UPDATE: Transnational Romantic Women's Drama (5/1/05; collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Ben Robertson


Submissions are invited for a proposed book-length collection of essays on
Romantic women and
drama. This volume will aim for a general examination of women's roles in
the theatre during the
Romantic Period in Britain (roughly from 1780 through 1830), with specific
emphasis on
transatlantic/transnational themes. Essays may address women as characters
in dramatic
literature, women as playwrights, and/or women as actors. Representative
figures include
Elizabeth Inchbald, Joanna Baillie, Sophia Lee, Mary Russell Mitford, Marie
Therese DeCamp
Kemble, Frances Anne Kemble, Hannah Cowley, Sarah Siddons, Mary Robinson,
and others.
Appropriate topics might include the following:

        -- Transatlantic drama
        -- Orientalism
        -- Translations/adaptations
        -- Gender roles across national boundaries
        -- Masculine constructions of feminine gender
        -- Religious influences/conflicts
        -- Conflict with the Other
        -- Gothic femininity
        -- Antitheatrical sentiment
        -- Experimental dramatic forms/techniques
        -- Closet drama
        -- Private theatricals
        -- Farces/afterpieces
        -- Theoretical/historical contexts

Essays should be in English, between 5,000 and 7,000 words, and documented
in MLA style. They
should be saved in Word, Word Perfect, or RTF format.
Please include the following information with each submission:

        -- Name of contributor
        -- Mailing address (for surface mail)
        -- Telephone number
        -- E-mail address
        -- Affiliation (if applicable)
        -- A one- to two-page curriculum vitae

Please send completed essays (detailed proposals will be considered) to Ben
P. Robertson at
bprobertson_at_troy.edu by 1 MAY 2005. All submissions will be acknowledged by

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