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Professor Joseph Roach

Joseph Roach is Sterling Professor of Theatre and Professor of English and African American Studies at Yale University , where he leads the World Performance Project.
A foremost theatre historian and pioneer in the development of performance studies methods and research, his books include Cities of the Dead: Circum- Atlantic Performance (1996), for which he won the Lowell and Calloway prizes; The Players’ Passion: Studies in the Science of Acting (1985) for which he won the Barnard Hewitt Award, and his most recent book It (2007), which discusses “the easily perceived but hard-to-define quality possessed by abnormally interesting people.”
His research negotiates the Circum-Atlantic, the threshold between life and death, the relationships between religion, ritual, performance, and daily life, and the way in which history “isn’t over yet.”
Interview with Joe Roach at Yale University:
“Shakespearean Romances: Doomed Love in the Age of Garrick”
Respondent, Professor Michael H att, History of Art
Thursday May 22 nd, 5:00-7:00pm
Ramphal Building R0.3/4
“The World Performance Project: Objects and Methods”
Respondent, Vice Chancellor Nigel Thrift
Tuesday May 27 th, 4:00-6:00pm
Ramphal Building R1.13
“Secret Carnival: Masking and Magic from Trinidad to New Orleans
Respondent, Trevor Burnard, Centre for Caribbean Studies
(Co-sponsored by the Centre for Caribbean Studies)
Thursday May 29 th, 5:00-7:00pm
Ramphal Building R0.3/4
Plus: Open forum for postgraduates
“Professional comparisons across the Atlantic
Job hunting in the US/UK; climate for new scholars in the profession; the profession in comparativist perspective.
Wednesday May 28 th, 4:00 – 5.30pm
Experimental Teaching Space, Teaching Grid, Library
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Joseph Roach
University of Michigan Press | April 2007
ISBN: 0472069365
A witty and engaging exploration of the elusive quality of charm, animal magnetism, or charisma possessed by extraordinarily interesting people through the ages.
"Smart, provocative cultural history." - Times Literary Supplement
"Full of pageantry and insight, ideas that leap and shimmer like sequins on an unforgettable gown." - Los Angeles Times
"Essential." - Choice
"Thorough, accessible, and utterly off the wall." - New York Times