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CFP: Women Staging and Re-staging the Nineteenth Century (Deadline: 6/1/2022)

CFP: Women Staging and Re-staging the Nineteenth Century (Deadline: 6/1/2022)

University of Valencia

October 5-7, 2022

Proposal Deadline: June 1, 2022


The relation between women and the entertainment industry throughout the nineteenth century in Great Britain has been widely studied by Bratton (2011), Davis (2000, 2002), Donkin (1995), Davis and Donkin (1999), Gale and Gardner (2000), Newey (2005), and other scholars since the 1990s. Neo-Victorian appropriations of the nineteenth century on stage were also celebrated in the 2016 special issue of Neo-Victorian Studies “Performing the Neo-Victorian,” guest edited by Palmer and Poore who aptly identify the recent and growing presence of the Victorians on the British theatrical scene in an ‘increasing variety of ways’ (1). Some such ‘ways’ have been scrutinized already in Poore’s monograph Heritage, Nostalgia and Modern British Theatre (2012) and, later, by Sharon Aronofsky Weltman (2020) in her work on the modern American musical. Yet there are still research avenues in the field to explore: for example, through the connections between contemporary theatrical productions by women who revisit and re-stage the nineteenth century, or the ways in which Victorian stage practices have informed neo-Victorian fiction and theatre written by women.

Under the auspices of the Department of English and German (UV) and funded by the GVA Research Project (AICO/2021/225), this conference is the first in a series of events organised as part of a three-year funded research project on women and entrepreneurship in the entertainment industry of the nineteenth century and its afterlives. The project gathers researchers from the Universities of Valencia, Málaga, Salamanca and Seville who are working on Victorian and neo-Victorian theatre and fiction. The conference will be held in person at the Universitat de València with the hope that it will serve as an opportunity to take stock of the range of research undertaken on contemporary appropriations and rewriting of the relation between women and the theatre industry of the nineteenth century. However, if necessary, the conference will be transferred to an online format.

The organizers invite papers and panels that consider (but are not limited to) the following areas of research:

  • (Neo-)Victorian re-stagings of the nineteenth century by women
  • (Neo-)Victorian female managers and producer
  • Fictional recreations of (neo-) Victorian female managers and producers
  • Fictional recreations of (neo-) Victorian female managers and producers in film and on the stage
  • Rewritings of nineteenth-century spectacle in (neo-) Victorian fiction by women writers
  • Rewritings of nineteenth-century spectacle in (neo-) Victorian theatre by women playwrights

Please use the online form (https://forms.gle/ZeU7oNvWg2BmmARf8) to submit proposals of 250 words with a short biography (100 words) by June 1, 2022. Speakers are expected to present papers of 20 minutes with Q&A at the end.

Main Organizers: Laura Monrós-Gaspar (UV), María Gaviña Costero (UV), Victoria Puchal Terol (VIU)

Organizers: Miriam Borham Puyal (USAL); Andrea Burgos (UV); Ana Fernández-Caparrós Turina (UV); Dina Pedro Mustieles (UV); Sarai Ramos Cedres (UV)

Advisory board:

Rosario Arias (Universidad de Málaga)
Jim Davis (University of Warwick)
Viv Gardner (University of Manchester)
Ma Jesús Lorenzo Modia (Universidade da Coruña) Kate Newey (University of Exeter)

Patricia Pulham (University of Surrey)


Aronofsky Weltman, Sharon. 2020. Victorians on Broadway: Literature, Adaptation, and the Modern American Musical. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.

Bratton, Jacky. 2011. The Making of the West End Stage. Marriage, Management and the Mapping of Gender in London 1830-1870. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Davis, Tracy C. 2000. “Female Managers, Lessees and Proprietors of the British Stage (to 1914)”, Nineteenth-Century Theatre 28: 2, pp.115-44.

Davis, Tracy C. 2002. Actresses as Working Women: Their Social Identity in Victorian Culture. London and New York: Routledge.

Davis, Tracy C. and Ellen Donkin. 1999. Women and Playwriting in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Donkin, Ellen. 1995. Getting into the Act: Women Playwrights in London 1776-1829. London: Routledge.

Gale, Maggie and Viv Gardner (eds.) 2000. Women, Theatre and Performance. New Histories, New Historiographies. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press.

Newey, Kate. 2005. Women’s Theatre Writing in Victorian Britain. London: Palgrave.
Poore, Benjamin. 2012. Heritage, Nostalgia and Modern British Theatre: Staging the

Victorians. London: Palgrave.
Poore, Benjamin and Beth Palmer. 2016. “Introduction: Performing the Neo-Victorian”, Neo-

Victorian Studies, 9:1, pp. 1-11.

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