An edited collection:Staging motherhood and mothers in British drama

deadline for submissions: 
April 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Dr Katarzyna Bronk, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiwicz University, Poznan, Poland
contact email: 

Staging motherhood and mothers in British drama across centuries

Due to the ongoing discussions on the value of family in the contemporary world, the subject of motherhood returned to the forefront of public discourse in Europe and incited new polemics on – as is suggested by rightist politics – the natural drive towards maternity. We wish to broaden the research on motherhood and focus on topics and tropes of motherhood, mothers, maternity, and mothering as shown on stage and presented in published/written British drama.

We invite you to send abstracts on literary/dramatic and linguistic/semantic aspects related to the idea of dramatised motherhood. We are particularly looking for papers on:

Staged mothers and mothers on stage

Motherhood as a trope, staging motherhood as an idea

Good and bad mothers and anything in-between

Monstrous mothers and 'mothering' a monster

Mother(ing) as a metaphor, the idea of the 'motherland'


stepmothers and stepping in as a mother

Staging maternity and mothers-to-be

Single mothers

Older and aging mothers

Holy mothers

Matricide and infanticide

Unwanted motherhood

Mothering fathers

Gender and motherhood

Queering motherhood

Surrogate motherhood

absent mothers and losing a mother

Suffering mothers

Mothers of nations, generations of mothers

Immigrant mothers and migrating mothers

Interested authors are kindly asked to send 500-word abstracts by 1 April 2018 to dr Katarzyna Bronk ( and If accepted by the editors, selected abstracts will be collated into a thematic volume and proposed to an international publisher. Upon acceptance by the publisher, the authors will be asked to write full versions of their papers.