Performance and Public Shakespeare

deadline for submissions: 
March 1, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Sharon O'Dair University of Alabama, Timothy Francisco, Youngstown State University
contact email: 

CFP: Performance and Public Shakespeare

 

For a special issue being proposed to Shakespeare Bulletin, we seek essays on the topic of performance and public Shakespeare, with a focus on markets and social responsibility.

Of course, performance is public Shakespeare, but as a result may be under-theorized in the ways current scholarship on social justice, eco-justice, and anti-racist pedagogy, to name a few, are reimaging and re-interrogating Shakespeare’s outward meanings and possibilities. We hope to expand our understandings of performance as public Shakespeare. Questions contributors may think about include the following:

 

How do we imagine the “publics” of our performances? When we produce for “popular” audiences, whom do we have in mind?

 

How do market realities (economic, demographic, social) influence or shape our practice?  For example, the ongoing questioning of racial and social inequities?  How does the “attention economy” affect contemporary productions of Shakespeare?

 

Do market realities subvert or reinscribe the status hierarchies of theater professionals and academic colleagues?  Are there tensions between these two sets of professionals and their sense of publics?

 

Are the ever shifting (and arguably eroding) material conditions of academia shaping the practices and the politics of theater as public Shakespeare?

 

How has the global pandemic affected any or all the above? 

 

In what ways has the pandemic reimagined or blurred the line between theatrical performance and classroom teaching?  For example, is teaching on Zoom a public performance of Shakespeare?  Does Zoom change the ways professors perform in class for students, or for colleagues at conferences? 

 

We seek abstracts of approximately 250 words by March 1, 2022.  Completed drafts of essays of 5-7000 words by November 1, 2022.  Essays may be theoretical or focused on specific performances. Questions?  Please write us: Sharon O’Dair (sodair@ua.edu) or Timothy Francisco (tfrancisco@ysu.edu)

 

 

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