Shakespeare and Tourism

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Valerie Clayman Pye and Robert Ormsby
contact email: 

Shakespeare and Tourism


Deadline for Submission: November 15, 2018

Editors: Robert Ormsby and Valerie Clayman Pye


The editors of the essay collection, Shakespeare and Tourism, are seeking two further contributions for the volume, which is under contract with Routledge.

Shakespeare and Tourism introduces a dialogical mapping of Shakespeare studies and touristic theory through a collection of essays by scholars from around the world. This volume will examine how Shakespeare tourism has evolved since its inception, and is currently influenced and redefined by the surge in performance studies, the prevalence of the World Wide Web, developments in technology, and the globalization of Shakespearean performance. Current scholarship recognizes Shakespearean tourism as a thriving international industry, the result of centuries of efforts to attribute meanings associated with the playwright’s biography and literary prestige to sites for artistic pilgrimage and the consumption of cultural heritage. This volume will be the first to examine explicitly the intersection between these two fields and how the reciprocal engagement of the two helps to illuminate changes in the landscape of Shakespeare tourism. 

The volume’s main themes and objectives are encapsulated in the following questions:

How has Shakespeare tourism changed over time? What new forms of tourism shed light on Shakespeare studies today? How do tourist-spectators consume “Shakespeare” at home and across the world?  Chapters already commissioned for the volume will cover the history of Shakespeare tourism, Shakespeare and Cultural Heritage/Art Tourism, Shakespeare Tourism and “the Other,” Local, National, and Global Festivals and Shakespeare, and Technology and Shakespeare Tourism. The primary audience for this volume are Shakespeare and Tourism scholars, as well as cultural historians. Shakespeare and Tourism will also be appropriate for specialists, graduate students, and senior undergraduates.

The editors are seeking two essays on specific topics: one on Shakespeare Heritage Tourism in Stratford-upon-Avon and another on Asian Shakespeare Tourism.

When submitting, please provide your name and affiliation, a short academic biography, the proposed chapter title, and a 300-word abstract that places the proposed essay within Shakespeare and tourism studies.

Send proposals to Valerie ( and Robert ( (in the body of the email or as a Word document or PDF) by November 15, 2018.