The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0228 Thursday, 7 June 2012
Date: June 7, 2012 4:15:40 AM EDT
Subject: CFP: “The Early Modern Reception of Shakespeare in Print and Manuscript”
This is a call for papers for a seminar entitled “The Early Modern Reception of Shakespeare in Print and Manuscript: The Rise of Shakespearean Cultural Capital?”, which we will be organising at the European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) congress in Montpellier, in southern France, next summer, 26-29 June 2013.
The goal of this seminar will be to look into the early formation of the Shakespearean myth—how, in other words, belief in the value of his works and in his significance as a writer was constructed. The eighteenth century is often seen as the moment of the true rise of Shakespearean cultural capital. As a result, the early modern reception of Shakespeare in both print and manuscript has received comparatively little attention. The quantity and quality of the early readerly response to Shakespeare, for instance, remains underestimated, despite the fact that it anticipates and initiates in crucial ways the process of Shakespearean myth-making which we more commonly associate with later centuries.
Participants in this seminar will thus be invited to reflect upon the early modern presence of Shakespeare in print and manuscript.
Colleagues interested in book history, manuscript studies, early modern cultural studies, or the symbolic production, circulation and consumption of Shakespeare in the early modern period will be especially welcome to join the seminar.
Here is a link to information about the seminars at the conference: <http://dl.dropbox.com/u/66244838/esra_montpellier2012seminars_cfp_def.pdf>. For more general information about ESRA and next summer’s conference, see here: <http://www.um.es/shakespeare/esra/conferences/montpellier.php>.
Lukas Erne & Jean-Christophe Mayer