Miriam Chirico

MiriamSideMiriam Chirico, Professor, English Literature
Education: Mount Holyoke College, B.A.; King’s College, University of London, M.A.; Emory University, Ph.D.
Research and teaching specialties: History of Drama, Modern and Contemporary Drama, and Comedy Studies, as well as Business/ Professional Writing.

Professional Practice: Board Member of Comparative Drama Conference; New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Evaluation Team Member; Educational Testing Service – Advance Placement Exam in English Literature

Selected Publications:

“Performed Authenticity: Narrating the Self in the Comic Monologues of David Sedaris, John Leguizamo and Spalding Gray. Studies in American Humor. 2.1 (2016): 22 – 46.

“Urban Revival and College Writing: Writing to Promote Communities.” Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. 4:1 (Spring) 2013: 25-44.

 “Mythic Revision for the Stage: Notes Towards a Critical Aesthetic.” In Contemporary Dramatic Revisions of Myth, Fairy Tale, and Legend. Verna Foster, ed. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012. 15-33.

 “Dotty’s “Juney Old Moon”: The Romantic Imagination in Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers.” Text and Presentation: Journal of the Comparative Drama Conference Series 7. Kiki Gounaridou, ed. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. 2012.  65-82.

“Shaw, Wilde, Synge and the Trope of Lost Identity.”  Origins of English Dramatic Modernism. Eds. Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe and Gregory F. Tague. Bethesda, MD: Academica Press, 2010. 275-317.

“Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses: Mythic Revision as a Ritual for Grief.”  Comparative Drama.  42: 2 (Summer 2008), 149-179.

“Social Critique and Comedic Reconciliation in George Bernard Shaw’s You Never Can Tell.Shaw: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies Vol. 25 (2005): 105-126.

 “Moving Fate into the Family: Tragedy Redefined in O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra.” The Eugene O’Neill Review. 24 (Spring/ Fall) 2000, (Published in 2002): 81-100.

“‘Dancing on the Edge of a Cliff’: The Grotesque in the Plays of Beth Henley.” Beth Henley: A Casebook.  Ed. Julia Fesmire.  Casebooks on Modern Dramatists.  New York: Routledge, 2002: 1-31.

“Female Laughter and Comic Possibilities: Wendy Wasserstein’s Uncommon Women.”  Wendy Wasserstein: A Casebook.   Ed. Claudia Barnett.  Garland Reference Library of the Humanities.  Casebooks on Modern Dramatists.  New York: Garland Press, 1998: 81-105.

 “Machinal: Sophie Treadwell’s Expressionist Reply.”  Text and Presentation: Journal of the Comparative Drama Conference. Gainesville, Florida: Maupin House, 1996:  6-12.

Awards and Honors

  • Nomination by Latin American Theater Review for the for Theatre in Higher Education’s competition Best Essay in Criticism 2002 for “Laughter and Ethnicity in John Leguizamo’s One-Man World.” Published in Latin American Theater Review 26 (Fall) 2002: 29-50.