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Ryan Claycomb


Ryan Claycomb is Associate Dean in the Honors College at WVU, and also teaches courses in modern drama, contemporary British literature, performance studies and gender studies. His interests lie at the crossroads of text and performance, narrative and history, and power and resistance.

He is author of Lives in Play: Autobiography and Biography in the Feminist Stage (Michigan, 2012), and co-editor (with Randi Gray Kristensen) of Writing Against the Curriculum: Anti-Disciplinarity in the Writing and Cultural Studies Classroom. He has published on contemporary feminist drama, performance studies in the composition classroom, and a range of other topics in contemporary drama, theatre and performance. He is also working on a project on the ethics and politics of documentary theatre and oral history performance.


  • Modern and Contemporary Drama
  • Gender Studies
  • 20th Century British Literature
  • Life Writing
  • Performance Theory

Selected Publications:

  • Lives in Play: Autobiography and Biography on the Feminist Stage. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012.
  • “Voices of the Other: Documentary and Oral History Performance in Post-9/11 British Theatre” in Political and Protest Theatre after 9/11: Patriotic Dissent. Ed. Jenny Spencer. New York: Routledge, 2011.
  • “Middlebrowing the Avant Garde: Equus on the West End.” Modern Drama. 52.1 (2009) 99-123.
  • “Curtain Up?: Disrupted, Disguised, and Delayed Beginnings in Theatre and Drama.” Narrative Beginnings. Ed. Brian Richardson. Lincoln, Neb: U of Nebraska P, 2008. 166-178.
  • “Performing/Teaching/Writing: Performance Studies in the Composition Classroom” Enculturation. 6.1 (2008): in Writing Against the Curriculum: Anti-Disciplinarity in the Writing and Cultural Studies Classroom. Ryan Claycomb and Randi Kristensen, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009. 183-204.
  • “Staging Psychic Excess: Parodic Narrative and Transgressive Performance,” Journal of Narrative Theory. 38.1 (Winter 2007). 104-127.
  • “Playing at Lives: Biography and Contemporary Feminist Drama,” Modern Drama. 47:3 (Fall 2004): 525-545.
  • “(Ch)oral History: Docudrama, the Communal Subject, and Progressive Form,” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 17:2 (Spring 2003): 95-121.