A panel on “Theatre Books in Motion” for a “working session” (variant of a panel) in American Society for Theatre Research & Theatre Library Association Annual conference (Puerto Rico November 11-15), seeks short 5 (more or less) page presentations based on a visual image of some kind of theatre book that traveled in a significant, material way. Or that could not travel. Theatre books might mean draft, actor’s copy, promptbook, play in periodical, anthology, artist’s book, web site—some material packaging of a playtext. The paper is not a writerly panel papers or article, but a brief exploration: narrate the trajectory of the theatre book, consider what methodology best suits that instance of a theatre book in motion, and suggest or question what themes it raises. That is, it explains what the image is, how we should study it, and what it might reveal. Please be prepared to project an image or distribute photocopies for participants to examine and comment on.
To cohere with the conference theme (Theatre, Performance, and DestiNation), the theatre book sample and/or the written statement could touch on: travel, nation, destination, touring, post-colonialism, globalization; theoretical metaphors of movement (circuits, routes, archipelago, rhizome); encounters, as between book and people or book and place or theatre and books.
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