Sam Shepard, Looking Back at his Acting, Roles and Stages

deadline for submissions: 
June 27, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference (PAMLA)

Western Washington University (Bellingham, Washington)

November 9-11, 2018

Session: Drama and Society

Panel Title:                  Sam Shepard, Looking Back at his Acting, Roles and Stages

Presiding Officer:        Kimberly Jew, Associate Professor, Theatre and Ethnic Studies, University of Utah



This panel is included in the General Session Drama and Society that is part of the PAMLA conference to be held November 9-11, 2018 at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington. 


** Paper proposals are very welcome and should be submitted through an online form found on the PAMLA website:

Drama has long served as a communal mirror to society, reflecting its habits, aesthetics, politics and cultural norms. This session seeks to explore the ways in which drama reveals its intricate relationship to society; how does drama support, embody and critique the world in which it was created?

This “Drama and Society” panel will look at the diverse career of Sam Shepard, offering a forum in which to examine his unique contributions to American theatre and film through his writing and acting. 


From his early experimental plays, to his fuller studies of the American family, and his roles in feature films, Shepard challenged his audiences to re-define their idealistic visions of nation, the West, family legacies, masculine gender and fame. Shepard’s recent passing offers a special moment in which to contemplate his role in 20th century art and popular culture, and to explore the compelling and often disturbing worlds he created. 


Proposal due date: June 27, 2018  - extended deadline