cfp: NE MLA session on Arthur Miller

Call for Papers

Session Title: Tragedy and Integrity in the Life and Works of Arthur Miller

Sponsored by The Arthur Miller Society

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

March 21-24, 2013

Boston, Massachusetts

Host Institution:  Tufts University

Session Description and Submission Information:

Not only was Arthur Miller a major American playwright, he also was a significant public intellectual actively involved in political and social issues. In both these arenas and in his private life, one of Miller’s central concerns was integrity: the individual’s confrontation with his/her own ideals of what it is to live a worthwhile and morally responsible life, a life worthy of respect. Miller’s writings often focus on people who feel they have failed in this task of being worthy. As he suggests in his famous essay “Tragedy and the Common Man,” his tragedies are dramas of individuals who confront a collapse of self-respect.

This session invites papers on any aspect of Miller’s engagement with the issue of integrity from a variety of perspectives: literary, psychological, philosophical, or historical. The theme is especially appropriate as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Miller’s The Crucible, which opened on Broadway on January 22, 1953, at the height of the McCarthy Era.  Papers on the following topics and any others relevant to this theme will be welcomed for consideration:

  • The theme of integrity in Miller’s plays, stories, and essays
  • The relationship between Miller’s vision of integrity and his vision of tragedy
  • Miller’s concern with issues of integrity in his role as a public intellectual, for example during the McCarthy Era, the Vietnam War, or his involvement with PEN
  • Issues of integrity in Miller’s personal life and the ways these are depicted in his plays, stories, and essays

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be emailed to David Palmer, Humanities Department, Massachusetts Maritime Academy:

Deadline:  September 30, 2012

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation

Email address

Postal address

Telephone number

A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association’s tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can present only one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.


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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