Generational conflict in British theatre and drama (call for abstracts/chapters)

deadline for submissions: 
May 20, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Katarzyna Bronk, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
contact email: 


Literature has proved to be an effective medium for presenting, analysing and often offering ways of resolving real or fictional conflicts. Drama, in its textual or performative form, proved even more forceful and imaginative, and theatre has additionally allowed for an almost three-dimensional exploration of various intergenerational dynamics, most often reified as crises and conflicts running additionally along intersectional lines of age, gender, race, class or religion. British drama has always been very sensitive to sociopolitical transformations, often allegorising public or national crises as private conflicts between family members. Thus, for example, youth conquers old(er) age in Renaissance family-themed plots; younger and more progressive characters triumph in Restoration political heroic tragedies or libertine comedies; the aged, more experienced heroes/heroines reclaim the virtue and dispense punishment in eighteenth-century sentimental and affective drama; the Angry Young (Wo)Men blame the earlier generations for ruining their chances for happiness; Oedipal (and Jocastian) crises tear families from the inside; cultural and sexual revolutions embold and enfranchise daughters and sons who question the rules of normativity of their parents’ generations; and, more recently, sons and daughters reject the cultural and religious values cherished by their parents and choose more traditional but also extremist ways of living.

We wish to propose a book on these and various other ways and means of presenting, dramatising and staging (inter)generational crises, struggles and conflicts (and their possible solutions) in British theatre and drama across centuries. We invite abstracts (max 500 words) on various shades of staged and dramatised conflicts between the old and the young, the new and the old, the conservatives and progressives, etc.


Conflict theory 
Generational gap theory
Early Modern drama (sans Shakespeare)
Eighteenth-century drama
Victorian and early 20th century drama
Modernist drama
Postmodern and postcolonial drama
Contemporary drama
Age-themed plays: family conflicts and / or their resolutions are of most interest

Comparative pieces will be considered if they refer to British dramas first and foremost.

Interested authors are kindly asked to send their abstracts by 20th May 2017 to dr Katarzyna Bronk ( and If accepted by the editors, selected abstracts will be collated into a thematic collection and proposed to a publisher. Upon acceptance by the publisher, the authors will be asked to write full versions of their papers. The book's tentative title is: Dramatic Intergenerationality: Staging conflicts, crises and generational discord.