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Book Review: Gerit Quealy, “Botanical Shakespeare”

Book Review: Gerit Quealy, Botanical Shakespeare: An Illustrated Compendium of All the Flowers, Fruits, Herbs, Trees, Seeds, and Grasses Cited by the World’s Greatest Playwright, illustrated by Sumié Hasegawa-Collins. Harper Collins, 2017. $22.99. 205 pp. This book, conceived by the illustrator Sumié Hasegawa-Collins, is stunningly beautiful. The color illustrations that appear on virtually every page…

Welcome to Berkeley, from Our Local Host


For our first in-person meeting in three years, the South Central Renaissance Conference is heading west!  We will convene at Berkeley’s International House at the end of April.

After years of practice, we’ve become accustomed to continual disruption as the new normal …

In Memoriam: Joan Faust, 1955-2022


Joan Faust dedicated her book, Andrew Marvell’s Liminal Lyrics, to the memory of one of her own high-school teachers, whose motto, she wrote, was, “We are but a grain of sand in time, but our mark may last forever.”

She made this lesson her own. …

QEIS Commemorates Queen Elizabeth II, 1926-2022


The Queen Elizabeth I Society sends our deepest condolences to the family and subjects of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in English history.  The Queen’s peaceful death; the dignity of the funeral rituals, processions, and services; and the peaceful succession of Elizabeth’s son Charles are a fitting conclusion to Elizabeth’s 70…

How a Regional Conference of International Scope Beat COVID-19 and Will Beat It Again


To begin our annual business meeting in July 2020, midst plague, an elephant sauntered into the Zoom room. 

Our President (current Past President), Patricia Garcia, eyed it with cool disdain. “So,” she lofted as the elephant vanished into cyberspace, “should we cancel 2021?  Or should we try to do it online?”

Explorations in Renaissance Culture Wants You (Yes, You)


You probably know that you have access to a really outstanding journal through your organization. You’re buying an electronic subscription to it (and you should use it til you abuse it!). … Maybe you or your students are even accessing Explorations in Renaissance Culture through your institution’s subscription. But, did you ever wonder…

The Hudson Strode Program Welcomes You to Tuscaloosa


On behalf of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies, I am delighted to welcome the South Central Renaissance Conference to our beautiful campus at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa! March is typically a lovely time of year here on campus, and we hope you will join us in-person for lively…

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