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CFP RSA 2010 (Venice)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0084  Monday, 2 March 2009

From:      Hannibal Hamlin <
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Date:      Sunday, 1 Mar 2009 15:38:18 -0500
Subject:   CFP RSA 2010 (Venice)

[Excuse cross-posting]

The convening of the Renaissance Society of America in Venice offers an 
irresistible opportunity to revisit Shakespeare's most problematic 
Venetian play. This session will reexamine the subject of religion in 
The Merchant of Venice.

Possible topics include:

--the representation of Jews and Judaism in the play, either in the 
context of contemporary attitudes and other representations, or in 
comparison to its representation of Christians and Christianity

--the use of biblical allusion in the play

--the possibly allegorical function of religion (perhaps responding to 
Barbara Lewalski's seminal article)

--the relationship between the play's religious elements and its 
Venetian setting (and/or English performance)

--the complex character of Shylock as representative (or 
non-representative) Jew

--the relationship between religion and other prominent aspects of the 
play: economics, love, gender, class, etc.

--the role of religion in the troubled reception/performance history of 
the play (and in its reception today)

Please send abstracts (250 words max.) to 
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  by April 15. 
Queries welcome.

Hannibal Hamlin
Associate Professor of English
The Ohio State University
Burkhardt Fellow,
The Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

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