The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.2098 Tuesday, 14 December 2004
Date: Monday, 13 Dec 2004 18:20:21 +0100
"Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies"
A new book series from Ashgate Publishing Company
(with apologies for cross posting)
I am writing to introduce to you a new book series from Ashgate
Publishing Company that I am co-editing with Keir Elam and Robert Henke.
"Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies" is an interdisciplinary series
that analyses early modern English drama within the context of the
European Renaissance and, specifically, in the light of the impact and
influence of both classical and Italian cultural, dramatic, and literary
At a time when the possibilities for publishing monographs on early
modern topics are shrinking, we have designed our fully peer-reviewed
series to be an important outlet for new scholarship in a growing field.
To that end, proposals may be for either single-authored studies or
edited collections, and we are interested in the works of both new and
more established authors.
We particularly welcome proposals which consider early modern Italian
novelle and theatre as direct, indirect, and deep sources for, as well
as analogues and paralogues to, the construction of Shakespeare's drama,
particularly in the comedies, romances, and other Italianate plays.
Studies focused on other cultural transactions, such as travel and
courtesy books, the arts, fencing, dance, and fashion will also be
considered. Special emphasis will be given to the manner in which early
modern English dramatists adapted Italian materials to suit their
theatrical agendas, creating new forms, and stretching the Renaissance
practice of contaminatio to achieve, even unconsciously, a process of
rewriting, remaking, and refashioning of alien cultures.
The series also invites proposals that take into account the transition
of cultures between the two countries as a bilateral process, drawing
attention to the penetration of early modern English culture into the
Italian world as well.
Proposals should take the form of either
1) a preliminary letter of inquiry, briefly describing the project; or
2) a formal prospectus including: abstract, table of contents, sample
chapter, estimate of length, estimate of the number and type of
illustrations to be included, and a c.v.
Please send two copies of either type of proposal (one to the general
editor and one to the publisher) to the addresses below:
M. Marrapodi Erika Gaffney