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Theatre Journal 53.2 (2001) 311-315

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Doctoral Projects in Progress in Theatre Arts, 2001

Doug Cummins

This is the forty-ninth annual report of dissertations in progress in the theatre arts in the United States. The success of this report continues to depend upon prompt and accurate replies from the graduate departments of theatre, speech, English, and others, and their cooperation in this regard is gratefully acknowledged. Any graduate department that is not annually receiving requests for information for this report is invited to contact the compiler in order to be added to the mailing list.

This survey is limited to colleges and universities in the United States. For similar information from Canada, one may contact the editor of the ACTR/ARTC Newsletter, Glen Nichols, Department of English, University of Moncton, Moncton, New Brunswick E1A 3E9. Each year that newsletter lists completed articles, books, and dissertations in the area of Canadian drama and theatre history.

The format employed here is adapted from that used by Frederick M. Litto in his American Dissertations of the Drama and the Theatre (1969). The graduate departments were asked to classify each dissertation by its subject matter according to the geographical divisions proposed by Litto. In the cases of England and the United States, they were further asked to assign each to an arbitrary time period as indicated below. Within each of these subdivisions, entries are alphabetically arranged according to the surname of the researcher. There is no room here for the lavish cross referencing and multiple listing Litto employs, consequently, those dissertation topics that would not yield to the geographical classifications used in Part I are listed by topic in Part II. Here again, the topic headings are those proposed by Litto, a fuller description of each may be found on page 3 of his work. Due to the significant geo-political changes in the world since 1969, the compiler is considering expanding some of the geographic listings in future surveys beyond Litto.

Each entry includes the following information: the researcher's name, the title of the project, the institution, the academic department within that institution, the faculty supervisor, and the expected year of completion.

Volume 1, Number 1 (1949) of the Educational Theatre Journal contained the first bibliography of research projects in progress, compiled by James M. Klain. Albert E. Johnson took over responsibility for the series in 1955 and Philip G. Hill continued the project from 1976 until 1997. The present compiler may be reached at The Department of Theatre Arts, Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613. [End Page 311]

Part I

Asia Minor

Gokdag, Ebru. Theatre of the Oppressed in Turkey. Nebraska, Lincoln. Theatre Arts. Doug Peterson. 2002.


Nourizadeh, Masoud. Maurice Maeterlinck and Edvard Munch: A Comparative Study of Form and Idea. Ohio State. Comparative Arts. Dora Wilson. 2001.



Choi, Kyung-Mee. Unruly Women in Early Modern English Drama. Kansas. English. Richard Hardin. 2001.

Ellis, Anthony L. English and Italian Renaissance Comic Drama. Loyola, Chicago. English. Suzanne Gossett. 2001.

Perrault, Katherine Bartol. Astronomy, Alchemy, and Archetype. A Unifying Interpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Texas Tech. Theatre & Dance/Fine Arts Interdisciplinary. David Williams. 2001.

Poulson, Rachel. Women and Homoeroticism in Early Modern Drama. Loyola, Chicago. English. Suzanne Gossett. 2001.

Shaffer, Gina. Words and Wounds: Representations of Domestic Violence in Renaissance Drama. California, Irvine. English & Comparative Literature. Jane O. Newman. 2001.

Restoration and Eighteenth Century

Meyler, Bernadette. Theatres of Pardoning: Sovereignty and Judgment from Shakespeare to Kant. California, Irvine. English & Comparative Literature. Julia R. Lupton. 2001.

Stewart, Ann Marie. Gender, Power and Subversion: Rape and Cross Dressing in Selected Plays of Aphra Behn. Colorado. Theatre and Dance. James Symons. 2001.

Eighteenth Century

Sennett, Herbert. Nicholas Rowe's Writing of Woman as Tragic Protagonist. Louisiana State. Theatre. Jennifer Jones. 2001

Nineteenth Century

Alekson, Paula. "The First of All Dramatic Joan of Arcs" or Just Another Scandalous Woman of the Stage? The Formulation of the Persona and Image of Mme. Vestris and Their Historical Perception. Tufts. Drama and Dance. Lawrence Senelik. 2002.

Early, Megan. Matters of Artistic Expression: The...


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