The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0492 Monday, 21 September 2009
Date: Saturday, 19 Sep 2009 12:47:37 -0400
Subject: Call for Papers: MRDS at LEEDS
Last call for submissions to the MRDS session at the International
Congress for Medieval Studies, Leeds, 12-15 July 2010.
Beastly Drama: Animals in Early Modern Theatre
2009, which marks the sesquicentennial of Charles Darwin's Origin of
Species, has set off a flurry of investigations into evolution and
animal studies in various disciplines. How do we define ourselves in
relationship to the animal/human binary, and has that definition changed
since the early modern period? This session will consider how we might
interpret the interactions of animals and humans in theatre from the
14th to 17th centuries. Possible topics include: staging with animals in
theatres (from bear-baitings to the sheep in /The Second Shepherd's
Play/ to Crab in /Two Gentlemen/); animals as symbolic "others" (from
"the beast with two backs" to Ferdinand's lycanthropia);
representations/constructions of animals in entertainments;
anthropomorphization and hierarchical ideologies.
If you have previously sent an abstract, please re-send (computer
crashes have temporarily wiped my laptop. Ah, technology!).
Please send abstracts and title to:
Department of English/Theatre
Easton PA 18042 USA.
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