April 19: Peggy Phelan Delivers 2013 Wertheim Seminar in Performance

The Wertheim Seminar in Performance and the Department of English invite interested graduate students to participate in a seminar conducted by Professor Peggy Phelan

“Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?”

Friday, April 19 | 10:30-12:00
Distinguished Alumni Room, IMU

This seminar will look more closely at Albee’s play, concentrating in particular on the boundaries around sexual acts and the family. Using a broadly psychoanalytic method, we will consider the genre of theatre in relation to knowing and making public that which may not ever be fully knowable. Questions to be considered: what is fundamentally secret and unknown in sexual acts? What is the family’s interest in maintaining and revealing sexual secrets? How does this relate to the broader culture’s interest in “coming out” on the one hand, and the massively expensive and sophisticated interest in maintaining national and personal secrets on the other?

SPACE IS LIMITED; please RSVP to lcharnes@indiana.edu to attend. Three readings will be made available to participating students in advance of the seminar.

Peggy Phelan

Dr. Peggy Phelan, Stanford University


PEGGY PHELAN is the Ann O’Day Maples Chair in the Arts,  and holds a joint appointment in English and Theatre and Performance Studies at Stanford University.  A leading authority in performance art, her most recent book is the edited volume, Live Art in LA: Performance in Southern California: 1970-83 (Routledge: 2012). Phelan’s other works include Unmarked: The Politics of Performance (1993); Mourning Sex: Performing Public Memories (1997); Acting Out: Feminist Performances (1993); and The Ends of Performance (1998), as well as several co-edited volumes and more than sixty articles and essays in scholarly, artistic, and commercial magazines ranging from Artforum to Signs.

Professor Phelan’s essays have been cited in the fields of architecture, art history, psychoanalytic criticism, visual culture, performance studies, theater studies, and film and video studies. She has been a fellow of the Humanities Institute at the University of California, Irvine and the Australian National University. She served on the Editorial Board of Art Journal, one of three quarterly publications of the College Art Association, and served as Chair of the board. She has been President of Performance Studies International and has been a fellow of the Getty Research Institute and a Guggenheim Fellow.

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