Shakespeare in French Film / France in Shakespearean Film (21 to 27 April 2014)

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Shakespeare 450, Société Française Shakespeare, Paris, France

Shakespeare 450, 21-27 April 2014, Paris, France
Leaders: Melissa Croteau and Douglas Lanier

Seminar 15:
Shakespeare in French Film/France in Shakespearean Film
France has a complex and unique relationship with Shakespeare. This seminar will explore the many ways in which Shakespeare's work has influenced French cinema and has been adapted to the screen in France, from the silent era to the present, including offshoots and films which use Shakespeare's works as significant intertexts, from Les enfants du paradis (Marcel Carné, 1945) to L'Appartement (Gilles Mimouni, 1996). Conversely, the seminar also will invite papers that consider how the nation, people, and culture of France have been depicted in Shakespearean films. The term Shakespearean films here includes all kinds of cinematic and television adaptations of the plays as well as offshoots (or spinoffs) that use the Bard's work for sundry purposes and agendas.

This subject invites reflection on the traditions and methods of "reading" and presenting Shakespeare in France. For instance, one might examine the relationship between French Shakespearean stage actors, like Sarah Bernhardt, and their non-Shakespeare on-screen roles; one might explore the casting of French actors like Sophie Marceau in Hoffman's A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) or Gérard Depardieu in Branagh's Hamlet; one might investigate how the French and "Frenchness" have been used in film versions of Henry V, Love's Labour's Lost, and All's Well that Ends Well; one might analyze the reception of cinematic Shakespeare in France; one might address cinematic adaptation of a particular play in France; or one might discuss the place of Shakespeare in French cinema and the kinds of cultural work done by Shakespeare references in particular French films, genres, periods or directorial oeuvres.

Seminar Structure: This seminar will include up to twenty members, and seminar papers should be 3,000 to 4,000 words in length. Members will read all the seminar papers but will respond in detail via email to three other papers before the seminar meets.

Submissions should be sent by email to AND

Please include the following with your proposal:
• the full title of your paper;
• a 250-400 word description of your paper;
• your name, postal address and e-mail address;
• your institutional affiliation and position;
• a short bionote;
• AV requirements (if any).
Deadline for proposals: 10 November 2013
Notification of acceptance: 15 November 2013
Note: We are planning to edit a collection of essays from the submitted papers, so we are especially interested in contributions that seminar members wish to develop for publication.