The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0234  Friday, 10 May 2013


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

Date:         May 9, 2013 4:20:18 PM EDT

Subject:     Looking for a Third Panelist for Midwest Modern Popular Conference, St. Louis, Oct 11-13


Hello Colleagues,


I am putting together a panel for the Midwest Modern Popular Culture Conference in St. Louis in October 11-13 2013. Here is a link to the conference site:


We are looking for a third paper to join a forming panel in the area of Print Media and Popular Culture.

  • The first paper will be about reading groups reclaiming Shakespeare from the tyranny of performance criticism. This paper uses as its touchstone the dedication ‘To the Great Variety of Readers’ printed on the title page of the First Folio and the recent scholarship on recognizing Shakespeare is a “literary dramatist.” The paper will also include the slightly subversive nature of lay people reclaiming Shakespeare as popular culture without the need of intermediaries. (In case you don’t know, there’s been a resurgence of reading groups lately.)
  • The second paper will discuss the current boom within popular culture of the Shakespeare authorship question. The paper will NOT discuss who the author is or isn’t but instead look at our fascination with wanting to assign a large body of work to a single author and the various expressions of that fascination. Why does the presence of this debate demand a popular culture presence? (There has been a recent movie and two books were released just weeks ago addressing this.) 

We are looking for a third paper that might address any aspect of; Shakespeare, literary adaptation to other media forms, authors that demand continuing pop culture presence (Jane Austen comes to mind), archetypes from the Shakespearean canon that appear in pop culture on a regular basis (Is Jon Stewart a 21st century Falstaff?) or any other related topic.


The trick is that the panel proposal is due May 15.  So we must have a proposed abstract in the next few days. Please feel free to forward to colleagues at other institutions or independent scholars. 


Please let me know if anyone is interested in this opportunity or if you have any questions.  


Thank you for your attention and patience,

Kristin Bundesen


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