Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Faculty

Verna Foster

Title/s: Professor

Specialty Area: Modern drama, comparative drama, dramatic theory, women in drama, Shakespeare

Office #: Crown Center 419

Phone: 82251

E-mail: vfoster@luc.edu

About

Offices Held:

Book Review Editor, Text & Presentation (2000-2015)

Member, Board of the Comparative Drama Conference

Member, Editorial Board, Text & Presentation

Degrees

B.A. (1967), M.Phil. (1970), and Ph.D. (1977), University of London

Research Interests

Modern Drama, Contemporary Dramatic Adaptations, Contemporary Women Dramatists, Comparative Drama, Dramatic Theory, Shakespeare

Selected Publications

Books:
Ed. Dramatic Revisions of Myths, Fairy Tales and Legends: Essays on Recent Plays. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2012

The Name and Nature of Tragicomedy. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004.

Recent Publications:
“White Woods and Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen Rewrites A Streetcar Named Desire.” Literature/Film Quarterly 43:3 (2015): 188-201.

"Why Does Mary Queen of Scots Always Get Her Head Chopped Off?" Amelia Howe Kritzer and Miriam Lopez Rodriguez, ed. Woman on Trial: Gender and the Accused Woman in Plays from Ancient Greece to the Contemporary Stage. Amherst, NY: Teneo Press, 2015. 137-56.

"After Chekhov: The Three Sisters of Beth Henley, Wendy Wasserstein, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Blake Morrison." Comparative Drama 47: 4 (Winter 2013).

“Beth Henley’s Abundance: The Cinematic Myth of the Wild West Revised.” Dramatic Revisions of Myths, Fairy Tales and Legends: Essays on Recent Plays. Ed. Verna A. Foster. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2012

“Liz Lochhead’s Dracula: Revision and Reception.” Text & Presentation, 2011, The Comparative Drama Conference Series, 8. Ed. Kiki Gounaridou. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2012

"Reinventing Isabelle Eberhardt:  Rereading Timberlake Wertenbaker's New Anatomies."  Connotations 17:1 (2007/2008):  109-128.

"The Symbiosis of Desire and Death: Beth Henley Rewrites Tennessee Williams."  The Influence of Tennessee Williams on the American Stage: Essays on 15 Playwrights.  Ed. Philip C. Kolin.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008.

"Nurturing and Murderous Mothers in Suzan-Lori Parks's In the Blood and Fucking A." American Drama. 16:1 (Winter 2007): 75-89.

"Suzan-Lori Parks's Staging of the Lincoln Myth in The America Play and Topdog/Underdog." JADT (Journal of American Drama and Theatre). 17:3 (Fall 2005): 24-35.

"Anxieties and Influences: The Presence of Shaw in Kushner's Angels in America." SHAW 22 (2002).

"Waiting for Buddy, Or Just Going On in A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur." The Undiscovered Country: The Later Plays of Tennessee Williams. Ed. Philip C. Kolin. New York: Lang, 2002.

Works-in-Progress:
Essay. “Meta-melodrama: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Appropriates Dion Boucicault’s The Octoroon.”

Essay on recent dramatic revisions of the Medea myth.