Monday, November 27, 2006

Shakespeare for Children

The Editors of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation are delighted to announce the launch of issue 2.1, Shakespeare for Children, at (click the "Current Issue" button on the left-hand menu bar, or go directly to the Table of Contents at

Borrowers and Lenders is a peer-reviewed, online, multimedia Shakespeare journal that was launched in 2005. The journal appears biannually, with a special issue in the Spring/Summer and general issue in the Fall/Winter. B&L is indexed in the MLA Bibliography, World Shakespeare Bibliograpy, and other databases, and belongs to the CELJ. For readers' convenience, we provide .pdf versions of the text of our articles, although copyright and technical restrictions compel us to display multimedia (pictures, film clips, sound clips, PowerPoint presentations, maps, etc.) online only. Our archive is available at .

Issue 2.1 (Spring/Summer 2006) is a special issue, Shakespeare for Children. It includes Sheila Cavanagh on cognition and crushes in Romeo and Juliet for children; Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak and Agata Zarzycka on Shakespearean Live-Action Role-Playing Games; Darlene Ciraulo and Daniel Schierenbeck on fraternal and sororal education in the Lambs' Tales from Shakespeare and Poetry for Children; Angela Keam on "Shakesteen" movies and the star-body of Claire Danes; Erica Hateley on the mermaid/Miranda metaphor in children's literature; and reviews of the Folger's exhibition on Shakespeare for Children and Georgia Shakespeare's "Boot Camp Shakespeare" for preschoolers. This issue also includes a special review cluster, edited by Alice Dailey, on Quinnopolis vs. Hamlet at the 2006 Shakespeare Association of America, and reviews of books on Shakespeare and Appropriation.

Calls for Papers

The editors of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation welcome original scholarship engaging with the afterlives of Shakespearean texts and their literary, filmic, multimedia, and critical histories. We encourage contributors to use the online format to its best advantage, in particular, by imagining how to enhance, illustrate, or extend their essays with multimedia (screen captures, sound clips, images, and so on).

Currently we solicit essays, book reviews, accounts of Appropriation in Performance, essay-clusters, and new discoveries for upcoming general and special issues. Future special issues include Canadian Shakespeares (2007, guest editor Daniel Fischlin), and Shakespeare and Actors of Color (2008, guest editor Ayanna Thompson). We welcome suggestions for themes for special issues.

We accept submissions for general issues year-round, and are also currently accepting essays for our upcoming special issue, Shakespeare and Actors of Color, B&L 4.1 (Spring/Summer 2008), guest-edited by Ayanna Thompson, Arizona State University. This special edition of Borrowers and Lenders seeks to examine the use of actors of color in contemporary Shakespeare productions. We welcome essays that address such questions as: How does Shakespeare's cultural capital inform the desire to employ actors of color in modern productions? How do Shakespearean productions complicate and/or ameliorate anxieties about the significance of race vis--vis color in performance? Is there a relationship between the employment of actors of color and the desire to adapt Shakespeare's plays politically, culturally, and/or socially? Please send essays by electronic mail to by May 1, 2007.


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