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Adjunct Professor of Theatre and Drama
Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1982
I am a Professor of English – and of Theatre and Drama – and have taught at Indiana since 1985. 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 and Contemporary Irish Writing, which discusses such writers as Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel, Marina Carr, John Banville, Paul Muldoon, Derek Mahon, and others. My newest work examines the often uncanny cultural interactions between Irish-American and Jewish-American immigrants from around 1850-1950 and the notions of traumatic memory, collective memory, and performance.
Recent Graduate Courses
Drama and Theatre in Victorian England
Samuel Beckett and Contemporary Irish Theatre
Reading James Joyce’s Ulysses
Understanding Northern Ireland (in development)
Recent and Forthcoming Writing (click images for more information)
“Something Dreadful and Grand”: Modern American Literature and the Irish-Jewish Unconscious (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015), forthcoming.
Joyce, O’Casey, and the Irish Popular Theatre (Syracuse University Press, 1991).
Stephen Watt and Gary A. Richardson, eds. American Drama: Colonial to Contemporary (Heinle & Heinle Publishers, 1994).
Kevin J.H. Dettmar and Stephen Watt, eds. Marketing Modernisms (University of Michigan Press, 1995).
Judith H. Fisher and Stephen Watt, eds. When They Weren’t Doing Shakespeare: Essays on Nineteenth-Century British and American Theatre (University of Georgia Press, 1989).
Recent/Forthcoming Essays and Articles:
"The Inheritance of Melodrama," in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Drama, eds. Nicholas Grene and Christopher Morash. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 27 MS pages.
"Sam Shepard, Irish Playwright," in The Irish Theatre in Transition, ed. Donald Morse (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), 24 MS pages.
"Zombieland and Zombie Psychology: Drive, Desire, Disgust," in The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center, eds. Edward P. Comentale and Aaron Jaffe (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014): 59-88.
"Brendan Behan, Borscht Belt Comedian," Irish University Review 44 (Summer 2014): 149-64.
"MacLaverty's Holocaust: Trauma, Affect, Memory," in Bernard MacLaverty: New Critical Readings, ed. Richard Rankin Russell (London: Bloomsbury, 2014), pp. 89-100.
"Political Drama," in The Oxford Handbook to American Drama, eds. Jeffery H. Richards and Heather S. Nathans (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 47-84.
"Irish Studies and the Corporate University." New Hibernia Review 16 (Fall 2012): 83-97.
"'Oirish' Inventions: James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Paul Muldoon, " in From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages, ed. Michael Adams (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 161-83.
"The Humanities, RCM, and Bull___, " Western Humanities Review 31 (Fall 2011): 38-58.
"On Retrofitting: Samuel Beckett, Tourist Attraction, " in Modernist Star Maps: Celebrity, Modernity, Culture, eds. Aaron Jaffe and Jonathan Goldman (London: Ashgate, 2010), pp. 207-21.
“The Humanities, The University, and the Enemy Within,” in Cary Nelson and the Struggle for the University, ed. Michael Rothberg (Albany: SUNY Press, 2009): 123-140.
“Voices, Things, Events: Harold Pinter’s Mountain Language as Testamental Text,” Modern Drama 52 (Spring 2009): 38-56.
“Friel and the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ Play,” in The Cambridge Companion to Brian Friel, ed. Anthony Roche (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), pp. 30-40.
“Modern American Drama,” in The Cambridge Companion to American Modernism, ed. Walter Kalaidjian (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), pp. 102-126.
“007 and 9/11, Specters and Structures of Feeling,” in Ian Fleming and James Bond: The Cultural Politics of 007, eds. Comentale, Watt and Willman (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005), pp. 238-259.
“Collegial Propositions,” Symploke 13. 1-2 (2005): 18-29.
“Before the Abbey—and Beyond,” in The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Irish Drama, ed. Shaun Richards (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp. 18-32.
Selected Honors and Awards
Named Provost Professor, Indiana University, 2013; Sonneborn Lecturer, Indiana University, 2010; and Winner of Robert Rhodes Prize for Outstanding Book in Irish Studies, American Conference for Irish Studies, 2010; President, Midwest Modern Language Association, 1999-2000; Executive Committee, American Conference for Irish Studies, 1999-2001; National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Collaborative Research Fellowship, 1999; NEH Fellowship (1998-99); Howard Fellow (Brown University), 1992-93