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Profile: EJ Westlake

Title: Associate Professor of English/Theatre
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison  1997

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Research Interests

Primary Interests

Nationalism, Postcolonialism, Nicaraguan Drama, Dance, Postmodernism, Pedagogy

Secondary Interests

Arts Advocacy, Public and Community-based Performance, Theatre and Social Change



World Theatre: the Basics. New York and London: Routledge, 2016.

Political Performances: Theory and Practice. Susan C. Haedicke, Deirdre Heddon, Avraham Oz, and E.J. Westlake, eds. New York and Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2009.
Our Land is Made of Courage and Glory: the Nationalist Drama of Nicaragua and Guatemala. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2005.

Book Chapters

"El Güegüence, post-Sandinista Nicaragua, and the Resistant Politics of Dancing." The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater. Nadine George-Graves, Editor. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

"No Hint as to the Author is Anywhere Found: Problems of Using 19th-century Ethnography in Latin American Theatre History." Theatre Historiography: Critical Interventions. Henry Bial, Scott Magelsson, eds. University of Michigan Press, 2010.
"The Güegüence Effect: The National Character and the Nicaraguan Political Process." Political Performances. Susan C. Haedicke, Deirdre Heddon, Avraham Oz, and E.J. Westlake, eds. New York and Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2009.
 “(Re)writing the Nation from the Margins: The Case of Ocho de Marzo.” in Casting Gender: Women and Performance in Intercultural Contexts.  Eds. Laura Lengel.  Peter Lang: New York, 2005.
"Children of Tomorrow: Seattle Public Theatre's Work with Homeless Youth." in Performing Democracy: International Perspectives on Urban Community-based Performance.  Eds. Susan Haedicke and Tobin Nellhaus.  U. of Michigan Press: Ann Arbor, 2001.

Articles in Scholarly Journals

 "The Last Escape of Billy the Kid: Dramatizing Biography and the Corpse on Trial."Theatre Annual. 67, 2014.
"El Güegüence, post-Sandinista Nicaragua, and the Resistant Politics of Dancing." Dance Research Journal. 43: S1, 2011.

"Friend Me if you Facebook: Generation Y and Performative Surveillance." TDR. 52:4, 2008.
"Finding the Time Capsule: Enabling Undergraduates to Know What They Know." Youth Theatre Journal. v. 21, 2007.
"The Bomb that Blew-Up Seattle: Jason Sprinkle and the Performance of Municipal Identity." TDR 46:1, 2002.
"Performing the Nation in Manuel Galich's El tren amarillo" Latin American Theatre Review. Spring, 1998.
"The Yellow of Jaundice: Chinese Dis/Ease in The Yellow Train." Theatre Insight. 14 (Summer 1995).

Book and Performance Reviews

Radical Nostalgia: Spanish Civil War Commemoration in America. Peter Glazer. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2005. Modern Drama. 51:3 (2008)
Imperialism and Theatre.  Ed. J. Ellen Gainor.  London: Routledge, 1995.  Theatre Journal  48:4 (1996).

Hamletangoby Susanna Cook (Wow Café, March 2002) and Maria del Bosco by Richard Foreman (Ontological-Hysterical Theatre, March 2002).  Theatre Journal  55:2 (2002).

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