CFP: Embodying Shakespeare, EMLS Special Issue (10/1/08)

by Jessica C. Murphy

Special Issue: Embodying Shakespeare

New histories of the body, historical phenomenology, and psychoanalytic readings of the body-as-text have flourished in the last two decades in early modern studies. As Sean McDowell has recently noted, “scholarship on the early modern body – its materiality, its processes, its relationships to affect and cognition, its role in enculturation, and its connections to the physical world – coalesced in the 1990s into its own field,”* as evidenced by a growing number of academic conferences, scholarly monographs, and edited collections on the topic.

The editors welcome papers of 6,000-10,000 words that engage with any aspect of ’embodiment’ and ‘Shakespeare.’ Topics might include, but are not limited to: Shakespeare and histories/theories of the body;
representations of the body and early modern phenomenology; the actor’s body; cultural appropriations and body ‘politics’; the cinematic body; body-as-text and the body-in-the-text; Shakespeare and the senses;
embodiment and identity.

Please send proposals by email, including a short abstract, to David McInnis <> and Brett D. Hirsch <> by 1 October 2008. The deadline for essay submissions, following acceptance of abstracts, is 1 February 2009. The special issue will be published mid-year.

*Early Modern Literary Studies* (ISSN 1201-2459) is a refereed journal serving as a formal arena for scholarly discussion and as an academic resource for researchers in the area. Articles in EMLS examine English
literature, literary culture, and language during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. For more details, visit <>.

*Sean McDowell, “The View from the Interior: The New Body Scholarship in 
Renaissance/Early Modern Studies,” Literature Compass 3-4 (2006): 778-
791, p. 778.