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CFP: Shakespeare and Derrida

November 11, 2010
Call for papers, Oxford Literary Review 34.1 (July 2012)

Shakespeare and Derrida (OLR vol.34, no. 1)

How has Derrida’s work affected and even transformed the ways in which Shakespeare is read? What are the continuing ramifications and effects of deconstructive thinking for Shakespeare Studies? Conversely, how might the writings of Shakespeare help us to read Derrida – for example, with regard to questions of language, dramatic form, writing, voice, signature, politics and ethics, history and the present, nature, mercy, cruelty, love, desire, sexual difference, irony, shame, dignity, laughter, animals, spectrality, mourning, friendship and so on? Derrida gives extended and detailed attention to Shakespeare’s writings in a number of texts: Spectres of Marx and ‘The Time Is Out of Joint’ (on Hamlet), ‘Aphorism Countertime’ (on Romeo and Juliet) and ‘What Is a Relevant Translation?’ (on The Merchant of Venice). He also makes briefer but provoking reference to Timon of Athens (in Spectres) and King Lear (in ‘My Chances’), among other places. Contributors may wish to draw on quite different work by Derrida, however, and elaborate quite different analyses, correspondences and trajectories.

The Oxford Literary Review would welcome essays of up to around 6,000 words.

Contributors should submit their essays to Nicholas Royle, School of English, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QN, UK. You are also welcome to correspond with him, if you wish, at n.w.o.royle@sussex.ac.uk

Deadline for submissions: 30 November 2011.

Publication date: 2012.

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