Sunday, February 24, 2008

Shakespeare's Mardi Gras

The Inaugural Conference of The Louisiana Shakespeare Project,
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, October 10-11, 2008

Phebe Jensen
Utah State University
Religion and Revelry in Shakespeare's Festive World

Christopher Kendrick
Loyola University Chicago
Utopia, Carnival, and Commonwealth in Renaissance England

Richard Rambuss
Emory University
Closet Devotions


Proposals for twenty-minute papers on Shakespeare, carnival, and early modern culture are invited. Potential topics might include:
* Reconsiderations of the work of Bakhtin, C. L. Barber, and other classic theorists of carnival
* Shakespeare, performance, and carnival
* Shakespeare, film, and carnival
* Ritual, theatre, and carnival
* Gender and festive culture
* Finding carnival in all the wrong places: sermons, religious polemic, murder pamphlets, etc.
* Late medieval carnival and transitions into the Renaissance
* Reformation and carnival (or the Reformation and Lent)

300-word abstracts must be received by March 28. Send to: Alison Graham-Bertolini, Department of English, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, or by e-mail to:


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