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Penelope Farfan

  • Professor

Currently Teaching

  F2017 - DRAM 346 - Seminar in Drama I
SEM 2 TR 10:00 - 11:50
CHD 003
Outline
  F2017 - DRAM 647 - Studies in Modern Drama I
SEM 1 T 13:00 - 15:45
CHD 003
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  W2018 - DRAM 483.2 - Advanced Topics in Theatre Studies (Contemporary Women Playwri)
  W2018 - DRAM 483.3 - Advanced Topics in Theatre Studies (GenderSexualityModernPerf)
  W2018 - DRAM 649 - Studies in Modern Drama II
SEM 1 T 13:00 - 15:45
CHD 003

Biography

Penny Farfan (PhD Northwestern University; MA McGill University; BFA Concordia University) is Professor of Drama, specializing in dramatic literature, theatre history, and modernist studies.

She is the author of Performing Queer Modernism (Oxford University Press, 2017) and Women, Modernism, and Performance (Cambridge University Press, 2004, 2007) and the editor (with Lesley Ferris) of Contemporary Women Playwrights: Into the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). She has also served as the editor of Theatre Journal, published many articles and book chapters on modern and contemporary theatre, drama, and performance, and held research fellowships and grants from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Calgary Institute for the Humanities, the Killam Trust, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the University of Calgary’s International Grants Committee. Her work has been recognized with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Outstanding Article Award, the ATHE Excellence in Editing Award for sustained career achievement, and the Women and Theatre Program Achievement Award for Scholarship, as well as a Faculty of Graduate Studies Great Supervisor Award.

In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in modern drama and theatre history, she has supervised graduate students in the MFA programs in Theatre Studies and Directing, most often working in the areas of modern and contemporary drama, theatre history, and feminist theatre.

She is currently the Director of the Centre for Research in the Fine Arts.

Research

Penny Farfan’s research focuses on modern and contemporary theatre, drama, and performance.

She is the author of Women, Modernism, and Performance and Performing Queer Modernism, as well as many articles and book chapters on modernism and performance and on contemporary women playwrights for such publications as Theatre JournalModern DramaText and Performance QuarterlyWoolf Studies AnnualSouth Central ReviewCanadian Theatre ReviewTheatre History StudiesDiscourses in Dance, The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Women WritersBritish Theatre and Performance 1900-1950, and Futility and Anarchy? British Literature in Transition, 1920-1940, among others. She is also the editor (with Lesley Ferris) ofContemporary Women Playwrights: Into the Twenty-First Century and has served as the editor of Theatre Journalco-editor of special issues of Canadian Theatre Review and South Central Review, book review editor of Modern Drama, and editorial advisor for the Theatre/Drama/Performance section of The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.

Her research has been funded through grants and fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Calgary Institute for the Humanities, the Killam Trust, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the University International Grants Committee, as well as through a University Professorship at the University of Calgary.

Publications

Books

Performing Queer Modernism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Penny Farfan and Lesley Ferris, eds. Contemporary Women Playwrights: Into the Twenty-First Century. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Women, Modernism, and Performance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004, 2007.

Editing (selected)

Editor, Theatre Journal, January 2012-December 2013; Co-editor, January 2010-December 2011. Special issues: “Modernism” (2013); Queer Research in Performance (2012); Rethinking Intercultural Performance (2011); Contemporary Women Playwrights (2010).

Katherine E. Kelly and Penny Farfan, eds. Staging Modernism: Special Issue of South Central Review 25, no. 1 (Spring 2008).

Susan Bennett and Penny Farfan, eds. Calgary's High Performance Rodeo: Twenty Years of New Performance: Special Issue of Canadian Theatre Review 124 (Fall 2005).

Journal Articles and Book Chapters (selected)

“On the Home Front: Designs for Living in British Theatre between the Wars.” Futility and Anarchy? British Literature in Transition, 1920-1940. Ed. Dougal McNeill and Charles Ferrall. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

“Women Playwrights and the News: Colleen Murphy and Judith Thompson on ‘Fact-Inspired’ Drama.” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 31, no. 2 (Spring 2017).

“‘Masculine Women and Effeminate Men’: Gender and Sexuality on the Modernist Stage.” British Theatre and Performance, 1900-1950. Ed. Rebecca D’Monté. London: Methuen, 2015. 213-22.

“Historical Landscapes in Contemporary Plays by Canadian Women.” Contemporary Women Playwrights: Into the Twenty-First Century. Ed. Penny Farfan and Lesley Ferris. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 231-43.

“The Folk and the Chosen One: Primitivism, Naturalism, and Nijinsky’s The Rite of Spring.” Discourses in Dance 5, no. 2 (2013): 15-27. View here.

“‘The Picture Postcard is a sign of the times’: Theatre Postcards and Modernism.” Theatre History Studies 32 (2012): 93-119.

“Women’s Modernism and Performance.” The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Women Writers. Ed. Maren Linnett (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010). 47-61.

Teaching

Penny Farfan teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in dramatic literature and theatre history, with particular emphasis on modern and contemporary drama and theatre.

Recent course offerings have included Drama 340/Seminar in Drama I; Drama 647/Studies in Modern Drama I; and Drama 649/Studies in Modern Drama II.

She has also supervised graduate students in the MFA programs in Theatre Studies and Directing, most often working in the areas of modern and contemporary drama, theatre history, and feminist theatre.

In 2015, she received a Faculty of Graduate Studies Great Supervisor Award.

Photograph of Penelope Farfan

Degrees

  • PhD - Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama
    Northwestern University, 1994
  • MA - English
    McGill University, 1989
  • BFA (with Distinction) - Theatre (Specialization in Theatre Performance)
    Concordia University, 1982
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