Moves Towards Modernism: The British Theatre Before WWI

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Comparative Drama Conference
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This is a CFP for a panel proposal "Moves Towards Modernism: The British Theatre Before WWI," which will hopefully take place at the 2019 Comparative Drama Conference in Orlando, Florida from April 4-6, 2019. See the Comparative Drama Conference website for more information on the conference and keynote, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. 

This panel considers transitions between late Victorian and Edwardian theatre, specifically developments in plays by Elizabeth Baker, Harley Granville Barker, John Galsworthy, Cicely Hammill, Henry Arthur Jones, Arthur Wing Pinero, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and others that resisted outdated Victorian stylistic or moral conventions, were influenced by European works by Gerhart Hauptmann, Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, etc., and pushed the boundaries of stagecraft even prior to the catastrophic ideological impact of World War I.

Papers considering late nineteenth and early twentieth century theatrical moments of tension, collision, placation, etc. that gave rise to what is now termed Modernist theatre, are welcomed.

Please submit 250-word abstracts (paper title, author’s name, institutional affiliation, status, postal address and email address at top left) and a CV to Lydia Craig at by the deadline.