CFP: [20th] Edited Collection: Transnational Identities in David Greig's Theatre

full name / name of organization: 
Anja Mueller

Call for Papers

Transnational Identities in David Greig's Theatre (provisional)
proposed collection of essays, to be edited by Clare Wallace (Charles
University Prague) and Anja Müller (University of Bamberg)

David Greig is one of Scotland’s most important contemporary dramatists.
Since he began writing for theatre in the early nineties, his work has been
both copious and remarkably varied. Not only is he an accomplished
playwright, screenwriter and dramatic adaptor, he is also the co-founder of
the the Suspect Culture Theatre Group with whom he continues to
collaborate, and is currently Dramaturg for the National Theatre of
Scotland. As Dan Rebellato has observed in the introduction to Plays 1, a
prominent feature of Greig’s work is the impact of globalisation upon
notions of identity, belonging and citizenship. Whereas Victoria, The
Architect or Outlying Islands are located in Scotland, the greater part of
Greig’s dramatic works explores the significance of place and non-places
(cf. Marc Augé) from various perspectives. Temporally too Greig’s work
roams across significant periods or events in (notably European) history,
be it the emergence of Capitalism in Eighteenth-Century Europe (The
Speculator), the World Wars (Outlying Islands), the Holocaust (Dr Korczak’s
Example), the war in former Yugoslavia (Europe) or the wars against
Afghanistan and Iraq (The American Pilot). The representations of the
modern world that emerge in Greig’s work, suggest a transnational space, a
contact zone where characters with different national, ethnic, class or
religious background to negotiate their different positions, perspectives
and identities.
Despite his extensive achievements and the popularity of much of his work,
Greig has yet to receive his due in terms of critical consideration. While
reviews and interviews are numerous and readily accessible, little
extensive research is available to scholars or students. To date, there is
not a single monograph or collection that tries to gauge David Greig’s work
â€" a surprising gap in the research on twentieth-century drama. The proposed
volume intends to take a first step in filling this gap. We are therefore
soliciting proposals for original essays on David Greig’s workâ€"suggested
topics may include but are not restricted to:
• The significance of setting, especially borders, non-places, or contact zones
• Representations of certain historical events or periods
• The significance of Eurocentrism and/or Cosmopolitanism
• Transnational encounters
• The negotiation of identities (Scottish, European, gender identities)
• Politics and Greig’s theatre
• Globalisation / Postmodernity
• Formal aspects of Greig’s theatre
• Collaboration-adaptation-translation and Greig’s work
Abstracts of 300-500 words accompanied by a short biographical note (max.
100 words) should be submitted to BOTH AND
The deadline for abstracts is by 29th May 2009. The estimated date for the
submission of the full essays to accepted abstracts will be end of January

Dr Clare Wallace
Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures
Faculty of Arts
Charles University
Nám. Jana Palacha 2
116 38 Praha 1
Czech Republic

PD Dr Anja Müller
Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
English Literature
An der Universität 9
D â€" 96045 Bamberg

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