Saturday, July 28, 2012

New Issue of Comparative Drama

Comparative Drama's Summer issue (Volume 46.2) has arrived!

This volume contains the following contributions:


'Killing, Hewing, Stabbing, Dagger-drawing, Fighting, Butchery': The Representation of Skin Penetration in Renaissance Tragedy and Its Bearing on Dramatic Theory
   Maik Goth

Justice Is a Mirage: Failures of Religious Order in Marlowe’s Tamburlaine Plays
   Leila Watkins

Ambiguous Allegories: What the Mythological Comedia Reveals About Baroque Tragedy
   Sofie Kluge

Memory’s Returns, Modernity’s Ghosts: Thornton Wilder, Japanese Theater, and Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home
   Joanna Mansbridge

Inns of Court: Records of Early English Drama, edited by Alan H. Nelson and John R. Elliott, Jr.
   reviewed by W.R. Streitberger

Playwright, Space and Place in Early Modern Performance: Shakespeare and Company, by Tim Fitzpatrick
   reviewed by Michael Flachmann

Erotic Subjects: The Sexuality of Politics in Early Modern English Literature, by Melissa E. Sanchez
   reviewed by James M. Bromley

Sexual Types: Embodiment, Agency, and Dramatic Character from Shakespeare to Shirley, by Mario DiGangi
   reviewed by Melissa E. Sanchez

Motherhood and Patriarchal Masculinities in Sixteenth-Century Italian Comedy, by Yael Manes
   reviewed by Sal DiMaria

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

" Sounds of Dolphins "

Michael Fisher, Ph.D., Poetry, 2011, has a story "Sounds of Dolphins" in the Fall issue of Waccamaw. Please follow to read his story. Congratulations Michael !

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Clifford Davidson's The York Corpus Christi Plays profiled in Humanities

Emerti Clifford Davidson's recent publication, The York Corpus Christi Plays, is discussed extensively in the most recent issue of Humanities.

"He (Davidson) has spent the last four decades working “off and on,” as he puts it, with the surviving evidence of this dramatical marathon. Last year, the medieval institute at WMU published his edition of the Cycle, The York Corpus Christi Plays, a hefty tome compiling, in copious but lucid notes, the research of a scholar who came into the business just after the age of the great medieval philologists—Erich Auerbach, Friedrich Ohly, and Ernst Robert Curtius—but nevertheless channels the spirit of precision and vigor that made them great. It is an elucidating read (and one to which this article is indebted throughout), making accessible to the nonexpert many passages informed by what are now the more obscure details of theology, stagecraft, and society in late medieval england—no small feat at a distance of five hundred years."
Eve Salisbury is also quoted. The article is available at

Philip Levine - Mark Your Calendars for Sept. 28, 2012

The WMU English Department is proud to host a visit and reading by US Poet Laureate Philip Levine on Friday, September 28 at 8:00PM in the Brown Auditorium, Schneider Hall. This event is a partnership sponsored by New Issues Press, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Center for the Humanities, with additional support from the Third Coast Writing Project. This event is free to the public.