CFP: [Bibliography] MLA 2008––Printing Shakespeare: From the First Folio to Nicholas Rowe

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Adam G. Hooks
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Printing Shakespeare: From the First Folio to Nicholas Rowe.

MLA 2008 - San Francisco

This panel seeks papers addressing the textual representation of
Shakespeare between 1623 and 1709. The renewed interest in the material
origins of Shakespeare, often labeled the “New Textualism,” has made
extraordinary advances in our knowledge of the role played by the book
trade in the construction of dramatic authorship. The period after the
publication of the First Folio is often overlooked, however, both because
of the canonical prominence literary scholars have attributed to the Folio,
and because Shakespeare’s reputation seems to have suffered during the
interregnum and the Restoration, when his plays were radically altered and
adapted. But Shakespeare maintained an active, and often surprising, life
in print, culminating in the landmark edition of Rowe that initiated his
transformation into the paradigmatic national author. Papers that address
the intersection of book history and literary criticism are particularly

250-word abstract by 15 March, to Adam G. Hooks ( and
Fran Connor (

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