Wednesday, October 28, 2009

CFP Shakespeare Quarterly Special Issue on New Media (with a experiment in open peer review)

[this via SHAKSPER]

Shakespeare's works have provided launch content for new media technologies since the seventeenth century, as Peter Donaldson has observed. At the turn of the 21st century, we are experiencing particularly rapid transformation of our basic tools for studying, teaching, learning, reading, performing, editing, archiving, and adapting Shakespeare.

Shakespeare Quarterly invites submissions of essays on the impact of media change, now, in all these arenas of Shakespeare studies. Submissions that make innovative use of new media publication modes, such as hyperlinks to the Folger Shakespeare Library's digitized collections, are particularly welcome.

Some examples of possible approaches:

. formalist analysis of Shakespeare's works in new media formats (games, mash-ups, hypertext editions);

. readings of specific works (virtual performances of Shakespeare online; multimedia theater; "60-Second Shakespeare");

. theoretical engagements with the costs and benefits of remediation and media convergence in the classroom, in performance, reading, archiving, and/or research;

. reviews of multi-mediated performances; and

. accounts of the cultural values accruing to Shakespeare in new media, of Shakespeare's changing (or timeless) "brand," Bardolatry and media change.

Essays must be received by January 15, 2010. Please upload submissions to Editorial Manager, Shakespeare Quarterly's online manuscript tracking system, at

For instructions on formatting your submission, please see our Contributor Guidelines.


For Shakespeare critics and scholars, among the most significant consequences of media change will be transformations in how we communicate about our work and publish new research. In keeping with the topic of its special issue, "Shakespeare and New Media," Shakespeare Quarterly is conducting an experiment in open peer review that will apply only to the special issue. After the initial editorial evaluation, authors will be invited to opt into the open review process. For those who do, their essays will be posted online for public commentary and feedback by the journal's readers. Authors may respond to this feedback before submitting their revised essays for final selection by the editors. (Authors who decline the open review and opt for a traditional review will not be penalized in the selection process.)

The open-review period will be conducted in partnership with MediaCommons, a digital network dedicated to promoting scholarly discourse about media studies and the digital humanities ( To learn more about their open-review platform and to read an assessment of the possibilities of peer review in a digital age, go to The open-review period will open 1 March 2010 and close 5 May 2010.

For more information about the special issue "Shakespeare and New Media" or about Shakespeare Quarterly, and for a fuller description of the open review process for this issue, go to


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