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Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Faculty

Verna Foster

Title/s: Professor

Specialty Area: Modern drama, Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, comparative drama, dramatic theory

Office #: Crown Center 419

Phone: 82251

E-mail: vfoster@luc.edu

About

Offices Held:

Book Review Editor, Text & Presentation

Member, Board of the Comparative Drama Conference

Degrees

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

Research Interests

Modern Drama, Contemporary Women Dramatists, Comparative Drama, Dramatic Theory, Shakespeare, Renaissance Drama, American Drama, Irish Drama

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:
“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: "After Chekhov: The Three Sisters of Beth Henley, Wendy Wasserstein, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Blake Morrison"             
Essay "Why Does Mary Queen of Scots Always Get Her Head Chopped Off?"

Essay on recent dramatic revisions of the Medea myth

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Department of English
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