The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0207  Tuesday, 30 August 2011


From:         Peter A. Parolin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:          August 29, 2011 1:04:17 PM EDT

Subject:      CFP for Early Theatre: Special Topic: Women and Performance


Early Theatre: Special Issue on Women and Performance 

Publication Date: Summer 2012


Papers are solicited for a special issue of Early Theatre on women and performance, to be published in Summer 2012. The deadline for submission is November 30, with acceptances indicated by February.


From REED and the growing body of work by comparatists and theater historians, we now know that early modern women, including Englishwomen and foreign players, performed at all social levels and in all performance spaces except the all-male stage. More work needs to be done: first in collecting evidence of female performance in England and second in assessing how new research changes our reading of early modern theater and drama.


The rubric of female performance includes all forms of performance and entertainment, not just scripted drama. Work exploring other theatrical traditions and innovations is also welcome, as are essays addressing methodological questions. For example, what do we mean when we speak of a "performance record," and how do we make sure to interpret all the levels of evidence within such records? How do the categories we use to discuss performance shape our reading of the evidence and our understanding of women’s roles?


Editors for this issue are Peter Parolin (University of Wyoming) and James Stokes (University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point); submissions will be peer reviewed.


Guidelines for contributors:


Papers should be submitted to the website of Early Theatre. The link is: It is important to follow the submission procedures and the house style outlined on this page.


On the webpage, contributors are asked to type author and abstract information. In the drop-down bar, please identify your submission as “Special Issue.”

Finally, contributors should submit file names that start with 15.1 and continue with a short title for the paper.


Consideration of manuscripts will begin upon receipt of submissions. Questions are welcome to Peter Parolin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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