The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0915 Tuesday, 17 October 2006
Date: Monday, 16 Oct 2006 13:24:14 -0400
Subject: CFP: Shakespeare's Bastards
_Shakespeare's Bastards: Cultural and National Hybridity on and after
the Early Modern Stage_ ed. by Cary DiPietro and Atsuhiko Hirota
The essays in this proposed volume will explore how bastard characters
and bastardy more generally in Shakespeare represent locations of
racial, cultural and national hybridity. First introduced by Homi
Bhabha in his influential 1990 volume, The Location of Culture,
hybridity has become one of the most debated and disputed concepts in
poststructuralist theory. Hybridity provides, in Bhabha's words, a
'third space of enunciation' which inherently resists essentialization,
fixed binaries or constructions of the originary. Hybridity offers a
liminal space or margin in-between the nation-space, an inter-national
space which facilitates multivocalism, plurality and syncretism.
Hybridity manifests in the 'early modern' at the intersection of
national formation and colonial discourse. When England, in the shadow
of Spain and Portugal, was yet to establish itself as a powerful Empire,
bastardy interrogates notions of cultural, social and political
legitimacy across all genres of Shakespeare's writing. But hybridity in
Shakespeare continues to manifest in the 'postmodern'. In a period when
discourses of nationalism are being reasserted around the world with
often frightening and tragic consequences, but also when various
nationalisms are devolving into the local, transnational and globally
mobile, the present marks a time to revisit, rethink and reinvest
Shakespeare's bastards, both real and metaphoric, as loci of racial,
cultural and national hybridities.
The editors invite papers for consideration which explore Shakespeare's
representations of hybridity, and in particular, those which situate his
bastards in early/post/modern contexts, or in ways which challenge or
reconfigure the concept of hybridity itself by looking to the
transnational, the transformative or the globally mobile.
For those interested, the full CFP and instructions for submission may
be found at:
I'll also gladly answer questions or expressions of interest off-list.
University of Toronto at Mississauga
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