116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Drama and Society IV: Violence in Theater

Session Chair: 
Anthony Hostetter, Rowan University
Session 6: Saturday 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Miller Hall 115


  1. P. A. Felton, Bowling Green State University
    This paper explores the history, impact, and significance of marital spanking as a recurring trope in the Western theater. By examining the cultural context of the of the act itself, this paper illustrates the evolving meaning of marital spanking within performance and spectatorship of marital violence, power dynamics, and gender performance.
  2. Marissa Kennedy, Independent Scholar
    In this paper, I will explore how Adrienne Kennedy depicts the trauma of injustice and systematic racism. I will discuss Kennedy's use of violent imagery as a means to examine the intersectionality of identity politics, race, and class and its relation to the role of motherhood. The goal of this paper is to highlight the political and activist nature of Sleep Deprivation Chamber and revalue women’s experiences in the United States.
  3. Robert M. Johnston, Northern Arizona University - Emeritus
    The "wife-murder plays" of Calderón (1600-81) challenge today's scholars and audiences. The apparent tolerance for murdering an innocent wife seems at odds with the playwright's Christian values. In For Secret Offense, Secret Revenge, however, Calderón exploits conflicting value systems in his audience's horizon of expectations to move the spectator to introspection and self-discovery.
  4. Shana Creaney, City College of New York
    I intend to look at The Beggar's Opera and Sweeney Todd to explore how the musical format makes it easier for an audience to sympathize with characters who occupy a traditionally villainous role. Upbeat musical interludes distract from the dramatic violence that would otherwise entirely horrify. 
Session Cancelled: