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Ohio Shakespeare Conference
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0913.  Wednesday, 4 December 1996.

From:           Luke A Wilson <
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Date:           Tuesday, 3 Dec 1996 16:48:17 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Ohio Shakespeare Conference

SUBMIT!  There is STILL TIME TO SUBMIT a paper proposal for the Ohio
Shakespeare Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus OH, May 16-18, 1997.
The theme this year is "Textual Practice and Theatrical Labor" -- under which
rubric all sorts of things fit.  For details, see the Call below.  There will
be four keynote addresses: by Stephen Orgel, Leah Marcus, Jeff Masten and
Douglas Bruster.

I should add that in conjunction with the conference the OSU Theater Department
will be putting on a performance of Merry Wives, and that there will be an
exhibit at the OSU library of rare materials from the Stanley Kahrl Collection
of early modern dramatic texts (on display at the same time will be a
collection of medieval Russian mss recently unearthed in the library of the
Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus.

This year the conference will take place in part at the Hyatt Regency in
downtown Columbus, and in part at the Wexner Center on campus. Surely, this is
an event not to me missed!

                             CALL FOR PAPERS

                  TEXTUAL PRACTICE AND THEATRICAL LABOR:
                    SHAKESPEARE AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES
                     1997 Ohio Shakespeare Conference
                           Department of English
                           Ohio State University
                                Columbus OH
                              May 16-18, 1997

                            Featured Speakers:
                    Stephen Orgel (Stanford University)
                 Leah Marcus (University of Texas, Austin)
                     Jeff Masten (Harvard University)
            Douglas Bruster (University of Texas, San Antonio)

The 1997 Ohio Shakespeare Conference invites paper and session proposals on any
aspect of the business of the theater in Shakespeare's lifetime, from
reexaminations of textual and editing problems, to the material and economic
conditions within which dramatic scripts, texts and performances were produced
and consumed in the many transactions that took place between consumers,
players, patrons, printing houses, playhouses, and playwrights.

The conference seeks new research on, and new conceptualizations of, some of
the oldest critical and historical questions concerning early modern theater:
What economic, ideological, and phenomenological structures shaped and were
shaped by the performance of dramatic and theatrical work? How do such
structures affect textual and theatrical production and reproduction?  What
bearing do such concerns have on questions of topicality, influence,
didacticism, patronage, or the evolution of dramatic tastes and genres?

While Shakespeare will undoubtedly figure prominently, the conference aims at
somewhat broader coverage.  Work on Shakespeare's contemporaries in the
theater, therefore, as well on Shakespeare's collaborative work, is encouraged.
 Suitable panel and paper topics include, but are not limited to:

** acting as labor * "playhouse interpolations" and the production of meaning *
textual variants and the economics of revision * sites and scenes of dramatic
composition * collaborative authorship * acting as action * text v. work * work
v. labor * work and play * script as work product * the cultural work of the
theater * performance as artifact * employment contracts * entrepreneurship *
contractual and theatrical performances * promises * wagers * joint stock
companies and corporate personality * professional competence and incompetence
* expertise and training * divisions of labor in theatrical practice, and in
dramatic representation * material phenomenologies of the theater * represented
time and the time it takes to represent it * acting, identity and alienation *
consumption (e.g., playgoing) as work * dramatic representations of economic
relationships * pirates and "dramatic piracy" * acting and ownership *
censorship and economics * economics and/of influence **

For more information, or to submit abstracts for 20-minute presentations, or
proposals for sessions (deadline: December 20, 1996), contact:

Luke Wilson or Chris Highley
Department of English
Ohio State University
164 W. 17th Ave
Columbus OH 43210-1370
voice: 614-292-6065
fax: 614-292-7816
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