Call for Contributors: Shakespeare’s Queens

We are seeking essay proposals for an edited volume focused on queens and queenship in the plays of William Shakespeare. Although there have been many individual studies of how queens in early modern drama reflect and refract the image of Elizabeth I, this volume will primarily concern queens as characters and as theatrical constructs. The collection will be submitted to the “Queenship and Power” series (Palgrave Macmillan) edited by Charles Beem and Carole Levin, with planned publication for late 2017/early 2018.

This volume seeks proposals from graduate students and scholars. We are especially interested in essays focused on Shakespeare’s adaptation of historical source material, how the plays depict queens regnant versus queens consort, comedic and tragic treatments of queenship, the mechanics of “playing” queens on early modern stages using boy actors, and comparative studies with other early modern playwrights, but essays on any aspect of queens or queenship in Shakespeare’s works are welcomed. For purposes of this collection, essays focused on princesses (e.g. the Princess of France in Love’s Labours Lost) will also be considered.


Chapter proposals should be 250-300 words, accompanied by a brief biography, for essays of 5000-7000 words. Please email proposals and bios to both and before 1 June 2016. Accepted authors will be notified by July 2016, and complete essays will be due by 15 January 2017.


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