Sponsored by the
International Shaw Society
Lawrence Switzky, University of Toronto
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The Modern Language Association
Convention scheduled for Vancouver in January of 2015 will feature another
Special Shaw Session. To participate as a speaker, please send a 250-word
abstract and CV to Professor Lawrence Switzky at email@example.com
by March 15, 2014. Proposals and queries are welcome before
the deadline. You of course have to
be a member of MLA to deliver a paper, but you do not have to be a member to
attend the session, as follows:
“Shaw in Theory”
This panel seeks papers that consider
Shaw in relationship to theory, broadly construed. Papers are invited on Shaw’s
significance as a theorist-of drama, of politics, of gender, of language--as
well as on how Shaw has been used, misused, quoted or misquoted, or otherwise
adapted by subsequent dramatic, political, literary, and gender theorists.
Papers are also invited that propose new readings of Shaw’s plays and prose
through theoretical lenses, e.g. affect theory, trauma theory, media theory,
performativity, among others.
Papers might consider if there is such a thing as a Shavian reading of a
text: did Shaw establish an analytical method or a sensibility that has been
useful to others? (For example, have Shaw’s views on cutting plays, on
writing plays, and on publishing plays informed debates about theatrical
production and playwriting? Have Shaw’s representations of female agency
enriched feminist discourse?)
Alternatively, papers might evaluate Shaw’s legacy through his contributions
to other thinkers, movements, and disciplines. Developmental psychologist
Erik Erikson, for instance, took Shaw’s account of his upbringing as a
founding example of adolescent self-fashioning. Philosopher and literary
critic Stanley Cavell positions Shaw as an advocate of moral perfectionism
alongside figures like Emerson and Nietzsche. Literary and social critic
Frederic Jameson has argued that Shaw was a founder of politically serious
science fiction. Scholar and journalist Germaine Greer has interpreted Shaw
as a sophistical pseudo-feminist. How have theorists from a
variety of fields appropriated Shaw, and how have their readings
either opened up new possibilities for understanding Shaw or (tactically)
misconstrued his ideas?
Finally, papers might propose how recent theoretical trends can contribute to
the study of Shaw.
Please send questions and abstracts of around 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org.
for details and developments.
PROGRAM FOR “Shaw in Theory” will be provided
below when available.
can discover how to register for the 2014 MLA convention by going to http://www.mla.org/convention.