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Ryan Claycomb

Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Ryan Claycomb is interim director of the Humanities Center at West Virginia University and affiliate faculty in the School of Theatre and Dance, and in Women’s and Gender Studies.  He 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 (Lexington Books, 2009). 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. 

Specializations:

  • Modern and Contemporary Drama
  • Gender Studies
  • 20th Century British Literature
  • Life Writing
  • Public Humanities

Selected Publications:

  • Lives in Play: Autobiography and Biography on the Feminist Stage. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012.
  • “Annawadi on South Bank: Global Neoliberalism and Spatial Contingency in Behind the Beautiful ForeversModern Drama. 60.4 (Winter 2017) 407-427.  
  • “Here’s How You Produce This Play: Towards a Narratology of Dramatic Texts.”  Narrative.  21.2 (May 2013).  159-179. 
  • “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.
  • “Performing/Teaching/Writing: Performance Studies in the Composition Classroom” Enculturation. 6.1 (2008): http://enculturation.gmu.edu/6.1/claycomb. rev. 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.