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Shakespeare In (and Out of) Love (6/1/10; 11/11-14/10)
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Cynthia Miller/Film & History
Call for Papers
AREA: Shakespeare In (and Out of) Love
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lysander proclaims that “The course of true love never did run smooth.” The young Athenian unknowingly targets a major source of dramatic tension in many of the plays: Shakespeare repeatedly explores the difficulties of finding, sustaining, and expressing love. Yet as Maurice Charney observes in Shakespeare on Love & Lust (2000), there exists no “single, coherent concept of love in Shakespeare.” While engaged by the ideas of Petrarch and Plato, the playwright never subscribes to one view of passion. Rather, his depictions of it vary over the course of his two-decade career, as he considers romantic idealization, erotic desire, filial affection, and Christian agape; and as he shifts from history to comedy, from tragedy to romance.
Filmmakers have again and again mined Shakespeare’s diverse representations of love for inspiration. This area invites papers that consider how Shakespearean film adaptations (broadly defined) treat love. Papers might respond to the following questions or branch out in alternative directions:
• What role do modern notions of romance play in marketing and promoting Shakespearean film adaptations?
• How do cinematic depictions of Shakespeare in the classroom license or exploit “forbidden love”?
• What role does music play in the representation of love in films such as Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Hamlet (2000)?
• How do the genres of the plays influence the handling of love in Shakespearean film adaptations?
• Do Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespearean comedies reveal a consistent take on Shakespearean love?
• How does cross-dressing in contemporary films like She’s The Man (2006) speak to attitudes on love and gender in Shakespeare’s age—or in our own?
• What does Shakespearean love mean when envisioned in the cultural context of Bollywood films?
• How do Shakespeare’s notions of heterosexual and homosexual love relate in a film like Were the World Mine (2008)?
• How do portrayals of Shakespearean love differ in television (from Moonlighting to The Simpsons) and film?
• How is fandom (love of Shakespeare) characterized in films such as The Dresser (1983) and 10 Things I Hate About You (1999).
• How do representations of Shakespeare as an historical figure, in films such as Shakespeare in Love (1998) or in
Please send your 200-word proposal by e-mail to the area chair:
Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory).