The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0288  Saturday, 14 April 2007

From: 		Agnieszka Rasmus <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 11 Apr 2007 10:56:51 +0100 (BST)
Subject: 	Call for Papers: "Images of the City"

Dear Colleagues,

The Department of Drama and Pre-1800 Literature invites you to attend 
the 2007 Drama Through the Ages Conference at the University of Lodz, 
Poland, on 25-27 October 2007: "Images of The City"

The theme of the conference is designed to highlight the diversity of 
city and urban imagery in British as well as Irish poetry, drama, and 
film. The conference will survey the main aspects of the continuous 
interest in the city as one of the most significant elements of 
literary, social, and economic history of European literature, culture, 
and art. The city can therefore be presented as an important theme or 
motif in a literary work, film, or performance; it can, however, also be 
approached as a component, latent or mute, in a work of predominantly 
rural or pastoral character.

The organizers seek contributions which examine the city and its 
relation with the country, or which analyze traditional forms of 
literary as well as artistic rendering of urban imagery, and finally 
which focus on technologized, media-oriented or digital modes of urban 
experience in early modern, modern and contemporary literature. We also 
invite papers concerning the beginnings of the English and European city 
life, that are commonly associated with the late Middle Ages and the 
Renaissance. All proposals focusing either on literary, social or 
philosophical aspects of the city in dramatic literature, poetry, media 
and visual arts are warmly welcome.

Suggested themes and topics:

-	the real and the unreal city
-	city as (anti)hero
-	urban logic - rural chaos
-	city as theatre, spectacle, exhibition, museum
-	city as (second) nature
-	city as the unknown, the subconscious, the other
-	urban pastorals
-	urban utopia / dystopia
-	gendering the city
-	varieties of cityscapes

Invited plenary speakers:

-	Professor Richard Burt (University of Florida)
-	Professor Andrzej Dbr 

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