Shaw on illusion of communication




“Bernard Shaw and New Media: 1879-2015”


MLA Convention

January 7-10, 2016

Austin, Texas


Deadline March 15, 2015








     ISS member Jennifer Buckley has volunteered to propose a Special Shaw Session to the MLA for the 2016 session.   Please send your paper proposals to her by no later than March 15, 2015.  Below are suggestions for topics:  


     In mid-2015, Shaw’s work will become “new media” in the most obvious of ways, when the National Theatre Live digitally broadcasts their high-profile production of Man and Superman (via satellite) to movie theatres around the world. While we invite papers on this and other examples of digital Shaw, we encourage proposals that adopt the broad and historically contingent definition of “new media” suggested by Lisa Gitelman and Geoffrey B. Pingree (2003). Briefly employed by the Edison Telephone Company, and acquainted with the family of Alexander Graham Bell, GBS was intensely interested in an array of emergent media in the 19th and 20th centuries. We welcome studies of Shaw’s engagements with media in his work, as well as accounts of how his work and persona have appeared in print, film, radio, television, digital forms and formats (from Wikipedia and BrainyQuotes to YouTube and beyond), and other media.


Possible topics include (in no particular order):


·       Shaw's use of real (e.g., typewriters and phonographs) and imagined (e.g.,  

·       videophones) media in his novels and plays

·       Film versions of Shaw’s plays; Shaw’s comments on film and cinema

·       Shaw’s photographs; photographs of Shaw

·       Shaw’s plays as radio drama; Shaw’s comments on radio

·       Shaw’s plays on television

·       Shaw’s gramophone recordings

·       The NT Live Man and Superman, and "digital theatre" more broadly

·       Media theorists' and historians' use of Shaw and his work

·       Digital renditions of Shaw's novels, plays, and criticism (including excerpts,

·       quotations, and clips)

·       Shaw in databases
Digital humanists' work on Shaw



Please send a 250-word abstract, CV, and short bio to Jennifer Buckley, Assistant Professor of English and Rhetoric, University of Iowa (jennifer-buckley@uiowa.edu).



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