Solo Theater and Performance

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June 15, 2021
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Solo Theater and Performance


 Solo Theater and Performance is envisaged as an edited anthology of critical essays encompassing contemporary practices, issues and methods, prominent figures, and historical contexts in the domain of one-person theater and performance. Research scholars and academics interested in the area are welcome to contribute to the proposed volume.

In 20th century, a wide variety of socio economic and cultural elements interceded in the regulation and development of solo theater and performance practices as exceptional experimentations in interrogating identity, marginality, politics of difference, institutions and power. These initiated autobiographical, documentary, participatory, educational and therapeutic modalities in performance.

Contemporary Solo theaters and performances have an extensive array of forms, styles, sources, practices, modes of manifestation in one person format which portray documentary, autobiographical, self reflexive and/or self revelatory, adaptative, poetic, auto ethnographic, therapeutic, participatory, radical, political and  so on. A wide range of performers have revolutionized this genre as an exceptional performance practice such as Andy Kaufman, Anna Deavere Smith, Maya Rao, Eric Bogosian, Rani Moorthy, Emily Mann, Danny Hoch, Karen Finley and so on.

One significant factor in solo theater and performance is that it reflected relentlessly the major movements and technologies in art, politics, and society by exploring new sources, modalities of reproduction, intellectual movements and theater space. Solo theater and performance illustrates self-reflexive play of impersonation together with the dynamics of language and narrative and has undergone tremendous transformations in the wake of modernists projects such as ‘Live Art’ and/or ‘Performance Art’,  ‘Happening’ and Conceptual art of the sixties and seventies which manifested ideas in terms of material objects, body and spatial movements. Such radical artistic movements have valorized and privileged the process rather than product, presence rather than text, mobility than fixity, flux and ambiguity than concreteness and facts.

The proposed volume comprises of research and innovations in Solo Theater and Performance under seven rubrics:  Documentary, Autobiographical/auto ethnographical, Political (identity, race, gender, ethnicity), Transformational/educational, Queer, Personal/Confessional and Transmedia incorporated.

Research articles (6000 words) are invited on topics mentioned above, or on related areas, to the Critical Approaches to Solo Theater and Performance in MLA style in MS Word with figures and diagrams separately in JPEG format. Interested authors need to send an abstract in 200 words with keywords, tentative title and a short biography on or before June 15, 2021. Authors of accepted papers will be intimated soon after the blind review process.  Completed papers are to be submitted before August 30, 2021. The publication will be released on November 10, 2021.

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