cfp: Special Issue of Journal of American Drama and Theatre – Spring 2012



The Publications Committee of the American Theatre and Drama Society invites submissions for the Spring 2012 issue of the Journal of American Drama and Theatre that it is guest editing. You do not need to be a member of the Society to submit an article, but submissions from the membership are particularly encouraged. (For more information about the American Theatre and Drama Society, see The aim of the Journal of American Drama and Theatre is “to promote research on theatre of the Americas and to encourage historical and theoretical approaches to plays, playwrights, performances, and popular theatre traditions.”

For the spring 2012 call, we invite colleagues to explore the nature of patriotism as reflected in American theatre and drama across the centuries. Theatre and drama in the Americas has, from its beginnings, depicted true believers, loyal dissenters and traitors to the ideals and realities of national identity. How do the views and prejudices of these varied characters, and those of their authors, shape ideas about the ever-changing cultural landscape? How do diverse views and prejudices on the meaning of patriotism impact individuals, institutions, and the theatre artists exploring them? How do these plays and playwrights change perceptions about citizenship? How do performance and social rituals influence myriad views of patriotism? Contributors are invited to explore historical, critical, and performative perspectives of the realities and illusions of American patriotism. Submissions may address theatre and performance from across the Americas, North and South.

Manuscripts (5000-6000 words) should be prepared in conformity with the Chicago Manual of Style, using footnotes rather than endnotes. Articles should be submitted as email attachments, using Microsoft Word format. Please note that all correspondence will be conducted by e-mail. Submissions must be received no later than January 2, 2012; please email articles to Jim Fisher,

Authors will be notified about the status of their submissions during the week of January 16, 2012. The final manuscript revisions of accepted submissions (complete with rights, permissions for images, etc.) must be received by the Publications Committee no later than March 5, 2012.

ATDS Publications Committee:

Nicole Boyar, CUNY Graduate Center (graduate student representative)

Jonathan Chambers, Bowling Green State University

Dorothy Chansky, Texas Tech University

Jim Fisher, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Anne Fletcher, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Michelle Granshaw, University of Washington

Amy Hughes, Brooklyn College

Kim Marra, University of Iowa

John O’Connor, Fairmont State University

Ilka Saal, Ghent University

Judith Sebesta, Lamar University

Bob Vorlicky, New York University

Barry Witham, University of Washington


About Sarah Bay-Cheng

Professor of Theater at Bowdoin College. Co-host for the On TAP (Theatre and Performance Studies) podcast at Editor for the book series Avant-Gardes in Performance (Palgrave). Sporadically blogging about theatre, performance, and digital culture. twitter: @performaddict
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