Lynn Nottage Anthology Deadline: 10/15/2013

full name / name of organization: 
Jocelyn L. Buckner (Chapman University) and Aimee Zygmonski (University of California, Santa Cruz)
contact email: 
nottageanthology@gmail.com

Playwright Lynn Nottage has expanded the theatrical parameters of storytelling through her bold depictions of African diasporic experiences across time, geography, and circumstance. Nottage’s plays reflect her passion and curiosity surrounding humanitarian, historical, and historiographic issues. From an African dwarf in the court of Louis XIV (Las Meninas), to female victims of war in the Congo (Ruined), to working class African Americans navigating the challenges of urban life (Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Intimate Apparel), among others, her body of work sheds light on lives, histories, and communities previously silenced and invisible on the stage. Her work has been critically lauded and recognized with numerous awards including a Pulitzer Prize for Ruined (2009), an Obie Award for Fabulation (2005), a MacArthur Genius Grant (2007) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2005).

In an effort to celebrate and expand the scholarly conversation surrounding Nottage’s contributions to the fields of U.S., feminist, and African American theatre, we seek contributors to an anthology offering the first critical compliment to her work, a collection of essays dedicated to the scholarly examination of her plays, production history, artistic collaborations, and activism. We seek essays that engage with Nottage’s oevure, situating her within broader contemporary theatre practices while acknowledging her position within the specific realm of African American women dramatists. Proposed essays may address or extend beyond the following:
• Provide close readings of her plays on the page and especially in production
• Explore overarching meta-critical and theoretical discussions of thematic connections between her work and other artists, genres, and/or other aspects of contemporary theatre
• Examine Nottage’s positionality in a lineage of African American female playwrights from the nineteenth to twenty-first century
• Critique or contest the political themes and humanitarian issues addressed by Nottage
• Analyze Nottage’s negotiation of stereotypes in her approach to characterization and identity politics
• Assess the role of humor, irony, and satire in Nottage’s plays
• Address the pedagogical opportunities and challenges associated with teaching Nottage
• Investigate the role of history in Nottage’s dramaturgy in order to illuminate her talent for revising our understanding of the past while pointing to concerns of the present

Send abstracts of 500-750 words by October 15, 2013 to editors Jocelyn L. Buckner and Aimee Zygmonski at: nottageanthology@gmail.com. We welcome any inquires or questions about the anthology prior to submission. We have received strong interest in this project from a major press and have every reason to believe it will be accepted for publication.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
journals_and_collections_of_essays
theatre
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond