2007 – Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Appropriating Shakespeare

Submissions for our first joint theme-focused conference should explore the ways that Shakespeare and other early modern writers invoke sources, both literary and cultural, to create meanings for their original audiences, as well as how these early modern works have been appropriated for use in later eras. We welcome 300 word abstracts or proposals. Proposals for panels are also welcome. Submissions may include treatment of Shakespeare and/or his contemporaries and their culture, and all presentations are eligible for submission to the conference’s published, juried Proceedings. Papers presented by students are be eligible for consideration for the M. Rick Smith Graduate Student Essay Memorial Prize and the M. Rick Smith Undergraduate Essay Memorial Prize; for more information, click here.

Submissions may include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

  • Classical and Medieval sources
  • Early Modern collaboration
  • Shakespearean imitators
  • Shakespeare’s borrowing
  • Misappropriations of Shakespeare
  • Drama in colonial situations
  • Digital Shakespeare
  • Early Modern literature in translation
  • International Shakespeare
  • Renaissance popular culture
  • Shakespeare in the public sphere
  • Quoting Shakespeare
  • Film adaptations
  • Bardolatry
  • Children’s editions
  • Shakespeare and rehabilitation
  • Musical Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare in public education

Submission Deadline: 15 August 2007

If enough interest is shown, we will provide special undergraduate paper sessions.

Please include the following information in your conference proposals or abstracts:

  • Name,
  • e-mail address,
  • college or university affiliation,
  • mailing address,
  • audio visual needs, and
  • times when it is impossible for you to present your work during the October timeframe.

Also please indicate if you are an undergraduate student or if you are part of a pre-arranged panel.

E-mail submissions, sent to both organizers, are encouraged, although mailed submissions will be accepted as well.

Conference Organizers

Hillary Nunn, nunn@uakron.edu, 330-972-7601,
Department of English, 301 Olin Hall, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-1906.

Timothy Francisco, tfrancisco@ysu.edu, 330-941-3425,
Department of English, Youngstown State University, One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555.

OVSC Chairperson: Kara Northway, northwayk@xavier.edu, Xavier University