O'Neill & Irishness, March 28-30, 2013
37th Annual Comparative Drama Conference
Stevenson University, Maryland
March 28-30, 2013
The Eugene O'Neill Society
Eugene O'Neill is regularly described as one of the foremost American dramatists, but this description downplays concerns about O'Neill's Irish heritage and Irish history. So crucial was this heritage and history that O'Neill once told his son, Eugene Jr., "the critics have missed the most important thing about me and my work—the fact that I am Irish." Naturally, this fact leads to questions about the nature of O'Neill's life and work. What about them are distinctly Irish? How do they address concerns about immigration and acculturation, religion, class and culture? Also, how has O'Neill's Irishness influenced Irish and Irish-American writers?
This panel welcomes papers that examine the relation of O'Neill's plays to Ireland, the Irish-American experience, and to Irish and Irish-American literature, using a variety of approaches: New historicism, cultural materialism, post-colonialism, Marxism, etc. Our ambition is to bring renewed attention to O'Neill's connections with Ireland and to questions about Irishness.
Please send 250 word abstracts J. Chris Westgate (firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 26, 2012.