Modern Drama

Modern Drama

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Modern Drama was founded in 1958 and is the most prominent journal in English to focus on dramatic literature. The terms "modern" and "drama" are the subject of continuing and fruitful debate, but the journal has been distinguished by the excellence of its close readings of both canonical and lesser-known dramatic texts from a range of methodological perspectives. The journal features refereed articles written from a variety of geo-political points of view which enhance our understanding, both formal and historical, of the dramatic literature of the past two centuries; there is also an extensive book review section.

Published quarterly.

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R. Darren Gobert

Editorial Assistants
Cassandra Silver
Johanna Lawrie
Alex Ferrone

All Modern Drama inquiries and questions can be directed to Cassandra Silver at

Book Review Editor
Diana Looser

Director, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Tamara Trojanowska

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Antonia Pop

Chair, Editorial Advisory Board
Jill Levenson

Executive Committee
Antonia Pop
R. Darren Gobert
Alan Ackerman
Jill Levenson
Tamara Trojanowska

Other Members
John Astington
Elaine Aston
Linda Ben-Zvi
Elin Diamond
Errol Durbach
J. Ellen Gainor
Stanton B. Garner, Jr.
S.E. Gontarski
Ju Yon Kim
Ric Knowles
David Kornhaber
Martin Puchner
Ato Quayson
Matthew W. Smith
Lawrence Switzky
Joanne Tompkins
Mary Trotter
Stacy Wolf
W.B. Worthen
Hersh Zeifman

Former Editors
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

Modern Drama Submission Guidelines

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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.

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If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the editorial assistant, Cassandra Silver, at

Thank you for your interest in Modern Drama.

Modern Drama Editorial Office
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214 College Street, 3rd Floor
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5T 2Z9
Fax: 416-971-1378

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

Ju Yon Kim
Harvard University
Department of English
Barker Center
12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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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.

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Each year three members of the Editorial Advisory Board, along with the editor, 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.

2015 Winner
Anastassiya Andrianova, “A Postcolonial Reading of Lesia Ukrainka's Orhiia,” Modern Drama 58.2

Honorable Mention
Joseph Cermatori, “Unsettling Gertrude Stein: On the Citability of Baroque Gesture in Four Saints in Three Acts,” Modern Drama 58.3

Previous winners
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
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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 flavours of open access allowed by the Tri-Agency - green and gold - and we have an option for both.

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. 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, The Author Publication Charge is $3,000.

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