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Phillip Zapkin

Phillip Zapkin 2015
Doctoral Student in English

MA in English from University of Vermont, 2011
BA in English from Shepherd University, 2009


Research Interests:

Drama (Contemporary British and Anglophone, Greek, and History of), 20th and 21st Century British and Anglophone Literature, Adaptation Studies, Neoliberalism, Psychoanalysis.

Phillip’s in-progress dissertation—working title: “Buying Thebes: Promoting a Cultural Commonwealth in Contemporary Anglophone Adaptations of Greek Tragedy”—proposes that through collaborative artistic production, theatrical adaptation promotes a cosmopolitan cultural commonwealth that challenges the foundational assumptions of neoliberal capitalism.


[Forthcoming] “Salt Fish: Fishing and the Creation of Empires in Pericles and Contemporary Oceans.” South Atlantic Review, June 2017.

“Compromised Epistemologies: The Ethics of Historiographic Metatheatre in Tom Stoppard’s Travesties and Arcadia.” Modern Drama, vol. 59, no. 3, Sept. 2016, pp. 302-326.

“‘Kill the Pity in Us’: The Communal Crisis as Crisis of Individualism in David Greig’s Oedipus the Visionary.” Text & Presentation, 2015, vol. 12, 2016, pp. 70-86.

Baldwin, Sandy, Yvonne Hammond, Katie Hubbard, Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang, Gabriel Tremblay-Gaudette, and Phillip Zapkin. “Beckett Spams Counter-Strike.” Sens Public: Revue Internationale, 21 July 2016.

Selected Conference Presentations

[Upcoming] “Spilled Wine: Perverse Fathers and Neoliberal Enjoyment in Colin Teevan’s Alcmaeon in Corinth.” Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 2017.

[Upcoming] “Charles de Gaulle Airport: The Camp as Neoliberal Containment Site in Two Trojan Women Adaptations.” American Society for Theatre Research. Adaptation, Translation, and Visibility Working Group. Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 2016.

“Distrustful Art: Imagining a Polyphonic Common in Peter Carey’s Jack Maggs.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention. Durham, NC, Nov. 2015.

“Buying Thebes: Moira Buffini’s Critique of Neoliberalism in Welcome to Thebes.” Comparative Drama Conference. Stevenson University, Baltimore, MD. (April 2014).

“Compromised Epistemologies: Dissensus and the Ethical Work of Historiographic Metafiction in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia.” Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts 2013 Annual Conference. Guilford College, Greensboro, NC. (October 2013).

“The Hollow Plantain Stem: Shame, Masculinity, and the Stability of Empire in Death and the King’s Horseman.” Comparative Drama Conference. Stevenson University, Baltimore, MD. (April 2013).

Courses Taught:

English 262—British Literature 2 (Online)
English 261—British Literature 1
English 257—Science Fiction and Fantasy
English 131—Poetry and Drama
English 102—Composition and Rhetoric II (On-site and Online)
English 101—Composition and Rhetoric I

Composition & Rhetoric
Creative Writing
Literary and Cultural Studies
Professional Writing and Editing
the WVU Writing Center

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December 6: English 418 Capstone Reading, 5:30 p.m.,130 Colson Hall

March 20: Mary Moore Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 10: Clare Beams Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 20: Calliope Reading, 7:30 p.m., 130 Colson Hall

April 27: MFA Reading, 7:30 p.m., Gold Ballroom, WVU Mountainlair