The 5th Annual Central Massachusetts Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference

2006 Theme: Shakespeare and the Popular

Sunday, April 23, 2006
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA

This year's theme will be "Shakespeare and the Popular." Paper topics might address a wide range of issues and topics related to Shakespeare's life and work, including but not limited to:

  • popular reception of Shakespeare (during his time or in later eras)
  • Shakespeare in modern popular culture (adaptations and allusions)
  • Shakespeare's representation of popular ideas
  • the influence of popular literature on Shakespeare (including the Bible, classics, ballads, drama, poetry)
  • inclusion and exclusion (for example, social, political, religious, racial, sexual)
  • populations or types of people
  • social pressure, social ideals
  • the populous, commoners vs. upper class, social tensions
  • successful leaders, charismatic people
  • frustrated and fulfilled desire
  • common language: swearing, dialect, popular sayings
  • popular music and entertainment

$10 conference fee covers luncheon and coffee breaks.

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