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Erin Hurley

Position: 
Associate Professor
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Office: 
Arts West 30
Office Hours: 
Tuesdays 15:00-17:00
Phone: 
514-398-4400 Ext 00685
Email Address: 
erin [dot] hurley [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Mailing Address: 

McGill University Department of English
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Arts Building
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5 CANADA

Degrees and Academic Title(s): 

B.A. Honours (McGill); M.A. (Brown University); Ph.D. (City University of New York); Associate Professor

General Research Areas: 
Contemporary
Performance
Theory
Teaching and Research Areas: 

Quebecois theatre and cultural performance; national performatives; theatre historiography; performance studies; dramatic theory; 20th century theatre; feminist and LGBTQ theatre.

Taught previously at: 

University of British Columbia; Brown University.

Awards and Fellowships: 
  • Prix du meilleur ouvrage sur le théâtre québécois, prix trienniel de la Société québécoise d’études théâtrales, pour la période de 2011 à 2013, 2014. 
  • Pierre Savard Award, International Council for Canadian Studies, 2011-2012.
  • Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Queen Mary University of London, Department of Drama, June 2012.
  • Ann Saddlemyer Award, Canadian Association for Theatre Research, 2011.
  • Northeast Modern Language Association Book Award, 2009.
  • “Special Mention,” Jean-Cléo Godin prize committee, Canadian Association for Theatre Research, 2008.
  • SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 2008-2011.
  • UBC Scholar, Centre for Research in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations, 2002 – 2003.
  • (with Jennifer Harvie) ATHE Essay in Criticism Award, 2000.
Selected Publications : 

Books:

National Performance: Representing Quebec from Expo 67 to Céline Dion. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011. Look at its description online.

See media coverage:

Theatre & Feeling. Foreword Anne Bogart. Series "Theatre & . . ." Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, July 2010. Look at its description online.

Edited Volumes

Theatres of Affect, Volume 4 in the New Essays on Canadian Theatre series, Gen. Ed. Ric Knowles. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2014.

Once More, With Feeling: Five Affecting Plays. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2014.

Special Journal Issues:

Hervé Guay and Erin Hurley, “Le théâtre québécois sans frontières,” Special section of Theatre Research in Canada / Recherches théâtrales au Canada 35:2 (Fall 2014).

Erin Hurley and Sara Warner, eds. “Affect, Performance, Politics,” special dossier of The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism XXVI: 2 (Spring 2012).

Co-editor, with Will Straw, special dossier, "Are We American?" Québec Studies 48 (Fall 2009/Winter 2010): 3 - 66.

Directrice, numéro spécial sur “Les arts de la scène,” Globe. Revue internationale d’études québécoises 11:2 (Fall 2008).
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Selected articles:

« Que disent les objets ? Vers un discours de l’objet sur les scènes montréalaises contemporaines » Le jeu des positions: discours du théâtre québécois actuel. Dir. Louis Patrick Leroux et Hervé Guay. « Séminaires » Montréal : Nota Bene, 2014, 79-139.

Erin Hurley and Sara Warner, “Affect, Performance, Politics.” The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism XXVI: 2 (Spring 2012). 99 – 107.

“Performance Studies in Canada.” Canadian Theatre Review 149 (Winter 2012): 84-7.

“Companioned Solos: Nathalie Claude’s “Madness Trilogy”. Canadian Theatre Review 149 (Winter 2012): 22-6.

“What Consolation? Incendies on stage and screen” alt.theatre: cultural diversity and the stage 8:3 (March 2011): 23-28.

"Céline Dion à Las Vegas, ou les affects de la simulation." Trad. Isabelle Léger. L'Annuaire théâtral 45 (Printemps 2009 [published Spring 2010]): 21-44.

"Original Versions: 'L'affaire Nancy Huston' and Authorized Performance." Changing the Subject: Marvin Carlson and Theatre Studies 1959 - 2009. Ed. Joseph Roach. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2009. 261-77.

“Le Cirque: de la différance à la ressemblance.” Spirale. No. 227 (July/August 2009): 24-8.

“Celine Dion’s Las Vegas Aesthetics,” Revista Mexicana de Estudios Canadienses (Fall/Winter 2008): 113-121.

“Les corps multiples du Cirque du Soleil,” Traduit de l’anglais par Isabelle Léger. Globe. Revue internationale d’études québécoises 11:2 (Fall 2008): 135-157.

“Theatre as National Export: On Being and Passing in the United States.” Reprinted in Spaces and the Geographies of Canadian Theatre, Ed. Michael McKinnie. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2007, 174-193.

“Blackout: Utopian Technologies in Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a NegroModern Drama 47:2 (Summer 2004): 200-18

(with Jennifer Harvie) “States of Play: Locating Québec in the Performances of Robert Lepage, Ex Machina and the Cirque du Soleil,” Theatre Journal 51 (1999): 299-315.

 

Current Research: 

Prof Hurley is currently researching English language drama, theatre and performance in Quebec from 1945 to today. She continues to follow contemporary performance by women artists in Quebec. 

Research Group Memberships:

Groupe de recherche sur les régimes socio-esthétiques du théâtre au Québec (1945-2015) (Gilbert David, Université de Montréal, responsable), 2014 -

"Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en études montréalaises (CRIEM)/Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal (CIRM), McGill University, 2013 - " 

Montreal Working Group on circus/cirque, http://resonance.hexagram.ca/circus, 2010 -

Memory and Representations of the Past in Quebec and Ireland, (FQRSC and IRCHSS [Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences]), 2010-12.