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     SEVEN STAGES OF SHAW, 1856-1950. 

       And a few more: SHAW SLIDE SHOW

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    SHAW AND THE ISS

The International Shaw Society, "The ISS," was founded for the purpose of keeping George Bernard Shaw talking, his favorite thing, even though he's been dead since 1950. The acronym “ISS” emphasizes Shaw’s continuing presence, his “issness,” in the contemporary world, if only as a talkative spirit with very relevant things to say, and said in a way that’s rare in its relative sanity, humanity, and civilizing good humor.  If you like humor of the hyperbolic, satiric, and ironic sort, “smiling comedy,” as he called it, Shaw is your man.

 

 What keeps a dead author alive?  While alive, Shaw thought that what kept him going was "sedulous self-advertisement" and that the only bad publicity was an obituary (unless you wrote it yourself).  But Shaw's afterlife on earth now depends on theater productions and discussion of his life and works, and that’s where the ISS comes in.  Likely to meet anywhere in the world and global in its online reach, the ISS now has members in fifteen countries, on five continents, and grows apace, about half academics and the rest theater artists or just Shavian enthusiasts. The ISS invites you to join in the fun and enlightenment of seeing and reading Shaw's plays and discussing the author and his works.  Debate and discussion were this vegetarian’s “meat.”

 

 

THE UK SHAW SOCIETY &

THE SHAW INSTITUTE

 

SHAW’S CORNER  & SHAW’S CORNER AS A THEATRE

 

BERNARD SHAW SOCIETY OF JAPAN

 

SEE A SHAW PLAY /

Calendar of Current Productions (reload if page does not open)

 

SPECIALIZED WEBSITES

THE ISS AMONG SHAW SOCIETIES:

The International Shaw Society (and please don’t confuse the ISS with the International Space Station) was founded in the U.S.A. in 2004 as a not-for-profit corporation to give Shaw Studies more of an international reach and perspective, which it has succeeded in doing admirably, with members now from 15 countries and many contributing to conferences and journals.  Since the mothership, The Shaw Society UK, founded in 1941, the Bernard Shaw Society (in New York, now replaced in effect by a theater group called Project Shaw), and the Bernard Shaw Society of Japan, all have mostly local membership, we thought it was time to try to get everybody together in a friendly, associative way.  ISS conferences and symposia have occurred in the U.S.A., Canada, Ireland, and the UK, so far, with the next one in 2020 planned for Spain, with “Shaw and Europe" as its theme.

 

 

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Shaw on YouTube by Gabriel Byrne,

RTE Documentary

 

Shaw on YouTube by Gustavo A. Rodriguez Martin

 

Wikipedia Shaw

 

Virtual Tour of Shaviana &

SAGGITARIUS

by Kay Li (both sites have links to everything Shaw; works best with Chrome)

 

CFP FOR SHAW 40.2:

Contributing to the internationalizing of Shaw Studies is SHAW: The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies, with Christopher Wixson as the General Editor who appoints Guest Editors from around the world.  The most recent example of that is in the planning for SHAW 40.2 (December 2020), with the theme of "Shaw and Legacy," which will be guest-edited by two individuals intimately connected with a regeneration of interest in Shaw sparked by Fintan O’Toole’s recent book, Judging Shaw, published by the Royal Irish Academy, the Guest Editors being Dr. Barry Houlihan (NUI Galway) who worked as the archive and image researcher for O'Toole's book and co-curated the exhibition with the Academy series editor Ruth Hegarty (Royal Irish Academy).  Abstracts for papers are to be submitted by 31 May 2019.  Submit abstracts of between 300-500 words or direct inquiries to the guest editors via email at barry.houlihan@nuigalway.ie and r.hegarty@ria.ie.   Applicants will be notified of decision by 30 June 2019.  Completed essays must be submitted by 1 March 2020.  Publication will happen in December 2020.

 

 

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CFP FOR THE 2019 SHAW SYMPOSIUM:

The ISS was founded in principle in 2003 at The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, its first Symposium was co-hosted by the Shaw Festival in 2004, and ever since the Festival has co-hosted an annual summer symposium, twice combined with conferences.  The 16th Annual Summer Symposium will take place on August 15-16-17, 2019 at Niagara-on-the-Lake (henceforth known as NOTL), during which the Shaw Festival productions of Shaw’s Getting Married and Man and Superman will be featured.  Abstracts for papers should be sent to Vice President Jennifer Buckley at jennifer-buckley@uiowa.edu by May 1, 2019. For all the details on the Symposium, see www.shawsociety.org/ SummerSymposium-2019.htm.   

 

 

PALGRAVE MACMILLAN SHAW SERIES: CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS

 Books on Shaw continue to be published at a steady rate, with the latest series being the “Shaw and His Contemporaries” series sponsored by Palgrave Macmillan. To consider or purchase books in this series, go to www.springer.com/series/14785?detailsPage=titles and enter the ISS discount code when purchasing.  To inquire about the possibilities of your own work appearing in the series, please contact the series editors, Nelson Ritschel at nocrsc@aol.com & Peter Gahan at pgahan@me.com.

 

SHAW FROM THE START

After an early production of ARMS AND THE MAN in London, a review appeared in the New York Times (27 May 1894) announcing that the play was coming to New York later, and the unknown reviewer prepared for that by a general introduction to Shaw’s writing and character.  In the middle of the article, Shaw was summed up this way: “Mr. Shaw has an extremely original mind, and a strong one, too.  Shaw's view of things may be as queer as Claude Monet's, to whom the grass is pink and the sky is purple, but like the great impressionist, he has that force of character which makes the thinking man, who believes in green grass and blue sky, pause and wonder if he has been wrong all his life.”  It’s amazing that In 1894, as Shaw was just getting started as a playwright, some perceptive critic generally understood what was coming!   But maybe even this critic wouldn’t have expected  “The Revolutionist’s Handbook.”  Or the coming of G.B.S.

 

HYPERBOLICAL SHAW

There was the writer named Shaw and then there was “G.B.S,” a self-created public man speaking in Shaw’s behalf, mostly for good and for fun but sometimes he made people wonder if he had gone too far.  Shaw as G.B.S. was the King of Hyperbole, his favorite tool for stirring the pot, and here are a few comic examples, on a single theme:

 

“It is my business to find some order and meaning in the apparently insane farce of life

as it happens higgledy-higgledy-piggledy off the stage.”

    Letter from GBS to Malcolm Watson, 1905.

    See My Dear Watson: Bernard Shaw’s Letters to a Critic, edited by L.W. Conolly

 

Perhaps his most amusing hyperbole was this one:

“If I am sane, the rest of the world ought not to be at large.”

Well, who hasn’t felt like that on occasion?

Shaw also wondered if other planets are using Earth for their insane asylum.

 

Jokes, but Shaw was dead serious about what was behind the G.B.S jokes.  It was just that the most effective way for him to be serious, he thought, was to have fun doing it and try to persuade by inspiring communal laughter.   Which worked most of the time.  

 

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