About the Program
The PhD in Comparative Literature with an Emphasis in Drama allows students with the requisite expertise in a language other than English to complete work in Theater Studies at the PhD level. Students take courses, complete comprehensive exams, and write dissertations in the domains of Theater History, Dramatic Literature, Dramatic Theory, and Performance Studies. The program is closely linked with the Performing Arts Department, which provides opportunities to interested and qualified students for both academic and practical work in theatrical production. Candidates follow the same language requirements as PhD students in the General Program of Comparative Literature: four graduate-level courses in a language and literature other than English, and reading knowledge of a second foreign language.
The program draws on Humanities faculty at WashU who specialize in drama or regularly teach courses concentrating on dramatic literature.
Robert Henke, Chair of Performing Arts Department; Professor of Drama and Comparative Literature. Research Specialties: Italian and English early modern drama. Teaching Areas: comparative approaches to early modern drama, dramatic theory, Shakespeare, introduction to comparative literature.
Henry I. Schvey, Professor of Drama and Comparative Literature. Research Specialties: modern American drama, German expressionist drama. Teaching Areas: modern drama, drama and the visual arts, Shakespeare, thematically-based comparative courses (war, gender, madness).
Pannill Camp, Assistant Professor of Performing Arts. Research Specialties: eighteenth-century drama, theater and philosophy, dramatic theory, theater architecture. Teaching Areas: eighteenth-century French theater, European avant-garde, performance studies, Japanese traditional forms.
Julia Walker, Associate Professor of Drama and English. Research Specialties: modern drama, performance theory, 19th- and 20th-century drama, modernism. Teaching Areas: melodrama, Expressionism in theatre and film, performance theory, modernism, and 19th-century American drama.