The Merchant of Venice; University of La Verne, California 2013 (abstracts by February 1; conference April 27, 2013)

full name / name of organization: 
The La Verne Shakespeare Center, University of La Verne

Is the Merchant of Venice a plea for tolerance or a sanction for revenge? Is it a late early comedy or an early problem play? How does it reflect (or seem to reflect) upon our own situation—ie. our ongoing banking crises, religious tensions, and cultural transitions?

Keynote Speaker: Eric Mallin, University of Texas, at Austin

Papers can consider but are not limited to the following topics:

recent stage and film versions
Pedagogical approaches in the inclusive, multicultural classroom
Early comedy vs. "problem play"
Relation to other Renaissance plays
The ongoing financial crisis
Male relationships

Send an abstract of 150 words (maximum) and a one-page CV to Jeffrey Kahan ( by February 1, 2013.

Conference prices: $50 for tenured faculty; $40 non-tenured; $30 graduate and private scholars; $10 high school teachers. All prices include a buffet meal and a ticket to the University of La Verne's production of Merchant of Venice.

A prize for the best student essay will be awarded.