CFP: The Shakespeare Institute Review, Issue 3 - Love & Lust
The Shakespeare Institute Review - call for papers for the third issue
The Shakespeare Institute Review is an online academic journal funded by the University of Birmingham College of Arts and Law, and to which students at the Shakespeare Institute and on other postgraduate programmes are encouraged to contribute. Each issue has a theme to which contributors are invited to respond.
Continuing on from the first two issues of the journal, which explored death and the superhuman in Shakespeare, we thought it appropriate to segue into an examination of human emotion and passion with a theme of love and lust, running the gamut from the shameful to the sublime. Students are therefore encouraged to submit papers between 1,500 and 3,000 words on topics relating to Love and Lust in Shakespeare. Possible topics might include, but are not restricted to:
• What is the meaning of love in a Shakespearean sense? What place does love or lust occupy in our collective imagination or human experience? Why are we fascinated by it, spawning a plethora of literature, art, and cultural artefacts ranging from romance novels, movies and plays to erotic literature, art, and even pornography? Why do we seem to have a collective cultural obsession with love and its successful resolution?
• Critical examinations of Shakespeare's lovers or love relationships; instances of the romantic, the erotic, or the bawdy in Shakespeare. In particular, we would be interested in papers on the idealised, the idolised, and the scorned. This could include close reading, comparative analysis, etc.
• Considerations of the political, ethical, religious, spiritual, and/or existential significance of love (or lust) in the Early Modern period, and of how Shakespeare makes use of (and plays off) those conceptualisations in his works.
• More intensely personal and experientially engaged writing on how Shakespeare's works have affected your understanding of what love might mean, and what it means to experience love or lust? Is it just a matter of experiencing certain feelings, or is it a quality of mind and attitude? How do we define love and lust; where is the line between love and lust—might they be seen as "higher" and "lower" expressions of the same human instinct?
All submissions will be reviewed by the editorial board (Thea Buckley, Paul Hamilton, and John Langdon), and those submissions that are selected will be published in our third online issue. For further information, please contact us at email@example.com or via the contact form on