The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0356  Thursday, 27 April 2006

From: 		Douglas Brooks <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 26 Apr 2006 02:19:59 -0500
Subject: 	CFP: Romantic Shakespeare (8/15/06; Journal)

CFP: Romantic Shakespeare.  Shakespeare Yearbook, Winter 2007.

Henry James once noted that to the English an outing to Stratford was 
not just a day out, not just a visit to a pretty old town with a famous 
dead author, but a pilgrimage to "The Holy of Holies"; the scene itself 
of the "nativity."  James was being ironic, but to many editors, and 
writers, and theatre personalities working in the era of the English 
Romantic Movement, grappling with the works of Shakespeare became a 
serious devotional duty.

Shakespeare's plays and poems can be said to have become objects of 
religious reflection for the Romantics, a kind of mirror up to the 
"mystic."  For Shakespeare's nineteenth-century British editors, one of 
their principal tasks was to prepare readers to find deeper meanings in 
Shakespeare's plays and poems, and they viewed the reading of his works 
as a cornerstone of English culture.  Concomitantly, writers such as 
Coleridge, Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, and Keats constructed Shakespeare 
as a figure from whom it was possible to acquire something like 
spiritual and poetic wisdom.  For many of these writers, his plays and 
poems were foundational to their own efforts to write.

In conjunction with theme of the Winter 2007 issue of the Shakespeare 
Yearbook, "Romantic Shakespeare," the journal seeks essays from scholars 
of Renaissance or English Romantic literature that explore the editing 
or interpretation of Shakespeare and early modern literature in the 
Romantic period, as well as the impact of early modern literature on the 
literary production of writers associated with the English Romantic 

Please submit title and 200-word abstract of proposed essays along with 
a brief scholarly bio by August 15, 2006 to Douglas A. Brooks 
(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Digital submissions as e-mail attachments in Rich 
Text Format or Microsoft Word only.  Do not send CVs. Final essays will 
be due May 15, 2007.

The Shakespeare Yearbook is a broadly based international annual of 
scholarship relating to Shakespeare, his time, and his impact on later 
periods.  Maximum length for contributions is 35 double-spaced pages in 
Times New Roman 12 point.  Illustrations are welcome. Citations should 
be formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style.  The name of the 
author/s should only appear in an accompanying cover letter.  All essays 
are reviewed anonymously by two readers.  All essay submissions must be 
as digital attachments in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format

Douglas A. Brooks
Editor, Shakespeare Yearbook http://www-english.tamu.edu/pubs/sjb/
Associate Professor, Department of English 
Texas A&M University
210 B Blocker  MS 4227
College Station, TX 77843-4227
Tel: 979-574-0968;   Fax: 979-862-2292

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