SHAKESPEARE AND POPULAR CULTURE
Call for Papers: Shakespeare and Popular Culture
12-13 October 2019, Campion College of the Liberal Arts, Sydney
William Shakespeare remains arguably the most popular and enduring writer in English history. Although enormously successful in his own time, his influence has only continued to strengthen, with both his work and the playwright himself being continuously adapted and reconceptualised to reflect the concerns of subsequent generations. We will be accepting proposals for papers on a range of topics concerning contemporary and innovative adaptations of Shakespeare's plays (such as sci-fi adaptations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream or a Trump-presidency Julius Caesar, etc); works of overt homage (such as films like 10 Things I Hate About You and O, etc); depictions of Shakespeare himself as a dramatic figure (such as Tom Stoppard's Shakespeare in Love and Ben Elton's sitcom Upstart Crow, etc.) This symposium will explore the way in which Shakespeare remains a cultural touchstone, a writer whose art and legacy continues to evolve, responding to and commenting upon contemporary society.
We welcome abstracts of 250 words on any facet of the adaptation, reinterpretation and representation of Shakespeare and his work.
Please send abstracts, with a short bio, to Colin Dray (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 16 August, 2019.