NCSA 2017 Session: “19th Century Theatre”

Abstract Deadline: September 15, 2016

Location: Charleston, SC

Dates: February 2-4, 2016

Individual CFP from VICTORIA Listserv; NCSA CFP available here

I’m soliciting proposals for 20-minute papers about American, British, European, and/or World theatre during the long nineteenth century.  Scholars will present accepted papers at the upcoming conference of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, which takes place 2-4 February 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Papers might address “legitimate” theatre, “illegitimate” theatre (e.g. melodrama, pantomime, spectacle, hippodrama, comedy, farce), adaptation (e.g. Byron, Dickens, Scott, Stowe), translation (e.g. Schiller, Kotzebue), Romantic theatre, closet dramas, the “well made play,” or particular plays/authors (e.g. Jerrold, Fitzball, Haines, Boucicault).

Scholars might explore social, economic, gender, political, and/or aesthetic issues relating to plays, actors, and managers, to music hall, or to particular theatres.  Other topics might include copyright, censorship, audiences, sexualities, and the “long run,” as well as regional and traveling companies.

Also germane: theatre archives, play manuscript editing, and theatre-related Digital Humanities projects.

Those interested in participating should send 250-word abstracts with one-page CVs to my attention at by September 15, 2016.  If you have an idea that you’d like to vet to see if it fits, just shoot me a brief email, and I’ll let you know immediately.  For more information about NCSA and the conference, I include the general CFP (


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