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Selected readings for each month represent group member interests and a collaboration between group leaders and monthly facilitators. Please find the readings posted by month below.

September 2014 Readings

Sage_Dolan: Chapter 28 from The Sage Handbook of Performance Studies. Ed. Judith Hamera and D Soyini Madison. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2006.

Schechner: Schechner, Richard. “Occupy Solidarity.” The Drama Review 56.1 (2012): 7-9. Project MUSE. Web. 5 Sep. 2014. <>.

Taylor: Introduction from Taylor, Diana. The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003.

Worthen: W. B. Worthen. “Intoxicating Rhythms: Or, Shakespeare, Literary Drama, and Performance (Studies).” Shakespeare Quarterly 62.3 (2011): 309-339. Project MUSE. Web. 5 Sep. 2014. <>.

Further reading suggestions:medieval september

Butler, Judith. Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex.” New York: Routledge, 1993.

Phelan, Peggy. “The Ontology of Performance: Representation Without Reproduction.” Unmarked: the Politics of Performance. New York: Routledge, 1993. 146-166.

Roach, Joseph R. Cities of the Dead: Circum-Atlantic Performance. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996.

Schechner, Richard. Between Theater & Anthropology. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1985.


October 2014 Readings

Goldberg (request via email): Preface and Chapter 1 from Goldberg, Jonathan. Sodometries: Renaissance Texts, Modern Sexualities. New York: Fordham University Press, 2010.

Laqueur: Chapter 3 from Laquer, Thomas. Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1990.

Holland (request via email): Introduction and Chapter 3 from Holland, Sharon. The Erotic Life of Racism. Durham, Duke University Press, 2012.

Feldman: Feldman, Kiera. “Who Are Women’s Colleges For?” The New York Times. 25 May 2014: SR4.

Further reading suggestions:

Halperin: Introduction from Halperin, David. One Hundred Years of Homosexuality. New York: Routledge, 1989.

Bray: Chapter 2 from Bray, Alan. Homosexuality in Renaissance England. London: Gay Men’s Press, 1996.

Sedgwick: Chapter 1 from Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. Epistemology of the Closet. Berkeley, University of California Press, 1990.

Butler (request via email): Chapter 1 from Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge, 1990.



November 2014 Readings

Buell, Lawrence. “The Emergence of Environmental Criticism.” Future of Environmental Criticism

Estok, Simon. “Disgust, Metaphor, Women: Ecophobic Confluences.” Ecocriticism and Shakespeare: Reading Ecophobia

Heise, Ursula. “Developing a Sense of Planet: Ecocriticism and Globalisation.” Teaching Ecocriticism and Green Cultural Studies

Hiltner, Ken. “Place, Body, and Spirit Joined: The Earth-Human Wound in Paradise Lost.” Milton and Ecology
Further reading suggestions:

Boehrer, Bruce. “Shakespeare’s Beastly Buggers.” Shakespeare Among the Animals

Hiltner, Ken. “Representing Air Pollution in Early Modern London.” What Else is Pastoral?

January 2015 Readings
Early History (optional)
Charles Pierce
“How to Make our Ideas Clear”
“The Fixation of Belief”

Pragmatism as a Philosophy
William James
Pragmatism – Lecture II (“What Pragmatism Means”) and Lecture IV (“Pragmatism’s Conceptions of Truth”)
The Will to Believe

Contemporary Pragmatism
Bruno Latour – “Why Has Critique Run out of Steam?”
Colin Koopman – “Pragmatism as a Philosophy of Hope”

Presentist Shakespeare
Hugh Grady & Terence Hawkes “Introduction”
Linda Charnes – “Shakespeare, and belief, in the future”

March 2015 Readings
Latour, Bruno. “One more turn after the social turn,” 1992. (a good intro to Latour for those unfamiliar)

Bennett, Jane. Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Matter, 2010–Preface, Chapters 1&2

DeLanda, Manuel. A New Philosophy of Society, 2006–Intro & Chapter 1 (and Ch 2, if you feel so inclined)