The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0586 Wednesday, 30 March 2005
Date: Tuesday, 29 Mar 2005 22:30:47 +0100
Subject: CFP: Shakespeare and the Exotic
A further two weeks have been added to the deadline for the following
Call for Papers. Proposals will be taken up to 15 April 2005.
"Shakespeare and the Exotic"
The 2005 meeting of the British Shakespeare Association at the
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 1-4 September 2005 will include a
seminar for 'Shakespeare and the Exotic' led by Joan Fitzpatrick
(University College Northampton) and Jane Kingsley-Smith (University of
Hull). This seminar will focus on that which is exotic, or strange, in
Shakespeare's drama and poetry. Shakespeare has traditionally been
lauded as England's national poet and has been represented by some as a
spokesman for Englishness but increasingly scholars have attended to his
radical and nuanced exploration of the relationship between nationhood
(often a matter of cultural affiliations) and state-formation. The role,
or perceived role, of the individual within the state is determined by
nationality, ethnicity and language and any sense of that which is
exotic develops alongside (and even symbiotically within) the familiar.
Shakespeare is particularly alert to the tensions that emerge between
the two and the extent to which the exotic is incorporated is a point of
interest in many of his works.
Papers might usefully focus on changing national boundaries and the
impact of an increasingly multicultural early modern London upon those
who thought of themselves as English nationals and the degree to which
efforts to assimilate succeed or fail. Representations of that which
would have been considered unfamiliar to a typical early modern audience
or readership might include ethnic and religious minorities (Jews,
Muslims), foreigners (the Spanish, the Welsh), or the past (Rome,
Ancient Britain) or those categories that mediate between exotic and
familiar such as English Catholicism. The degree to which something is
viewed as strange and its perceived influence upon the dominant ideology
might be considered alongside early modern conceptions of the everyday
in order to establish and perhaps interrogate that which might have been
ordinarily accepted as 'the norm'. Shakespeare's use of exotic source
material, the relationship between his view of the exotic and that of
his contemporaries, and the impact of his views upon subsequent writers
are all possible topics for discussion. Other topics which might prove
useful include Shakespeare's treatment of foreign languages, food,
clothing or behaviour.
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