Performing the Monstrous on the Early Modern Stage, RSA 2017

deadline for submissions: 
June 5, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Barbara Mello
contact email: 

This panel seeks proposals that examine the performance of the monstrous on the early modern stage. Performances of the monstrous include but are not limited to deformity, animals, devils, witches, and other supernatural beings performed on stage. Proposals should consider the vibrant medieval iconographic images of the monstrous that continued to stimulate the early modern imagination. Questions to be addressed might include: how did staging the monstrous secure or collpase boundaries between the natural and supernatural realms? Did the monstrous on stage enforce or interrogate political, cultural, or religious authority? How might staging the monstrous call attention to the cultural power of the stage?

Please send title, 150-word abstract, 300-word CV, and AV or scheduling requests to as soon as possible, but no later than June 5, 2016.

Notifications will be sent out June 6th of acceptance to proposed panel.

This session will be sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at California State University, Long Beach.