MICHAEL Y. BENNETT is Associate Professor of English and affiliated faculty in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches courses on modern and contemporary drama and theatre. He is the author or editor of eleven books in the fields of theatre and performance studies and theory, absurd drama and theatre, and modern drama.
Of his six authored books, three of these books are on theatre and performance studies and theory: Analytic Philosophy and the World of the Play (Foreword by Marvin Carlson; Afterword by James R. Hamilton, 2017); Narrating the Past through Theatre (2012); and Words, Space, and the Audience (2012/Pb 2016). His three other books are on absurd drama and theatre: 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).
Furthermore, he is the editor of five books on specific modern dramatists, including three on Oscar Wilde. He has published articles in such journals as the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism; Text and Performance Quarterly; 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. From May through August 2019, 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.
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