ImageTexT Shakespeare and Visual Rhetoric Special Issue

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ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies
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ImageTexT is currently seeking submissions for a special issue on Shakespeare and Visual Rhetoric, to be released in Fall 2012. The issue will be guest edited by Richard Burt (Medieval and Early Modern Film and Media, Unspeakable Shaxxxspeares) and co-edited by ImageTexT production editor, Katherine Shaeffer.

The works of William Shakespeare comprise one of the most widely (and consistently) revised, adapted, rewritten and reappropriated bodies of writing by a single author in the world. ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies seeks to take advantage of this figure's continual prominence in popular media by examining the visual heritage of Shakespeare from a perspective which prioritizes the association of word with image. In 2012, ImageTexT will be producing a special issue devoted to investigating the intersection between Shakespeare and visual rhetoric. The analysis of comics based on Shakespeare's work will of course be welcome in this issue, but we are also looking for articles that expand the thinking of the word/image relationship beyond the comic book.

Topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Shakespeare in the comics (Kill Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Tempest" in Neil Gaiman's Sandman, Classics Illustrated)
  • Shakespeare in manga and anime (Self Made Hero's "Manga Shakespeare" line, Romeo X Juliet)
  • Shakespeare and the picture book (children's picture books based on Shakespeare's plays/poems, illustrated editions of the Lambs' Tales From Shakespeare)
  • Shakespeare and the poster/playbill (graphics accompanying stage and film performances of Shakespeare's plays)
  • Shakespeare in the fine arts (paintings, sculptures, etc. reflecting Shakespeare's work)
  • Shakespeare's "cameos": the cultural significance of Shakespeare (and/or lines from Shakespeare) in comics strips, political cartoons, advertisements, etc.
  • Shakespeare in performance (staging of space and place, set/costume design)
  • Shakespeare in video games and the digital arts
  • Global Shakespeare (image-heavy revisions, reclamations and reappropriations that transcend national boundaries)

Please remember that ImageTexT's focus is on the intersection of word and image, and that submissions without strong visual analysis accompanying quality, high-resolution scans of images are unlikely to be considered. See our Submissions Page for more general guidelines.

Submissions should be sent to Richard Burt at and copied to Katherine Shaeffer at by no later than March 15, 2012.