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“Hammering it Out”: Shakespeare and Cognitive Reading(s) -- Boston NELMA (abstract deadline 9/30/12) / Conference (3/21-24/13)
full name / name of organization:
Phil Collington, Associate Professor of English, Niagara University
Call for Papers
“Hammering it Out”: Shakespeare and Cognitive Reading(s)
44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Whether in his frequent use of soliloquies, on-stage debates, or vivid metaphorical imagery, Shakespeare dramatizes cognitive processes employed by stage characters; e.g., as imprisoned Richard II notes, “I’ll hammer it out. / My brain I’ll prove the female to my soul, / My soul the father; and these two beget / A generation of still-breeding thoughts” (*Richard II* 5.5.5-8). We are now more than six decades in to what Howard Gardner has termed the “cognitive revolution,” yet one of its pioneering practitioners in Shakespeare studies, Mary Thomas Crane, recently noted that “cognitive approaches are still not part of the mainstream of literary and cultural criticism” – because the approach does not lend itself to the production of self-contained “readings” or “interpretations” of texts (*Representations* 108 [Fall 2009], 76). Is this true? This panel invites short (fifteen-minute) paper presentations exploring the theoretical impact, or demonstrating the methodological efficacy, of cognitive approaches to Shakespeare. Presenters may present their own original research findings on individual plays or non-dramatic poems, or engage in a meta-critical survey of the place of cognitive theories in Shakespeare studies today.
Deadline for Abstracts: September 30, 2012
Please send proposals (paper or electronic) to:
Dr. Phil Collington
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Name and Affiliation
The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.