CFP: Folklore and Dramatic Literature (3/10/06; MLA '06)

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Christie Fox
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Folklore and dramatic literature
The American Folklore Society sponsors a special session at the annual
meeting of the MLA. In 2006, we invite papers that consider the relationship
between folklore and dramatic literature, including how folklore is employed
by playwrights.
Contemporary theatre practice has reached out to incorporate traditional
elements in playwrights¹ search for something new or fresh. Recent examples
include Mary Zimmerman¹s conceptualization of Greek myth in Metamorphoses
and the adoption of puppets in Avenue Q. The inclusion of elements of
tradition goes farther than just subject matter or a gimmick: folklore makes
possible methods of communication that would otherwise be unavailable to
Folklore is construed widely and might include traditional children¹s
rhyming; an adaptation of a traditional tale; the use of rap cadences
(hearkening back to the dozens); a traditional practice (including cooking
and foodways); an item of material culture (such as the piano in Wilson¹s
The Piano Lesson); and the use of folklore to actually create a performance,
such as puppets or other elements of folk drama.
Submit 250-word abstracts via email to Christie Fox at
Panelists must be members of MLA by April 1, 2006. Abstracts should include
a brief bio, any AV requirements, and relevant contact information. All
abstracts must be received by March 10th.

--Dr. Christie FoxHonors Program DirectorUtah State University1438 Old Main HillLogan, UT 84322-1438435-797-2715 ========================================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Jennifer Higginbotham: ==========================================================Received on Sat Jan 21 2006 - 14:45:54 EST

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