The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0786  Tuesday, 26A April 2005

From:           Peter Greenfield <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 25 Apr 2005 13:44:24 -0700
Subject:        Early Modern Drama Topics for MRDS Sessions

With apologies for cross-posting:

This message is aimed mainly at those members of the Medieval and
Renaissance Drama Society who work in early modern drama and rarely
attend the Kalamazoo Medieval Congress.  Since the society holds its
annual business meeting at Kalamazoo, members who don't attend that
conference don't have much chance to participate in decisions,
particularly about the topics for paper sessions at conferences.  MRDS
sponsors sessions not only at the medieval congresses at Kalamazoo and
Leeds, but also at each year's MLA Convention, the most likely venue for
early modern sessions.

Thus, I would like to invite members specializing in the early modern to
suggest topics for the society to consider at the annual meeting at
Kalamazoo this May. (Since Shakespeare gets extensive coverage at SAA,
MLA and elsewhere, we are looking mainly for topics on early modern
drama other than Shakespeare, but a topic linking other drama to
Shakespeare would be considered.) If chosen by the membership, topics in
early modern would most likely be scheduled for the December 2006 MLA
convention.  (Topics not chosen this year may be held over for
subsequent years, and some topics might turn out to be well suited to
Kzoo or Leeds.)  I am currently a member of the MRDS council, and will
be happy to bring suggestions to the meeting.  In order to be accepted a
topic will have to have a guaranteed organizer, but neither the
suggester nor the organizer need to be present at the meeting.
Suggestions are also welcome from scholars who are not yet members of
MRDS; one can join anytime online at

I hope this invitation will generate some fascinating topics, and
perhaps help MRDS members working in the early modern period become more
active in the society.

Peter Greenfield
Editor, Research Opportunities in Medieval and Renaissance Drama
Department of English
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA  98416-1045

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