Call​ ​for​ ​Proposals: Arthur ​Miller​ in​ the 1960s

The Arthur Miller Society

Call​ ​for​ ​Proposals    Arthur Miller​ in​ the 1960s  An​ ​anthology​ ​to​ ​be​ ​published​ ​by​ ​Lexington​ ​Books,  the​ ​academic​ ​imprint​ ​of​ ​Rowman​ ​&​ ​Littlefield

Due​ ​Date​ ​for​ ​Proposals​ ​for​ ​Articles:​ ​​February​ ​1,​ ​2018  Send​ ​Proposals​ ​to​ ​David​ ​Palmer,​ ​President,​ ​The​ ​Arthur​ ​Miller​ ​Society:  dpalmer@maritime.edu

Due​ ​Date​ ​for​ ​First​ ​Drafts​ ​of​ ​Accepted​ ​Articles:​ ​​September​ ​15,​ ​2018

Acceptable​ ​Article​ ​Length:​ ​5,000-9,000​ ​words

Lexington​ ​Books,​ ​the​ ​academic​ ​imprint​ ​of​ ​Rowman​ ​&​ ​Littlefield,​ ​has  expressed​ ​initial​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​working​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Arthur​ ​Miller​ ​Society​ ​to  develop​ ​an​ ​anthology​ ​of​ ​articles​ ​on​ ​Miller’s​ ​life​ ​and​ ​work​ ​in​ ​the​ ​1960s.​ ​Final  acceptance​ ​of​ ​the​ ​project​ ​by​ ​Lexington​ ​will​ ​depend​ ​on​ ​the​ ​number​ ​and  quality​ ​of​ ​articles​ ​that​ ​are​ ​proposed​ ​for​ ​the​ ​volume.   

As​ ​a​ ​first​ ​step​ ​in​ ​this​ ​project,​ ​the​ ​Arthur​ ​Miller​ ​Society​ ​invites​ ​the  submission​ ​of​ ​proposals​ ​for​ ​articles.​ ​Prospective​ ​contributors​ ​should​ ​plan​ ​on  doing​ ​articles​ ​of​ ​5,000-9,000​ ​words​ ​and​ ​should​ ​email​ ​article​ ​proposals​ ​of  fewer​ ​than​ ​500​ ​words​ ​to​ ​David​ ​Palmer​ ​(​dpalmer@maritime.edu​),​ ​the  current​ ​president​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Arthur​ ​Miller​ ​Society,​ ​by​ ​​February​ ​1,​ ​2018​.​ ​Please  include​ ​a​ ​brief​ ​academic​ ​biography​ ​or​ ​vita​ ​of​ ​no​ ​more​ ​than​ ​250​ ​words​ ​with  your​ ​proposal.

The​ ​1960s​ ​were​ ​a​ ​significant​ ​turning​ ​point​ ​in​ ​Miller’s​ ​work​ ​and​ ​his​ ​approach  to​ ​themes​ ​he​ ​began​ ​exploring​ ​as​ ​a​ ​young​ ​writer​ ​in​ ​his​ ​early​ ​plays​ ​of​ ​the  1940s.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​the​ ​period​ ​of​ ​Miller’s​ ​own​ ​middle​ ​age,​ ​his​ ​40s​ ​and​ ​50s,​ ​and​ ​all  the​ ​changes​ ​in​ ​personal​ ​perspective​ ​and​ ​understanding​ ​that​ ​come​ ​with​ ​it.

For​ ​Miller,​ ​the​ ​1960s​ ​need​ ​to​ ​be​ ​understood​ ​as​ ​an​ ​extended​ ​period​ ​–  roughly​ ​the​ ​decade​ ​and​ ​a​ ​half​ ​from​ ​1956-1972​ ​–​ ​because​ ​of​ ​the​ ​way​ ​his work​ ​in​ ​the​ ​actual​ ​1960s​ ​has​ ​roots​ ​in​ ​events​ ​from​ ​the​ ​late​ ​1950s​ ​and  provides​ ​the​ ​impetus​ ​for​ ​his​ ​ideas​ ​and​ ​political​ ​activities​ ​in​ ​the​ ​early​ ​1970s.

The​ ​period​ ​begins​ ​for​ ​Miller​ ​with​ ​his​ ​divorce​ ​from​ ​Mary​ ​Slattery​ ​and  marriage​ ​to​ ​Marilyn​ ​Monroe​ ​in​ ​1956​ ​and​ ​his​ ​refusal​ ​to​ ​give​ ​names​ ​in​ ​his  hearing​ ​before​ ​HUAC​ ​that​ ​same​ ​year.​ ​It​ ​continues​ ​with​ ​his​ ​work​ ​on​ ​the​ ​film  The​ Misfits ​(1960);​ ​his​ ​divorce​ ​from​ ​Monroe​ ​and​ ​the​ ​death​ ​of​ ​his​ ​mother​ ​in  1961;​ ​Monroe’s​ ​death​ ​in​ ​1962;​ ​his​ ​marriage​ ​to​ ​Inge​ ​Morath​ ​in​ ​1962,​ ​their  trip​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Nazi​ ​death​ ​camp​ ​Mauthausen,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​birth​ ​of​ ​their​ ​first​ ​child,  Daniel,​ ​that​ ​year,​ ​and​ ​of​ ​their​ ​second​ ​child,​ ​Rebecca,​ ​in​ ​1963.

In​ ​1964,​ ​having​ ​not​ ​brought​ ​forth​ ​any​ ​new​ ​plays​ ​since​ ​the​ ​two-act​ ​version​ ​of  A View ​from ​the ​Bridge ​​(1956),​ ​Miller​ ​renewed​ ​his​ ​association​ ​with​ ​Elia  Kazan,​ ​becoming​ ​along​ ​with​ ​Kazan​ ​and​ ​Harold​ ​Clurman​ ​a​ ​leader​ ​of​ ​the  Repertory​ ​Theater​ ​of​ ​Lincoln​ ​Center,​ ​and​ ​two​ ​new​ ​Miller​ ​plays​ ​were  produced​ ​by​ ​the​ ​company​ ​that​ ​year:​ ​​After the Fall​ ​and​ ​​An Incident at  Vichy.
​After the Fall ​was​ ​considered​ ​by​ ​many​ ​an​ ​opportunistic​ ​invasion​ ​and  exploitation​ ​of​ ​Monroe’s​ ​privacy​ ​after​ ​her​ ​death,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​controversy  tainted​ ​Miller’s​ ​reputation​ ​and​ ​the​ ​reception​ ​of​ ​his​ ​plays​ ​in​ ​coming​ ​years.

In​ ​the​ ​middle​ ​1960s​ ​Miller​ ​also​ ​continued​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​his​ ​political​ ​activities.  In​ ​1964,​ ​much​ ​like​ ​Hannah​ ​Arendt​ ​before​ ​him​ ​for​ ​​The New Yorker ​at​ ​Adolf  Eichmann’s​ ​trial​ ​in​ ​Jerusalem​ ​in​ ​1961,​ ​Miller​ ​wrote​ ​articles​ ​for​ ​the​ ​​New York Herald Tribune ​covering​ ​the​ ​war-crimes​ ​trial​ ​in​ ​Frankfurt​ ​of​ ​a​ ​group​ ​of  Auschwitz​ ​guards.​ ​In​ ​1965,​ ​he​ ​was​ ​elected​ ​president​ ​of​ ​PEN,​ ​and​ ​visited  Yugoslavia,​ ​the​ ​Soviet​ ​Union,​ ​and​ ​later​ ​Czechoslovakia​ ​in​ ​that​ ​role.

Miller’s​ ​father​ ​died​ ​in​ ​1966,​ ​and​ ​two​ ​years​ ​later​ ​Miller’s​ ​new​ ​play,​ ​​The  Price,​ ​about​ ​two​ ​brothers​ ​settling​ ​the​ ​sale​ ​of​ ​old​ ​furniture​ ​from​ ​their  father’s​ ​estate,​ ​opened​ ​on​ ​Broadway.​ ​1968​ ​also​ ​is​ ​the​ ​year​ ​Miller​ ​was​ ​a  delegate​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Democratic​ ​National​ ​Convention​ ​supporting​ ​the​ ​candidacy  of​ ​anti-Vietnam-War​ ​candidate​ ​Eugene​ ​McCarthy​ ​for​ ​President.

In​ ​1969,​ ​Miller​ ​published​ ​​In Russia,​ ​a​ ​memoir​ ​of​ ​his​ ​visit​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Soviet​ ​Union  illustrated​ ​with​ ​photographs​ ​by​ ​his​ ​wife,​ ​Inge​ ​Morath.​ ​As​ ​a​ ​result,​ ​Miller’s  works​ ​were​ ​banned​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Soviet​ ​Union​ ​in​ ​1970.​ ​That​ ​same​ ​year,​ ​he  defended​ ​a​ ​Roxbury,​ ​Connecticut,​ ​high​ ​school​ ​teacher​ ​who​ ​refused​ ​to​ ​say  the​ ​Pledge​ ​of​ ​Allegiance​ ​in​ ​her​ ​classroom.

1972​ ​saw​ ​the​ ​opening​ ​of​ ​​The Creation of the World and Other Business ​in  New​ ​York,​ ​an​ ​overtly​ ​philosophical​ ​play​ ​addressing​ ​the​ ​timely​ ​and​ politically  charged​ ​theme​ ​of​ ​the​ ​foundations​ ​of​ ​morality.​ ​It​ ​ran​ ​for​ ​20​ ​performances.  Miller​ ​again​ ​that​ ​year​ ​attended​ ​the​ ​Democratic​ ​National​ ​Convention.

Throughout​ ​this​ ​period​ ​Miller​ ​continued​ ​to​ ​write​ ​short​ ​stories,​ ​essays,​ ​and  poems,​ ​to​ ​be​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​television​ ​and​ ​international​ ​productions​ ​of​ ​his  plays,​ ​and​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​his​ ​criticism​ ​of​ ​the​ ​emerging​ ​theatre​ ​of​ ​the​ ​absurd.    This​ ​anthology​ ​invites​ ​essays​ ​on​ ​any​ ​aspect​ ​of​ ​Miller’s​ ​life​ ​and​ ​work​ ​during  this​ ​period.​ ​Possible​ ​topics​ ​include​ ​but​ ​are​ ​not​ ​limited​ ​to​ ​the​ ​following:

● Miller’s​ ​divorce​ ​from​ ​Mary​ ​Slattery​ ​and​ ​his​ ​marriage​ ​to​ ​Marilyn​ ​Monroe

● How​ ​Miller’s​ ​relationship​ ​with​ ​Monroe​ ​colored​ ​the​ ​themes​ ​of​ ​his​ ​plays  and​ ​other​ ​works​ ​in​ ​the​ ​following​ ​years

● Miller’s​ ​marriage​ ​to​ ​Inge​ ​Morath​ ​and​ ​their​ ​family​ ​life;​ ​the​ ​effect​ ​of​ ​this  marriage​ ​on​ ​his​ ​later​ ​work

● Miller’s​ ​relationship​ ​with​ ​Elia​ ​Kazan​ ​and​ ​his​ ​role​ ​in​ ​developing​ ​the  Repertory​ ​Theater​ ​at​ ​Lincoln​ ​Center

● Analysis​ ​of​ ​any​ ​of​ ​Miller’s​ ​major​ ​works​ ​from​ ​this​ ​period:​ ​​The Misfits,  After the Fall, Incident​ at Vichy,​ ​​The Price,​ ​or​ ​​The Creation​ of the  World and Other Bussiness

● Miller’s​ ​work​ ​for​ ​PEN

● Miller’s​ ​visits​ ​to​ ​holocaust​ ​sites​ ​and​ ​his​ ​coverage​ ​of​ ​Nazi​ ​war-crime​ ​trials  ● Miller’s​ ​activities​ ​in​ ​protest​ ​against​ ​the​ ​Vietnam​ ​War

● Miller’s​ ​activities​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Democratic​ ​Party,​ ​especially​ ​his​ ​roles​ ​at​ ​the  1968​ ​and​ ​1972​ ​Democratic​ ​Conventions

● Miller’s​ ​short​ ​stories,​ ​essays,​ ​or​ ​poems​ ​during​ ​this​ ​period

● Miller’s​ ​role​ ​in​ ​television​ ​and​ ​other​ ​productions​ ​of​ ​his​ ​plays

● Miller’s​ ​response​ ​to​ ​and​ ​critique​ ​of​ ​theatre​ ​of​ ​the​ ​absurd.

The​ ​following​ ​rough​ ​development​ ​schedule​ ​for​ ​this​ ​volume​ ​is​ ​anticipated:  1. February​ ​1,​ ​2018:​ ​Proposals​ ​for​ ​articles​ ​due​ ​to​ ​David​ ​Palmer  (​dpalmer@maritime.edu​)

2. By​ ​March​ ​1,​ ​2018:​ ​Notification​ ​to​ ​contributors​ ​of​ ​accepted​ ​articles

3. March​ ​15,​ ​2018:​ ​Final​ ​proposal​ ​for​ ​anthology,​ ​including​ ​abstracts​ ​of  articles,​ ​to​ ​Lexington​ ​Books

4. September​ ​15,​ ​2018:​ ​First​ ​drafts​ ​of​ ​articles​ ​due​ ​to​ ​David​ ​Palmer

5. By​ ​November​ ​1,​ ​2018:​ ​Response​ ​to​ ​first​ ​drafts​ ​of​ ​articles​ ​and​ ​editorial  suggestions​ ​to​ ​contributors

6. February​ ​1,​ ​2019:​ ​Final​ ​versions​ ​of​ ​articles​ ​to​ ​David​ ​Palmer

7. March​ ​1,​ ​2019:​ ​Completed​ ​manuscript​ ​for​ ​entire​ ​volume​ ​to​ ​Lexington  Books

8. Early​ ​in​ ​2020:​ ​Publication​ ​of​ ​the​ ​book    Thank​ ​you​ ​for​ ​considering​ ​contributing​ ​to​ ​this​ ​anthology.

David​ ​Palmer​ ​(​dpalmer@maritime.edu​) President,​ Arthur Miller Society

 

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