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Rakesh H. Solomon

Rakesh H. Solomon

Associate Professor Emeritus- History, Theory and Literature

Ph.D. University of California, Davis
M.A. University of Hawaii
M.A. University of Delhi (India)
B.A. University of Delhi (India)
Appointed to IU in 1988


Rakesh H. Solomon specializes in two distinct areas: American theatre and South Asian theatre. His other areas of research extend to contemporary British theatre and theatre historiography.

He has published on all of the above areas in such scholarly journals as Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, TDR: The Drama Review, Journal of Performance Studies, Theatre Research International, American Drama, Forum for Modern Language Studies, Religion and Theatre, Comparative Literature Today: Theory and Practice, and International Journal of the Humanities.

His research has also appeared in several edited volumes, including Cambridge Companion to Edward Albee (Cambridge UP), Edward Albee: A Casebook (Routledge), Alan Ayckbourn: A Casebook (Garland), Reader’s Guide to Literature in English (Fitzroy Dearborn), Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories (Iowa UP), In Search of the Historical Scene: Perspectives on Theater Historiography (National Taiwan UP), and Modern Indian Theatre: A Reader (Oxford UP). He has also served as the editor of South Asian Review.

Albee In Performance

Solomon’s books include Albee in Performance - with a Foreword by Edward Albee (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010; Bronze Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2011) and


Globalization, Nationalism and the Text of 'Kichaka-Vadha'

Globalization, Nationalism and the Text of ‘Kichaka-Vadha’
(London: Anthem Press, 2014).

His research has been funded by Senior ­Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Institute of Indian Studies. He has served as an evaluator for PMLA, Theatre Journal, Theatre Research International, Theatre Survey, International Journal of the Humanities, International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Journal of Asian Studies, and the Arts and Humanities Research Board (UK).

In national organizations, he has served as chair of the nominating committee of the American Society for Theatre Research, as a member of the nominating committee of the American Theatre and Drama Society, and as a member of the executive boards of the Association for Asian Performance, South Asian Literary Association, and the American Theatre and Drama Society.