MICHAEL Y. BENNETT

Assistant Professor of English
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater


Michael Y. Bennett is an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches courses in modern drama. He is author of Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd (2011); Words, Space, and the Audience (2012); and Narrating the Past through Theatre (2012); he is also the editor of Refiguring Oscar Wilde's Salome (2011) and the co-editor of Eugene O'Neill's One-Act Plays: New Critical Perspectives (2012). Currently, he is under contract to write The Cambridge Introduction to the Absurd.

Books (Monographs)

The Cambridge Introduction to the Absurd. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (under contract)

Narrating the Past through Theatre: Four Crucial Texts
. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Words, Space, and the Audience: The Theatrical Tension between Empiricism and Rationalism
. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Reassessing the Theatre of Absurd: Camus, Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, and Pinter
. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011/[Paperback forthcoming December 2013].

Reviewed in: Journal of Modern Literature; Theatre Survey; Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry; CHOICE; and Text & Presentation, 2011

Books (Edited Collections)

Co-editor with Benjamin D. Carson. Eugene O'Neill's One-Act Plays: New Critical Perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
        
        Reviewed in: CHOICE

Editor. Refiguring Oscar Wilde's Salome. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011.
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Reviewed in: Upstage: A journal of turn-of-the-century theatre and TheaterForschung (TheaterResearch)


Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

"Dominance and the Triumph of the White Trickster Over the Black Picaro in Amiri Baraka's Great Goodness of Life: A Coon Show." Callaloo 36.2 (Spring 2013): 312-321.

"Camus' Unbeknownst Legacy: Or, 'I'm having an existential crisis!' Don't you really mean a Camusian crisis?" The Originality and Complexity of Albert Camus's Writings, ed. Emmanuelle A. Vanborre. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, 53-62.

 "Family Dynamics in O'Neill's Drama: The Diseased Body in Long Day's Journey into Night." Critical Insights: Eugene O'Neill. ed. Steven F. Bloom. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2012, 189-204.

"Epistemological Crises in O'Neill's S. S. Glencairn Plays," Eugene O'Neill's One-Act Plays: New Critical Perspectives. eds. Michael Y. Bennett and Benjamin D. Carson. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, 97-111.

"The Cartesian Beckett: The Mind-Body Split in Murphy and Happy Days" ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 25.2 (May 2012): 118-122.

"The Response to the Offstage Presence in Beckett's 'Act Without Words I' and 'Act Without Words II.'" Spec. issue of ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 25.1 (February 2012): 16-18.

"'The Essential Doesn't Change': Essence Precedes Experience and Cartesian Rationalism in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot." Notes on Contemporary Literature 42.1 (January 2012): 5-7.

"A Wilde Performance: Bunburying and 'Bad Faith' in Salome and The Importance of Being Earnest." Refiguring Oscar Wilde's Salome. ed. Michael Y. Bennett. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011, 167-181.

"Introduction: Salome as Anamoly?" Refiguring Oscar Wilde's Salome. ed. Michael Y. Bennett. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011, vii-xii.

 "Trajectories: mapping rhizomes." Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry 6.15 (Spring 2011): 56-64.

"The Circle of Unmeaning: Beckett's 'Come and Go.'" Notes on Contemporary Literature: 40.4 (November 2010): 7-10.

 "The Minoritarian Linguist in Translation: Homebody/Kabul's Answer to Deleuze and Guattari." Boundaries of Publication: Posthumography. Spec. issue of Rhizomes 20 (Summer 2010): <http://www.rhizomes.net/issue20/bennett.html>.

"Sartre's 'The Wall' and Beckett's Waiting for Godot: Existential and Non-Existential Nothingness." Notes on Contemporary Literature 39.5 (November 2009): 2-3.

"Clowning Around in James Purdy's The Paradise Circus." Notes on Contemporary Literature 38.3 (May 2008): 7-10.

"Brecht in the Wilde: Salome's Liminal Spaces and the Storyteller." Journal of Theatre and Drama 7/8 (2001/2002): 145-158. [Published 2005]

 "Recipe for The [Historical] Public Sphere: The Borgesian Catalogue." Variaciones Borges 16 (October 2003): 131-156.

Review-Essays

"Away from the Absurd?: The Critical Response to Beckett at 100." Linda Ben-Zvi; Angela Moorjani (eds.): Beckett at 100. Revolving it All (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008); Christopher Murray (ed.): Samuel Beckett. 100 Years. Centenary Essays (Dublin: New Island, 2006); Brigitte Le Juez: Beckett Before Beckett (London: Souvenir, 2008); S. E. Gontarski; Anthony Uhlmann (eds.) Beckett After Beckett (Gainsville: University Press of Florida, 2006); Ronana McDonald: The Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Beckett (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006). Kritikon Litterarum 36.3/4 (December 2009): 230-238.

Performance Reviews

Performance Review of Spring Awakening: A Sin of Omission, by Frank Wedekind. Adapted by Toby Berkovici and Emily Denison. Dir. Toby Bercovici. Looking Glass Theatre. New York. Theatre Journal 63.2 (May 2011): 269-270.

Performance Review of Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett. Dir. Anthony Page. Studio 54. New York. Theatre Journal 62.1 (March 2010):  110-111.

Performance Review of Salome: The Reading, by Oscar Wilde. Dir. Estelle Parson. Ethel
Barrymore Theatre. New York. Theatre Journal 56.2 (May 2004): 305-306.

Book Reviews

Review of Anna McMullan and S. E. Wilmer, eds. Reflections on Beckett: A Centenary Celebration (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2009). Modern Drama 53.3 (Fall 2010): 417-419.

Review of Stephen Bottoms, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Edward Albee (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005). Theatre Journal 60.1 (March 2008): 151-152.

Review of Tracy C. Davis and Thomas Postlewait, eds. Theatricality (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004). Kritikon Litterarum 34.3/4 (2007): 182-186.

Review of Shannon Jackson. Professing Performance: Theatre in the Academy from Philology to Performativity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004). Kritikon Litterarum 32.3/4 (2005): 154-157.

Review of Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, and Martha Merrill Umphrey, eds. The Place of Law (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2003). The Drama Review T185, 49.1 (Spring 2005): 171-173.


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