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Sean Edgecomb
Position: Associate Professor
Campus Affiliation: College of Staten Island
Phone: 212-817-8878
Room Number: 3111.05
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Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. in Drama, Tufts University
Major publications include: Charles Ludlam Lives!: Charles Busch, Bradford Louryk, Taylor Mac and the Queer Legacy of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2017), which traces the connections between playwright, actor and essayist Charles Ludlam and three contemporary neo-ridiculous performance artists, introducing queer models such as kinetic kinship, lateral historiography, and a new approach to camp. It demonstrates that the queer legacy of Ludlam is one of distinct transformation—one where artists can reject faithful interpretations in order to move in new interpretive directions. His next book, A Queer Bestiary: Ritual Anthropomorphism and Animal Symbolism in Contemporary LGBTQ+ Performance, considers contemporary queer performance artists who include rituals of anthropomorphism and/or animal symbolism in their work. It maps where and how queerness intersects global cultures through kinetic channels of symbolism, linguistics and performance. It is currently under contract with the University of Michigan Press. He is currently co-editing an edited collection on Taylor Mac’s 24 Decade History of Popular Music with David Román and Daniel Venning. His most recent journal essay, “Between the Wood and the World: Ludwig II of Bavaria’s Queer Swans,” appeared in the May 2018 issue of Theatre Survey. His most accessed essay, “The Ridiculous Performance of Taylor Mac,” appeared in Theatre Journal in 2012. Other essays have appeared in PAJ, Contemporary Theatre Review, Popular Entertainment Studies, The Gay and Lesbian Review and Bright Lights Film Journal. His work had been translated into Polish and Croatian. Recent book chapters include “Queer Politics/Nostalgia: Performing the UpStairs Lounge Fire of 1973,” in The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics, eds. Helena Grehan and Peter Eckersall (forthcoming, 2018), “Architecting Queer Space: Charles Ludlam’s Bluebeard in the West Village,” in Reading in Cultural Performance, eds. Suzanne McCauley and Kevin Landis, (2017) and “Queer Kinesis: Performance, Invocation, Transformation,” in Queer Dramaturgies: Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer, eds. Alyson Campbell and Stephen Farrier, (2016). His current research and teaching interest include: queer theatre and performance in a global context, queer theory, queer migration, downtown culture and kinship, animal studies, LGBTQ+ histories, gender/gender variance, trans* studies, adaptations of classical texts, American studies and maintaining and extending the theoretical legacy of José Esteban Muñoz.