|Call for Papers - BSA Conference 2014|
Shakespeare: Text, Power, Authority
University of Stirling, 3-6 July 2014
In the four hundred and fiftieth year since Shakespeare’s birth, this conference seeks to explore questions of authority for Shakespeare, in Shakespeare, and about Shakespeare. It aims to investigate the relationship between text, power, and authority, both in the writing of Shakespeare and in writing about Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s works ask us repeatedly to think about what constitutes authority, about where authority lies, and about the performance of authority. Shakespeare has also himself repeatedly been used as a form of cultural capital and authority, and we therefore also welcome contributions that explore some of the different ways in which his plays and poems have been deployed in various times and places. Shakespeare’s works prompt us to think about textual authority, too. What is textual authority? What makes one text more authoritative than another? How have ideas of textual authority changed over time, and what, politically, is at stake in these changes?
Topics may include:
The conference programme will include lectures, papers, workshops, seminars, performances, and excursions. We welcome proposals for papers or presentations (20 minutes), panels (90 minutes) or workshops (90 minutes) on any aspect of the conference theme, broadly interpreted.
Professor Margreta de Grazia (University of Pennsylvania)