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Subject:

CFP: Postmodern 'Stages' And Beyond (4/30/06; collection)

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Megan McKinstry <[log in to unmask]>

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>Subject: CFP: Postmodern Stages And Beyond (4/30/06; collection)
>
>From: "Daniel Keith Jernigan \(Asst Prof\)" <[log in to unmask]>
>
>Postmodern Stages And Beyond:
>Early Meta-theatrical Innovation and Late-Postmodern Debate
>
>This collection of essays begins from the simple observation that while =
>other genres (notably, fiction and film) have been thoroughly examined =
>from a postmodern perspective, drama has received relatively scant =
>postmodern critical treatment. This is perhaps most surprising given the =
>fact that the theatrical environment appears uniquely suited to =
>explicitly questioning the boundary between the real and the artificial, =
>the constructed and the extant.  What other genre allows characters to =
>break that fourth wall separating the stage from the audience (or, even, =
>the narrative from the reader) in real time?   Moreover, in addition to =
>having a tangibly permeable fourth wall which cries out to be =
>transcended, the fact that theatre is not only meant to be performed but =
>also re-performed both on successive nights by a single theatre company, =
>as well as throughout geographic space and time by a nearly limitless =
>number of additional theatre companies, makes the dramatic text =
>especially susceptible to reinterpretation at the hands of producers, =
>directors, and actors (this in addition to the fact that audience =
>members themselves will necessarily have their own private reactions to =
>the work even as they do to other genres).
>
>
>
>In the face of such textual permutability isn't it reasonable to expect =
>that the ontological and epistemological fragility of the theatrical =
>environment would make it a particularly useful forum in which to =
>investigate a wide variety of postmodern crises?  If so, why hasn't =
>dramatic experimentation of this sort become the norm?  Or, rather, why =
>hasn't it at least become prevalent enough that "postmodern drama" is as =
>publicly recognizable a literary category as are "postmodern fiction" =
>and "postmodern film"?
>
>
>
>One explanation for this oversight is that Drama is so well suited to =
>investigating postmodern accounts about the end of grand narratives and =
>the instability of representative forms that dramatic texts naturally =
>adopted postmodern attitudes towards their subjects much earlier than =
>genres such as fiction and film.  Given this possibility it is also =
>likely that these postmodern attitudes had become so routine within =
>drama by the time postmodernism came into its own as a literary and =
>cultural category, that the term lacked both categorical utility and =
>interpretive resonance when it came to contemporary drama.  Moreover, it =
>is also possible that, having become postmodern so early, Drama quickly =
>moved beyond engagement with postmodern issues at the same time that =
>fiction and film were just beginning to engage them.
>
>We invite essays which investigate drama's relationship with postmodern =
>issues.  Preference will be given to essays which don't simply seek to =
>find the postmodern in dramatic texts, but also attempt to understand =
>why it is that theatre tracked differently vis-=E0-vis postmodern =
>aesthetics, epistemologies, and ideologies than did fiction, film, and =
>culture more generally.  Likely subsections may include -- but will not =
>be limited to -- the following:
>
>Pre-postmodern Innovation
>
>Postmodern Re-innovation
>
>Staging Postmodern Debate
>
>Beyond the Postmodern Stage
>
>Alternate Perspectives
>
>Finally, while it is likely that the intent and scope of this project =
>will change, entries which don't precisely fit the listed categories, =
>but which engage the central question(s) of the manuscript, are =
>encouraged.
>
>Please submit article proposals/abstracts of 500 words by May 15, 2006 =
>to [log in to unmask] The editors will then request full length =
>drafts from those abstracts still under consideration. Length: 25-30 =
>double spaced manuscript pages.  As we are at an advanced stage of =
>negotiations with an international publisher, we would like the process =
>to move fairly quickly.
>
>Daniel Jernigan
>Assistant Professor of English
>Department of English
>School Humanities and Social Science
>S3.2 B4 27
>Nanyang Technological University
>Singapore, 639798
>6316 8834
>
>

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