Tragedy and American Drama and Theater: Genre, Mediality, and Ethics

Країна: Германія

Місто: Augsburg

Тези до: 31.07.2016

Дати: 01.01.17 — 03.06.17

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Організатори: University of Augsburg


чTragedy as a dramatic genre, theatrical practice, and mode of affect is defined by its longevity and rich tradition and has developed into an extraordinarily dynamic genre, firstly as a mode of narration, secondly as a phenomenon of transition and transformation between text and embodied performance that implies the crossing of medial boundaries, and thirdly in a transnational sense that implies the crossing of geographical borders.

Modern life and contemporary culture seem to be saturated with a sense of the tragic. Yet, what constitutes the “tragic” in American drama and theater of the 20th and 21st century? Are the inescapable fate and the conundrum of human agency still central tropes which inform the thematic and formal character of tragic plays? Following the assumption that there is a direct connection between the human experience and the theory and practice of a certain literary genre, the dynamic interrelation of life and art accounts for the vitality and resourcefulness of the dramatic and theatrical mode of tragedy which involves a particular tension between the recipient’s (aesthetic) enjoyment and pleasure and the witnessing of human suffering, agony, and disaster.

This conference sets out to reevaluate tragedy as both a literary genre and as a theatrical form and explores forms of the poetological, structural, and symbolic reactivations of tragedy in the American modernist and contemporary drama in relation to its theorizations. Assuming that tragedy has lost none of its creative, thematic, and aesthetic centrality and value attested to it since its origin in ancient Greek drama and Aristotle’s systematic characterization in the Poetics, we aim to reconsider tragedy in its theoretical scope and its dramatic and theatrical extension. We invite speakers to engage with methodological frameworks and theoretical approaches from Aristotle to Herder and Nietzsche or to more contemporary approaches within cultural-ecological thinking (e.g. Meeker’s Comedy of Survival) and by doing so, to offer fresh perspectives on modern and contemporary American drama and theater from the 1910s to the present.

We welcome individual papers and whole panels. We believe in the importance of intellectual exchange during the conference and therefore plan to implement a time structure that allows for in-depth discussions. Panel sessions will be thus separated into two parts: first, presentations by individual speakers (3 talks of 15 minutes each) and second an in-depth discussion (45 mins). Speakers are therefore asked to prepare short papers (15 minutes) that serve as a basis for discussions. Scholars who wish to present a paper are asked to submit an abstract of 300 words and a short biographical note including institutional affiliation. The conference language is English. A selection of papers will appear in a collected volume edited by the conference organizers.

Deadline for abstracts: May 28, 2016
Note of acceptance: June 15, 2016

Submissions can be on—but need not be confined to—the following aspects:

     tragedy and dramatic form: poetological, symbolic, structural concepts
     tragedy and genre theory: Aristotle, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Eagleton
     new perspectives: ecotheory and drama; tragedy and comedy (Meeker)
     the “tragic” as topos in modern and contemporary drama
     affect theory, tragedy and modes of affect
     the ethics of tragedy
     tragedy and theatrical practices
     trauma and tragedy
     intermediality and tragedy
     short dramatic forms and tragedy, e.g. one-act plays

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