The Artist on Stage in Anglophone Drama

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies

HJEAS is a peer-reviewed journal of the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary, publishing critical articles and book reviews in the fields of American, British, Canadian, and Irish literature, history, and culture, and is available from JSTOR and ProQuest. (www.hjeas.hu

HJEAS invites essays on the centrality of an artist protagonist and/or a (fictional) work of art within drama that contributes not only to enhancing the self-reflexivity of art, but also offers new dimensions to the spectators’/audiences’ understanding of relations between art and artist/life/community/and the world. Being a composite art, the theatre is a most appropriate place for the confluence and intersection of various art forms which reinforce and transcend their own means of expression by entering into dialogue with one another on stage to create more nuanced meanings.

HJEAS welcomes essays that discuss how late twentieth- and twenty-first-century Anglophone (e.g. American, Canadian, English, Irish, Scottish, South-African) dramatic works revise and revitalise the long-established generic patterns of Künstlerdrama, a widespread subgenre with origins in the European Romantic era.  The submission should explore the multiplicity of issues related to the portrayal of artist protagonists and the dramatic treatment of various forms of art—visual, aural, kinetic, and literary—included in the selected works. Contributions may address these subjects from a contemporary as well as a historical perspective. Papers may refer but are not limited to the following topics:

  • revisions of the thematic patterns and compositional designs of Künstlerdrama
  • exposure of the logic of stereotypes, the ideological semiotics of artists and art works
  • artist as an Other and a vehicle of deconstructing the pleasures of sexist and racist spectatorship
  • underlying reasons for the scarcity/abundance of artist characters and art works in a particular dramatic oeuvre or in a certain period of an individual nation’s/country’s drama history
  • questions about the poetics and politics of artists and art on stage
  • the myse-en-abyme effect of art-within-art on stage
  • considerations of race, gender, and ethnicty in Künstlerdrama
  • comparative approaches to Künstlerdrama in different cultural and geopolitical contexts.

Completed manuscripts must be 5000-7000 words in length and must follow MLA parenthetical citation with Works Cited. Please follow the HJEAS Style Sheet available at http://www.hjeas.unideb.hu/submitting-manuscripts.html

Proposals of 500 words with a 100-150 bio are due by November 15, 2016; Final papers are due by May 31, 2017.

Please send the submissions and all inquiries to teh editor, Lenke Németh at nemeth.lenke@arts.unideb.hu