Mary Trotter

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Title
Associate Professor, English Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies; Chair, Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies Program; Director, Celtic Studies Program; Past President, American Conference for Irish Studies
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Interests
Modern Irish theatre, reflecting her larger interests in political performance, theatre and identity, gender and/in performance, transatlantic theatre and culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and historiography.

Degrees and Institutions

PhD, Northwestern University, 1996
MA, University of Texas, Austin, 1992
BA, Emory University

Selected Publications

Modern Irish Theatre, Polity Press, 2008.

Analysing major Irish dramas and the artists and companies that performed them, Modern Irish Theatre provides an engaging and accessible introduction to twentieth-century Irish theatre: its origins, dominant themes, relationship to politics and culture, and influence on theatre movements around the world. By looking at her subject as a performance rather than a literary phenomenon, Trotter captures how Irish theatre has actively reflected and shaped debates about Irish culture and identity among audiences, artists, and critics from the 1890s to the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Ireland’s National Theaters: Political Performance and the Origins of the Irish Dramatic Movement, Syracuse University Press, 2001.

This book describes the conflicts and collaborations among several theatre groups in turn-of-the-century Dublin with a range of political, religious, gender, and class perspectives that consciously used performance to promote ideas about nationalism and culture in Ireland from the 1890s to 1916. Performance groups discussed include the Abbey Theatre, the Theatre of Ireland, the Daughters of Erin, and the students at Padraic Pearse’s St. Enda’s

 

Biography and Current Projects

Mary has been a faculty member at UW-Madison since 2005, where she teaches a wide range of theatre and performance history and Irish Studies courses, from “Introduction to Theatre and Dramatic Literature,” to “American Theatre and Dramatic Literature to 1900,” to advanced seminars on theatre historiography and on the Irish Dramatic Movement. Her research focuses mainly on modern Irish theatre, reflecting her larger interests in political performance, theatre and identity, gender and/in performance, transatlantic theatre and culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and historiography.

Mary’s publications include two books. Her first book, Ireland’s National Theaters: Political Performance and the Origins of the Irish Dramatic Movement (Syracuse University Press, 2001) examined the dynamic relationship between political activism and theatrical performance in Dublin from the formation of the Gaelic League in 1893 to the Easter Rebellion in 1916. Her second book, Modern Irish Theatre (Cultural History of Literature Series, Polity Press, 2008) offers a comprehensive look at the work of Irish playwrights, players and companies from the 1880s to the contemporary period. In addition, Mary has published articles and reviews in such journals as Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Theatre Research International, and New Hibernia Review, and she has contributed book chapters to several edited theatre and performance collections. Her research is also anthologized in the Norton Critical Edition, Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama (2008). She is currently working on a new book monograph, tentatively titled “Actresses and Activists: Nationalism, Gender and Theatricality in Early 20th Century Ireland.” Along with participating regularly on scholarly panels at national and international conferences, she has been invited to present her research as a guest lecturer or plenary speaker at universities and academic meetings in North America, Canada and Ireland.

Her service to the profession includes membership on the Editorial Advisory Board of Modern Drama (2007-present) and North American book review editor for Theatre Research International (2003-2007). She also completed a two-year term as President of the American Conference for Irish Studies in spring of 2015.

Courses Taught

English/TD 120 Introduction to Theatre and Dramatic Literature
English/TD 224 History of Theatrical Production
TD 231 Literary Adaptation and Celtic Film
TD 431 History of Theatres and Staging
English/TD 534 American Drama and Theatre to 1900
TD 619 Modern Irish Theatre
TD 619 Gender and Sexuality in Irish Theatre
TD 700 Proseminar in Theatre Research
TD 731 Advanced Research in Theatre History to 1700
TD 732 Advanced Research in Theatre History, 1700 – Present
TD 911 Graduate Seminar, Theatre Historiography
TD 911 Graduate Seminar, The Irish Dramatic Movement