New Books Network

Ian Burrows, “Shakespeare for Snowflakes: On Slapstick and Sympathy” (Zero Books, 2020)
In Shakespeare for Snowflakes: On Slapstick and Sympathy (Zero Books, 2020), Ian Burrows examines the fraught meeting place of slapstick and tragedy, asking us under what literary and performative conditions we extend and withhold sympathy. Using source material as diverse as YouTube comments and the plays of Sarah Kane and... Read More
Steve Zeitlin, “The Poetry of Everyday Life: Storytelling and the Art of Awareness” (Cornell UP, 2016)
This is a book of encounters. Part memoir, part essay, and partly a guide to maximizing your capacity for fulfillment and expression, The Poetry of Everyday Life: Storytelling and the Art of Awareness (Cornell University Press, 2016) taps into the artistic side of what we often take for granted: the... Read More
Caridad Svich, “The Hour of All Things and Other Plays” (Intellect Books, 2018)
The Hour of All Things and Other Plays (Intellect Books, 2018) collects four plays by Caridad Svich, a 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement playwright. The plays take place in Venezuela, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southwest Detroit, as well as cyberspace and the place of dreams. In these works, Svich interrogates themes... Read More
Stacy Wolf, “Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theatre Across America” (Oxford UP, 2019)
On this episode, Lee Pierce (she/they) interviews Stacy Wolf of Princeton University about her book Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theatre Across America (Oxford University Press, 2019), an exploration of the complexities of amateur and local theatre across the United States. From backstage moms to tiny divas... Read More
Melissa R. Klapper, “Ballet Class: An American History” (Oxford UP, 2020)
For much of the last century, ballet class has been a rite of passage for millions of little girls in the United States. Some of these students have gone on to professional careers as dancers, but many more take class for a few years—or many years—before moving on to other... Read More
Lana Lesley, “Rude Mechs’ Lipstick Traces” (53rd State, 2019)
Rude Mechs’ Lipstick Traces (53rd State Press, 2019) is Lana Lesley’s graphic novelization of Lipstick Traces by Austin-based theatre collective Rude Mechs, itself an adaptation of Greil Marcus’ classic book Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century. The graphic novel vibrantly recreates the experience of watching Rude Mechs... Read More
Sean F. Edgecomb, “Charles Ludlam Lives!” (U Michigan, 2017)
Playwright, actor, and director Charles Ludlam (1943-87) helped to galvanize the Ridiculous style of theater in New York City starting in the 1960s. Decades after his death, his place in the chronicle of the American theater has remained constant, but his influence has changed. Although his Ridiculous Theatrical Company shut... Read More
Katie Horowitz, “Drag, Interperformance, and the Trouble with Queerness” (Routledge, 2019)
Published by Routledge in 2019, Drag, Interperformance, and the Trouble with Queerness is a comparative ethnography of drag king and drag queen performances in Cleveland Ohio. It uses the concept of interperformance as a framework for identity formation and coalition building that provides strategies for repairing longstanding rifts in the... Read More