The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0463 Wednesday, 11 July 2007
Date: Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 17:17:46 +0100
Subject: Final Call for Papers: Writing about Performance of Shakespeare
With apologies for cross-posting, this is the final CFP for a seminar at
the 3rd British Shakespeare Association Conference in Warwick UK, 31
August to 2 September 2007
Writing about Performance of Shakespeare
As Pascale Aebischer recently reminded us, writing about performance can
be likened to tap-dancing about architecture: it is hard to see how one
way of making meaning can relate to the other. In a recent exchange in
the British Shakespeare Association's journal, W.B. Worthen and R.A.
Foakes, coming from very different approaches, debated how discursive
writing can describe, engage with, and critique performance, and this
seminar will take the debate further. The seminar invites papers that
consider all matters of how writing relates to performance, which might
* what theatre reviews ought to comment upon
* how far can performance can be theorized?
* does the script 'contain' all the possible performances, or conversely
does performance necessarily exceed the meanings in the script?
* should insights about theatre practice in Shakespeare's time inform
writing about his meanings?
* what is theatre history for?
* do we still think Shakespeare was essentially a man of the theatre and
not a literary author?
Abstracts to seminar leader Gabriel Egan
Seminar website http://www.gabrielegan.com/BSA
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