CFP: [Renaissance] Late Shakespeare: Texts and Afterlives - Dec. 5th & 6th 2008, Dublin, Ireland

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Andrew J. Power
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Late Shakespeare: Texts and Afterlives
"That for which we find words is something already dead in our hearts.
There is always a kind of contempt in the act of speaking." Nietzsche,
Twilight of the Idols (1888).
We are pleased to announce that a two-day conference on "Late
Shakespeare: Texts and Afterlives" will take place in Trinity College
Dublin on December 5th & 6th interrogating things recent, late, and
belated in the study of Shakespeare. The conference is kindly supported
by the School of English at Trinity College Dublin. We are delighted to
announce that the plenary speaker for this event is Professor Michael
Many of the later quarto texts of Shakespeare's plays boast that they are
copies of plays 'latelie Acted'. This conference proposes to investigate
things recent, late, and belated in the work of Shakespeare. On one level
the conference promotes new writing in the field of Shakespeare studies
with the papers themselves being lately written. The conference also
encourages an investigation of what it means for a work to be late, what
happens to a text once the writing is finished, and what implications
there are for an author who is writing late in his career or even who
is 'late' (i.e. who is published posthumously).
To that end, the conference organisers would welcome papers that include,
but are not limited to, the following themes: The writing process; 'late'
trends/events that influence a text or its production; late-authorship;
the relationship between the author and the text after the writing is
finished; textual ephemera, marginalia, or dedication; authorship and
death; bardolatry; issues of time, decay, or time-keeping in texts; the
afterlife of the text; representations of the afterlife in a text; lost,
forgotten, or neglected texts; performance/textual history.
Papers should be no longer than 20mins in length. If you are interested
in presenting a paper, please submit a 100 word abstract to Dr. Andrew J.
Power & Mr. Rory V. Loughnane at before
November 3rd 2008. More information on the conference is available at

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