Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference


Saturday, April 29, 2017

University of Massachusetts, Boston

Shakespeare rarely invented his characters and plots from scratch. Instead he adapted works from a wide range of non-dramatic authors for theatrical presentation. Even in those few plays without an obvious source text, such as The Tempest, Shakespeare appropriated lines from elsewhere to create some of his most moving and memorable passages. In the 400 years since his death, Shakespeare’s own works have been recreated and reinterpreted by fellow dramatists, film directors, poets, painters, novelists, actors, app designers, gamers, editors, close readers, archival researchers, and others.
We welcome undergraduates to submit 300-word proposals on topics including but not limited to:
  • How did Shakespeare recreate or adapt the work of others, both contemporaries and predecessors?
  • What happens when Shakespeare is recreated in another medium? Another language? Another hemisphere? At sea? In the park? In the future? For children? With illustrations? With animals? On a trapeze?
  • What are some of the new contexts for Shakespeare’s works: staging & performance, non-traditional casting and/or performance spaces, novelizations, and recent pop-culture citations and quotations (from Frank Ocean’s “Nikes” to HBO’s Westworld).
  • New interpretations of (seemingly) familiar works.
Deadline for 300-word proposals:  Thursday, March 25, 2017
Linda McJannet (Bentley University) will give a plenary address on “Shakespeare in Motion: Physical Theatre in the New Millennium.”
For more information, email Prof. Scott Maisano:

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