John Fletcher: A Critical Reappraisal

Event Date: 
26 Jun 2015 to 27 Jun 2015

Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Gordon McMullan (King’s College London)
  • Dr Lucy Munro (King’s College London)
  • Professor Sandra Clark (Professor Emerita, Institute of English Studies, University of London)
  • Professor Clare McManus (University of Roehampton)

It is fair to say that John Fletcher remains an understudied and underappreciated writer in recent early modern scholarship. Even the very recent success of non-Shakespearean drama in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and the Swan Theatre’s commitment to staging Shakespeare’s contemporaries, has proved fruitless so far in introducing Fletcher to a new generation of academics and theatre-goers. In the near 390 years since his death, it is now time for a complete re-evaluation of the work of a man who made a considerable impact on Jacobean theatre and society by producing a vast corpus of about 53 plays that challenged, commented on, and critiqued Renaissance England. By investigating Fletcher’s ideas and ideals, apparent in his work, we can gain a significant understanding of Jacobean theatre practices and politics: his career virtually encompassed the entirety of the reign of James I, under whose patronage he worked as Shakespeare’s successor as the resident dramatist of the King’s Men. In short, to study Fletcher is to study the soul of the age.

The conference seeks to bring together leading experts, early career researchers, and postgraduate students working on John Fletcher to reassess his engagement with the ideas, culture, politics, and society of Renaissance England.

Please go to the following link to register for the conference through the Canterbury Christ Church University online shop:

Registration is now open – closes on Thursday April 30th.

If you have paid to attend the conference dinner on Friday 26th June at Café du Soleil, then please select your choices for the three course dinner from page 2 of the document found on the conference website:  Once you have made your choices, please email ASAP:

Submission date for papers: 
09 Jan 2015