Cultural Studies Adjunct: Stephen Watt
My major research interests include drama and theatre of the 19th and 20th centuries, Irish Studies, and the contemporary university. I’ve recently finished a book Beckett, Our Contemporary: Samuel Beckett and Recent Irish Writing, which discusses such writers as Beckett, Brian Friel, Marina Carr, John Banville, Paul Muldoon, Derek Mahon, and others. While doing research for those sections of the book that deal specifically with Northern Ireland, I became intrigued by the internment of political prisoners, not only the specific histories and effects of internment during the “Troubles,” but also their representation in film and on stage. My next project will move in these directions, though I am also planning to write another book on the discipline of English with my friend and occasional collaborator, Cary Nelson of the University of Illinois.