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Final Call for Papers for Stirling Conference

There is still time to propose a paper, panel or workshop for Shakespeare: Text, Power, Authority , the British Shakespeare Association conference at the University of Stirling, 3-6 July 2014. Details of how to apply are available on the conference website.

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, but are not limited to:

  •          Shakespeare’s biblical and classical authorities
  •          Monarchy and sovereignty in Shakespeare’s works
  •          Democracy and Republicanism in Shakespeare’s works
  •          The representation and performance of power in Shakespeare’s works
  •          Editing Shakespeare
  •          Shakespeare and politics
  •          Shakespeare(s) past and present
  •          Re-writing and adapting Shakespeare
  •          Writing about Shakespeare
  •          Shakespeare’s critics and readers
  •          Shakespeare on stage and screen
  •          Shakespeare and copyright
  •          Shakespeare and nationhood/identity (in the year of the Scottish referendum on independence, we particularly welcome proposals on Shakespeare and Scotland)
  •          Shakespeare and institutional power
  •          Teaching Shakespeare
  •          Shakespeare and the visual arts

Abstracts (250 words or less) should be sent to by 31 Jan 2014.

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