Shakespeare in Fiction

deadline for submissions: 
April 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Comparative Drama Conference
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“Shakespeare in Fiction”

Comparative Drama Conference

Orlando, FL, October 14-16, 2021

Deadline: April 1, 2021


The enduring influence of William Shakespeare’s plays extends well beyond the stage. Countless fiction writers have engaged in fundamental ways with Shakespeare through their novels and short stories. I am organizing a panel on intertextual dialogues with Shakespeare in fiction. I already have two papers: one on Shakespeare in Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, and another on Shakespeare in Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet. I am looking for a third proposal to complete the panel. Interested applicants should keep in mind that the audience consists primarily of scholars, teachers, and students of drama; therefore, papers should focus at least as much on Shakespeare’s work as on its fictional counterpart.


If you are interested in presenting a paper in the “Shakespeare in Fiction” panel, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words [including name, paper title, institutional affiliation and rank (if applicable)] by April 1, 2021 to Graley Herren at Three papers of 15-minutes apiece will eventually be included in this pre-organized panel. If a sufficient number of strong proposals are submitted, it may be possible to add a second panel on this topic. All applicants will receive an update on the status of their submissions by late spring. The conference currently plans on convening in person in Orlando, but contingency plans will be in place for meeting remotely if travel restrictions remain in place during the fall.


All papers presented at CDC 2021 are eligible for publication consideration in the annual book series Text & Presentation after being expanded into full-length research papers. For more information see the conference website: