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Department: English

Emily KleinEmily Klein

Assistant Professor of English


Berte Humanities Building 325

Contact Information:

Box 549028
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-4857
Office Fax: 226-3089
E-mail: eklein@bsc.edu

Brief Career Background:

Teaching Experience:
Birmingham Southern College 2010-present
Carnegie Mellon University 2004-2010

Educational Background:

Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, Literary and Cultural Studies, 2010
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles, English, 1999

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • Theatre and Performance Studies
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Twentieth Century American Literature and Drama
  • Cultural Studies
  • Trauma Studies
  • Foodways, Sustainability Practices and Food Writing

Research Interests

Most of my current research focuses on modern and contemporary political theatre and performance, often from a feminist perspective. My book, Sex and War on the American Stage: Lysistrata in Production 1930-2012 will be published by Routledge in 2014. That project examines stagings and appropriations of Aristophanes’ most popular comedy from the last 80 years.

My article, “Spectacular Citizenships: Staging Latina Resistance through Urban Performances of Pain” recently appeared in Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, and my book chapter “Anti-War Activism and The Structures of Trauma in the Plays of Eve Ensler and Kathryn Blume” was published in Political and Protest Theater After 9/11: Patriotic Dissent, edited by Jenny Spencer (Routledge, 2012).

I also serve as Vice President of Development for the Women and Theatre Program of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

Courses Taught:

EH 102 Introduction to Writing (1)
Techniques of expository prose. Prerequisite: placement by English faculty. Fall, Spring.

EH 215: Introduction to Drama (1)
An introduction to dramatic literature from the Greeks to the present.

EH 220: Literature and the Social Experience (1)
An introduction to the social interpretation of literature through study of a faculty-selected topic (such as African-American literature, war in literature, literature and the environment, or feminism and literature), focusing on a cultural movement, a social issue, or the perspective of a social group.

EH 227: From Suffrage to Cyborgs: Twentieth-Century Feminism(s) and the Novel (1)
An introduction to the social interpretation of twentieth-century American novels through the study of feminism. This course traces a lineage of first and second wave American feminisms by coupling our exploration of novels by, for, and about women with contemporaneous theoretical and historical texts. By pairing famous literary works by Kate Chopin, Zora Neale Hurston, Sylvia Plath, and Maxine Hong Kingston with feminist texts by John Stuart Mill, Sojourner Truth, Simone de Beauvoir and Betty Friedan we will investigate the relationship between literature and social movements (a Leadership Studies designated course).

EH 394: Contemporary Drama (1)
A critical examination of the principal plays, playwrights and theories of contemporary drama.

EH 420: Studies in the Drama (1)
A theoretical study of the drama. The focus of the course may change each time it is offered: for example, performance studies, gender and the drama, dramatic form and theory, the theatre of the absurd.

EH 425: Introduction to Performance Theory: Liveness, Media, Spectacle, and Ritual (1)
A theoretical study of performance and performativity in live events, texts, film, and media. This course gives particular attention to questions of everyday performance related to gender and race, as well as socio-cultural phenomena such as ritual, protest, and politics. Interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives from the fields of anthropology, sociology, theatre, media and film studies, and race, gender, and sexuality studies scaffold our research and discussion. Prerequisite: three 300-level courses, or instructor consent for MFS and theatre majors. (Category 5)

MFS 100: Introduction to Media and Film Studies (1)
An introduction to critical analysis of mass media in the context of contemporary culture and social institutions, including an examination of how mass media, such as film, television, advertising, the Internet, and others, affect and reflect cultural values, political attitudes, personal identity, and behavior. Students learn basic media literacy by developing conceptual tools for thinking critically about mass media, with a special emphasis on (1) how various media shape and convey meaning; and (2) the impact that the form, function, and institutional production of media have on local, national, and global communities.