Shakespeare Quarterly: Shakespeare and Performance (1/2011)

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Sarah Werner / Folger Shakespeare Library

The study of Shakespeare and performance has grown rapidly in recent years, and now encompasses the examination of different periods, cultures, and media. This special issue of Shakespeare Quarterly solicits submissions examining why we study performance and how we study performance. What are the important issues facing the study of Shakespeare and performance today? How might such study differ from the study of other categories of performance? How might it differ from other studies of Shakespeare? Essays might take as their focus a particular production, theatrical practice, or performer; they might also focus on theories of performance, either as a creative practice or as a field of interpretation. We are interested in essays dealing with performances and issues from a wide range of periods and cultures as well as from a variety of theoretical approaches.

Reviews are also solicited for a special section on the Bridge Project's 2010 production of As You Like It, playing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from January-March 2010 ( and at the Old Vic from June-August 2010 ( Bringing together multiple reviewers to consider one production creates the opportunity to consider how much variance there can be between different spectators' perspectives, as well as how much variance there can be between different nights in a production run and different venues in a remounted show. Reviews submitted for this section are encouraged to explore not only the production at hand, but also the options for writing about it.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2011. Please upload submissions to Editorial Manager, Shakespeare Quarterly's online manuscript tracking system, at Contributors will need to provide images and the appropriate publication permissions for accepted essays; details, and other contributor guidelines, can be found online at

Queries about possible submissions may be directed to Sarah Werner at swerner AT folger DOT edu.