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Calls for Papers
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0346  Wednesday, 1 July 2009

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Date:       Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009 10:58:39 -0400
Subject:    Calls for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS:
Sessions Sponsored by Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society

1. International Congress for Medieval Studies, Leeds: 12-15 July 2010

Beastly Drama: Animals in Early Modern Theatre
Deadline: 15 September 2009

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.

Please send abstracts (300-word maximum) to: Suzanne Westfall, 
Department of English/Theatre, Lafayette College, Easton PA 18042  USA.


2. Modern Language Association, Philadelphia: 27-30 December 2009

Early Modern Theatre in the Contact Zone
Deadline: 15 September 2009

Drawing on Mary Louise Pratt's concept of "contact zones", this session 
will examine how early modern plays present situations where cultures 
meet to negotiate power and to express, in rhetorical and theatrical 
structures, the various tensions that inform relationships between 
genders, between generations, between nationalities, between religions, 
and between ethnicities. We might consider how such differences are 
costumed, or how contemporary productions address problematic cultural 
contexts such occur in The Taming of the Shrew, The Croxton Play of the 
Sacrament, and The Jew of Malta. Possible topics include dramatic 
representations of: postcolonial negotiations, racism, anti-Semitism, 
international relations, sexism, ageism/jeunism. Approaches might 
include queer, feminist, psychoanalytic, anthropological, and cultural 
theories.

Please send abstracts (300-word maximum) to: Suzanne Westfall, 
Department of English/Theatre, Lafayette College, Easton PA 18042  USA.


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