Professor Michael Y. Bennett

Subject: Drama and Theatre Theory

Department/institution: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Contact details: bennettm@uww.edu


Michael Y. Bennett is an Associate Professor of English and Affiliated Faculty in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

A theatre theorist and critic known for his work on absurd drama, philosophy of theatre, Edward Albee, and Oscar Wilde, he is the author or editor of a dozen books. He is currently at work on two books: Between the Lines, a Philosophy of Theatre (Oxford University Press, under contract) and, as Editor, The Routledge Companion to Absurdist Literature (Routledge, under contract).


Select publications

  • Between the Lines, a Philosophy of Theatre. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, under contract.
  • The Problems of Viewing Performance: Epistemology and Other Minds. Foreword by David Krasner. London and New York: Routledge, 2021
  • Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? London and New York: Routledge, 2018
  • Analytic Philosophy and the World of the Play. Foreword by Marvin Carlson. Afterword by James R. Hamilton. London and New York: Routledge, 2017
  • The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre and Literature of the Absurd. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015
  • Narrating the Past through Theatre: Four Crucial Texts. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
  • Words, Space, and the Audience: The Theatrical Tension between Empiricism and Rationalism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
  • Reassessing the Theatre of Absurd: Camus, Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, and Pinter. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

Select awards

  • Outstanding Research Award, 2015, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • UW System Fellow, 2013-2014, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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