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Call for Papers: Globalising the English Renaissance
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0839  Wednesday, 7 April 2004

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Date:           Wednesday, 7 Apr 2004 11:37:45 +0200
Subject:        Call for Papers: Globalising the English Renaissance

GLOBALISING THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE
SPECIAL ISSUE OF ENGLISH STUDIES IN AFRICA (2004)

Deadline for submissions: 1 SEPTEMBER 2004

Deadline for proposals/abstracts: 1 MAY 2004

Guest editor: Pier Paolo Frassinelli (University of the Witwatersrand)

This issue will host papers that address the issue of globalisation in
relation to the new directions in teaching and research in the field of
Renaissance Literature, Drama and Cultural Studies.

Globalisation has changed the way we think about the canon in the
English curriculum. 'English literature' is no longer a signifier
associated with a national culture, but is now part of the multiplicity
of interconnected cultural and literary traditions commonly identified
as world literatures in English.

The term globalisation itself, however, has become a site of sustained
political and theoretical contestation. The emergence of what is
commonly called a 'global culture' has often been theorised in terms of
a one-way flow from the centre to the periphery. Conversely, a number of
critics have argued that this approach obliterates concrete instances of
resistance to the processes that globalisation has engendered.
Furthermore, by evoking a seemingly shapeless, homogeneous world, the
concept of globalisation can be seen to erase the neo-colonial
structures of domination and the hierarchies of sex, race and class that
cut across the present world system.

Within this framework, then, we would be interested in publishing papers
that analyse and discuss the ways in which canonical Renaissance texts
are re-used, in teaching and research, in ever changing, multicultural
contexts, where they confront the tension between the homogeneising
impetus of globalisation and the survival and resistance of local
cultural forms and practices.

Canonical texts and authors, especially Shakespeare, also circulate in
the global market in form of books, films, works in electronic media and
other kinds of cultural commodities. Another area of interest of this
issue, therefore, is the production, circulation and consumption of
Renaissance works within the contemporary transnational culture
industry. Analyses of specific case studies, as well as more general or
theoretical discussions, would be welcome contributions.

Thirdly, we would welcome contributions that examine specific texts or
cultural phenomena in the English Renaissance in the light of the
various theorisations of globalisation, early modern colonialism and the
emergence of commercial capitalism.

For submissions and further information, please contact:

Dr Pier Paolo Frassinelli
Discipline of English
School of Literature and Language Studies
University of the Witwatersrand
2050 Johannesburg
South Africa
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