The Eugene O’Neill Society
at the American Literature Association
25th Annual Conference
May 22-24, 2014
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Following our successful collaborations in the past, for the 2014 ALA Conference, the Eugene O’Neill Society again joins the American Theatre and Drama Society, the Arthur Miller Society, the Susan Glaspell Society, the Thornton Wilder Society, and the August Wilson Society, this time to collaborate on a series of panels with the theme of Influence.
We are seeking papers that examine influences (literary, cultural, geographical, familial, political) on Eugene O’Neill and his work and also papers that explore O’Neill’s influence on subsequent writers and plays.
The 9th International Conference on Eugene O’Neill
Eugene O'Neill: Hunted, Haunted, Home
New London, Connecticut
June 18-21, 2014
Sponsored by The Eugene O’Neill Society
The summers of Eugene O’Neill’s formative years were spent in the family’s vacation home in New London, Connecticut—what is known today as the Monte Cristo Cottage. This conference will explore the significance of this National Historic Landmark and other venues that inspired the plays of O’Neill, America’s only Nobel-Prize-winning playwright. Although the Monte Cristo Cottage was the setting for only two O’Neill plays, Ah, Wilderness! and Long Day’s Journey Into Night, the themes of home, domesticity, and family resonate loudly throughout his plays in many different iterations: from nostalgically celebrated to desperately sought-after to cynically criticized. We invite proposals on all aspects of O’Neill’s plays as they relate to these themes, including those that make connections to broader historical, political, or theatrical concerns and those that consider the influence of his plays on future generations.
Proposals are invited in these formats:
-Individual papers of 15-20 minutes
-Panel presentation on a particular theme with a minimum of three speakers, none to exceed 20 minutes
-Roundtable discussion of 75 minutes on a particular topic, with 3-6 participants
One-page proposals should include name, academic affiliation, mail and email addresses, paper title, and detailed abstract. Panel or roundtable proposals should include this information for all participants, with brief paper abstracts for panels or participant bios for roundtables.
OPEN TOPIC: What We Talk About When We Talk About O’Neill
Comparative Drama Conference
April 3-5, 2014
2014 O'Neill Society panel at the MLA convention
2014 9–12 January, Chicago
“O’Neill and the City”
Our host city of this year’s MLA Conference is Chicago, and, coincidentally, this city has become a major site in recent years of revivals of the plays of Eugene O’Neill. The importance of urban settings, including the depiction of life in specific cities, has played an important role in the plays of Eugene O’Neill. One thinks of the presence of New York City in The Iceman Cometh, or in the recently discovered Exorcism. One also thinks of the influence Greenwich Village had while home to O’Neill in the writing of his early plays.
Our panel will address the many aspects of O’Neill and his relationship to urban life, either as depicted in his plays, his own environment as it influenced his writing, or in the producing of his plays, including major revivals.