Online Journal Romeo and Juliet

deadline for submissions: 
August 31, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Universities of Caen and Le Mans, France & Farmington/Maine, USA
contact email: 

CFP : Online Journal.

Romeo and Juliet, From Page to Image

            The mythology of Romeo and Juliet is world-famous. Within the Shakespearean canon, it is one of the most performed and adapted plays on the stage and on the page. Contemporary interpretations, whether drawn from illustrators or musicians, actors or scenographers, novelists or poets, YouTubers or performance artists, storytellers or playwrights, have explored and exploited this mythology, conveying new meanings from iconic images, contemporariness from timelessness.

In this work, we invite contributors to focus on new and old cinematic adaptations (Romeo+Juliet, Shakespeare in Love, West Side Story, Gnomeo & Juliet); dramatic rewritings (Cyrano de Bergerac, la Petite Histoire, Romanoff & Juliet); aesthetical expressions (street theatre, installations, happenings); children’s books (Romeo and Juliet for Kids); board, desktop or video games (Shakespeare, The Chronicles of Romeo and Juliet , Romeo vs Juliet); comic or graphic books and manga (editions abound); digital tales and didactic animations, often aimed at teenagers (Animated Shakespeare, GCSE Romeo and Juliet ; A-Levels R&J); and photographs and posters such as the famous image showing love letters on the wall of Juliet's house, a synecdochic emblem of the Romeo and Juliet phenomenon in the art of rewriting.

We shall focus on the authors’ reinventions of the cursed lovers’ myth.  What can we learn from such revisions? To what extent do they increase the heroes’ universal aura? In what ways do they overthrow our understanding of Shakespeare’s text, dislocating source from adaptation? How do they shape an aesthetics that challenges the romantic image of the couple in their poetic and tragic pose?

Illustrated chapters (with duty-free photos and pictures) will be welcomed so as to display the richly brocaded palette that Romeo and Juliet has inspired and still satisfy the tastes of a universal readership with a keen interest in art. 

Please send a synopsis of your project and a short bio-bibliography to estelle.rivier@free.fr, isabelle.schwartz-gastine@unicaen.fr and brown.eric@maine.edu before August 31st 2018. The full collection of articles will be published in Les Cahiers Shakespeare en Devenir, ed. Pascale Drouet, in 2019. http://shakespeare.edel.univ-poitiers.fr/