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CFP: Shakespeare and Tyranny

May 15, 2011

Shakespeare and Tyranny: An International Symposium

University of Murcia, Spain
12-14 December 2011

CFP : Deadline : 30 June 2011

Work on the reception of Shakespeare under different types of
tyrannical government (absolutist, dictatorial, etc.) has reached
remarkably similar conclusions as to how that reception came about.
Carefully regulated attitudes to, and practices in, Shakespeare
criticism, performance, translation and adaptation, and of course the
aesthetico-ideological structures of centralized, all-seeing state
apparatuses, have been shown to follow analogous patterns and to
pursue similar, if often unachievable, goals. The symposium, which is
organized by Murcia University’s research team “Shakespeare’s
presence in Spain within the framework of his reception in Europe”
(https://www.um.es/shakespeare), invites contributions from scholars,
translators and theatre practitioners with an interest in the
appropriation of Shakespeare’s work in different tyrannical
contexts. Among the many topics that might be usefully pursued are:

– The role of censorship and self-censorship in the revision and
production of Shakespearean material
– Institutional controls on the dissemination and publication of
Shakespeare’s work
– Assumptions and techniques in the staging of Shakespeare’s plays
– State intervention in the elaboration of a Shakespeare ‘canon’
– The role of Shakespeare in the construction of identity under
tyranny
– Overcoming the subversion/containment paradigm

If you are interested in taking part in this symposium, please send a
brief abstract of the paper you intend to give (250-300 words) and an
even briefer biog indicating institution and country of origin, line
of work, chief research interests, etc., to shakespeare@um.es. The
deadline for the receipt of abstracts is 30 June 2011.

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