I seek paper proposals on “Nineteenth-Century Theatre & Early Film” for the upcoming Nineteenth-Century Studies Association conference. The NCSA conference takes place 16-19 March 2022 in Rochester, NY and revolves around the theme of “Radicalism and Reform.” Rochester is the home of the George Eastman Museum, and participants may visit this exemplary collection of early photographs and films.
In hopes of having a broad, interdisciplinary discussion, I welcome scholars of Art History, Economics, Film & Media Studies, History, Literature (English and non-English), Musicology, Philosophy, Theatre, and other disciplines. I seek speakers who might address topics that include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Romantic Theatre (Byron, Keats, Shelley, Coleridge, Wordsworth)
- Radical Theatre and Theatre Radicals
- Temperance Drama
- The “Melodramatic mode” in journalism, history, politics.
- Stage melodrama vs early film melodrama.
- Ibsen in Britain
- Naturalism, Realism, and responses to Ibsen
- The “well-made play.”
- Theatre in languages other than English (Yiddish Theatre, etc.)
- Reinforcing and undermining gender stereotypes.
- Crossdressing and racial passing.
- Images of slavery (Antebellum, African, Barbary, Asian, and South Asian).
- representations of indigenous peoples/first nations.
Scholars might discuss a wide range of authors, that includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Oscar Wilde
- Catherine Grace Frances Gore
- Douglas William Jerrold
- Charlotte Mary Sanford Barnes
- Dion Boucicault
- Augustin Daly
- Arthur Wing Pinero
- George Bernard Shaw
- John Millington Synge
- Laura Don (Anna Laura Fish)
- Minnie Maddern Fiske (Marie Augusta Davey)
- Estelle Anna Lewis
- Anna Cora Mowatt
- Alice Brown
- Charlotte Endymion Porter
- María Ruiz de Burton
- Henrietta Vinton Davis
Please submit one-page CVs and 250-word abstracts for 15-minute papers to email@example.com by 23 September 2021.
I encourage submissions from graduate students. Those whose proposals have been accepted may submit complete papers to apply for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses.
General conference information can be found at the conference website:
And do email me at ASchmidt@csustan.edu with any questions you might have.
Last modified 8 June 2021