Assistant Professor of English , Drama
Ph.D. 2013 (Rhetoric), UC, Berkeley; A.B. 2004, Harvard
Areas of Research/Interest:
Theater and drama studies; modernism; critical theory; literary theory
Julia Jarcho received a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley in 2013, and an AB from Harvard. Her research and teaching focus on theater studies, modernist literature, and critical and literary theory. Her current book project, Writing and the Modern Stage: Theater Beyond Drama, will be published by Cambridge University Press. It argues that theater has offered a series of modernist and contemporary writers an imaginative site for negating the present, and thus cultivating a utopian sensibility; it seeks to challenge the prevailing common sense that identifies theatrical experimentation as a move "beyond" the literary. Julia is also a playwright and director with the company Minor Theater (www.minortheater.org). Her plays include American Treasure (13P, 2009), Dreamless Land (New York City Players, 2011), Nomads (Incubator Arts Project, 2014), and Grimly Handsome (Incubator, 2013), which won an Obie Award for Best New American Play. Her essays have appeared in Modern Drama and in Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture.