Dr Jean Chothia, Selwyn



Research Interests

My research is concerned with dramatic language; with drama and performance;and with stage censorship. Published research includes work on English drama 1890-1940; French theatre in the 1890s; Naturalism and Realism on the stage; Eugene O’Neill; Orson Welles, New Woman plays; radio drama; silent cinema; Victorian / Edwardian Shakespeare; Sean O’Casey. I am currently writing on the staging of crowds and insurgency.

Areas of Graduate Supervision

Drama and theatre - most periods but particularly 1880-1940 - English, Irish, American, French. 1890s, Edwardian, 1930s writing, particularly documentary forms and the photographic image. Shakespeare in Performance. Some American poetry and fiction.Contribution to teaching and/or supervision for the American MPhil and PhDs on literary subjects in the post-1830 period

Selected Publications


  • "'The Triumph of the Supers': Hauptmann's 'The Weavers' as a Theatrical Event", Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film 34.1, 2007
  • "Sean O'Casey's Powerful Fireworks", A Companion to Modern British and Irish Drama, 1880-2005, Ed. Mary Luckhurst, Blackwell, 2006, 125-37
  • "Staging the Crowd: Gallery online and in touring exhibition", Stanford Crowds Project, Stanford Humanities Laboratory, 2005, 7 sections
  • "'Julius Caesar' in Interesting Times", Remaking Shakespeare: Performance across Media, Genres, Cultures, Ed. Pascale Aebischer, N Wheale and E Esche, Macmillan, 2003, 115-133
  • "Varying Authenticities: Poel, Tree and Late-Victorian Shakespeare", Victorian Shakespeare: Drama, Stage and Performance 1, Ed. Gail Marshall and Adrian Poole, Macmillan, 2003, 161-77
  • "'If this were played upon a stage now': Playing and the Audience in 'Twelfth Night'", Dialoguing on Genres, Ed. Ulf Lie and Anne Bonning, Nevus, 2001, 59-70
  • "'Broadcast Shakespeare': 'Recordings of Shakespeare'", The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, ed. Michael Dobson and Stanley Wells, Oxford University Press, 2001
  • "The New Woman and Other Emancipated Woman Plays", Ed. Jean Chothia with introduction and notes, Oxford University Press, 1998, ix-xxxvi, 265-303
  • "Shaw and the Drama to 1930 (some 90 short reviews of the most significant works for "English Drama 1880-Present")", The Annotated Bibliography of English Studies, Swets and Zeitlinger, 1998
  • "Trying to Write the Family Play: Autobiography and the Dramatic Imagination", The Cambridge Companion to Eugene O'Neill, Cambridge University Press, 1998, 192-205