CFP The Actress as Author: Nell Gwynn to Ellen Terry, July 9-10 2015

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Chawton House Library

Actress as Author: Nell Gwyn to Ellen Terry
Chawton House Library
Chawton, Alton
Hampshire GU34 1SJ, United Kingdom
July 9-10 2015

The stage offered women an unprecedented freedom to speak out. It was a place where women were listened to, where they were respected, and where they had the potential to out-earn their male colleagues. This two-day interdisciplinary conference will explore all the ways in which actresses were invested with authority, either as authors of texts, of characters, or of their own personae. We invite proposals for individual papers, panels, performances or provocations on any element of 'the actress as author.'

Potential topics might include, but are not limited to:

• Actresses as playwrights, poets, journalists, critics, and/or novelists
• Actresses and autobiography
• The actress and the one-woman show
• Actresses authoring their careers
• Actresses as theatrical managers
• Actresses who create – 'author' – their roles
• Actresses and public addresses, speeches and/or letters
• Actresses and private theatricals
• Actresses as authorizers of trends (fashionable, political, literary)

Please send a 250-300 word abstract to: Elaine McGirr ( and Laura Engel ( December 19, 2014.