Ph.D. 1982 (English and comparative literature), M.Phil. 1977, M.A. 1975, Columbia; M.A. 1973 (English literature), B.A. 1971, Delhi (India).
Office Address: 19 University Pl, 518 New York, New York (US) 10003
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Una Chaudhuri is Collegiate Professor and Professor of English and Drama. She is the author of No Man’s Stage: A Semiotic Study of Jean Genet’s Plays, and Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama, as well as numerous articles on drama theory and theatre history in such journals as Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, and Theatre. She is the editor of Rachel’s Brain and Other Storms, a book of scripts by performance artist Rachel Rosenthal, and co-editor, with Elinor Fuchs, of the award-winning critical anthology Land/Scape/Theater. She was guest editor of a special issue of Yale Theater on “Theater and Ecology.” Chaudhuri’s current work focuses on the emerging field of Animal Studies. She guest-edited a special issue on Animality and Performance, for TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies (2007). Recent publications include “Animal Rites: Performing Beyond the Human,” in Critical Theory and Performance ( 2007), and "(De)Facing the Animals: Zooesis and Performance" in TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies (March, 2007).
Areas of Research/Interest
Modern Drama; theatre history; performance theory; animal studies; eco-criticism
Affiliated with other departments or programs
Professor, Environmental Studies
Association for Theatre in Higher Education, American Society for Theatre Research, Modern Language Association, American Theatre Wing, Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, New York Animal Studies Group
HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) Animals and Society Courses Award for the best established course, 2005 (for “Topics in Performance Studies: Animal Rites”); ATHE (American Theatre in Higher Education) Award for Excellence in Editing (2003); ASTR (American Society for Theatre Research) Honorable Mention, Barnard-Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History (1995); New York University’s Distinguished Teaching Medal (1993); Golden Dozen Teaching Award, New York University (1988); Mellon Foundation Presidential Research Fellowship (1986-87); Curricular Development Challenge Fund Grant, New York University (1986-87); Curricular Development Challenge Fund Grant, New York University (1991-92); Presidential Fellowship, Columbia University (1976-77)
Land/Scape/Theater (co-edited with Elinor Fuchs). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 2002.
Rachel’s Brain and other Storms: The Performance Scripts of Rachel Rosenthal. Edited and with Commentaries by Una Chaudhuri. London: Continuum. 2001.
Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 1995.
No Man's Stage: A Semiotic Study of Jean Genet's Major Plays. Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press. 1986.
Guest-editor, special issues of journals:
TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies, special issue on Animals and Performance, March 2007.
Theater, special issue on Ecology and Theatre, 1994.