CFP: Shakespeare’s Mardi Gras Conference (4/11/08; 10/10-11/08)

by Jessica C. Murphy

Announcing the Inaugural Conference of The Louisiana Shakespeare Project, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, Baton Rouge, October 10-11, 2008.

Featured Speakers include:
Phebe Jensen, Utah State University, Author, Religion and Revelry in Shakespeare’s Festive World.
Christopher Kendrick, Loyola University Chicago, Author, Utopia, Carnival, and Commonwealth in Renaissance England.
Richard Rambuss, Emory University, Author, Closet Devotions.

Proposals for twenty-minute papers on Shakespeare, carnival, and early modern culture are invited. Potential topics might include:
Reconsiderations of the work of Bakhtin, C. L. Barber, and other classic theorists of carnival;
Shakespeare, performance, and carnival;
Shakespeare, film, and carnival;
Ritual, theatre, and carnival;
Gender and festive culture;
Finding carnival in all the wrong places: sermons, religious polemic, murder pamphlets, etc.;
Late medieval carnival and transitions into the Renaissance;
Reformation and carnival (or the Reformation and Lent).

300-word abstracts must be received by April 11. Send to: Alison Graham Bertolini, Department of English, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, or by e-mail to: (Please
include “abstract” in email title).