Seminar: Shakespeare and the Nature of Utopia/Utopian Nature

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2021
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European Shakespeare Research Association
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Deadline Extended !!

European Shakepeare Research Association Conference 2021

3-6 June 2021: VIRTUAL

Call for Seminar Papers: Shakespeare and the Nature of Utopia/Utopian Nature

This seminar seeks papers that investigate the nature and role of the utopian in Shakespeare’s works and their adaptations. Whether that presence emerges as the influence of classical ideal spaces, the bourgeoning potential of the new world as a utopia, or the political ideologies inspired by Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) at the start of the early modern era, the utopian impulse appears throughout Shakespeare’s plays and poems. However, its reception and understanding “lies in the interpretation of the time” (Cor.) – and the place.

 This seminar will focus on the nature of utopia as a political project, taking into consideration the art of governance and the visions of the “natural” order of things within a state, asking what it means to rule “by sovereignty of nature” (Cor.), and how such visions on natural order/disorder of things have affected adaptations of Shakespeare’s works in contemporary times.

 Please submit an abstract (200/300 words) and a brief biography (100 words) by February 15 2021 to all Convenors.

 Delilah Bermudez Brataas1, Anna Kowalcze-Pawlik2, Magdalena Cieślak2

  1Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; 2University of Lodz, Poland;;


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