Language Incorporated: Culture Markets, Actors' Bodies, and Shakespeare's World of Words
McGill University Shakespeare and Performance Research Team
The LINC project's four-year research plan sees a foundation-building first year where the talents and expertise of all team members will be put to use in a tightly focused interdisciplinary experiment designed to test the two principal methodological innovations and to establish a critical mass of interpretive work on literature, theatre, and language. The work in year one will focus on The Merchant of Venice, and that play will remain a touchstone text in subsequent years, even as the work broadens out to consider a number of Shakespeare's other plays. The case-study and workshops of year one will be followed, in year two, by a focus on Shakespeare's language in relation to theatrical conditions and practices and in relation to actors' bodies, mostly but not exclusively in early modern England. Year three will see the team turn its sights from theatre to literature, manuscript and especially print culture, in order to detail Shakespeare's language's relationship to written work across a range of fields and also in order to develop a new account of the kinship between theatre and Shakespeare's literary accomplishments. Year four will pull the first three years of work together in relation to the question of the social power of Shakespeare's language in his own time and over the long term.
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