Tennessee Williams in Europe: A Centenary Celebration, 1911-2011
“Tennessee Williams in Europe:
A Centenary Celebration, 1911-2011”
23-25 June 2011
The research group I.D.E.A. (“Théories et pratiques de l’interdisciplinarité dans les études anglophones”) is hosting an international conference “Tennessee Williams in Europe: A Centenary Celebration, 1911-2011.” The conference, which will be held on the campus of Nancy-Université in the east of France from 23-25 June 2011, conjoins with other major conferences celebrating the Williams centenary (e.g., New Orleans, Columbus, Clarksdale, and Provincetown) by focusing on a topic underdeveloped in theatre studies: Williams’s Europe.
Confirmed speakers from around the world include distinguished Williams scholars and theatre specialists Robert Bray (USA), Johan Callens (Belgium), Franco D’Alessandro (USA), Gilbert Debusscher (Belgium), Dirk Gindt (Sweden), David Kaplan (USA), Thomas Keith (USA), Colby Kullman (USA), Wolfgang Lippke (Germany), Felicia Londré (USA), Brenda Murphy (USA), Michael Paller (USA), R. Barton Palmer (USA), Rui Pina Coelho (Portugal), David Román (USA), Annette Saddik (USA), Henry Schvey (USA), and Laura Torres Zúñiga (Spain).
Conference plenary speakers include David Savran and William Jay Smith, Williams’s “literary factory” schoolmate in St. Louis and former U.S. poet laureate.
Theatre performances will include Jeremy Lawrence’s one-man show, Everyone Expects Me to Write Another ”Streetcar” (on the life of Tennessee Williams), and scenes from Franco D’Alessandro’s recent play about Williams and Italian actress Anna Magnani, Tennessee and the Roman Muse. Film projections will include Claire Devers’s Noir et Blanc, followed by a debate in the presence of the director herself.