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CFP: Shakespeare after 9/11
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0016  Friday, 10 February 2006

From: 		Douglas Brooks <
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Date: 		Thursday, 9 Feb 2006 10:34:22 -0600
Subject: 	CFP: Shakespeare after 9/11

Shakespeare after 9/11:
MLA Special Session and Journal Issue

In conjunction with the theme of a future issue of the Shakespeare 
Yearbook, "Shakespeare after 9/11" (Theme Editor, Matthew Biberman), the 
journal will sponsor a special session at the upcoming Annual Meeting of 
the MLA (Philadelphia, December 27-30, 2006).

In the wake of the New Historicism, much critical work on Shakespeare 
and his contemporaries has been faulted for its failure to develop and 
deploy an active sense of historical self-consciousness.  Such a failure 
can be traced to a number of significant tendencies in historicist 
methodology: the privileging of synchronic analysis over diachronic (or 
recursive) approaches; the conviction that truth emerges as an immanent 
entity within culture, one that can be teased out by the patient critic; 
and (more fundamentally) the lack of interest in how meaning functions 
across time -- what is often pejoratively labeled trans-historicist. Not 
surprisingly, little has been done to think through what it means to 
read and teach the literary production of Shakespeare and his 
contemporaries after 9/11.

Shakespeare Yearbook hopes to fill this critical gap by seeking out and 
publishing scholarly essays that take seriously what and how early 
modern English literature means in a post-9/11 world - a world where 
strangers can be terrorists, where a heavy coat can be the signifier for 
a suicide attack or a briefcase can be a dirty bomb, where the 
workplace, the daily commute, the shopping center, or even the theatre, 
can be transformed in an instant into a site of mass suffering and 
death.  The journal welcomes scholarship that treats issues of religion, 
violence, empire, and race in works by Shakespeare and his 
contemporaries, especially in light of post-9/11 readings, stagings, and 
films of such works.

To be considered for the MLA, please submit title and 250-word abstract 
of proposed paper along with a brief scholarly bio by March 10, 2006 to 
Douglas A. Brooks (
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attachments in Rich Text Format or Microsoft Word only.  Proposed MLA 
papers must not exceed eight double-spaced pages in Times New Roman 12 
point.

To be considered for Shakespeare Yearbook prospective contributors 
should submit 250-word abstracts and brief scholarly bios to Douglas A. 
Brooks (
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Digital submissions as e-mail attachments in Rich Text Format or 
Microsoft Word only.

Maximum length for essays is 35 double-spaced pages in Times New Roman 
12 point. Citations should be formatted according to the Chicago Manual 
of Style.  The name of the author/s should only appear in an 
accompanying cover letter.  All essays are reviewed anonymously by two 
readers.

Douglas A. Brooks
Editor, Shakespeare Yearbook http://www-english.tamu.edu/pubs/sjb/
Associate Professor, Department of English 
http://www-english.tamu.edu/pers/fac/brooks/
Faculty Coordinator, College of Liberal Arts Honors Program 
http://clla.tamu.edu/lbarplan/
Texas A&M University
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College Station, TX 77843-4227
H: 979-574-0968; W: 979-862-1411; Fax: 979-862-2292

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