Call for Papers 2010

The Shakespeare Jahrbuch 2010 will be a special issue devoted to “Shakespeare and the Onset of Modernity”. The dynamic debates on theatre, literature and art after the First World War also shaped the reception of Shakespeare. His construction as a ‘modern’ dramatist did not only mark a fundamental breach with dramatic and critical conventions in general and Victorian Bardolatry in particular. According to Richard Halpern (Shakespeare among the Moderns, 1997), these modernist revisions of Shakespeare also influenced 20th-century Shakespeare studies to such an extent that their repercussions can still be felt today. In 1920s’ Germany, too, the “Battle for Shakespeare” (Hans Rothe) was part of a more general cultural and political reorientation after the war, in which the attitude towards the classics, the redefinition of dramatic styles as well as the role of the theatre in a modern society were at stake. Radical expressionism competed with more conservative approaches to the classics, political appropriations with aesthetic stylisations, and stage versions with early film adaptations.

The editorial board invites essays on the following questions:

  • Shakespeare criticism in the early 20th century (T. S. Eliot, G. Wilson Knight, L. C. Knight, Northrop Frye etc.)
  • Expressionist Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare on the German Stage in the 1920s
  • Shakespeare productions by Leopold Jessner, Bertolt Brecht, Erwin Piscator etc.
  • Walter Benjamin, Shakespeare and baroque drama
  • T. S. Eliot’s Shakespeare / James Joyce’s Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare and modern mass culture
  • Shakespeare and anti-Semitism
  • Modernist Shakespeare adaptations
  • Shakespeare in silent film

The Shakespeare Jahrbuch, the Yearbook of the German Shakespeare Society, is a peer-reviewed journal. It offers contributions in German and English, scholarly articles, an extensive section of book reviews, and reports on Shakespeare productions in the German-speaking world. It also documents the activities of the Shakespeare Society.

Papers to be published in the Shakespeare Jahrbuch should be formatted according to our style sheet.

Please send your manuscripts (of about 5,000 words) to the editor by 31 March 2009.