The Origins of Shakespeare Studies

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2021
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The Origins of Shakespeare Studies

World Shakespeare Congress (July 2021 – virtual from Singapore)

Convenors: Mark BAYER (University of Texas at San Antonio, USA) and Jeanne MATHIEU (University of Toulouse, France)

This seminar explores the origins of institutions that perpetuate and maintain Shakespeare studies as an academic discipline in different national cultures. Shakespeare’s plays are formally studied and taught in almost every country in the world, but the ways in which they entered academic culture differ radically based on distinct national, cultural, and historical circumstances. How should we understand the vigorous academic commitment to Shakespeare in various nations? How has Shakespeare become an indispensable part of academic culture in nations that do not share an Anglophone heritage? Papers might explore Shakespeare’s place in the curricula in different countries; the figures instrumental in making Shakespeare studies plausible, possible, and desirable; the different emphases in Shakespeare scholarship in various cultural traditions; the special emphasis placed on specific plays in certain national contexts during times of crisis.


Deadline: March 31, 2021

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