to John Webster’s Theatre of (Dis)obedience and Damnation

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
The University of Salford-Manchester
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This Special Issue of American Notes and Queries is dedicated to John Webster’s Theatre of (Dis)obedience and Damnation. We welcome contributions on Webster’s propensity to define, represent, condemn and, on occasions, celebrate disobedience on stage. 


Articles of up to 5000 words may consider the following topics:

  • Webster’s ways of structuring specific discourses around socially marginal characters and outcasts (villains, malcontents, prostitutes whose distinctive qualities can include a disruptive and sarcastic verbal idiom) as key figures in the contemporary cultural and historical discourse.
  • Relationship between the characters’ “fascination with evil” and their adoption of a “language of morality”
  • Jacobean violence and the arenas of public violence
  • Webster's theatre of Damnation as linguistic and/or social drama
  • Webster's theatre as the drama of social reform
  • Webster's new tragedy
  • Webster's audience and spectacles of violence


The deadline for submissions of articles is the 15th November.