Michael Bennett
Associate Professor

Michael Bennett

MICHAEL Y. BENNETT is Associate Professor of English and affiliated faculty in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches courses on modern drama.

He is the author of five books that explore the intersection of theatre studies, philosophy, and history: Analytic Philosophy and the World of the Play (Foreword by Marvin Carlson; Afterword by James R. Hamilton, Routledge, 2017); The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre and Literature of the Absurd (Cambridge University Press, Hb/Pb 2015); Narrating the Past through Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); Words, Space, and the Audience (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012/Pb 2016); and Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011/Pb 2013).

He is also the editor of five collections of essays on modern drama: Philosophy and Oscar Wilde (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017); Edward Albee and Absurdism (Brill, 2017); Oscar Wilde’s Society Plays (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); with Benjamin D. Carson, Eugene O'Neill's One-Act Plays (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012/Pb 2014); and Refiguring Oscar Wilde’s Salome (Rodopi, 2011).

In addition to serving on the Advisory Boards of Comparative Drama and the Journal of American Drama and Theatre; as an Associate Editor of Palgrave Communications; and on the Board of Directors of The Edward Albee Society; he is the Series Editor of New Perspectives in Edward Albee Studies. In Spring 2014, he was a UW System Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, and was the recipient of the 2015 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Outstanding Research Award.

Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
B.A. The George Washington University (The University Honors Program; Phi Beta Kappa)

Books (Monographs)
  • Analytic Philosophy and the World of the Play, Foreword by Marvin Carlson, Afterword by James R. Hamilton (Routledge 2017)
  • The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre and Literature of the Absurd (Cambridge University Press 2015) (Hb & Pb)
  • Narrating the Past through Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan 2012)
  • Words, Space, and the Audience: The Theatrical Tension between Empiricism and Rationalism (Palgrave Macmillan 2012)/(Pb 2016)
  • Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd (Palgrave Macmillan 2011)/(Pb 2013)

Edited Books

  • Philosophy and Oscar Wilde (Palgrave Macmillan 2017)
  • Edward Albee and Absurdism (Brill 2017)
  • Oscar Wilde's Society Plays (Palgrave Macmillan 2015)
  • Eugene O'Neill's One-Act Plays: New Critical Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan 2012)/(Pb 2014) (co-edited with Benjamin D. Carson)
  • Refiguring Oscar Wilde’s Salome (Rodopi 2011)


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