Call for Book Chapters: The Spaces of Renaissance Anatomy Theatre

William Whitehead Announcement
Subject Fields
Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Geography, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Humanities, Social Sciences

Vernon Press invites chapters for an edited volume on the spaces within Renaissance anatomy theatre.

The collection asks, how did actions and conversations taking place within a Renaissance/Early Modern anatomy theatre make their way into European society? How did public dissection and anatomical research influence the arts, government, or society? This collection examines the spaces of intersections within the anatomy theatre, the aspects of gender present in anatomical discourse and images, and a shared interest in the physical body and its parts.  

Together, each chapter will highlight how anatomy intersects with other genres of study, like botany, artwork, drama, prose, etc. This is a multidisciplinary collection that invites contributions from all fields. Potential topics might include but are not limited to the anatomy theatre’s relationship to:

Anatomical Publications



Barbers Surgeons


Bodies and Body Parts

Renaissance Theatre

Liturgical Calendars




Government and Governing Bodies

Queer Theory

Feminist Theory

Gender Discourse/Theory


How to Submit Your Proposal:

Please submit a 300-word abstract and 100-word biography, plus C.V., to Ms. Leslie R. Malland ( by July 30, 2020. 

Chapter drafts will be due by November 30, 2020, for blind peer review.



About the Editor:

Leslie R. Malland is a PhD Candidate at the University of Kentucky. Her interdisciplinary dissertation locates allusions to the biopolitical culture of Early Modern England within popular English texts. Through an examination of the period’s fascination with death—public executions, newly-authorized anatomies—and the ways in which death, as well as the treatment of the dead, was authorized by and supported the ideological aims of the state, Leslie’s research identifies how those themes carry over into the most popular works of the day, reviewing instances of both verbal and nonverbal rhetoric across genres to find allusions to Foucauldian biopower — or, state control of the biological.

About the Publisher:

Vernon Press is an independent publisher of scholarly books in the social sciences and humanities. We work closely with authors, academic associations, distributors, and library information specialists to identify and develop high quality, high impact titles.




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Ms. Leslie R. Malland (

William Whitehead (

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