[UPDATE] Shakespeare Quarterly: Shakespeare and Performance (Jan 2011)

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Sarah Werner / Folger Shakespeare Library

The study of Shakespeare and performance has grown rapidly in recent years, and now encompasses the examination of different periods, cultures, and media. This special issue of Shakespeare Quarterly solicits submissions examining why we study performance and how we study performance. What are the important issues facing the study of Shakespeare and performance today? How might such study differ from the study of other categories of performance? How might it differ from other studies of Shakespeare? Different categories of submissions are being solicited for this special issue:

  • Articles or position papers exploring some of the questions raised above. Essays might take as their focus a particular production, performance practice, or performer; they might also focus on theories of performance, either as a creative practice or as a field of interpretation. We are interested in essays dealing with performances and issues from a wide range of periods, cultures, and media as well as from a variety of theoretical approaches. Typical article word length in SQ ranges from 10,000 to 12,000 words; shorter position papers may also be appropriate.
  • Reviews for a special section on the Bridge Project's 2010 production of As You Like It, playing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from January-March 2010 (http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=1179), at the Old Vic from June-August 2010 (http://www.oldvictheatre.com/whatson.php?id=58), and on tour in Europe and Asia. Bringing together multiple reviewers to consider one production creates the opportunity to consider how much variance there can be between different spectators' perspectives, as well as how much variance there can be between different nights in a production run and different venues in a remounted show. Reviews submitted for this section are encouraged to explore not only the production at hand, but also the options for writing about it. Reviews for this issue have wide latitude in word length, ranging from 300 words to 3,000; reviewers should feel free to adapt the review format to their needs, both in terms of style and length.
  • Reviews of other performances, especially of productions that have not been widely seen, such as productions from non-Anglo-American companies. Reviewers are welcome to use the review format flexibly, reshaping the traditional review to fit the reviewer's purpose as needed.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2011. Please upload submissions to Editorial Manager, Shakespeare Quarterly's online manuscript tracking system, at http://www.edmgr.com/sq. Contributors will need to provide images and secure the appropriate publication permissions for accepted essays; details, and other contributor guidelines, can be found online here.

Queries about possible submissions may be directed to Sarah Werner at swernerATfolgerDOTedu.