Dr. Claudia Barnett

Professor

Dr. Claudia Barnett
615-898-2887
Room 375, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 70, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Ohio State University, Columbus (1994)
  • M.A., Ohio State University, Columbus (1990)
  • B.A., Cornell University (1988)

Areas of Expertise

  • Modern and contemporary drama
  • Playwriting

Biography

Claudia Barnett is a professor of Englislh and the advisor for the Writing Minor. She is also a playwright. Dr. Barnett teaches Modern Drama (ENGL 4470), Playwriting (ENGL 3665), and Women Who Kill (ENGL 2020-Honors)--a survey of plays by 20th-century American women.

Publications

Books of Plays

No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson’s Sister: A Play in Two Acts. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon UP, 2015.

I Love You Terribly: Six Plays. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon UP, 2012.  

Literary Journals  

Swimming in the Afternoon. River Styx 93 (2015): 61-68.

Highway 16. Qu Literary Magazine (2014): 48-58.

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Books of Plays

No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson’s Sister: A Play in Two Acts. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon UP, 2015.

I Love You Terribly: Six Plays. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon UP, 2012.  

Literary Journals  

Swimming in the Afternoon. River Styx 93 (2015): 61-68.

Highway 16. Qu Literary Magazine (2014): 48-58.

Kilometer 14. Poems & Plays 21 (2014): 81-88.

Till Death. Santa Clara Review 98.1 (2010): 17-28.

Emily Dickinson’s Sister. Poems & Plays 16 (2009): 35-43.

Sex Lessons. River Styx 80 (2009): 8-14.  

Anthologies and Scene Books  

Palooka. The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2017. Ed. Lawrence Harbison. Lyme, NH: Smith & Kraus. Forthcoming.

He Killed My Bird, or Now That We’re in Heaven. Old Stories, New Readings: The Transforming Power of American Drama. Ed. Alfonso Ceballos Muñoz and Miriam López-Rodríguez. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars P, 2015. 249-281.

Absent Grace. The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2013. Ed. Lawrence Harbison. Lyme, NH: Smith & Kraus, 2013. 13-19.

Lillie Meant Murder. The Best American Short Plays, 2011-12. Ed. William W. Demastes. Milwauki: Applause, 2013. 97-107.

Henry (excerpt). Duo! The Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century. Ed. Joyce E. Henry et al. Milwauki, WI: Applause, 2009. 62-66.

Ada (a monologue from Feather). One on One: The Best Women’s Monologues for the 21st Century. Ed. Joyce E. Henry et al. New York: Applause, 2007. 65-68.

Devoted. The Art of the One-Act. Ed. Arnold Johnston and Deborah Ann Percy. Kalamazoo, MI: New Issues, 2007. 441-459.

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Awards

MTSU:

  • Outstanding Honors Faculty Award, 2013, 2017.
  • Distinguished Creative Activity Award, 2012.
  • Bob Womack Distinguished Faculty Award, 2006.
  • Distinguished Research Award, 2003.

Creative:

  • Andaluz Award Jury Prize, Fusion Theatre, Albuquerque, NM, 2016.

Scholarly:

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, 2002.
  • Burger Theatre Essay Prize, University of Wyoming, 1997.

Research/Scholarly Activity

  • “‘More Life’: Ethel Rosenberg’s Ghost and Angels in America.” Women’s Studies 43.2 (2014): 131-54.
  • “AIDS=Purgatory: Prior Walter’s Prophecy and Angels in America.” Modern Drama 53.4 (2010): 471-494.
  • “A Moral Dialectic: Shelagh Stephenson’s An Experiment with an Air Pump.” Modern Drama 49.2 (2006): 206-222.
  • “‘An Evasion o...
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  • “‘More Life’: Ethel Rosenberg’s Ghost and Angels in America.” Women’s Studies 43.2 (2014): 131-54.
  • “AIDS=Purgatory: Prior Walter’s Prophecy and Angels in America.” Modern Drama 53.4 (2010): 471-494.
  • “A Moral Dialectic: Shelagh Stephenson’s An Experiment with an Air Pump.” Modern Drama 49.2 (2006): 206-222.
  • “‘An Evasion of Ontology’: Being Adrienne Kennedy” (includes an interview with Kennedy and her previously unpublished short story, “Milena’s Wedding”). TDR: The Drama Review 49.3 (2005): 157-186.
  • “Judith Thompson’s Ghosts: The Revenants that Haunt the Plays.” Canadian Theatre Review 114 (2003): 33-37. Rpt. as “Judith Thompson I Duchy” (in Polish) in Dialog 9 (2004): 141-147. Rpt. in Judith Thompson: Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English, Volume 3. Ed. Ric Knowles. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2005. 92-98.
  • “Painting as Performance: Charlotte Salomon’s Life? or Theatre? TDR: The Drama Review 47.1 (2003): 97-126. “Physical Prisons: Naomi Wallace’s Drama of Captivity.” Captive Audience: Prison and Captivity in Contemporary Theater. Ed. Thomas Fahy and Kimball King. New York: Routledge, 2003. 147-165.
  • “Dialectic and the Drama of Naomi Wallace.” Southern Women Playwrights: New Essays in Literary History and Criticism. Ed. Robert L. McDonald and Linda Rohrer Paige. Tuscaloosa: U Alabama P, 2002. 154-168.
  • “‘In Your Dreams’: Deb Margolin’s Fantasy/Drama.” Staging a Cultural Paradigm: The Political and the Personal in American Drama. Ed. Barbara Ozieblo and Miriam López-Rodríguez. New York: Peter Lang, 2002. 273-286.
  • “Mrs. Dalloway and Performance Theory.” English Language Notes 40.2 (2002): 57-68.
  • “‘Revengeance is gold mine, sweet’: Alchemy and Archetypes in Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker.” Essays in Theatre/Études théâtrales 19.1 (2000): 45-57.
  • “Phyllis Nagy’s Fatal Women.” Winner of the Burger Theatre Essay National Competition. Modern Drama 42.1 (1999): 28-44.
  • “Twice ‘Unmarked’: Jane Martin’s Drama of Identity.” Essays in Theatre/Études théâtrales 17.2 (1999): 129-138.
  • “A Prison of Object Relations: Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro.Modern Drama 40.3 (1997): 374-384. Rpt. Drama for Students: Presenting Analysis, Context, and Criticism on Commonly Studied Dramas. Vol. 9. Ed. David Galens. Detroit: Gale, 2000 and 2009. 115-120.
  • “Adrienne Kennedy and Shakespeare’s Sister.” American Drama 5.2 (1996): 44-56.
  • “‘This Fundamental Challenge to Identity’: Reproduction and Representation in the Drama of Adrienne Kennedy.” Theatre Journal 48.2 (1996): 141-155.
  • “The Death of Graffiti: Postmodernism and the New York City Subway.” Studies in Popular Culture 16.2 (1994): 25-38.
  • “Baudriflora: Celebrating History in the Heart of Simulation,” with Robert L. Davis. The American Journal of Semiotics 10.1-2 (1993): 245-269.
  • “The Metadramatic Prison of Betrayal.” The Pinter Review: Annual Essays (1992-93): 69-72.

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Creative Activity

Productions, Workshops, and Readings: Full-length Plays

Aglaonike’s Tiger. Venus Theatre, Laurel, MD. World premiere. Sept. 7-Oct. 1, 2017. Dir. Deb Randall. University of Pittsburgh. Lab production. Oct. 12-16, 2016. Dir. Shelby Brewster. 5th Wall Productions, Charleston, SC. Workshop production. July 15-17, 2016. Dir. Blair Cadden. Magic City Readings Series, Carver Theatre, Birmingham, AL. Staged reading. Apr. 25, 2015. Dir. Briana W...

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Productions, Workshops, and Readings: Full-length Plays

Aglaonike’s Tiger. Venus Theatre, Laurel, MD. World premiere. Sept. 7-Oct. 1, 2017. Dir. Deb Randall. University of Pittsburgh. Lab production. Oct. 12-16, 2016. Dir. Shelby Brewster. 5th Wall Productions, Charleston, SC. Workshop production. July 15-17, 2016. Dir. Blair Cadden. Magic City Readings Series, Carver Theatre, Birmingham, AL. Staged reading. Apr. 25, 2015. Dir. Briana Windham. March Forth Summer Salon, New York. Staged reading. Aug. 4, 2014.

Witches Vanish. Borderlands of History: Gender, Violence, Memory, A Reading Series, University of Pittsburgh. Mar. 18, 2016. Dir. Shelby Brewster. Venus Theatre, Laurel, MD. World premiere as part of the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival. Aug 20.-Sept. 20, 2015. Dir. Deborah Randall. 13th Annual Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival. Staged reading by Venus Theatre. Sept. 1, 2014. Dir. Deborah Randall. Great Plains Theatre Conference. PlayLab reading. Omaha, NE. May 26, 2014. Dir. Julia Hinson. 8th Annual Women’s Work Festival. St. John’s, NL, Canada. Staged reading. Mar. 4, 2014. Dir. Mary Vingoe. MultiStages New Works Finalist Festival. The West End Theatre, New York. Staged reading. Jan. 20, 2014. Dir. Melissa Maxwell. LeapFest 9, Stage Left Theatre, Chicago. Workshop production. May 17-June 1, 2012. Dir. Scott Bishop.

No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson’s Sister. Venus Theatre, Laurel, MD. World premiere. Nov. 7-Dec. 1, 2013. Dir. Deborah Randall. First Annual Truffle Hunt New Play Festival, Truffle Theatre Company, Brooklyn. Staged reading. Sept. 3, 2011. Dir. Emily Rea. Ingram New Works Festival, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville. Staged reading. May 10, 2010. Dir. Lauren Shouse.

 

 

 

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