Call for Papers
O’Neill & Ecocriticism
39th Annual Comparative Drama Conference
Stevenson University, Maryland
March 26-28, 2015
The Eugene O’Neill Society
Although Eugene O’Neill wrote decades before the emergence of Ecocriticism and Eco-theater, his plays reverberate with concerns about human relationships with the environment, including apprehensions about commercialization (The Glencairn Plays, ‘Ile, The Hairy Ape), connections to the sea (Anna Christie and Long Day’s Journey Into Night), and to the land (Beyond the Horizon and Desire Under the Elms), and the colonial encounters with native peoples (The Moon of the Caribbees and The Emperor Jones). Having received rather little critical attention, these reverberations with Ecocriticism represent fertile areas of scholarship for both O’Neill studies and modern drama.
This panel welcomes papers that address any element of Ecocriticism/Eco-theater with regard to O’Neill’s work, from The Glencairn Plays to A Moon for the Misbegotten. The papers can come from a variety of perspectives, including theater history, dramatic criticism, O’Neill studies, and ecotheater. The ambition here is to advance the study of O’Neill’s plays and modern drama.