CFP: Dramatic Influences

Part of the Novel Playwrights Project

Bath Spa University, Corsham Court Campus

3rd and 4th July 2015

‘The highest conjoint work of art is the drama: it can only exist in all its potential completeness when there exists in it each separate branch of art in its own utmost completeness.’ Richard Wagner

Keynote Speakers: Laura Rattray (University of Glasgow) and Ros Ballaster (Mansfield College, University of Oxford

Dramatic Influences is an interdisciplinary conference which will explore the connections between the novel, poetry and the stage.

Papers, short performance pieces, works of art, suggestions for literary/artistic workshops inspired by the interactions between drama and other art forms are welcomed as the catalyst for interdisciplinary discussion. Proposals for 20 min papers are invited addressing the work of novelists and poets who also wrote plays or whose forms were significantly influenced by drama and theatre.

Topics or questions may include (but are not limited to):

  • the formal influence of drama and theatre on poetry and fiction
  • adaptation
  • ‘anxieties of influence’ (Harold Bloom)
  • the problems and benefits of reclaiming lesser known dramatic works by authors better know for their other creative enterprises
  • why have specific novelists and poets failed or succeeded in writing for the stage?
  • The Gesamptkunstwerk
  • Theatre history and the practical considerations of joining art forms together to produce dramatic productions
  • The influence of drama and theatre on specific genres

250 word proposals for individual papers and/or panels due by 1st May 2015.

The proposal should include a title, name, affiliation and short biography of the speaker, and a contact email address. These will be circulated prior to the conference and will appear on the conference website. Please indicate if you do not wish these details to appear. Feel free to submit proposals presenting work in progress as well as completed projects. Papers will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length. Proposals for suggested panels are also welcome. We also welcome practice-based research examples which demonstrate how the stage has influenced or been influence by fiction and poetry. These may include, but are not limited to performances (dance, drama, music), creative workshops, readings, exhibitions, live art, film.

Please send 250-word abstracts as Word attachments

by 1st May 2015.

Who to contact:
Dr Elizabeth Wright or Annabel Wynne at

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