Collaboration, Authorship and the Renaissance: Early Modern and Postmodern Perspectives
January 13-14, 2012
Over the past three decades, the increasing attention paid to the collaborative practices of the early modern theatre has generated new opportunities for critical enquiry. In particular, it has been possible to explore more deeply the role of the author and his/her implication in networks of performance and textual polyphony. In tandem with these developments, criticism has addressed the multiple ways in which Shakespearean and other early modern texts have been reconceptualised and rewritten in modern and postmodern digital technologies—in film, television and the expanding creative environments of Web 2.0—and how such appropriations affect received notions of authorship, authenticity and originality. This conference seeks to initiate a dialogue between these two crucial schools of thought. It will investigate potential cross-fertilizations between early modern constructions of authors and collaborators and postmodern paradigms of auteurs and ‘digital Shakespeares’; in so doing, further areas of interest will be illuminated, and fresh understandings of texts and their producers will be facilitated.
The conference invites abstracts on topics which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Please direct enquiries and submit abstracts (250 words) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for abstracts: 1st August 2011
(note: a small registration fee may be required, further details forthcoming)
This conference is generously supported by the Society for Renaissance Studies.