UPDATE: [American] Thornton Wilder Conference 10/2/-10/4/2008; 2/15/2008

full name / name of organization: 
Lincoln Konkle
contact email: 

You posted the call under theatre, but is it possible to post it under
American as well? Here it is again below.


Wilder in the Twenty-first Century
First International Thornton Wilder Conference
Sponsored by The Thornton Wilder Society and The College of New Jersey

October 2-4, 2008
The College of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ
The conference will take place on the campus of The College of New
Jersey, which is approximately 5 miles from Trenton, 10 miles from
Princeton, and one hour from both Philadelphia and New York. Thornton
Wilder had a strong connection to New Jersey from his having taught
French at the Lawrenceville School from 1921 to 1928, with a break from
1925 to 1927 to earn a Master’s Degree in French literature from
Princeton University. No other state serves as the setting for part or
all of a Wilder play, novel, or film as often as New Jersey.

Papers are invited on any aspect of Wilder’s novels, plays, other
writing, and life. Possible topics include

Wilder as American Writer
Wilder as Adaptor/Translator
Religious Elements in Wilder’s Works
Adaptations of Wilder’s Works
Wilder and New Jersey
Gender Roles in Wilder
Wilder’s Influence on American Drama
Wilder’s Reputation Abroad
Wilder and World Literature
Wilder as Screenwriter
The Wilders: A Remarkable Family
Wilder and Music

In addition to formal paper presentations, we also plan to hold
roundtable discussions (e.g., on teaching and directing Wilder), a
reading by distinguished actors, including Marian Seldes; a playwrights’
panel with Edward Albee, John Guare, A. R. Gurney, and Donald Margulies;
screenings of Our Town on video; and a campus production of The Skin of
Our Teeth. Scholars, writers, critics, and theatre artists planning on
participating include Christopher Benfey, Christopher Bigsby, Christopher
Buckley, Nancy Bunge, Michael Dirda, Gary Giddins, Jeffrey Eric Jenkins,
J. D. McClatchy, John P. McIntyre, S.J., George Monteiro, Brenda Murphy,
Penelope Niven, Michael Parker, Joseph Roach, Arvid Sponberg, Tazewell
Thompson, Michael Vanden Heuvel, Christopher Wheatley, Edmund White, and
Tappan Wilder.

One-page proposals for fifteen to twenty-minute papers should be sent by
mail or e-mail to

Jackson R. Bryer
Department of English
Susquehanna Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 Deadline:
February 15, 2008

We encourage both established and beginning scholars, including graduate
students, and theatre artists to submit proposals, which will be reviewed
by a panel of readers from the Society. For inquiries about the
Conference, please contact TWS Executive Director Lincoln Konkle at

Information on cost, accommodations, etc. will be available on the
Society website in early 2008. All participants must be members of the
Society; for how to join, go to wwww.thorntonwildersociety.org

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