CFP: “Rethinking Seneca’s Influence on Early Modern Drama” 09/30/2011; NEMLA, Rochester NY: 03/15-18 | cfp.english.upenn.edu
by Jessica C. Murphy
For years, scholars have demonstrated the debt that Kyd, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and other playwrights owe to Seneca’s work. Such foundational criticism has often pointed to Seneca’s plot devices, characterization, language, and form that inspired later Renaissance dramatists. However, recent scholarship demonstrates Seneca’s effect on early modern subject construction and performance conditions. This panel aims to continue and extend current reconsiderations of Seneca’s influence on early modern drama by gathering papers that “rethink” Seneca’s works and influence in light of feminist, queer, post-colonial, and materialist theoretical perspectives. In so doing, this panel seeks to articulate the cultural, historical, and literary implications of early modern appropriations of Seneca’s plays, letters, and philosophy, thereby contributing to ongoing scholarly dialogue that re-conceptualizes the role and significance of Humanism in the early modern period.
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