Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Comparative Drama Conference, 2014

38th Comparative Drama Conference
Call For Papers
Baltimore, MD
April 3 – 5, 2014

2014 Keynote Event

A Conversation with David Henry Hwang

On 4 April 2014, the Comparative Drama Conference will welcome playwright David Henry Hwang for a stimulating conversation about contemporary theatre, followed by Q & A with the audience. Few writers have turned issues around ethnicity and identity into a widely acclaimed and award-winning career like David Henry Hwang. The Chinese American playwright, described by the New York Times as "a true original" and by TIME magazine as "the first important dramatist of American public life since Arthur Miller," is best known as the author of M. Butterfly, which won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, John Gassner Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award, and was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Other plays from his 30 year career include Golden Child (Obie Award, three Tony nominations), Yellow Face (Obie Award, Pulitzer finalist), FOB (Obie Award), and Chinglish (Drama Desk Nomination, named Best New American Play by TIME magazine). Currently, Hwang is the Residency One Playwright at the Signature Theatre in New York City, with a new play, Kung Fu, premiering in May 2014.

Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: 3 December 2013

Papers reporting on new research and development in any aspect of drama are invited for the 38th Comparative Drama Conference hosted by Stevenson University in Baltimore, MD, April 3-5, 2014. Papers may be comparative across nationalities, periods and disciplines; and may deal with any issue in dramatic literature, criticism, theory, and performance, or any method of historiography, translation, or production. Learn More...

38th Comparative Drama Conference

The Comparative Drama Conference is an international, interdisciplinary conference founded by Dr. Karelisa Hartigan at the University of Florida in 1977. Every year, approximately 175 scholars are invited to present and discuss their work in the field of drama. The conference draws participants from both the Humanities and the Arts. The papers delivered range over the entire field of theatre research and production. Over the past 37 years, participants have come from 32 nations and all 50 states. Each year a distinguished theatre scholar or artist is invited to address the participants in a plenary session.

Conference Registration


The 2014 pre-registration fees are valid until February 28, 2014, and are as follows:
  1. Presenter, Reader or Presenter Session Chair: $99 for faculty members, $89 for
    graduate students
  2. Non-presenter Session Chair: $79
  3. Guest: $69
  4. Student Guest: $39
  5. One-day guest passes: $30 ($20 for students)
The pre-registration fee for categories 1 – 4 covers all conference events and services, including a copy of the conference Programs and Abstracts book, a copy of the current edition of Text and Presentation, admission to all conference events and the conference reception, and a ticket to a local performance yet to be determined. One-day passes include conference admission only (including plenaries and keynote event).
Presenters are required to pre-register. Those whose papers are accepted are expected to attend the conference; papers are not read in absentia. Submitters of abstracts are also advised to apply for travel funds from their home institutions as early as possible. International attendees please visit our website for further instructions.
Registration after February 28: For those who wish to register after February 28 or at the conference, the fees increase to $109 / $99, $89, $79, and $49. One-day pass fees remain
the same.

DOWNLOAD: Registration Form

Conference Hotels

The Pier 5 Hotel is the conference site, and The Admiral Fell Inn, which is a 15- to 20-minute complimentary shuttle ride away, is also providing attendees with a conference discount:
  • Pier 5: $149 per night plus tax for up to four.
  • Admiral Fell Inn: $129 per night plus tax for up to four, continental breakfast included.
All reservations must be made on an individual basis by February 28, 2014 to receive the discount. Call Harbor Magic Hotels at 866-583-4162 to make your reservation. Please be sure to ask for the Comparative Drama Conference discount.

Pre-organized Panels

Pre-organized panels will also be considered. A pre-organized panel should include three papers. Each paper should be 15 minutes in length. Learn More...


Each year at the CDC, a major scholar in drama and/or theatre addresses the conference on a topic of general interest. The Comparative Drama Conference welcomed Edward Albee, winner of three Pulitzer Prizes and four Tony Awards, including a Tony for Lifetime Achievement, as our Keynote Speaker in 2013. The 2012 Keynote Event was A Conversation with Paula Vogel,
a Q & A session with award-winning playwright and educator Paula Vogel. Learn More...

Staged Readings

The conference board invites proposals for staged readings of new plays. 2-4 new plays will have staged readings during the course of the conference. Each staged reading will also feature a talkback with the audience led by a dramaturg. Learn More...

Text & Presentation

For 31 years, The Comparative Drama Conference Series has been publishing the best papers presented at its annual meetings, keeping readers current in scholarship and performance aesthetics in drama internationally. Learn More...

Constantinidis Award

The Philadelphia Constantinidis Essay in Critical Theory Award will be given to the best comparative essay on any aspect and period of Greek drama or theatre that was published in English in any journal or anthology in any country between January 1 and December 31 in the prior year. Learn More...

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Stevenson University

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Faculty Research Colloquium

The Department of English presents:


The Faculty Research Colloquium





by Lowell Duckert


This presentation confronts one of the gravest environmental issues today, mountaintop removal mining in West Virginia and Appalachia, on unlikely ground: sixteenth- and seventeenth-century notions of the “prospect.” Derived from the Latin prospectare and prospicere, the “prospect” was more than a mining term; it could denote that which faces forward in time and space, the relative senses of such, or a view itself. But “prospect” could also describe an action – to face forward, to situate, and the anticipated results of such. I will focus on one earthy text in particular, John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1667/74), not just to show how mining has devastating ecological consequences (it does), but also, and more importantly, to argue that mining is an ecotheoretical means of conceptualizing different “prospect[s] wide / And various” (5.88-9), a way of wondering about better futures on and with the Earth/earth. Earth faces the human in prospective directions; the look downward is simultaneously a look forward in time. Borrowing a phrase from Gilles Deleuze and FĂ©lix Guattari who believe mines are non-teleological “lines of flight” that transport bodies across “smooth spaces” of becoming, I believe that mines of flight have the ability to create nature-culture assemblages of desire in addition to socio-economic squalor, environmental sickness, and geological ruin. Coalfield sociologist Rebecca R. Scott has recently examined the (illogical) “logic of extraction” that perpetuates the environmental injustices of MTR. My hope is that the early modern “prospect” alters contemporary debates that harmfully divide humans from the landscape and pit economic interests against environmental ones—offering us, instead, prospective futures in which the lives of both humans and nonhumans are mutually enriched.


September 25, 2013

2:30 p.m., 130 Colson Hall

Newberry Library Fellowships!

Midwest Modern Language Association

universitylogo  Department of English, Loyola University Chicago
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Dear Friends,

Applications are now being accepted for the annual Midwest Modern Language Association Short-Term Fellowship at the Newberry Library. The fellowship provides support for one month in residence at the Newberry and a $2000 stipend. At the Newberry's request, applicants must live outside the Chicago area and hold a doctorate or be enrolled in a PhD program. They should also anticipate a specific need for the Newberry collections and foresee making use of them during their one month of residence.

An applicant's M/MLA membership must be current at the time of application and through the period of the fellowship, and must be completed without interruption during the following year. Applications must be received by January 15, 2014.  For application procedures, visit the Newberry’s website,

This is a wonderful opportunity for our members, and an opportunity to interest new members.  I’d urge all eligible students and post-docs to apply—please bring this to the attention of your students and colleagues.

Best wishes,

Jack Cragwall
Associate Professor of English
Loyola University Chicago
Executive Director and Editor
Midwest Modern Language Association

Monday, September 16, 2013

Calliope Informational Meeting

Contact: Mary Ann Samyn, 304-293-9730

Calliope, WVU’s Literary Magazine, to Host Informational Meeting

A meeting of undergraduate students interested in working on Calliope, WVU's award-winning undergraduate literary magazine, will be held on Tuesday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m. in room 130 of Colson Hall. Calliope’s editor-in-chief, Caleb Stacy, and faculty advisor, Mary Ann Samyn, will talk with students interested in editorial positions (managing editor, fiction editor, poetry editor, etc.) as well as students interested in contributing in other ways to the editorial and publication process. No experience is necessary! Enthusiasm is a plus!

Students who are not able to attend the meeting but would like to be on the Calliope staff should email or call the magazine's faculty sponsor, Mary Ann Samyn, at /304-293-9730.

Questions should be addressed to Professor Samyn.