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This call for papers is for a proposed panel at (dis)junctions, the University of California, Riverside's 17th Annual Humanities Graduate Conference, which will be held on April 9-10, 2010.
Marjorie Garber's Shakespeare and Modern Culture (2008) makes the following claim: "Shakespeare makes modern culture; modern culture makes Shakespeare" (xxxiii). Following this premise, this panel seeks papers that consider the works of Shakespeare as seen in modern popular culture, through adaptation, parody, and allusion. How does Shakespeare "write" modern culture? How and why are his works applicable today? What types of comments do these appropriations of Shakespeare make?
Alternatively, papers may also investigate the second statement of Garber's chiasmus, exploring the ways in which modern culture "writes" Shakespeare. What does it mean to be "Shakespearean" and how has the term been informed by contemporary attitudes?
With either of these academic paths, papers may choose to incorporate the conferences theme of "States of Crisis." Does any of the modern work put Shakespeare's original text into crisis? Or, to use Garber's terms, are we losing Shakespeare to "Shakespeare"?
Please send abstracts of 250-300 words to Sarah Antinora at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 5,2010. Please let me know of any potential A/V needs; every effort will be made to accommodate you.