Pulpit, Playhouse and Page: Theatrical and Non-Theatrical Exchange in early modern England

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
University of Sheffield

This two-day conference will explore connections between theatrical and non-theatrical texts in early modern England. Theatrical culture functioned in vibrant relation to both non-theatrical performances (such as sermons and entertainments) and non-dramatic poetry and prose. However, moments of exchange between different genres have too often been obscured by disciplinary silos.

By bringing together scholars with a wide variety of interests the conference will open up new research questions which address the creative exchanges between plays and a wide range of non-theatrical texts and performances.

Topics for consideration might include: 

  • Patterns of allusion between theatrical and non-theatrical texts
  • The exploitation of the dramatic in non-dramatic texts
  • Commonplacing and the movement from stage to page
  • How non-theatrical and theatrical genres manifest or inflect writers’ shared educational background
  • The status of ‘performance’ in early modern culture
  • Audiences and audience response

Please submit 200-word proposals for 20-minute papers by Friday 1 November 2019 to pulpitandplayhouse@shef.ac.uk.

If you would like to present in a manner other than a traditional 20-minute paper (for example by running a workshop or performance) please contact the organising committee to discuss this as soon as possible. 

Find more information about the conference here: https://pulpitandplayhouse.weebly.com/