CFP: European Women in Early Modern English Drama

ESRA (University of Worcester UK) 29 June-2 July, 2015

Katherine of Aragon

European Women in Early Modern English Drama

Edel Semple (University College Cork), Ema Vyroubalova (Trinity College Dublin)

The seminar explores why and how early modern England’s dramatists repeatedly fashioned female characters of distinct nationalities and how notions of gender and foreignness intersect and/or diverge in early modern English play-texts. The papers may examine, among other aspects, representations of European women in early modern English drama in relation to:

– social, sexual, or cultural encounters and interactions
– notions and theories of race, ethnicity, and hybridity
– misogyny and/or xenophobia
– political and/or economic power
– linguistic exchange (e.g. accents or multilingualism)
– religious and/or social identities and groups
– early modern travel, geography and cartography
– early modern staging
– printing and circulation of plays
– source texts and dramatic genres

Submit an abstract (200-300 words) and a biography (150 words) by 1 December 2014 to the conveners. Participants will be notified about the acceptance of their proposals by 1 March 2015. The deadline for submitting completed seminar papers (3,000 words) is 1 May 2015.

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