Marcia Eppich-Harris, Ph.D, is an assistant professor of English at Marian University, where she teaches Shakespeare, contemporary women playwrights, and other dramatic literature. She recently published an article in Shakespeare Newsletter titled "Resurrect Your Darlings: Falstaff's Death(s), Resurrections), and Lasting Influence" and has a forthcoming article in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies titled "Hamlet, Art, and Apoptosis: The Shakespearean Artwork of Julie Newdoll."
"The Liminal Space between Feminism and Misogyny: Introducing Playwright Nina Raine's Rabbit"
Abstract: In her 2006 play, Rabbit, Nina Raine tackles the ambivalence that Millennial women feel toward feminism, highlighting the entitlement of equality that Millennials both take for granted and do not actually enjoy. This article argues that Raine's play shows how crucial feminism is for young women like the protagonist, Bella, whose liminal subjectivity threatens to undermine her efforts to self-actualize. Comparing Bella's relationships with dominant males, her father and her ex-boyfriend Richard, this study shows how Bella's relationships cause her to alternate between feminism and misogyny because of the sexist attitudes of the men who have had the greatest influence on her life.
"A Conversation with Nina Raine, April 5, 2014"
Abstract: Marcia Eppich-Harris and Nina Raine discuss Raine's plays, Rabbit, Tribes, and Tiger Country, in a phone interview on April 5, 2014. Raine discusses writing, theatre, directing, and feminism, while also noting some of her greatest influences--among them, Tolstoy and Shakespeare.
Nihad M. Farooq, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of American Studies in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Farooq investigates the transformative power of encounter between scientists and indigenous and diasporic populations in the Americas in the long nineteenth century. Her research moves between literary studies, American and Atlantic Studies, critical race theory, and cultural studies of science and ethnography. Her first book, Undisciplined: Transatlantic Personhood and the Science of Diaspora, 1830-1940, is forthcoming from New York University Press. A second book, Slavery and Social Networks in the New World, is in progress.
"Creolizing Cultures: Franz Boas, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ethnographic Performance in the Twentieth Century"
Abstract: This essay investigates the position of culture as both a shifting political practice and an object of scientific study in the twentieth century. It begins with an earlier, foundational moment in the history of cultural performance, the Jamaican Christmas revolt of 1831, and uses this event to introduce and highlight a broader historical and political turn in the study of culture in the work of twentieth-century ethnographers Franz Boas and Zora Neale Hurston. As anthropology charted its course for the new century, its practitioners struggled to capture authentic moments of cultural practice without giving in to a Eurocentric approach to observation and study. While both Hurston and...