Saturday, March 12, 2011

Dale Priest gives Shakespeare authorship presentation to Conference of College Teachers of English

Professor Dale Priest of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, addressed the annual joint meeting of the Conference of College Teachers of English and the Texas College English Association on March 5, 2011 at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. A March 9, 2011 press release from Lamar U. reported:
Professor Dale Priest earned special honors in being selected to speak at the association’s breakfast and to select his topic: “What’s in a Name? The Shakespeare Authorship Debate Revisited.” Known as a Shakespeare scholar, Priest has been a member of the conference for more than 30 years.
We asked Professor Priest why he chose the Shakespeare authorship as his topic; he said:
That controversy has been a favorite diversion for me ever since 1987, when I helped bring to our campus the satellite-TV coverage of the Supreme Court debate about that issue. That was interesting and fun. Chief Justice Stevens -- now retired -- is a long-time Oxfordian in that battle. . . . (My paper) was well-received and we had a lively discussion afterward.
Priest's presentation was synopsized by a conference attendee on Dr. Davis' Teaching College English weblog in a post published March 9, 2011 titled "TCEA: Breakfast -- Reassessing Shakespeare". Commenting on Priest's reference to the work of Roger Stritmatter on the annotated Geneva Bible owned by Edward deVere, Davis said:
One-quarter of the (marked) Bible (verses) were direct references to Shakespeare's plays. Among them one-hundred Bible verses had not been previously noted by Shakespeare scholars. This is HUGE, to me. If one-hundred Bible verses were not previously noted, does that mean all the rest might also fit? I find this very persuasive.
Note: DeVere's Bible will be on display as part of the tour of the Folger Shakespeare Library included in the events at the 2011 joint conference of the Shakespeare Fellowship and the Shakespeare Oxford Society Oct. 13-16, 2011 in Washington, D.C.


Sources: 
Dr. Davis' Teaching College English weblog March 9, 2011 "TCEA: Breakfast -- Reassessing Shakespeare" at:
http://www.teachingcollegeenglish.com/2011/03/09/tcea-breakfast-reassessing-shakespeare
Lamar U. press release at:
http://www.lamar.edu/newsevents/news/207_9107.htm
TCEA conference report at:
http://www.drw.utexas.edu/CCTE/2011-conference-report-stephenville/