J. Ellen Gainor



J. Ellen Gainor is Professor in the Department of Performing and Media Arts. A specialist in British and American drama of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and women's dramaturgy, she is the author of the award-winning studies Shaw's Daughters: Dramatic and Narrative Constructions of Gender and Susan Glaspell in Context: American Theater, Culture and Politics 1915-48. She is a co-author of The Norton Anthology of Drama, co-editor of The Complete Plays of Susan Glaspell, and the editor of Githa Sowerby: Three Plays. She has also edited the influential essay collections Imperialism and Theatre and the co-edited Performing America: Culture Nationalism in American Theater. Her latest publications include the edited volume, Susan Glaspell in Context, for the Literature in Context series from Cambridge University Press and the co-edited Routledge Anthology of Women’s Theatre Theory & Dramatic Criticism. She previously served as a literary advisor to both the Mint Theater and the Metropolitan Playhouse in New York and has worked for the Shaw Festival in Canada and the National Theatre in England. 

Research Focus

  • British and American Drama and Theatre
  • Women and Theatre

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