The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0615 Sunday, 2 November 2008
Date: Tuesday, 28 Oct 2008 15:56:29 +0000
Subject: Late Shakespeare: Texts and Afterlives
We are organising a conference entitled 'Late Shakespeare: Texts and Afterlives'
to be held in Trinity College Dublin on December 5th and 6th.
Late Shakespeare: Texts and Afterlives
"That for which we find words is something already dead in our hearts. There is
always a kind of contempt in the act of speaking." Nietzsche, Twilight of the
We are pleased to announce that a two-day conference on "Late Shakespeare: Texts
and Afterlives" will take place in Trinity College Dublin on December 5th & 6th
interrogating things recent, late, and belated in the study of Shakespearean
drama. Many of the later quarto texts of Shakespeare's plays boast that they are
copies of plays 'latelie Acted'. This conference proposes to investigate things
recent, late, and belated in the work of Shakespeare. On one level the
conference promotes new writing in the field of Shakespeare studies with the
papers themselves being lately written. The conference also encourages an
investigation of what it means for a work to be late, what happens to a text
once the writing is finished, and what implications there are for an author who
is writing late in his career or even who is 'late' (i.e. who is published
To that end, the conference organisers would welcome papers that include, but
are not limited to, the following themes: the writing process; 'late'
trends/events that influence a text or its production; late-authorship; the
relationship between the author and the text after the writing is finished;
textual ephemera, marginalia, or dedication; authorship and death; bardolatry;
issues of time, decay, or time-keeping in texts; the afterlife of the text;
representations of the afterlife in a text; lost, forgotten, or neglected texts;
performance/textual history, anxiety of influence; the London stages at the end
of Shakespeare's career / after Shakespeare's death; the closure of the theatres.
We are delighted to announce that the plenary speakers for this event are
Professor Michael Hattaway (University of Sheffield) and Dr Martin Wiggins
(Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-Upon-Avon).
Papers should be no longer than 20mins in length. If you are interested in
presenting a paper, please submit a 100 word abstract to Dr. Andrew J. Power &
More information on the conference is available at
This conference is kindly supported by the School of English at Trinity College,
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