The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0488  Tuesday, 22 October 2013


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

Date:         October 17, 2013 2:38:24 PM EDT

Subject:     CFP: Thirteenth Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare 


Thirteenth Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference

“Shakespeare Noir:  Destabilization, Corruption, Irruption, Illumination, Liberation”


Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA.


Much like film noir in the 1940s and ’50s Shakespeare’s drama and poetry explore the seamy underside of order, respectability, and morality. This conference will look for papers that explore how texts and performances related to Shakespeare destabilize, expose, or illuminate the faux stability of the Elizabethan world picture or the various eras in which the plays and poems have been presented and studied, as well as fetishizing Shakespeare. Possible topics might include exploring:


How Shakespeare’s plays and poems themselves challenge views of

  • government
  • religion and faith
  • the demonic and the divine
  • class and gender roles
  • science and nature
  • the virtue or destructiveness of art (especially in terms of the theater)


How Shakespeare and his work have been marshaled/manipulated/exploited to reflect specific political, social, philosophical, and aesthetic views through

  • stage and film productions
  • paratexts or adaptations on the page, stage, or screen
  • literary criticism; etc.

Proposals of approximately 300 words due March 14, 2014.  Papers length should be gauged for 15 minutes reading time.


 $10.00 conference registration fee


Contact Person:  Dr. Sharon R. Yang, English Department, Worcester State University, Worcester, MA 0160

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Sponsors:  Worcester State University, Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference Consortium 


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