Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 247. Tuesday, 20 April 1993.
Date: Tuesday, 20 Apr 1993 07:49 EDT
Subject: Shakespeare on Film and Television session at NEMLA
Call for papers: Shakespeare on Film and Television session at NEMLA.
April 8-10, 1994, in beautiful Pittsburgh. Topic: Reading Strange Matters:
Material Texts and Filmic Media.
The last decade has re-formed critical approaches to Shakespearean texts. New
editorial practices challenge the notion of textual stability; and performance
theories emphasize unrecorded transformation of the written record; cultural
materialists give social specificity to the conventions of stage and page;
historians of print culture focus on the readers' uses of print artifacts.
Thus, these too too solid texts have been de-stabilized -- and at the same time
have re-materialized as commodities not unmixed with baser matter.
This new attention to the material nature of the play texts must transform our
approaches to the complex relations between play texts and on-screen
productions. How have classic productions of Shakespeare mediated between the
material natures of print and audiovisual media? To what extent have recent
productions of Shakespeare made use of destablized notions of the textual
Suggested approaches: Cinematographic responses to textual cruxes or
instability; cinematographic representations of play texts, of reading
practices, and of print culture; the material conditions of various media as
they inflect performance; the book as a figure of human materiality; credits as
Stipulations: papers/abstrats to chair by 9/15/93. Each final paper should
incorporate 5-10 minutes of edited video clips.
The above submitted by Lori Humphrey Newcomb
Department of English
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Added note: write to her via snail mail for further info or ideas.