Modern Drama

Edited by R. Darren Gobert

Published Quarterly | E-ISSN 1712-5286 | ISSN 0026-7694

This Journal is online at:

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Modern Drama is the most prominent journal in English to focus on dramatic literature. The journal features refereed articles written from a variety of geo-political points of view, both formal and historical, of the dramatic literature of the past two centuries; there is also an extensive book review section. MD is available in print and online.

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Modern Drama is the most prominent journal in English to focus on dramatic literature. The journal features refereed articles written from a variety of geo-political points of view, both formal and historical, of the dramatic literature of the past two centuries; there is also an extensive book review section. MD is available in print and online.

Modern Drama

Edited by R. Darren Gobert

Published Quarterly | E-ISSN 1712-5286 | ISSN 0026-7694

This Journal is online at:

MD Online and Project MUSE

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Modern Drama is the most prominent journal in English to focus on dramatic literature. The journal features refereed articles written from a variety of geo-political points of view, both formal and historical, of the dramatic literature of the past two centuries; there is also an extensive book review section. MD is available in print and online.

  • Author resources

    Please make your submissions by email attachment only to modern.drama@utpress.utoronto.ca.

    Please prepare your submission as a .doc or .docx file. Make sure to include the title, works cited, and article abstract in this same document. Submissions considered for publication will be blind vetted by two readers in the field and therefore should be submitted with no identifying information. Please ensure, in particular, that you remove your details from the document’s “Properties” (found under the “File” tab). Please include your name and address in the body of the email only.

    Submissions should include all appropriate documentation and conform to the most recent edition of the MLA Handbook. They should be double-spaced, including Notes and Works Cited, and should not normally exceed 9000 words. Submissions considered for publication will be blind vetted by two readers in the field.

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the editorial assistant, Sebastian Samur, at modern.drama@utpress.utoronto.ca.

    Thank you for your interest in Modern Drama.

    Modern Drama Editorial Office
    c/o Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
    214 College Street, 3rd Floor
    University of Toronto
    Toronto, ON M5T 2Z9
    Canada
    Fax: 416-971-1378
    Email: modern.drama@utpress.utoronto.ca

    Books for review and book reviews correspondence should be sent to:

    Diana Looser
    Director of Undergraduate Studies
    Deparment of Theater & Performance Studies
    Stanford University
    375 Santa Teresa Street
    Stanford, CA 94305
    USA

  • Permission information

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  • Prize for best paper

    Modern Drama Award for Outstanding Article

    Each year the Editorial Board decides which article is the best published in the most recently issued volume. The winner is awarded a prize of $500 and a certificate of merit.

    2017 Winner
    Ryan Claycomb, “Annawadi on the South Bank: Global Neoliberalism and Spatial Contingency in Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” Modern Drama 60.4

    Honorable Mention
    Merve Emre, “Out-of-the-Way Closets: ‘Kabnis,’ Race, and Closet Drama,” Modern Drama 60.2

    Previous Winners
    Anastassiya Andrianova, “A Postcolonial Reading of Lesia Ukrainka's Orhiia,” Modern Drama 58.2

    Zhu Xuefeng, “The Historical Edge of lrony: Marco Millions and lts Chinese Adaptations,” Modern Drama 57.3

    David Kornhaber, “The Genealogy of Major Barbara: Nietzschean Philosophy and the Shavian Play of Ideas,” Modern Drama 56.3

    S. E. Gontarski, “A Centenary of Missed Opportunities: A Guide to Assembling an Accurate Volume of Samuel Beckett's Dramatic ‘Shorts’, ” Modern Drama 54.3 (tie)

    Lawrence Switzky, “Hearing Double: ‘Accousmatic’ Authority and the Rise of the Theatre Director,” Modern Drama 54.2 (tie)

    Sandy Alexandre, “‘[The] Things What Happened with our Family’: Property and Inheritance in August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson,” Modern Drama 52.1

    Julie Stone Peters, “Jane Harrison and the Savage Dionysus: Archaelogical Voyages, Ritual Origins, Anthropology, and the Modern Theatre," Modern Drama 51.1

    Nick Salvato, “Uncloseting Drama: Gertrude Stein and the Wooster Group,” Modern Drama 50.1

    R. Darren Gobert, “Cognitive Catharsis in The Caucasian Chalk Circle,” Modern Drama 49.1