CFP: [18th] Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century (9/15/07; NeMLA, 04/10/08-04/13/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Stephen Sweats

39th Annual Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Conference
April 10-13, 2008
Buffalo, NY

Panel Title: Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century: “He was not of an
age, but for all time” (and use)

During the long eighteenth century, Shakespeare was a currency in which
many traded. He was not merely for all time, as Ben Jonson noted, but for
all uses, as well. Editions and adaptations of his work made Shakespeare
an industry, while allusions and analogues made his presence ubiquitous.
Whether one examines Tate’s infamous adaptation of Lear in 1681, Wooten’s
1750 painting of Macbeth and Banquo with the weird sisters, or Rossini’s
1816 opera Otello, eighteenth-century expressions of Shakespeare are
invaluable for what they reveal about the period’s attitudes toward the
bard and for what they reveal about the period’s attitudes toward race,
gender, sexuality, and nationalism. Papers exploring expressions of
Shakespeare in any medium (ballet, poetry, opera, novels, art, poetry,
etc.) and any context during the long eighteenth century are welcome.

The goal of this panel is to address the widest scope of representations
of Shakespeare in various contexts. Papers will be selected accordingly,
and abstracts of the selected pieces will be distributed to the panel
members prior to the conference in order to facilitate extensive
discussion. Submissions are due by Sept. 15. Submitters will be informed
no later than Oct. 1. Please email your 250-500 word abstract to Stephen
Sweat at along with the following information:

Name and title
Institutional Affiliation
Complete contact information
Brief (2-3 sentences) biography
A/V Requirements (if any)

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