Guest Edited Issue: “Reviving History: Contemporary Representations of “The Past” on Page, Stage, and Screen”

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Тезисы до: 30.09.2016

Даты: 30.09.16 — 30.09.16

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Организаторы: The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies


As our daily lives have grown more and more dominated by technology and by a corresponding fascination with the “new,” there’s been a counter movement interested in reexamining the ways of “the past.”  Whether it is handmade books, craft-made pickles, vintage automobiles, or handlebar mustaches, indeed the cliché often seems true now: what’s old is new again.

This movement is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in the literary, dramatic, and cinematic arts.  Historical novels like Wolf Hall and All the Light We Cannot See frequently top international awards and best seller lists; television shows like Downton Abby and Boardwalk Empire garner critical acclaim and achieve worldwide popularity; and theatrical productions like Hamilton and Black Angels Over Tuskegee play to seemingly endless sold-out box offices.  While literary and visual representations of historical eras are certainly not a new phenomenon (from Sir Walter Scott’s Waverly novels to Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, writers and producers have long drawn from the past in order to reach their contemporary audiences), the popularity of historically set narratives across genresand media formshas perhaps never been as widely spread as it is today.This special topics issue seeks articles that draw frominterdisciplinary approaches in examining the ways contemporary writers, directors, and producers “revive” history for modern audiences.  Submissions are particularly sought that explore the perspectives of the writer/maker, as well as the reader/viewer, in the complex relationship that exits when artists use the past to speak to the present.  In the end, this issue seeks to publish a diverse set of articles that advance existing scholarship in new innovative, interdisciplinary ways.

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