Renaissance Histories: Shakespeare and the History Play (Shakespeare)

Venue: University of Central lancashire Cumbria Campus

Location: Penrith, Cumbria, United States

Event Date/Time: Jul 19, 2002 End Date/Time: Jul 20, 2002
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 15, 2002
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July 19th-20th 2002, University of Central Lancashire Cumbria Campus
Keynote Speakers: Barbara Hodgdon, Peter Holland, Tom Healy, Carol Rutter

This two-day conference invites fresh perspectives on the history plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. We have three principal aims:

1. To explore the historical, geographical and mythological representation of Britain and other cultures in the historical drama of the period and its subsequent performances. This might include: the institutional role of theatre in developing a national culture, national subjectivities, regional identities and ethnicities; the representation of specific places; performances in specific locales; language, accent and identity; gender; public and domestic spaces; representing 'Other' histories; the performance and reception of the early modern history play in post-devolution Britain; the nature of kingship, sovereignty and socio-political structures; constructing/deconstructing Britain linguistically, metaphorically or symbolically.

2. To examine the hybrid and experimental nature of the early modern history play; a special section of the conference will be devoted to plays which test the generic boundaries of the history play, such as King Lear, Cymbeline and Macbeth.

3. To explore the performance history of early modern history plays from the 16th century to the 21st century; and to explore new paradigms for the study of history in performance. This might include: the nature and politics of staging history; the relationship between narrative and spectacle in performance; the development and cultural role of history play cycles; the 'radical potentiality' of history plays in performance; gender and 'anxious masculinity'; the representation of war and civil war; editing and adapting history plays; history on film; history plays in the new millennium.

We welcome submissions on these issues and on any issues arising from the history plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

Abstract Guidelines

To propose a paper, please send a 250 word abstract, preferably by email or floppy disk (MS-Word, ASCIII or compatible file formats only), by 15th January 2002. Please note that all paper presenters will need to register for the conference and pay the registration fee. Please address all submissions and general enquiries to: Liz Kelly, Business Services, Livesey House, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE, UK. Tel 00 (44) 1772 892256, Fax: 00 (44) 1772 892938, Email: The conference organisers are: Stuart Hampton-Reeves, Dermot Cavanagh, Steve Longstaffe.