Origins and Assemblages of the "Modern;" Shakespeare and the Gothic Imagination

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Lucian Ghita (Clemson University)
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Writing in 1800, the Marquis de Sade claimed that the Gothic was the inevitable product of the revolutionary tremors felt throughout Europe. In revealing the proximity between poetic and political terror, the Gothic became the inescapable condition and symptom of modernity itself. The rise of the Gothic in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Europe is closely bound up with the discovery of Shakespeare as a "modern dramatist" by Hegel and, later, Marx. Like the Gothic, Shakespeare's plays had a propensity for exploring the "dark underbelly" of the new modern world. This seminar explores the mutually constitutive relationship between "Shakespeare" and "the Gothic," viewed as cultural catalysts for modernity and modern creativity. This panel invites a vast range and variety of proposals that use theoretical, historical, empirical or contextual approaches to explore not only how the two phenomena "were born together" and developed in tandem during the "long" Romantic period (1764-1850), but also how they have become cultural and critical categories for analyzing modernity itself. Papers might consider, but are not limited to, the following areas, questions, and issues: - Gothic adaptations and reworkings of Shakespeare's plays from the period - Philosophical and political assemblages (Hegel, Marx, Voltaire)- Shakespeare Revolutions- Discourses and Narratives of Modernity (related to Shakespeare and the Gothic) - Romantic and Gothic Formations in Shakespeare- Theatricality and Gothic Excess- Gothic "Monsters"- Assembling/Disassembling Shakespeare- Ghost in the Machine (theatrical reception and history)- Macabre, Terror, and the Uncanny- Shakespeare and His "Doubles"- The influence of Horace Walpole, de Sade, and other Gothicists Send all proposals and inquiries to lucianghita78@gmail.com by June 30, 2018.

 

This panel will be part of the 2018 International Conference on Romanticism ("Romantic Assemblages") to be hosted by Clemson University and held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina, between October 25-28, 2018.

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The International Conference on Romanticism was founded in 1991 and aims to pursue the study of Romanticism across linguistic, national, and political disciplines. For more information please visit http://icr.byu.edu.  Conference attendees and participants must be current members of ICR. Please visit http://icr.byu.edu/membership to become a member or renew your membership. The International Conference on Romanticism was founded in 1991 and aims to pursue the study of Romanticism across linguistic, national, and political disciplines. For more information please visit http://icr.byu.edu.  Conference attendees and participants must be current members of ICR. Please visit http://icr.byu.edu/membership to become a member or renew your membership