THEATRE SURVEY — The Journal of the American Society for Theatre Research
EDITOR: Esther Kim Lee
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Harvey Young
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Kate Babbitt
BOOK REVIEW EDITOR: Kim Solga
RE: SOURCES EDITOR: Beth Kattelman
Christopher Balme (2014), Institut für Theaterwissenschaft, München
Henry Bial (2015), University of Kansas
Herbert Blau (2014), University of Washington
Gay Gibson Cima (2015), Georgetown University
Brian Herrera (2014), Princeton University
Susan Manning (2015), Northwestern University
Judith Milhous (2013), City University of New York
Emily Roxworthy (2013), University of California, San Diego
W. B. Worthen (2013), Barnard College, Columbia University
Haiping Yan (2015), Cornell University
Patricia Ybarra (2014), Brown University
Ted Ziter (2015), New York University
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Call for Papers
Special Issue edited by Peter Davis, University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign, Guest Editor
“Theatre History as Microhistory”
Theatre Survey invites submissions for a special issue on the application of microhistory to the writing of theatre histories. Much work has been done over the last couple of decades in delineating new theatre historiographies and reimagining theoretical approaches to telling the history of the theatre. Growing, in part, out of the rejection of positivism and the standard histories of institutions and power structures, post-modern thinking opened up new avenues of looking at theatre history by often inverting the traditional perspective. One avenue of particular interest is the growing field of microhistory, which seems particularly suited to theatre but which, to date, has not been fully realized in our field.
As exemplified by the works of recent cultural and social historians, microhistory eschews the larger quantification and generalizations of history as social science, focusing instead on the particular, the specialized, the outlier as exception rather than generalized abstractions of the average or the norm. According to Giovanni Levi, “Microhistorians concentrate on the contradictions of normative systems and therefore on the fragmentation, contradictions and plurality of viewpoints which make all systems fluid and open.” Consequently, microhistorians have reinvigorated the narrative (or neo-narrative) as a vital tool in analyzing the normative and revealing the subjective nature of historical discourse. By highlighting the individual exceptions, examining the archival evidence in extraordinary detail, and retelling the story through contextualized narrative, microhistory seeks to expose how larger systems and institutions react and function at the edges of history, revealing in greater depth their wider application by how they handle the exception. Individual events, physical spaces, audience, actors, and performances are often beyond the norm and highly individualized stories that reveal the larger structures through the exception. While the journal will consider essays that explore new historiographies, the effective purpose of this edition is to put historiographical theory into practice. Preference will be given, therefore, to those essays that directly utilize microhistory in retelling the history of theatre
Please submit full papers (25-40 pages) in electronic format and include a brief abstract of the essay (ca. 250 words) by using the online submission link available on the Theatre Survey web page (at http://journals.cambridge.org/tsy). Be sure to read and follow the “Submission Guidelines.” Inquiries should be sent to Peter A. Davis at
Deadline: February 15, 2013
Editorial Policy & Practices
Theatre Survey (ISSN 0040-5574) is chartered by the American Society for Theatre Research as a theatre history journal. Its theatrical and historical orientations are broadly conceived. Performance-centered and historiographic studies from all points across the historical, cultural, and methodological spectra are welcome.
Articles should be submitted in electronic format only (Microsoft Word document). Manuscripts of twenty-five to forty pages in length, standard type (Times New Roman or the like), paginated lower center and double-spaced throughout, including endnotes, should be prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. Articles submitted to Re: Sources should be ten to twenty pages in length. Titles of publications cited should be italicized and bold fonts avoided. Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission and paying costs to reproduce any materials, including illustrations, for which they do not hold the copyright.
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