Bob Dylan and Drama (Baltimore, March 31-April 2, 2016)

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Comparative Drama Conference
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Although Bob Dylan has never written a play, his influence by and upon drama is both significant and under-examined. This panel seeks to explore various ways in which Dylan draws upon theatrical artists, texts, and performances for inspiration. This panel will also consider instances of collaboration or influence where Dylan leaves his mark on playwrights, directors, and/or performers.

I seek at least two papers to accompany my own on Dylan and Shakespeare. Topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:
--Dylan and the plays of Sam Shepard
--Dylan and the theatrical work of Jacques Levy
--Dylan and the musical drama of Brecht & Weill
--Dylan and commedia dell'arte
--Dylan's failed collaboration with Archibald MacLeish
--Dylan in relation to Theatre of the Absurd
--Dylan in relation to the New York theatrical scene of the 1960s
--Dylan in relation to dramatic theory or performance studies
--Dylan's dramatic performance(s) as an actor

Interested participants in the "Bob Dylan and Drama" panel should send abstracts of no more than 250 words (including name, paper title, institutional affiliation and rank if applicable, and contact information) by November 29, 2015 to Graley Herren at

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Tony Kushner. All papers presented at the 2016 conference are eligible for potential publication in the annual book series Text & Presentation after being expanded into full-length research papers. For more information see the conference website: