Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


Verna Foster

Title/s:  Professor Emerita

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

Office #:  Crown Center 419

Phone: 82251



Offices Held:

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

Member, Board of the Comparative Drama Conference

Member, Editorial Board, Text & Presentation


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

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

The Name and Nature of Tragicomedy. Ashgate, 2004.

Recent Publications:
“White Woods and Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen Rewrites A Streetcar Named Desire.” Literature/Film Quarterly, vol. 43, no. 3, 2015, pp.188-201.

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

"After Chekhov: The Three Sisters of Beth Henley, Wendy Wasserstein, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Blake Morrison." Comparative Drama, vol. 47, no. 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. Edited by Verna A. Foster. McFarland & Company, Inc., 2012. 

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

"Reinventing Isabelle Eberhardt:  Rereading Timberlake Wertenbaker's New Anatomies."  Connotations, vol. 17, no. 1, 2007/2008, pp. 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.  Edited by Philip C. Kolin. McFarland, 2008.

"Nurturing and Murderous Mothers in Suzan-Lori Parks's In the Blood and Fucking A." American Drama, vol. 16, no. 1, Winter 2007, pp. 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), vol. 17, no. 3, Fall 2005, pp. 24-35.

"Anxieties and Influences: The Presence of Shaw in Kushner's Angels in America." SHAW, vol. 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. Edited by Philip C. Kolin. Lang, 2002.

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

Essay on recent dramatic revisions of the Medea myth.