CFP: [Computing-Internet] Shakespeare and Computers (11/30/07; collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Jennifer Lokash
contact email: Shakespearean Authority in the Age of Computers

Call for contributions for an edited essay collection, in honour of Dr. Michael Bristol (11/30/07).

Google “Shakespeare” and you will get a staggering 51 million hits. That’s more than “Jesus Christ,”
“Adolph Hitler,” and “Tom Cruise” combined. We seek original critical essays that explore the
interfacing of computer technologies and the Shakespeare metonym: what does it mean to study or
do Shakespeare in the age of computers? How has Shakespeare’s cultural and institutional
authority been challenged and/or reinforced by listserv discussion groups, websites, search-engine
categorization, hypertext versions of the plays, digital archiving, essay bank services, and the
advent of networking utilities like Facebook? What new cyberspace economies of knowledge and
material exchange are now enabled by the Bard’s dotcom presence? Has Shakespeare’s new digital
iconicity reshaped the reception of Shakespeare (and his works), especially when students first
encounter Shakespeare mediated by the internet?

Please send 500-word proposals and a brief c.v. to either Dr. Bradley D. Clissold (
or Dr. Jennifer Lokash ( by 30 November 2007.

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