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The Scrivener | Shakespeare and Dance, EMSJ, SCMLA

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Greetings and thanks for reading The Scrivener, your source for the latest news in Shakespeare scholarship. There are several calls for papers and manuscripts that have made their way across the Scrivener’s desk this week, so let’s get to it!

Shakespeare and Dance

The Scrivener | Shakespeare and Dance, EMSJ, SCMLA shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare Borrowers & Lenders, The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, is soliciting contributions to its “Appropriations in Performance” section.

Potential contributors may interpret this topic in a number of ways, including, but not limited to:

  • Adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays for the dance stage, across a variety of dance types, including ballet, modern, hip-hop, and others.
  • Dancing within performances of Shakespeare’s plays, in theatre, film, television, etc.
  • Dance and movement theories and Shakespearean performance.
  • Dance as metaphor within Shakespeare’s plays, and its implications for performance.

For more information, please see the full call here.


The Early Modern Studies Journal is seeking contributors for an upcoming issue on art, design, science and literature in early modernity. Per the announcement:

Essays may focus more particularly on two or more of the above topics in the context of the 16th and 17th centuries. Though the journal primarily publishes articles on the literature and culture of England, we encourage work concerning literary and material production in other geographical contexts in the early modern period, though essays need to be written in English. The following list is of possible topics, but should not be considered exhaustive:

  1. Literature, art, and scientific discovery
    2. Literature, design, and medicine.
    3. Literature, garden design, and botany
    4. Literature and needlework/tapestry design
    5. Literature and fine art
    6. Design, representation, and natural philosophy
    7. Artistic representations of the natural world

For more information, including submission guidelines, visit here.


The South Central Modern Language Association is accepting submissions for a panel on Renaissance literature. The topic is open, but they encourage paper proposals to engage meaningfully with some aspect of the conference theme, “Sound and Story: The Rhythms of Language.” From the call:

The Scrivener | Shakespeare and Dance, EMSJ, SCMLA shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare The rhythms of the languages we speak shape literary texts; rhyme, meter, assonance, and other sound patterns underpin our poetry, and musicality and sound figure as significant elements in many narratives. Tolstoy’s characters visit the opera; a musical passage haunts Proust’s narrator across time and space; Chaucer’s rhyme and rhythm carried English into a new poetic space, paving the way for Shakespeare; Faulkner, like so many others, captures regional dialects in informal prose. Sound matters as much for scholars of literature as it does for linguists and language pedagogues. Just as linguists transcribe and analyze the sounds of our languages and language pedagogues help learners to mirror native speaker pronunciation and intonation, writers work to capture regional inflections. Similarly, film-makers try to create compelling soundscapes, extra-diegetic music shaping spectator expectations and emotional responses. Song lyrics more and more attract attention as a distinctive literary form, worthy of serious scholarly analysis.  For its 2015 convention in Nashville, Tennessee SCMLA invites papers that focus on issues connected to music, musicality and sound from the perspective of all of our constituent fields, including linguistics, language pedagogy, film-studies, gender studies, and cultural studies.

For more information on the SCMLA and the conference location, visit

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