Jason Fitzgerald

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Professional Title

Assistant Professor, English

Department(s)

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
English

About

I study U.S. cultural development from the postwar period to the present, with a particular interest in the political and philosophical foundations of theatrical form. My current book project, “Theatre at the End of Humanism: Staging Agency and Politics in the Radical Sixties,” reconsiders the relationship between politics and performance in the U.S. 1960s by mapping the ways avant-garde theatre artists of that decade transformed their practices by grappling with the limitations of the universalist humanism they inherited from the left-wing counterculture. Meanwhile, I have begun a new research trajectory in ecocriticism, beginning with the study of theatrical representations of global warming and expanding into a larger project that will compare cultural responses to nuclear warfare from the 1960s-70s with similar responses to climate catastrophe in the 21st century. These projects are linked by an interest in the changing fate of humanist thought, in particular claims about progress and historical agency, in US culture since the second world war.

Research Interests

activism
art
humanities
LGBTQ
race
sexuality
theatre
performance
culture
politics