Post-Grant Reports


The “Unruly Woman” in Theatre

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Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Film and Media Studies | Literature in English, British Isles | Playwriting | Theatre and Performance Studies | Theatre History | Women's History


This project extended previous research on the “unruly woman” as depicted in plays by contemporary women playwrights. During the sabbatical I researched third-wave feminism, post-feminism, and in particular, the works of contemporary British female playwrights such as Penelope Skinner, Anya Reiss, Anna Jordan, Ella Hickson, and Polly Stenham. I also researched contemporary women directors in Great Britain such as Carrie Cracknell, and Lyndsey Turner. I reacquainted myself with more recent scholarly works by Elaine Aston, Janelle Reinelt, Jill Dolan, Kathleen Karlyn, and other leading feminists in theatre and film studies. This research is presently being used to write an article on the plays of Penelope Skinner, with the intention of creating other articles on the recent upheavals in American and British theaters to provide more parity for female playwrights and directors.


This research was conducted as part of a sabbatical leave in 2016.

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