Representing France and the French in Early Modern
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1609 Monday, 26 September 2005
From: Jean-Christophe Mayer <
Date: Sunday, 25 Sep 2005 20:14:55 +0200
Subject: Representing France and the French in Early Modern English Drama
The Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neoclassical Age and
the Enlightenment (IRCL) at Universite Paul Valery, Montpellier, France
is pleased to announce the launch of a website on "Representing France
and the French in Early Modern English Drama".
Sponsored by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS),
this website contains a wide variety of resources for researchers
including a fully searchable database of some 4000 allusions to France
in early modern English plays.
The website can be accessed at this address:
Description of the project:
How was France represented in early modern England?
To answer this question, our team of researchers has looked at theatre -
because drama embraces cultural phenomena almost naturally as an art
form - and has compiled a database of over 4000 allusions to France in
some 200 hundred plays of the period.
This is an ongoing project - we are planning to cover even more plays in
the very near future - , but the material already examined and carefully
annotated by our team is proving both surprising and far more complex
than what could be imagined. Beyond the cliched allusions to France
(England's age old enemy) much of the material actually opens up
exciting research perspectives in different and yet related fields:
linguistics, reception theories, intertextuality and cultural studies.
On this website you can read more about the team's research objectives
and about the results produced so far by the project, but above all you
can search the database, access the material and judge for yourself.
Feel free to use the database for your own research; we also welcome
feedback on the entire project.
Dr. Jean-Christophe Mayer
French National Centre for Scientific Research
Professor Charles Whitworth
University of Montpellier, France
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