Shakespeare’s Literary Recovery and Afterlife (British Shakespeare Association 2019 Conference)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Nikki Roulo / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
contact email: 

Echoing Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  Claude  McKay notes, “You place your Seers with madmen, fools and rogues, Their words distort and twist.” This panel will explore the “distort and twist” of words, examining how Shakespeare’s literary work (re)defines and intersects with race and community today. How is Shakespeare recovered within minority communities? How is his work used in music to address race and contemporary issues? Why is his work subverted and reconfigured to address contemporary issues of race and nation? Do performances place the audience in a place of complicitness? This session invites papers that explore the intersection of his literary recovery and race.

Topics may include:

  • Performance and race

  • National and Ethnic communities within Shakespeare’s plays and poetry

  • Music
  • Literary Recovery

  • Genre (plays, poetry, music, etc.)


Abstracts should be emailed to no later than September 30th.