ISGS 20th Anniversary Conference

 From left to right: Noelia Hernando-Real, Milbre Burch, Marcia Noe, Nora Grimes, Alex Rohe, María Nieves Alberola Crespo, Drew Eisenhauer, Alessandra Calanchi,Amanda Nelson, Emeline Jouve, J. Ellen Gainor, Thierry Dubost, Sophie Maruejouls-Koch, Anouk Bottero, Deborah Prudhon, Marianne Drugeon

The International Susan Glaspell Society was founded in 2003. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Society paired up with the research group ACT (Anglophone Contemporary Theatre) to organize a conference in Toulouse (France) at Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès on December 7-8, 2023. The two-day conference looked back on Glaspell’s career as a fiction writer, playwright, journalist, co-founder of the Provincetown Players, and director of the Midwest bureau for the Federal Theatre Project, as well as her great oeuvre of novels, plays, and stories, and her influence upon American fiction and drama. Welcoming those new to the field as well as those who have been involved with the ISGS since its inception, the anniversary gathered scholars, teachers, writers, stage directors, film-makers, and others to present their research on Glaspell, discuss their adaptations of her writings, or recall the activities of the Society over the years. The heterogeneity in both form and content of the presentations mirrored the plurality of Glaspell’s career, and the conference paid tribute to the Society’s endeavors over 20 years to promote Glaspell’s work and advance our understanding and knowledge of the “mother of American theatre.”

Program for the ISGS 20th anniversary conference

Papers and Presentations
Jeudi décembre 7 (Bâtiment ERASME, CRL)

14h30-17h15 Présentation d’ouvrages

Ellen Gainor (Cornell Univ.), Susan Glaspell in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2023) Discutante : E. Jouve, Univ. Toulouse – Jean Jaurès

Aurélie Delevalée (trad. Indépendante), Julie Vatain-Corfdir (Sorbonne Univ.), Sophie Maruejouls-Koch, Emeline Jouve (Univ. Toulouse Jean Jaurès), Trifles/Peccadilles, The Outside/De l’Autre côté, Woman’s Honor/L’Honneur d’une femme de Susan Glaspell (Presses Universitaires du Midi, 2023) Discutante : Nathalie Rivère de Carles, Univ. Toulouse – Jean Jaurès

Noelia Hernando-Real (Univ. Autónoma de Madrid), Rosas en la arena. Los relatos de Susan Glaspell (Publicaciones Universidad de Valencia, 2022) Discutante : N. Alberola Crespo, Univ. Jaume I


Nieves Alberola Crespo (Univ. Jaume I), Susan Glaspell: teatro, vanguardia y humor (1917-1918) (Publicaciones Universidad de Valencia, 2022) Discutante : N. Hernando-Real, Univ. Autónoma de Madrid

Marcia Noe (Univ. of Tennessee), Three Midwestern Playwrights: How Floyd Dell, George Cram Cook, and Susan Glaspell Transformed American Theatre (Indiana University Press, 2022) Discutant : D. Eisenhauer, Univ. Le Havre Normandie

17h15-18h Cocktail

17h18-18h30 Lecture bilingue de Trifles, S. Glaspell par la Cie Les Sœurs Fatales

Lectriceurs : Marina Dirar, Maryam Dos Anjos, Jeremy Eckerling, Théo Lasaygues ; Mise en voix : Anne Cameron

Vendredi décembre 8 (Maison de la Recherche, salle E412)

9h-9h45 Conférence plénière Modération : E. Jouve, Univ. Toulouse – Jean Jaurès

Ellen Gainor (Cornell Univ.), Susan Glaspell, Actor

9h45-10h45 Atelier 1 Modération : M. Drugeon, Univ. Paul-Valéry

Thierry Dubost (Univ. de Caen), Trifles: Cherry Preserves to Alleviate the Bitter Taste of Loneliness

Amanda J. Nelson (Virginia Tech Univ.), A Jury of Her Peers: Reflections and Remembrances of Susan Glaspell and the Provincetown Players


11h-12h Atelier 2 Modération : S. Maruejouls-Koch, Univ. Toulouse – Jean Jaurès

Noelia Hernando-Real (Univ. Autónoma de Madrid), Susan Glaspell and the Medical Humanities

Alessandra Calanchi (Univ. of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy), Landscapes Matter: Environmental Epiphanies in Lifted Masks

13h30-14h15 Entretien Modération : J. Ellen Gainor, (Cornell Univ.)

Martha C. Carpentier (Seton Hall Univ.), Barbara Ozieblo (Univ. de Málaga) and Noelia Hernando-Real (Univ. Autónoma de Madrid) : On the International Susan Glaspell Society

14h15-15h15Atelier 3 Modération : D. Prudhon, Univ. Aix-Marseille

Nieves Alberola Crespo (Universitat Jaume I de Castelló, Spain), The Challenge of Performing Woman´s Honor in the 21st century

Nora Grimes (Trinity College), The Outside Looking In: Transnational Depictions of Women and the Natural World in Plays by Susan Glaspell, Lady Gregory, and Dorothy Macardle


15h30-16h30 Atelier 4 Modération : N. Hernando-Real, Univ. Autónoma de Madrid

Alex Roe (directeur artistique du Metropolitan Playhouse, NY), Writing for «Living Beings»: Lessons Learned Producing Susan Glaspell and the Provincetown Players in a Plague Year

Milbre Burch (playwright and independent scholar), Art as Activism: Utilizing an Adaptation of Susan Glaspell’s Trifles for Community Outreach with Domestic Violence Survivors, Shelters and Service Providers


16h45-17h15 Lecture de Close the Book, S. Glaspell Mise en voix : Alex Roe

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