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CFP Hamlet - Reception in European Cultures
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0688  Tuesday, 16 October 2007

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Subject: CFP Hamlet - Reception in European Cultures

Call for Papers

Hamlet-Reception in European Cultures
Cardiff University
11-13 September 2008

Conference organisers:
Prof Gerrit-Jan Berendse
Dr Ruth Owen

Shakespeare's _Hamlet_ exemplifies a source text prolifically 
appropriated by countless national cultures throughout Europe. The 
Cardiff Conference will examine adaptations and transformations of 
storylines, characters, motifs, and text from the play. Papers are 
invited that examine the reception of _Hamlet_ in one or more instances 
of literary or visual culture. Plays, poetry, novels, films, and graphic 
art have all engaged with _Hamlet_. Adaptation makes the _Hamlet_ 
material fit for new cultural contexts and different political 
ideologies to those of Shakespeare's time and place. Many of these works 
are iconoclastic, <B>talking back</B> to Shakespeare. The relationship 
to the original remains present and relevant, but a grafting takes 
place, to produce an entirely new artifact.

The reception of _Hamlet_ is a form of collaboration across time and 
across languages. It can involve the revaluation of a character, provide 
a back-story, or offer a voice to figures originally marginalized. The 
movement into a different genre can present a re-reading of _Hamlet_ 
from a revised viewpoint. We are thinking of prolonged engagement, 
rather than passing allusion. A political or ethical commitment often 
shapes a writer's or artist's decision to re-interpret _Hamlet_. 
Theoretical concerns from post-colonialism, feminism and queer studies 
figure in many of the adaptations. With this in mind, the aim of the 
conference is to consider the processes by which aspects of 
Shakespeare's play have been transmitted and received within European 

We welcome papers which relate to cultures operating in every European 
language. However, we can only accept papers given in English.

We welcome submissions in the following areas:

I.   _Hamlet_ -reception and language; and gender; and images of war; 
and the body; and current affairs; and aesthetic innovation
II.   Shakespeare as a European icon; as a vehicle of literary 
evolution/revolution; as representative of Britishness
III.  Hamlet and various individual modern European texts
IV.   Hamlet in European visual arts

Please submit your abstract to Ruth Owen, as an email attachment.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 14 January 2008
Submission address: 
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Other expressions of interest in the conference may also be made to the 
same address.

Conference website:

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