An edited collection:Staging motherhood and mothers in British drama
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
Older and aging mothers
Matricide and infanticide
Gender and motherhood
absent mothers and losing a mother
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com). 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.