CFP: Women in 18th-Century German Theater, Amherst (01.05.2015)

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From: Sara Jackson  <>




Call for Papers:

Panel at the 2016 NEASECS Conference: Translation, Transmission, Transgression in the Global Eighteenth Century (UMass Amherst, Oct 20-22)



Subjects of Transmission: Women and the New German Theater


In the mid- to late eighteenth century, theater and drama became central to nascent formulations of German national identity, and also to complex questions of selfhood in the age of enlightenment. Much research has been devoted to the vision of theater as a means to transmit cultural, philosophical and political ideals that canonical authors such as Lessing, Goethe and Schiller proposed. It has only been more recently, however, that scholars have uncovered the significant influence that German women had as stage performers and producers, and given serious attention to the dramatic texts that they authored. Examining Caroline Neuber’s theater reform, Luise Gottsched’s influential translations and adaptations for the German stage, and original dramas by Charlotte von Stein and others, feminist scholarship views women not only as objects of the message, but also as transmitting subjects. In doing so, such research investigates how women contributed to and challenged the thematic and formal parameters of German theater and drama in this key developmental phase. This panel examines the transformative roles that women played in the creation of the new German theater, and thus also investigates how they intervened in the transmission of ideas and ideals in the eighteenth century.


Send a paper abstract and a short bio to Sara Jackson <> by May 1st.

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