CFP 19th Century Theatre-NCSA Charleston 2/2-4/17 (due 9/15/16)

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Call for Papers
South Carolina, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, British History / Studies, Humanities, Literature, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

Dear Colleagues:

I'm soliciting proposals for 20-minute papers about American, British, European, and/or World theatre during the long nineteenth century. Scholars will present accepted papers at the upcoming conference of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, which takes place 2-4 February 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Papers might address "legitimate" theatre, "illegitimate" theatre (e.g. melodrama, pantomime, spectacle, hippodrama, comedy, farce), adaptation (e.g. Byron, Dickens, Scott, Stowe), translation (e.g. Schiller, Kotzebue), Romantic theatre, closet dramas, the "well made play," or particular plays/authors (e.g. Jerrold, Fitzball, Haines, Boucicault).

Scholars might explore social, economic, gender, political, and/or aesthetic issues relating to plays, actors, and managers, to music hall, or to particular theatres. Other topics might include copyright, censorship, audiences, sexualities, and the "long run," as well as regional and traveling companies.

Also germane: theatre archives, play manuscript editing, and theatre-related Digital Humanities projects.

Those interested in participating should send 250-word abstracts with one-page CVs to my attention at by September 15, 2016. If you have an idea that you'd like to vet to see if it fits, just shoot me a brief email, and I'll let you know immediately. For more information about NCSA and the conference, I include the general CFP (

And thanks for spreading word of this session to anyone who might find it interesting -- cheers!

-- Arnold

Contact Info: 

Arnold Anthony Schmidt, Ph.D.
Professor of English
California State University


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