Courtliness and Convention (9/1/13; 10/10/13-10/12/13)

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The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
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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 Courtliness and Convention in the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. How do Shakespearean plays illustrate and critique early modern conceptions of conventional courtly behavior? More broadly, how do the era's plays and poems incorporate, problematize, and establish social convention – political, literary, educational, rhetorical, or otherwise? How do we understand the conventions of courtliness in today's theaters and classrooms?

The OVSC invites papers that explore representation of Shakespearean Courtliness and Convention in the early modern context and in contemporary adaptations.

Possible topics might include:

Shakespearean Ritual
Royals and Peasants
Artfulness and Leisure
Courtly Love
Machiavels and Gladhanders
Staging Conventions
Fools and Clowns
Literary Customs
Gender and Power
Command Performances
Honor and Violence
Chivalry and Reputation
The Domestic and the Political
Renaissance Education
Dumb Shows
Literary Homage and Originality
Courtly Hospitality

Plenary Speakers:

Richard Dutton, The Ohio State University
Sandra Logan, Michigan State University

Please submit 500-word abstracts for papers by September 1, 2013 to We welcome roundtable discussion proposals as well. 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. More information is available at