Claire Gleitman

Claire Gleitman

Professor, Department of English
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Honors Program
Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies

Specialty:Dramatic Literature: Modern and Contemporary American, Irish and World Drama
Phone:(607) 274-3893
Office:303 Muller Center
Ithaca, NY 14850


Ph.D., New York University, 1992.
Master of Arts, New York University: 1986.
Bachelor of Arts, Wesleyan University: 1983.

Recent Courses:

Modern and Contemporary American Drama
Staging History: Versions of the Past in Modern Drama (Ithaca College Honors Program)
Dangerous Women in Dramatic Literature (Cross-Listed with Women's & Gender Studies)
Dramatic Literature II: Dramatic Literature from Ibsen to the Present
Seminar in Drama: Anxious Masculinity and the American Drama
                               Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama
                               Theatre of the Absurd: Beckett, Stoppard, and Churchill

Research Interests and Ithaca College Activities

My research interests focus primarily on the modern drama, particularly modern and contemporary Irish and American drama. I have published articles on Arthur Miller, Tony Kushner, Brian Friel, Frank McGuinness, and Sebastian Barry, among others. My current book project is entitled, "'The guy ain't right': Anxious Masculinity in Arthur Miller and Beyond." 

My original two-act play, Speech Acts, was produced by Theater Catalyst in the spring of 2004, under the direction of Carol Laratonda.

I am the faculty sponsor (along with Kathleen Mulligan, in the Theatre Department) of the On the Verge play-reading series. For information about this organization and its activities, feel free to email me.

I am also the 2017 recipient of a Faculty Excellence Award, granted by the Center for Faculty Excellence at Ithaca College.

Some Recent Publications:

“Tony Kushner and Tragedy,” Visions of Tragedy in Modern American Drama: From O’Neill to the Twenty-First Century, ed. David Palmer (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama; forthcoming 2017).

"Saint-Mamas, Strudel and the Single Man in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman," The Arthur Miller Journal (Spring 2015). 

"'...then she came, and she cried. And I went back home with her': Arthur Miller's All My Sons and the Prison-House of Gender," The Arthur Miller Journal (Fall 2013).

"Three Characters in Search of a Play: Faith Healer and the Quest for Final Form," New Hibernia Review (Spring/Earrach, 2009).

"'I’ll see you yesterday’: Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, and the Captivating Past,” Concise Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Drama, ed. Mary Luckhurst (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2008)

"Reconstructing History in the Irish History Play," Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Irish Drama, ed. Shaun Richards (London: Cambridge University Press), 2004.


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