In Shakespeare’s works characters are frequently banished from court, from the city or their country. Some move voluntary and many make their first appearance with a history of migration. Some yearn for their home, some are glad to escape persecution. Some bemoan the loss of their identity, some embrace a new identity abroad. People are exiled for various reasons, banished from another’s present, from a place, or from memory. Exile may mean a new chance or certain death. Migrants are greeted with hope, with fear, with fierce rejection. In a more abstract sense, Shakespeare’s plays and poems themselves became migrant texts as they were performed by travelling players or otherwise transmitted across time and space.
With their 2016 production of Spring Awakening, Deaf West Theatre was celebrated for their ongoing revolutionary approaches towards musical theatre, putting deaf and hearing actors on stage together, adapting stories and characters in Deaf cultural contexts, and making diversity and accessibility top priorities both on- and off-stage. The production was also the first Broadway show to feature an actor in a wheelchair, Ali Stroker.
The Plays of Simon Stephens
The 42nd Comparative Drama Conference will feature Simon Stephens as its Keynote Speaker on April 6, 2018 and in honor of his appearance we will offer panels on his plays.
While we welcome papers on any aspect of Stephens’s plays, some possible topics to explore include:
Teaching Simon Stephens in the classroom
Productions of Simon Stephens’s works
Simon Stephens as an adapter (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, A Doll’s House, The Seagull)
Comparing Pornography (Stephens’s 7/7 play) to 9/11 plays
Politics in the plays of Simon Stephens
Texas Theatre Journal seeks book reviews for its 2018 volume. The journal is primarily interested in research related to the broad geographical, cultural, and historical notion of Texas, but welcomes reviews of any theatre-related book written in the past two years.
The journal's mandate is to offer opportunities to support scholars working in Texas, as well as to feature the work of graduate students whenever possible.
The typical length for featured book reviews is 800 words. Submissions are due Nov. 17, 2017.
Please contact the Book Review Editor, Cason Murphy, directly at email@example.com with queries or submissions.
Exploring the Renaissance 2018: An International Conference
April 12-14, 2018
The Georgian Terrace Hotel
The South-Central Renaissance Conference, which has met annually since its founding in 1951, is an interdisciplinary association of Renaissance scholars with members primarily from North America and Europe. SCRC takes pride in being one of the oldest and friendliest Renaissance conferences in North America.
Call for Papers: An international conference investigating war, literature, and art at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado on September 20-21, 2018 solicits both disciplinary and interdisciplinary presentations on "Representing and Remembering War.” The conference seeks a variety of genre submissions, both critical and creative, including literary criticism, journalism, rhetorical analysis, cultural studies, theory, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, film studies, photography, painting, and music.
SETC Theatre Symposium Volume 27
“Theatre and Embodiment”
DATES: April 13-15, 2018
LOCATION: Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
At the heart of the theatrical act is the simultaneous live presence of the actor and the audience. Given primacy of bodies in and to the theatrical act, how do we understand those bodies as communicating meaning? How do bodies understand themselves as operating within the theatrical or performative context? The 2018 Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Theatre Symposium will focus on the interplay between theatre and embodiment. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Rhetoric and literature obviously have an intricate shared history in early modern studies evidenced by the likes of George Puttenham’s Art of English Poesie (1579) among other manuals and treatises, but studies continue to demonstrate that there is more to be examined at this scholarly intersection. By applying research in cognitive studies, for instance, Raphael Lyne offers a new perspective on Shakespeare’s use of rhetoric, and in a forthcoming piece Michael Ullyot and Adam Bradley employ digital technologies in order to study the applications of rhetorical tropes like gradatio in early modern drama more broadly. This panel seeks to discuss what other innovations or findings are possible with or without novel applications.
42nd Comparative Drama ConferenceText & PresentationCall for PapersApril 5-7, 2018Orlando, Florida 2018 Keynote Event
April 6, 2017 8 p.m. (followed by a reception)
A Conversation with Simon Stephens
Postwar Area Literature Group panel (1 of 2) at the 29th annual conference of the American Literature Association (2018).
Off- and Off-Broadway: Papers discussing the birth of Off-Broadway in the postwar
decades, important Off-Broadway plays and playwrights, Off-Broadway-Broadway
crossovers, the importance of Papp and the Public Theater, the Obie Awards, notable Off-Off
New York playhouse (La Mama, Caffé Cino) and regional theater productions, 1945-
1975. Abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by 15 January 2018.