Call for Papers--Musicality in Contemporary Women Playwrights’ Dramaturgy

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Comparative Drama Conference
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Call for papers for Comparative Drama Conference, April 2-4, 2020, Orlando, Florida


"Musicality in Contemporary Women Playwrights’ Dramaturgy”


This panel will examine the particular ways contemporary women playwrights incorporate and/or rely upon music to advance plot, establish characters/mood, and/or foreground thematic messages for the audience.  Whether the music is used as accompaniment or an essential part of the text itself, the papers will address its unique contributions as subtext to the styles and ideological stances of the playwrights. Playwrights that come readily to mind include: D’Janet Sears, Paula Vogel, Lynn Nottage, Sonia Sanchez, Pam Gems, Caryl Churchill, and Ntozake Shange, but open to any playwright that contributes to this special genre.


 Abstracts to by 1 Nov.


Each paper on the panel will be 15 minutes in length. Abstracts should include a 250 word abstract with paper title, author’s name, institutional affiliation, status, postal address and email address at top left.

All papers presented at the CDC 2020 are eligible to be considered for publication in the annual book series Text and Presentation, upon development into a full-length scholarly essay. For more information see the conference website: