Claire Gleitman

Claire Gleitman

Professor and Women's and Gender Studies Coordinator, 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 Faculty 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 and contemporary American and Irish 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:

“’What a man!’: Performing Masculinity in Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams,” Anthology on Arthur Miller for the 21st Century, ed. David Palmer (Palgrave), forthcoming 2019. 

“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, 2018).

"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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