Published Quarterly | E-ISSN 1712-5286 | ISSN 0026-7694
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.
Alex Ferrone; Caitlin Gowans; Sebastian Samur
Book Review Editor
Director, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Chair, Editorial Advisory Board
R. Darren Gobert
J. Ellen Gainor
Stanton B. Garner, Jr.
Ju Yon Kim
Matthew W. Smith
A.C. Edwards (Founding Editor), 1958–1972
Ruby Cohn, 1967–1982
Frederick J. Marker, 1972–1976
Jill Levenson, 1977–1986
John H. Astington, 1986–1991
Patricia Howard, 1990–1993
Dorothy Parker, 1993–1998
Alan Thomas, 1993–1998
David A. Blostein, 1995–1999
Ric Knowles, 1999–2005
Joanne Tompkins, 1999–2005
W.B. Worthen, 1999–2005
Alan Ackerman, 2005–2015
R. Darren Gobert, 2015–2020
Open Access Policy
In response to the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications, Modern Drama has developed a plan to ensure our authors are able to comply with the policy. There are two open access options allowed by the Tri-Agency, green and gold:
Green Open Access
Twelve (12) months after publication of the version of record (i.e., the article after copyediting, tagging, typesetting, etc.), the author may deposit a copy of the accepted article in their institutional repository with a DOI or direct link to the version of record. Please let us know when the deposit is made so that we can update our records.
Gold Open Access
At publication, the final version of record will become freely available on our primary platform, utpjournals.press. The Author Publication Charge is $3,000.
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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
Merve Emre, “Out-of-the-Way Closets: ‘Kabnis,’ Race, and Closet Drama,” Modern Drama 60.2
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