Rebecca Kastleman

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Research Assistant Professor


Office: DH G17I
Phone: 214-768-0729
Email: rkastleman[@]
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Educational Background

Ph.D., Harvard University


"My scholarship tracks the global trajectories of modern theater and performance, with an emphasis on British and American drama in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Additional research interests include gender and sexuality, diaspora and migration, and the history of philosophy. My work has appeared in venues including Theatre JournalModern DramaTheatre History Studies, American Theatre, The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, and Modernism/modernity Print Plus. My current book manuscript, Profaning Acts: The Drama of Religion on the Modern Stage, explores how Anglophone dramatists became newly fascinated with religion after the turn of the twentieth century, and demonstrates how playwrights' investigations of religious belief drew them into vexed encounters with global performance practices. I am also the Book Review Editor for the journal Modern Drama."


Selected Publications

“Synecdoche's Obloquy: Beckett and the Performance of Indecency.” Journal of Beckett Studies. Forthcoming September 2020. 
“An Acquaintance with Religion: Pluralizing Knowledge in Gertrude Stein’s Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights.” Modern Drama 62, no. 3 (2019): 338–360. “Performance, Theater, Drama.” Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory 27 (2019): 303–323.
“Introduction: Modernism on the World Stage.” With Kevin Riordan (Nanyang Technological University) and Claire Warden (DeMontfort University). Modernism/modernity Print Plus platform ( October 15, 2019.

“Impersonating the Law: The Dramaturgy of Legal Action in the York Corpus Christi Pageant and John Bale’s Three Laws.” Theatre Journal 68, no. 1 (2016): 37–56.