[UPDATE] CFP: "Extreme(ly) Shakespeare(an)" (8/31) (10/18-20); 36th Annual OVSC

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Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

Extreme(ly) Shakespeare(an)
The 36th Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
October 18-20, 2012 Marietta College

The planning committee of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference seeks proposals for papers or panels from across today's theoretical and methodological landscape that engage some facet of the amalgam "Extreme(ly) Shakespeare(an)." "Extreme Shakespeare" alludes to the wide variety of extremities that can be found in Shakespeare's work. It brings to mind those occasions where the playwright demonstrates either a lack of regard for or a lack of control over the principles of proportionality and balance, to the degree either of those principles were prioritized by dramatists of the early modern period. Of course, extremity is an inherently relative value, which leads to a second facet of the amalgam open to conferees. "Extremely Shakespearean" refers to the fundamental characteristics of Shakespeare's art, craft, thought, philosophy, etc. How might we best operationalize the term "Shakespearean"? What quality or qualities should we identify as the quintessence of Shakespeare's work? Conversely, where do we observe Shakespeare at his least Shakespearean? Have we in the past, do we now, and/or might we ever share a persuasive understanding of what constitutes the most significant attributes of Shakespeare? Is the pursuit a noble quest, or a fool's errand?

The OVSC publishes a volume of selected papers each year and conferees are welcome to submit revised versions of their papers for consideration. Students who present are eligible to compete for the M. Rick Smith Memorial Prize.

2012 Plenary Speakers:
Ralph Alan Cohen (The American Shakespeare Center and Mary Baldwin College)
Lina Perkins Wilder (Connecticut College)

Featured conference events will include a site-specific production of Hamlet staged by the Marietta College Theatre Department as well as an Esbenshade Series performance by the Baltimore Consort. Other conference events will include a night owl screening of Coriolanus, an evening reception at a local establishment, our annual luncheon, coffee, tea & snack breaks that will have you stuffing your pockets "for later," and all the October foliage your eyes can possibly take in.

The final deadline for abstracts and panel proposals is August 31st. All submissions and inquiries should be directed to Joseph Sullivan at joe.sullivan@marietta.edu or by mail to Joseph Sullivan / English Department / Marietta College / Marietta, OH 45750.