Encountering Shakespeare

Country: USA

City: Dayton

Abstr. due: 15.08.2016

Dates: 20.10.16 — 22.10.16

Area Of Sciences: Cultural science;

Organizing comittee e-mail: 2016ovsc@gmail.com

Organizers: Wright State University


The 2016 theme of Encountering Shakespeare invites presentations on historical, cultural, textual, and virtual experiences of Shakespeare. While an “encounter” denotes a casual meeting or fleeting exchange, it also carries the specter of adversity or discord, as in Prince Hal’s anticipation of war’s ravaging effect on the masses: “In both your armies there is many a soul / Shall pay full dearly for this encounter” (Henry IV, Part 1 5.1.84-85). We encourage papers that explore Shakespeare encounters marked by conflict and unease, as well as projects tracing Shakespeare encounters through interrogation and insight. In a less common use of the word, encounter also indicates an approach, as in Sir Toby’s question to Cesario: "Will you encounter the house?" (Twelfth Night 3.1.75). He extends an invitation to enter Olivia's domain, stirring up the creative aspirations and energetic passion latent in Illyria. Encountering as crossing or entering is of particular interest for pedagogical approaches to Shakespeare. Whether by accidental acquaintance or by violent opposition, the characteristic feature of an encounter is that it is infused with the force of relevance. In this sense, how does an encounter between Shakespeare and other literary figures, genres, and contexts infuse new meaning to the literary expression? Furthermore, as global encounters are considered foci for reading political and social intersections between cultures and across audiences, global encounters of the Shakespeare kind are also welcome. The conference welcomes a range of encounters with Shakespeare today: as conflicted hallmark of humanist education, as trigger for cultural debates, and as a fraught figure of the privileges and limits of the canon.

Conference Web-Site: https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2016/06/16/encountering-shakespeare