The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.159 Friday, 29 April 2016
Date: April 29, 2016 at 3:18:01 AM EDT
Subject: Minor Shakespeares Conference, 23rd-24th Sept. 2016, University of Split, Croatia
Minor Shakespeares Conference, 23rd-24th Sept. 2016, University of Split, Croatia
Conference Call for Papers:
Minor Shakespeares: The Politics and Aesthetics of the Margins
University of Split, Croatia
23rd-24th September, 2016
Keynote lectures: Peter Greenaway and Prof. Richard Wilson
For Deleuze and Guattari there are modes of literature that offer themselves to the state, to official and institutional discourse, and thus to the hierarchically transcendent. These reactionary forms are to be contrasted with the resistant, revolutionary, and immanent ‘lines-of-flight’ of ‘minor literature’.
At first glance it might seem disingenuous to link minor literature with the author at the undisputed centre of the English canon. Certainly there is a repressive, deathly and conservative Shakespeare. But there is also a Shakespeare of the margins, uncanniness and resistance. This is in part due to the situation of early modern theatre. Unlike the central place accorded to Athenian theatre, the early modern London theatres were situated in the liminal Liberties beyond the jurisdiction of the city fathers. Writing away from the centres of political power, this spatial marginality was continually reinscribed as political subversion. But this politics of the margin is all-too-frequently forgotten, repressed, or mislaid. As Peter Greenaway’s filmmaking and Richard Wilson’s criticism likewise show, holding open the lines-of-flight for alternative Shakespearean meanings has involved reading against the grain, with the help of digital technologies, avant-gardism, French theory, recusant Catholicism, or other minority discourses. It is the task of the present to draw out this ‘foreignness in its own language’ at the ‘heart of great literature’, as Deleuze and Guattari put it, so as to ‘extract from the
text its revolutionary force’.
This conference considers marginality in Shakespeare’s poetry and drama, as well as the weird and alternative afterlives that arise from Shakespeare’s writing. Possible topics include, but are certainly not limited to:
* Ecological, politicized, feminist, postcolonial, queer, impaired, and other marginal or 'othered' readings of the Shakespeare text;
* Discourses of the strange, marginal or uncanny: alterity in early modern culture;
* Intensive affects: violence, horror, terror, or abjection in, or from, Shakespeare's writing;
* Temporal marginality: hauntings or futural anticipations in Shakespeare's poetry and narrative structures;
* Shakespeare and technology: print, cinema, electronic, digital media or media archaeology;
* Adaptation, performance, interpretation and translation across cultures, geographies and historical periods;
* Shakespeare read from the margins, from the discourses of classicism, medievalism, modernism, theology, sociology, psychoanalysis, cognitive science, aesthetic theory, the natural sciences, computational analysis, the medical humanities, political philosophy, or (bio)politics.