Verna A. Foster
B.A. (1967), M.Phil. (1970), and Ph.D. (1977), University of London
Teaching and Research Interests:
Modern Drama, Contemporary Women Dramatists, Comparative Drama, Dramatic Theory, Shakespeare, Renaissance Drama, American Drama, Irish Drama
Ed. Dramatic Revisions of Myths, Fairy Tales and Legends: Essays on Recent Plays. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2012
The Name and Nature of Tragicomedy. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004.
“Beth Henley’s Abundance: The Cinematic Myth of the Wild West Revised.” Dramatic Revisions of Myths, Fairy Tales and Legends: Essays on Recent Plays. Ed. Verna A. Foster. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2012
“Liz Lochhead’s Dracula: Revision and Reception.” Text & Presentation, 2011, The Comparative Drama Conference Series, 8. Ed. Kiki Gounaridou. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2012
"Reinventing Isabelle Eberhardt: Rereading Timberlake Wertenbaker's New Anatomies." Connotations 17:1 (2007/2008): 109-128.
"The Symbiosis of Desire and Death: Beth Henley Rewrites Tennessee Williams." The Influence of Tennessee Williams on the American Stage: Essays on 15 Playwrights. Ed. Philip C. Kolin. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008.
"Nurturing and Murderous Mothers in Suzan-Lori Parks's In the Blood and Fucking A." American Drama. 16:1 (Winter 2007): 75-89.
"Suzan-Lori Parks's Staging of the Lincoln Myth in The America Play and Topdog/Underdog." JADT (Journal of American Drama and Theatre). 17:3 (Fall 2005): 24-35.
"Anxieties and Influences: The Presence of Shaw in Kushner's Angels in America." SHAW 22 (2002).
"Waiting for Buddy, Or Just Going On in A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur." The Undiscovered Country: The Later Plays of Tennessee Williams. Ed. Philip C. Kolin. New York: Lang, 2002.
Essay: "After Chekhov: The Three Sisters of Beth Henley, Wendy Wasserstein, and Timberlake Wertenbaker"
Essay "Why Does Mary Queen of Scots Always Get Her Head Chopped Off?"
Book Review Editor, Text & Presentation
Member, Board of the Comparative Drama Conference