The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0246  Friday, 15 June 2012


From:        Philip Collington <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 15, 2012 11:13:31 AM EDT

Subject:     Call for Papers: “Hammering It Out” 


Call for Papers


“Hammering It Out”: Shakespeare and Cognitive Reading(s)


44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)


March 21-24, 2013

Boston, Massachusetts

Host Institution: Tufts University


Whether in his frequent use of soliloquies, on-stage debates, or vivid metaphorical imagery, Shakespeare dramatizes cognitive processes employed by stage characters; e.g., as imprisoned Richard II notes, “I’ll hammer it out. / My brain I’ll prove the female to my soul, / My soul the father; and these two beget / A generation of still-breeding thoughts” (Richard II 5.5.5-8). We are now more than six decades in to what Howard Gardner has termed the “cognitive revolution,” yet one of its pioneering practitioners in Shakespeare studies, Mary Thomas Crane, recently noted that “cognitive approaches are still not part of the mainstream of literary and cultural criticism” – because the approach does not lend itself to the production of self-contained “readings” or “interpretations” of texts (Representations 108 [Fall 2009], 76). Is this true? This panel invites short (fifteen-minute) paper presentations exploring the theoretical impact, or demonstrating the methodological efficacy, of cognitive approaches to Shakespeare. Presenters may present their own original research findings on individual plays or non-dramatic poems, or engage in a meta-critical survey of the place of cognitive theories in Shakespeare studies today.


Deadline for Abstracts: September 30, 2012


Please send proposals (paper or electronic) to:


Dr. Phil Collington

Associate Professor of English

Dunleavy Hall

5795 Lewiston Road

Niagara University, NY 14109

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Please include with your abstract:


Name and Affiliation

Email address

Postal address

Telephone number

A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)


The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association’s tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.


Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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