Reconsidering the Construction of Italy in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries - Call for Papers WSC 2016
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.325 Friday, 17 July 2015
Date: July 15, 2015 at 11:26:47 AM EDT
Subject: Reconsidering the Construction of Italy in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries - Call for Papers WSC 2016
“Reconsidering the Construction of Italy in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries”
CALL FOR PAPERS
Seminar proposal for WSC 2016
Professor Michele Marrapodi, University of Palermo,
and Dr. Jason Lawrence, University of Hull.
In 1993 the afterword to Shakespeare’s Italy was provocatively subtitled “the Law of Diminishing Returns”, highlighting the limitations of works of “the ‘Shakespeare and’.... variety”. This apparently exhausted approach has continued to attract much scholarly attention: the new millennium has seen two books entitled Shakespeare and Italy and popular travelogues have re-proposed the contested issue of Shakespeare’s direct knowledge of Italy. Different perspectives have challenged traditional approaches based on simplistic double-sided constructs of imitation and xenophobia, emphasizing how the “Italian factor” is “deeply concerned with questions of ideological appropriation, involving an array of issues and responses subjected to a process of political negotiation, confrontation, and opposition”(Marrapodi, 2007, 2014). Holderness’s presentist directions in Shakespeare and Venice (2010) are followed by Visions of Venice in Shakespeare (Tosi-Bassi, 2011), debating “the Venetian plays as intellectual sites of interacting voices and discourses from the most diverse cultural collocations”. This seminar welcomes contributions that address any aspect of the use of Italy and Italian culture in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in order to reassess the relationship between the plays’ “poetic geography”, the historical city-states and courts, and the ways in which English dramatists reconstructed this stage-world in line with their own traditions and dramatic agendas.
University of Palermo, Italy.