Thursday, May 03, 2007

Appropriating Shakespeare

The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference 2007
October 11-13, 2007
The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

The Ohio Shakespeare Conference has changed its name with the addition of West Virginia's Marshall University to its consortium.

Submissions for our first joint theme-focused conference should explore the ways that Shakespeare and other early modern writers invoke sources, both literary and cultural, to create meanings for their original audiences, as well as how these early modern works have been appropriated for use in later eras. We welcome 300 word abstracts or proposals. Proposals for panels are also welcome. Submissions may include treatment of Shakespeare and/or his contemporaries and their culture, and all publications are eligible for submission to the conference's published, juried Proceedings.

Submissions may include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

Classical and Medieval sources
Early Modern collaboration
Shakespearean imitators
Shakespeare's borrowing
Misappropriations of Shakespeare
Drama in colonial situations
Digital Shakespeare
Early Modern literature in translation
International Shakespeare
Renaissance popular culture
Shakespeare in the public sphere
Quoting Shakespeare
Film adaptations
Children's editions
Shakespeare and rehabilitation
Musical Shakespeare
Shakespeare in public education

Submission Deadline: 15 August 2007. If enough interest is shown, we will provide special undergraduate paper sessions.

Please include the following information in your conference proposals or abstracts:

Name, e-mail address, college or university affiliation, mailing address, audio visual needs, and times when it is impossible for you to present your work during the October timeframe. Also please indicate if you are an undergraduate student or if you are part of a pre-arranged panel.

E-mail submissions, sent to both organizers, are encouraged, although mailed submissions will be accepted as well.
Conference Organizers: Hillary Nunn,, 330-972-7601,
Department of English, 301 Olin Hall, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-1906.
Timothy Francisco,, 330.941.3425, Department of English, Youngstown State University, One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555.

OVSC Chairperson: Kara Northway,, Xavier University OVSC website:


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