conference Room 570

Presented by Julia Lupton, UCI Associate Dean for Research, Professor of English and Comparative Literature
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Guests will explore Shakespeare’s dramatic poetry, view early printings of Shakespeare’s play and see the Libraries’ copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio. Seminars led by Julia Lupton, Public Services Librarian in Special Collections & Archives, Stephen MacLeod, and Assistant University Librarian for Research Resources, John Renaud. Special 50th Anniversary guest, Robert Cohen, Founding Chair of the UCI Drama Department, to attend the August 7 seminar.

Julia Reinhard Lupton is an esteemed Shakespearean scholar. Professor Lupton was named a Chancellor’s Fellow at UCI in 2007 for her contributions to Shakespeare studies. In 2014, she was elected Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America. Recent scholarly books include Thinking with Shakespeare: Essays on Politics and Life and Citizen-Saints: Shakespeare and Political Theology. Her current book project, Shakespeare Dwelling: Habitation, Hospitality, Design, aims to use the visual, cognitive, and phenomenological resources of design theory to disclose the many points of creative contact between formal and vernacular acts of design on Shakespeare’s stage.

Free and open to the public. Space is limited. To make reservations for the August 7 seminar please click here. To make reservations for the August 14 seminar, please click here. For further information please call Library External Relations at (949) 824-4651 or email partners@uci.edu. Please note that no food or drink will be allowed in the seminar due to the rare materials on display.

For a map and directions please go to: http://www.uci.edu/campusmap. Self-parking ($2/hour) in the Student Center Parking Structure.

This event is co-sponsored by the Libraries, UCI’s School of Humanities and the New Swan Shakespeare Festival.

Special visit from The New Swan Shakespeare Festival company July 3, 2014

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We were thrilled that about twenty members of The New Swan Shakespeare Festival company came to our Reading Room yesterday to see the First Folio and other Shakespeare related material from our collection. Julia Lupton, UCI Professor of English and Comparative Literature, joined the group and shared her expertise in Shakespeare as we discussed the material. In addition to the First Folio we looked at the first facsimile of the first edition published in 1807, the Norton facsimile prepared by Charlton Hinman in 1968, pamphlets on Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet as performed by Madame Helena Modjeska in 1883, cabinet card photographs of Helena Modjeska in costume for roles in Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet, and miniature books of plays by Shakespeare.  It was a great opportunity to view and discuss the various editions of Shakespeare. As one of the cast members said “This has really tied the history of Shakespeare’s early books to our productions this summer. It’s provided greater historical context.” It was a wonderful event and we hope to do it again next summer! [Photographs by Allan Helmick.]

Professor Lupton will present two Noontime Seminars at Langson Library on August 13 (Romeo and Juliet) and August 20 (Twelfth Night).

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Happy 450th Birthday to the Bard of Avon! April 22, 2014

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William Shakespeare is generally thought to have been born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, making Wednesday, April 23, 2014 his 450th birthday!  He died on the same day in 1616, so 2016 will be the quatercentenary of his death, the 400th anniversary. Shakespeare’s “First Folio,” one of the rarest items in the UCI Libraries, is housed in Special Collections and Archives on the fifth floor of Langson Library. The first collected edition of the plays of William Shakespeare, commonly known as “The First Folio,” has long ranked among the most treasured publications in the English language. A fine copy of the first edition was donated to the Libraries in 1986 by Dr. Patrick Hanratty (below), a graduate of the UCI doctoral program in Information and Computer Science. Printed in London in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, the First Folio contains texts of thirty-six of the plays. Half of the plays here had never been printed before and half of the remaining plays appear here in authoritative versions. Only about 240 copies of the First Folio survive today, most held in libraries and other cultural institutions.  Our collection include the first reprint of 1807, as well as other important reprints and early glossaries. Happy Birthday William!

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Photo of Dr. Patrick Hanratty and the Shakespeare First Folio [AS-061, Box 144]

Photo of Dr. Patrick Hanratty and the Shakespeare First Folio [AS-061, Box 144]

Lunch with Robert Cohen! August 22, 2013

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Honorary Artistic Director of the New Swan Shakespeare Festival and Professor of Acting, Robert Cohen, presented a lunchtime talk on ‘Acting in Shakespeare’ in the New Swan Theater!

Prof. Robert Cohen at the New Swan Theater, August 22, 2013.

Prof. Robert Cohen at the New Swan Theater, August 22, 2013.

His talk was so fascinating, that we decided to find some photos of Prof. Cohen in action.

Special Collections and Archives has the Robert Cohen Papers [MS-P069], which comprises fifty-three production books! These books include scripts, reviews, photographs and stage directions, which document Cohen’s work as director for theater productions at UCI and the Utah and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals.

Robert Cohen as Alfred Doolittle in Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady, 1975 (MS-P069).

Robert Cohen as Alfred Doolittle in Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady, 1975 (MS-P069).

Robert Cohen and James Tripp as The Constables (MS-P069).

Robert Cohen and James Tripp as The Constables (MS-P069).

Prof. Cohen wearing a hat remarkably similar to the one he wore today.

Prof. Cohen wearing a hat remarkably similar to the one he wore today (MS-P069).

We found that Prof. Cohen is, literally and figuratively, a man of many hats.

Robert Cohen is the founding chair of the University of California, Irvine Drama Department and a renowned professor, director, translator, playwright, essayist, and drama critic. In 2001 he was named Claire Trevor Professor of Drama at UCI.

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Shakespeare inside and outside Langson Library July 27, 2012

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Many of us anxiously await the inaugural New Swan Shakespeare Festival, to be staged adjacent to Langson Library on Gateway Plaza, from August 9 – 26. In the meantime, we would like to point out that Shakespeare’s “First Folio,” one of the rarest items in the UCI Libraries, is housed in Special Collections and Archives on the fifth floor of Langson. The first collected edition of the plays of William Shakespeare, commonly known as “The First Folio,” has long ranked among the most treasured publications in the English language. A fine copy of the first edition was donated to the Libraries in 1986 by Dr. Patrick Hanratty (below), a graduate of the UCI doctoral program in Information and Computer Science. Printed in London in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, the First Folio contains texts of thirty-six of the plays. Half of the plays here had never been printed before and half of the remaining plays appear here in authoritative versions. Only about 240 copies of the First Folio survive today, most held in libraries and other cultural institutions.  Although the 1623 edition of the First Folio is available for viewing by serious researchers in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room on the fifth floor of Langson Library, our collection also includes quality facsimiles of this edition, which may suffice for most research purposes.

Dr. Patrick Hanratty and the Shakespeare First Folio [AS-061, Box 144]

The New Swan Theater, under construction, outside Langson Library. [Photograph by S. MacLeod]

AS-061. University Communication Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Box 144 [Hanratty photograph].

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