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Peggy Phelan, “Adoption Drama: Bloodlines and Fantasy in Theatrical Families”

The Albert Wertheim Seminar in Performance

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 4:00pm

Georgian Room, Indiana Memorial Union

Wertheim Seminar 2013The Albert Wertheim Seminar in Performance

Peggy Phelan
Standford University

“Adoption Drama: Bloodlines and Fantasy in Theatrical Families”

A Public Lecture

Thursday, April 18, 4:00pm
Georgian Room, Indiana Memorial Union

Reception at 3:00pm.

Peggy Phelan is the Ann O’Day Maples Chair in the Arts, Chair of the Drama Department, and holds a joint appointment in Drama and English. A leading authority in performance art, Phelan’s numerous works include Unmarked: The Politics of Performance (1993); Mourning Sex: Performing Public Memories (1997); Acting Out: Feminist Performances (1993); and The Ends of Performance (1998), as well as several co-edited volumes and more than sixty articles and essays in scholarly, artistic, and commercial magazines ranging from Artforum to Signs. Professor Phelan’s essays have been cited in the fields of architecture, art history, psychoanalytic criticism, visual culture, performance studies, theater studies, and film and video studies. She has been a fellow of the Humanities Institute at the University of California, Irvine and the Australian National University. She served on the Editorial Board of Art Journal, one of three quarterly publications of the College Art Association, and served as Chair of the board. She has been President of Performance Studies International and has been a fellow of the Getty Research Institute and a Guggenheim Fellow.

THE WERTHEIM SEMINAR IN PERFORMANCE fosters advanced work in theater, drama, and performance studies in the English Department and at IU. It honors the legacy and influence of Albert J. Wertheim, a leading scholar and supporter of the dramatic arts at Indiana University and elsewhere. Professor Wertheim received his Ph. D. from Yale University in 1965 and taught at Princeton University before moving to Indiana in 1969, where he taught until the time of his death in 2003. The subjects of his published articles span the canon of Western drama and theatre: from Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and James Shirley to Bertolt Brecht, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, William Inge, and many others. He is the author of two books: The Dramatic Art of Athol Fugard: From South Africa to the World (2000) and Staging the War: American Drama and World War II (published posthumously, 2004). Each Spring, the English Department hosts the Albert Wertheim Seminar in Performance at Indiana University, which invites distinguished scholars and practitioners in the fields of theatre and performance studies to present new work to faculty, graduate students, and the larger Bloomington community.