The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0370 Thursday, 23 September 2010
Date: September 14, 2010 12:37:44 PM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance Seminar - WSC
Ninth World Shakespeare Congress:
Renaissance Shakespeare / Shakespeare Renaissances
Prague, Czech Republic -- 17-22 July 2011
Call for papers -- Seminar No. 3.
Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance:
Appropriation, Transformation, Opposition.
Michele Marrapodi (University of Palermo, Italy), Robert Henke (Washington
This seminar aims to place Shakespeare's works within the context of the European Renaissance
and, more specifically, within the context of Italian cultural, dramatic, and literary traditions, with
reference to the impact and influence of both classical and contemporary culture. The topics may
range from a reassessment of Italian novellas, theatre, and discourses as direct or indirect sources,
analogues, paralogues, and intertexts for the construction of Shakespeare's poetry and drama to a
reconsideration of other cultural transactions, such as travel and courtesy books, the arts, fencing,
dancing, fashion, and so forth.
The critical perspective of the seminar is to regard the pervasive presence of the Italian world in
early modern England not only as a traditional treasure trove of influence and imitation but also
as a potential cultural force of ideological appropriation, transformation, and opposition.
(Registration to Seminars extended until 30th November 2010)
University of Palermo
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