College of Letters & Sciences
Upham Hall

Michael Bennett
Associate Professor

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

He is the author of six books that explore the intersection of theatre studies, philosophy, and history: Edward Albee's Who's Afraid ofo Virginia Woolf? (forthcoming 2018); 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. In Summer 2019, he will be a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, where he'll be completing his book, The Problems of Viewing Performance, which is under contract with Routledge.

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)