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CALL. 06.05.2019: Performance [in] Pieces Fragmentary Drama from Greece to Rome to Now - London (En


The theatre of the ancient Greeks and Romans has been the object of fascination for many scholars throughout time. While only a small percentage of the plethora of work produced exists in what is considered complete form, the extant plays of Greek and Roman drama, are regularly retranslated and reproduced for contemporary audiences. However, in recent years scholarship has also started to engage with productions that are considered incomplete and have often been ignored. This resurgence in the academic sphere has also been reflected in the creative arts with fragmentary classical theatre inspiring new works.

This conference aims to consider dramas from ancient Greece and Rome that now exists in fragmentary form and their subsequent reception throughout time, be it on the stage, screen or page. By examining both what is left of the original play and how it has inspired new responses, we hope to discover, but not limited to, what can be learnt from what has been lost, and what appeals to those who are inspired by these ancient works.



LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Notre Dame (London, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Dr Charlotte Parkyn (University of Notre Dame) ; Dr Maria Haley (University of Leeds/ Manchester)



Is there a desire to complete the incomplete? Do these fragmented productions appeal due to the universal themes that are portrayed? Can we discover new voices in what was lost? Do we need to find a balance between the past and the present?

We welcome 20minute papers from both scholars and practitioners at all levels of their careers, and are open to collaborative papers on specific case studies. Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words of your proposed paper by email to:

The abstract should omit any reference identifying the author to ensure anonymity in the review process. Deadline for paper submission is Monday 29th April.

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