Proposal Deadline: Thornton Wilder and the Theater of Engagement

In May 2013, The Thornton Wilder Society will once again take part in the American Literature Association Conference.

In conjunction with other drama societies we invite proposals for a panel on Thornton Wilder and the Theater of Engagement. The topic includes historical, cultural, philosophical and/or political engagement in collaboration with other artists and/or the audience. The Society solicits proposals dealing with both Wilder’s dramatic (including production case studies) and non-dramatic texts (screenplays, novels, essays, speeches, correspondence), as well as proposals prompted by Penelope Niven’s just published biography Thornton Wilder: A Life (HarperCollins).

Please send 300-word proposals, including name, academic affiliation, e-mail address, paper title, and abstract to:

Park Bucker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
University of South Carolina Sumter

Deadline: January 25, 2013

Graduate students and beginning scholars are encouraged to submit a proposal.

The 24th annual American Literature Association Conference will be held May 23-26, 2013 at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA. For more information, please visit the 2013 ALA Conference webpage:

Update: The proposal deadline has been extended until January 25, 2013.
Update 2: We are no longer taking proposals. The cut off date was January 25, 2013. Thanks to all those who contributed their work.