MICHAEL Y. BENNETT is Associate Professor of English and affiliated faculty in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is the author or editor of eleven books in the field of theatre studies.
He is the author of six books, two of which are on theatre and philosophy: Analytic Philosophy and the World of the Play (Foreword by Marvin Carlson; Afterword by James R. Hamilton, 2017) and Words, Space, and the Audience (2012/Pb 2016). Three of them are on absurd theatre: Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (forthcoming 2018); The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre and Literature of the Absurd (2015 Hb/Pb); and Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd (2011/Pb 2013). He has also authored a book on the modern history play: Narrating the Past through Theatre (2012).
He is the editor of five books on modern drama, including three book collections on Oscar Wilde. He has published, or has forthcoming, articles in such journals as the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism; Text and Performance Quarterly; the Journal of American Drama and Theatre; Callaloo; and Rhizomes. He is also currently Guest Editing a Special Issue of Comparative Drama on “Drama, Theatre, and the History of Ideas.”
In addition to serving on the Advisory Boards of Comparative Drama and the Journal of American Drama and Theatre; as an Associate Editor of Palgrave Communications; and on the Board of Directors of The Edward Albee Society; he is the Series Editor of New Perspectives in Edward Albee Studies. In Spring 2014, he was a UW System Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW-Madison, and he received the 2015 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Outstanding Research Award. In Summer 2018, he will be a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, where he will be working on his current book project, The Problems of Viewing Performance, which is under contract with Routledge.