Renaissance Drama: The Politics of Protest

deadline for submissions: 
April 30, 2020
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South Central Modern Language Association
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Political protest has long been central to literary and cinematic histories from ideological and artistic manifestos to political pamphlets to satirical novels and realist cinema. They remain powerful vehicles for stimulating public debate, issuing calls to action, speaking truth to power, and heightening awareness of social ills.  Despite censorship, marketplace economics, and national politics, literature, film, and numerous other modes of cultural / aesthetic production continue to play an important role not only as agents of social critique but also as agents of social change. This year we invite participants to reflect on the crucial intellectual, social, and pedagogical role of arts and letters as battlegrounds of ideas and catalysts of revolution."

The Renaissance Drama regular session at South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) seeks papers on Renaissance Drama addressing the conference theme or on other topics for presentation at the annual meeting, October 8-10, 2020, in Houston, Texas. Please submit abstracts of 200 words or fewer to Dr. Jennifer Kraemer ( ) by April 15, 2020.