Seminar 16: The Celebrated Shakespeare: public commemoration and biography

This seminar welcomes short papers (up to 3,000 words) on the ways in which festivals, anniversaries and other public celebrations of Shakespeare’s achievements have required or prompted particular accounts of who Shakespeare was. Which versions of Mr William Shakespeare have great civic and international occasions preferred? Have these periodic attempts to interest a larger public in Shakespeare been valuable stimulants to the study of his life, or regrettable fountains of hearsay?

Papers might consider:

 the representation of Shakespeare in particular genres associated with anniversaries (odes, pageants, press releases);

 what might be learned from the comparative study of the Shakespeares promulgated in different times and places;

 what might be learned from comparative studies which set these public accounts of William Shakespeare alongside the biographical element in comparable celebrations of the likes of Molière, Cervantes, Dante, etc;

 whether the Shakespeare advanced as a focus for collective celebration is always a conservative figure or whether there have been more progressive interventions by Shakespearean biography into the realm of public life.

Please send proposals to [->] by September 15, 2013 and include:

 Name, email and affiliation

 Title of proposal

 300-word abstract.