CFP: Trans-Atlantic Shakespeare (4/15/06; MMLA, 11/9/06-11/12/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Deborah M. Scaggs
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Shakespeare and Shakespeare Criticism: "Trans-Atlantic

Renaissance and Early Modern Studies has recently been
reinvigorated with studies in "trans-Atlanticism,"
explorations in cultural, political, and religious
influences coming into Europe from the "discovery" of
other worlds across the Atlantic. Commissioned explorations
to the Americas returned crews boasting of rich lands,
goods, peoples—over which power could be established.
Certainly, scholars have seen these explorations as both
"cultural exchange" and "cultural colonization."
How does our understanding(s) of "trans-Atlanticism"
help us to understand Shakespeare's plays and the audience
reception of their performance? To what extent does
Shakespeare differentiate Englishness from new cultures in
his works, characters, plots, etc.? How do new literacies
and epistemological models—-encountered in trans-Atlantic
explorations--influence Shakespeare's works?

Please send proposals to:, or Deborah M. Scaggs, 3800 Lindell Blvd.,
Department of English, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
63108 by APRIL 15, 2006. (Visit
for sample abstract form and for other convention details.)

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