The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1049 Wednesday, 12 May 2004
Date: Tuesday, 11 May 2004 23:56:34 -0400
Subject: CFP: *Macbeth* (5/23; abstracts to be included in proposal for
11 May 2004
I am seeking abstracts to include in an initial proposal for an edited
volume on *Macbeth.* Should my proposal be accepted, the book will
constitute part of an established series of critical essays on
individual works by Shakespeare, several of which have already been
published and enjoy wide distribution. I have the backing of the
general editor of the series for this proposal. The deadline for
submission of abstracts is 23 May.
Abstracts should be 200-300 words -- no longer -- and may concern
virtually any aspect of the play and its contexts, as indicated below.
A single author may submit multiple abstracts, in the hope that one may
be accepted. Authors of abstracts that are accepted at this stage
should expect to submit drafts of their complete essays by early September.
The scope of this volume, as I envision it, will incorporate not only
the gamut of historicist and materialist approaches, but also formal,
poetic and intertextual perspectives, performance criticism and
performance history (with special attention to recent productions), and
innovative angles on familiar questions about topicality, authorial
intention and response. Other subjects of particular interest include
the play's literary influence, and its global cultural presence in
various media. (Illustrations, in black and white, will be welcome
enhancements to the final product.) Submissions that advance strong
general claims, either about the significance of the whole play or about
currently controversial questions in Shakespearean criticism, will be
considered favorably. This is not to exclude consideration of abstracts
that promise to build incrementally (but substantially) on
well-established lines of interpretation.
The submission of an abstract implies no final commitment to the project
-- apart from a good-faith commitment to work with the editor and to
meet deadlines in a timely manner, especially over the next several
months, should the abstract be accepted and the author choose to pursue
the possibility of publication. Similarly, acceptance of an abstract
for inclusion in this book proposal implies only the editor's good-faith
commitment to work with the potential contributor in a conscientious
manner, toward the goal of producing a final draft that fulfills the
promise of the abstract. Inclusion of an abstract in the proposal at
this stage will not necessarily imply the editor's final commitment to
the publication of the completed essay.
I expect to report back to all prospective contributors within one week
of the deadline for submission of abstracts.
Please enclose abstracts within the text of an e-mail message (NOT in an
attachment) and submit them by Sunday, May 23 to both of the following
e-mail addresses. (Feel free to leave abstracts anonymous, so long as I
can count on your receiving my reply to the e-mail address from which
the submission is sent, or to another e-mail address as indicated in the
The deadline for abstracts may be extended, and this listing re-posted,
pending consideration of those abstracts that I receive by 23 May.
Thanks for your time, your attention, your interest, and your abstracts!
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