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Representing the Renaissance on Stage and Screen

Posted By Jeffrey N. Weiner, Thursday, June 2, 2016
Updated: Saturday, June 4, 2016

This panel welcomes papers that analyze how the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries are represented visually in theatre, opera, film, and television.  In virtually all 'period' films, frequent liberties are taken in the visual aspects of the productions in order to emphasize an interpretation of the text regardless of the original setting.  Likewise, on the theatre and opera stage, the historically accurate representation of the Renaissance setting of the story, typically specified in the notes of playwrights and librettists, has long since been deprioritized, if not altogether dismissed, in the interest of directorial interpretations.  

What is at stake in visually representing or not representing the early modern context? What does the work gain or lose as a result of directorial decisions concerning visual production? Of particular interest are submissions that focus on the relative values of historicity, 'production concept,' and dramatic interpretation in casting, movement, production design, music and sound, and photography. 

Please submit your paper proposal by 6 June to Jeffrey Weiner ( Proposals must include the following:

  • your name, affiliation, email address
  • a paper title
  • abstract (250-word maximum) 
  • keywords
  • brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). 


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