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LUP launches new series: Playwriting and the Contemporary: Critical Collaborations

Liverpool University Press is delighted to announce a new series: Playwriting and the Contemporary: Critical Collaborations, led by series editors Siân Adiseshiah (Loughborough University), Jacqueline Bolton (University of Lincoln), Nicholas Holden, (University of Greenwich), and Chris Megson (Royal Holloway, University of London).

The series editors said: “We are delighted to bring this new book series to Liverpool University Press, as part of its exciting ambition to introduce more theatre and performance to its catalogue. Playwriting and the Contemporary: Critical Collaborations celebrates the enduring significance of playwriting in Theatre Studies scholarship and teaching, and aims to publish innovative and cross-disciplinary research that enhances the field of Theatre and Playwriting Studies.

The series will publish work (in the form of monographs, co-authored books, and edited collections) that centres the contemporary – as a period marker and discursive concept – and engages with collaboration as method, theme, or critical focus. Collaboration is key – not just in the production of plays – but increasingly in the creation of scholarly research: we hope to inspire the field by harnessing its potential through the series. We look forward to working with a diverse range of emerging and established scholars from around the world on exciting publications that will help to further our knowledge of playwriting and its relationship to, and interactions with, the contemporary.”

Commissioning editor Christabel Scaife said: “It’s very exciting to be expanding our list into theatre and performance studies with the launch of the new series Playwriting and the Contemporary: Critical Collaborations. I’m looking forward to working with this outstanding team of series editors on such an interesting project.”

Find out more about Playwriting and the Contemporary: Critical Collaborations on the LUP website.


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