The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0492  Monday, 21 September 2009

From:       Suzanne Westfall <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Saturday, 19 Sep 2009 12:47:37 -0400
Subject:    Call for Papers: MRDS at LEEDS

Last call for submissions to the MRDS session at the International 
Congress for Medieval Studies, Leeds, 12-15 July 2010.

Beastly Drama: Animals in Early Modern Theatre

2009, which marks the sesquicentennial of Charles Darwin's Origin of 
Species, has set off a flurry of investigations into evolution and 
animal studies in various disciplines. How do we define ourselves in 
relationship to the animal/human binary, and has that definition changed 
since the early modern period? This session will consider how we might 
interpret the interactions of animals and humans in theatre from the 
14th to 17th centuries. Possible topics include: staging with animals in 
theatres (from bear-baitings to the sheep in /The Second Shepherd's 
Play/ to Crab in /Two Gentlemen/); animals as symbolic "others" (from 
"the beast with two backs" to Ferdinand's lycanthropia); 
representations/constructions of animals in entertainments; 
anthropomorphization and hierarchical ideologies.

If you have previously sent an abstract, please re-send (computer 
crashes have temporarily wiped my laptop. Ah, technology!).

Please send abstracts and title to:

Suzanne Westfall
Department of English/Theatre
Lafayette College
Easton PA 18042  USA.

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