The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0915  Tuesday, 17 October 2006

From: 		Cary DiPietro <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Monday, 16 Oct 2006 13:24:14 -0400
Subject: 	CFP: Shakespeare's Bastards

_Shakespeare's Bastards:  Cultural and National Hybridity on and after 
the Early Modern Stage_ ed. by Cary DiPietro and Atsuhiko Hirota

The essays in this proposed volume will explore how bastard characters 
and bastardy more generally in Shakespeare represent locations of 
racial, cultural and national hybridity.  First introduced by Homi 
Bhabha in his influential 1990 volume, The Location of Culture, 
hybridity has become one of the most debated and disputed concepts in 
poststructuralist theory.  Hybridity provides, in Bhabha's words, a 
'third space of enunciation' which inherently resists essentialization, 
fixed binaries or constructions of the originary.  Hybridity offers a 
liminal space or margin in-between the nation-space, an inter-national 
space which facilitates multivocalism, plurality and syncretism.

Hybridity manifests in the 'early modern' at the intersection of 
national formation and colonial discourse.  When England, in the shadow 
of Spain and Portugal, was yet to establish itself as a powerful Empire, 
bastardy interrogates notions of cultural, social and political 
legitimacy across all genres of Shakespeare's writing.  But hybridity in 
Shakespeare continues to manifest in the 'postmodern'.  In a period when 
discourses of nationalism are being reasserted around the world with 
often frightening and tragic consequences, but also when various 
nationalisms are devolving into the local, transnational and globally 
mobile, the present marks a time to revisit, rethink and reinvest 
Shakespeare's bastards, both real and metaphoric, as loci of racial, 
cultural and national hybridities.

The editors invite papers for consideration which explore Shakespeare's 
representations of hybridity, and in particular, those which situate his 
bastards in early/post/modern contexts, or in ways which challenge or 
reconfigure the concept of hybridity itself by looking to the 
transnational, the transformative or the globally mobile.

For those interested, the full CFP and instructions for submission may 
be found at:


I'll also gladly answer questions or expressions of interest off-list.

Cary DiPietro
University of Toronto at Mississauga
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