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by Jessica C. Murphy

Queering Childhood in Early Modern English Drama

We are seeking essays that queer our existing notions of what constitutes childhood in early modern English drama by examining intersections between gender, sexuality, class, and representations of children on stage. As recent scholarship has suggested, early modern children seem to have occupied liminal spaces between discrete categories infancy / adulthood and so could provoke considerable category crisis. This collection aims to interrogate the role that drama played in creating “the child” as a social category in early modern England and to investigate whether and how early modern childhood might be considered a queer category. We hope to find essays that interrogate the monolithic quality of terms like “child,” “boy,” and “girl” in ways that further our understanding of how gender inflected childhood and vice versa in early modern English drama.

Please send abstracts of approximately 500 words to Jennifer Higginbotham (higginbotham.37@osu.edu) and Mark Johnston (johnston@uwindsor.ca) by May 1, 2010. Completed essays of 8,000-9,00 words of will be due at the end of summer 2010.

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