CFP: Shakespeare Filiations and Affiliations

July 4, 2011


Filiations and Affiliations

“One day the expelled brothers united, killed and ate the father, and
that was the end of the primitive horde.”(5) From his model of the
father’s horde to that of the brothers’ clan, Freud’s hypothesis on
the origins of the human moral system is an extreme example of the
paradoxical attitudes of rejection and attachment which characterize the
issue of filiation. In biology, as much as in law or in literary history,
the question of filiation invites us to view our relationship with origins
in terms of superimposed processes of continuity and rupture. Belonging to
a lineage – the result of a legitimate, unwanted or sought-after
inheritance – is what gives us a place in history and tradition, and this
is indispensable both for claiming or rejecting the latter, as we can
indeed never be different or new if not in comparison to what has preceded

The relationship of filiation (hereditary, genealogical and arborescent in
its structure) to affiliation (acquired, pragmatic and rhizomatic in its
structure) invites us to consider, in a dialectical manner, the biological
perspective and the symbolic force of such notions as adoption and bonding,
and thereby to reflect on the complex modalities of transmission, from
parents to children, legitimates to illegitimates, masters to disciples,
originals to copies, icons to iconolclasts, or texts to transtexts (to use
Genette’s terminology(6)). Our forthcoming issue of the Cahiers
Shakespeare en devenir welcomes contributions which engage with such
complex and dialoguing networks.

A possible list of directions to explore could include:
– literary representations of family bonds and their transgression; the
patriarchal model and challenges to it; conflicts between generations and
questions related to inheritance; inter-generational relationships (between
parents and children) and intra-generational relationships (between
siblings); rites of integration and dissolution;
– the debates and tensions related to blood ties and contracted ties, the
notions of legacy and of bond, the ‘becoming mercenary’ of a rejected
son; (7)
– the genesis, development and questioning of literary and artistic trends
and groupings, with possible variations and the formation of new networks
over the course of time ;
– generic or literary hybridy, semantic and ethical questions related to
the notion of appropriation, as underlined by Marjorie Garber:
“Shakespearean is now an all-purpose adjective, meaning great, tragic, or
resonant: it’s applied to events, people, and emotions, whether or not
they have any real relevance to Shakespeare.” (8)
– sources, along with mythological and literary adaptations, tributes,
critical reviews and translations.

Abstracts should be sent by November 30 2011 to
pascale.drouet@neuf.fr et niayesh@paris-univ-diderot.fr
Articles will be due before May 31 2012.

Notes :
(1) Sigmund Freud, Totem et tabou : interprétation par la psychanalyse de
la vie sociale des peuples primitifs, tr. S. Jankélevitch, Paris, Payot,
1951, p. 195.
(2) Gérard Genette, Palimpsestes : la littérature au second degré,
Paris, Seuil, 1982.
(3) La notion de devenir est empruntée à Gilles Deleuze et Félix
Guattari, Mille Plateaux. Capitalisme et schizophrénie, Paris, Éditions
de Minuit, 1980.
(4) Marjorie Garber, Shakespeare and Modern Culture, New York, Anchor
Books, 2009, p. xvi.
(5) Sigmund Freud, Totem and Taboo: Resemblances Between the Psychic Lives
of Savages and Neurotics, Translated and edited by James Strachey, with a
biographical introduction by Peter Gray, New York/London, Norton, 1962.
(6) Gérard Genette, Palimpsests: Literature in the Second Degree,
Translated by Channa Newman and Claude Doubinsky, University of Nebraska
Press, 1997.
(7) The notion of “becoming” comes from Gilles Deleuze and Félix
Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Translation
and Foreword by Brian Massumi, London/New York, Continuum, 2008.
(8) Marjorie Garber, Shakespeare and Modern Culture, New York, Anchor
Books, 2009, p. xvi.




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