International Susan Glaspell Society
Call for Papers
American Literature Association 24th Annual Conference
THE THEATER OF ENGAGEMENT: THE PROVINCETOWN PLAYERS AND THE GREAT WAR
“The country which had so little wanted war went mad for war.” Mary Heaton Vorse, A Footnote to Folly
In their interdisciplinary study 1915: The Cultural Moment, Adele Heller and Lois Rudnick note from the outset that progressive groups making their home in New York’s Greenwich Village and devoted to creating “a millennium of social peace and justice on American shores, faced the paralyzing horror of the Great War, now entering its second of four years.” Many involved in the Provincetown Players, one of the most important cultural institutions of the Village during this period, along with the radical faction of the Liberal Club, the revolutionary publication The Masses, and the discussion group Heterodoxy, were haunted by the war in Europe and the growing involvement of the United States, the draft law, the persecution of dissenters, the Espionage and Sedition Acts, and ultimately the “Red Scare.” Among the stylistically and thematically diverse works produced by the Players, long recognized for giving impetus to a distinctly American avant garde theatre and modernist aesthetic, are plays that give dramatic voice to the war issues debated among these and other groups during this period.
This panel invites papers that bring a historical, cultural, and textual analysis to, for example, Eugene O’Neill’s The Sniper (1915), Rita Leo’s (Wellman) The Horrors of War (1915), Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Aria de Capo (1918), orSusan Glaspell’s Inheritors (1921).Papers maydiscern a dialogue between the drama and essays, magazine articles, treatises, manifestos, political rally documents, autobiographical writing or fiction generated by any of these groups and figures.
Send one-page abstract with university affiliation and contact information by January 31, 2013 to Sharon Friedman at firstname.lastname@example.org