CFP: [Renaissance] Suspected Shakespeares: Papers and Presentations in Early Modern Attribution Studies

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Matteo Pangallo

The Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies is pleased to issue a call
for papers for "Suspected Shakespeares", a one-day conference on
attribution studies in early modern dramatic literature, to be held
Saturday, March 8. Submissions are welcome from all members of the academic

"Suspected Shakespeares" will combine paper presentations with staged
readings of key scenes from early modern plays in order to explore the
critical and innovative scholarly work being conducted in the field of
early modern dramatic attribution studies. In particular, the conference
will provide a space for the exchange of ideas centering on the study of
canon formation, on the question of how and why plays are added to or
removed from the body of work attributed to a particular writer, and on the
issue of the rhetoric and methodologies employed by attribution scholars in
their studies.

Papers that address the above topics, as well as papers that engage with
the attribution of a specific early modern dramatic text, part of a text,
or group of texts are welcome. Of particular interest are papers that
employ, or debate the effectiveness of, critical approaches to attribution
study including (but not limited to) computational stylistics, textual
analysis and bibliography, affective stylistics, performance and adaptation
study, and collaboration study. Presentations are limited to twenty
minutes. Papers proposed should represent new work in the field: the ideas
and arguments presented should not have been previously professionally
presented or published.

To propose a paper, please email an abstract of less than 500 words,
accompanied by a summary of the submitter’s academic background and work,
to the Conference conveners, Matteo Pangallo (
and John Yargo ( Abstracts must be received no
later than 5:00pm on Friday, December 1st. Presenters will be notified by
Friday, January 4th and will be invited to choose an illustrative scene
from the text of their choice for the staged reading portion of the conference.

For more information on the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies,
based at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, visit or contact the director of the Center, Arthur F.
Kinney (

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