Poison on the Early Modern English Stage

deadline for submissions: 
August 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Lisa Hopkins / Sheffield Hallam University
contact email: 

Poison on the Early Modern English Stage: Plants, Paints and Perfumes


Contributions invited for an edited collection of new essays on poison in early modern English drama.  Possible topics might include (but are not limited to): whether the use of poison is gendered; what kinds of ingredients are used in the preparation of poisons and/or the means by which they are administered; how the ingestion of poison is acted, and the dramatic affordances of poison more generally; poison and emotion; and whether poison is ever a metaphor, and if so for what.


Please send abstracts of c. 250 words, together with a short bio and full contact details, to

Kibrina Davey ((kibrinad@gmail.com ) and Lisa Hopkins (L.M.Hopkins@shu.ac.uk ) by Friday 30 August 2019.  Completed essays of c. 7000 words will be due by 1 June 2020.  Manchester University Press have expressed a preliminary interest in publishing the collection.