Associate Professor Emeritus- History, Theory and Literature
Ph.D. University of California, Davis, 1986
M.A. University of Hawaii, 1977
M.A. University of Delhi (India), 1972
B.A. University of Delhi (India), 1970
Appointed to IU in 1988
Rakesh H. Solomon specializes in two main areas: American theatre and Indian theatre. His other areas of research cover contemporary British theatre and theatre historiography.
His work on these areas has appeared 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 been published in several edited volumes, including Cambridge Companion to Edward Albee (Cambridge), 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), In Search of the Historical Scene: Perspectives on Theater Historiography (Taiwan), and Modern Indian Theatre: A Reader (Oxford). He has also served as the editor of South Asian Review.
Solomon is the author of Albee in Performance, with a Foreword by Edward Albee (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010), Kichaka-Vadha - Text and Documents, Translated and With Historical and Critical Commentary (London: Anthem Press; forthcoming), and Globalization, History, Historiography: The Making of a Modern Indian Theatre (London: Anthem Press, forthcoming).
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). He has also 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.