Seminar 1: Shakespeare on Screen: The Romances

This seminar invites papers on screen adaptations, screen appropriations or screen quotations of Shakespeare’s romances: Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest.

A variety of approaches will be welcomed. The papers may examine, among other aspects:

  • how the play is (textually, aesthetically, ideologically, etc.) transformed when directed for the screen;
  • what each version reveals about the (sometimes postcolonial) culture in which it is set;
  • how Shakespeare’s playscript (or plot) interacts with national ideologies and representations;
  • how the screen versions have been influenced and shaped by previous theatre productions;
  • how the gender and racial issues have been addressed;
  • how the magical aspects of the plays interrelate with the filmic medium;
  • how the issues of time and space are tackled by film directors;
  • how the Romances have influenced non-Shakespearean filmic works or how they have been quoted/appropriated/challenged in various films.

Every proposal should include: name, email, affiliation, abstract (250 words) and title of the contribution.
The seminar will welcome up to 15 contributors.
Seminar papers should be no longer than 5,000 words in length.
Abstracts and biographical notes should be sent to ->] and [ by August 20th, 2013.

All the papers will be circulated among the participants, who will respond in detail to two papers before the seminar session.
Selected papers will be published in the “Shakespeare on Screen” collection, edited by Sarah Hatchuel and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin (Publications des Universités de Rouen et du Havre).