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Sean Carney

Position: 
Associate Professor
Sean Carney
Office: 
Arts 360 (On leave 2014-2015)
Phone: 
514-398-4400 Ext 00982
Email Address: 
sean [dot] carney [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. (Manitoba); MA (Alberta) PhD (York), Associate Professor

General Research Areas: 
Drama and Theatre
Twentieth Century
Theory
Teaching and Research Areas: 

Comics and Graphic Novels; Bertolt Brecht; twentieth-century drama; contemporary British theatre; contemporary tragedy; drama and critical theory; romantic drama; theatre and modernism.

Taught previously at: 

York University.

Awards and Fellowships: 
  • “The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary British Tragedy.” Book project funded by SSHRC Standard Research Grant Support, awarded Spring 2005.
Selected Publications : 

The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary English Tragedy.  University of Toronto
Press, 2013.

"The Pope of Osborne Village: Black as Hell, Strong as Death, Sweet as Love and the films of Caelum Vatnsdal." Place: 13 Essays 13 Filmmakers 1 City. Ed. Cecilia Araneda. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Film Group, 2009. 118-127.

"The Ear of the Eye, or, Do Drawings Make Sounds?" English Language Notes Special Issue "Graphia: The Graphic Novel and Literary Criticism" 46.2 (Fall/Winter 2008): 193-209.

Brecht and Critical Theory: Dialectics and Contemporary Aesthetics. Routledge 2005.

“The Tragedy of History in Sarah Kane’s Blasted.” Theater Survey 46.2 (2005): 275-96.

“The Tides of History: Alan Moore’s Historiographic Vision.
ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies 2.2 (Winter 2005). www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/

“The Function of the Superhero at the Present Time.” Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies 6 (Spring 2005): 10-27.

“The Art of Living: History as Use-Value in The Romans in Britain.”
Modern Drama 47.3 (2004): 423-45.

“Edward Bond: Tragedy, Postmodernity, The Woman.” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 19.1 (2004): 5-33.

“Capitalism’s Pharmakos: David Edgar’s Destiny and Pentecost.” Essays in Theatre / Études Théâtrales. 18.2 (2000): 131-48. [published August 2002]

“The Passion of Joanna Baillie: Playwright as Martyr.” Theatre Journal 52 (2000): 227-52.

Artistic Performances: 

Director, The Alchemist by Ben Jonson. Theatrical Production staged by the Drama and Theatre Programme, McGill University, March 24-26 and 31-April 2, 2011.

Director, In Extremis: The Story of Abelard and Heloise by Howard Brenton. Theatrical Production staged by the Drama and Theatre Programme, McGill University, November 18-21 and 25-28, 2009.

Actor, "Danny Dunkelman." in Cherry Docs, by David Gow. Dir. Gabrielle Soskin. Persephone Productions. Theatre St. Catherine, April 16 to 26, 2009.

Director, Playhouse Creatures, by April De Angelis. Theatrical production staged by the Drama and Theatre Programme, McGill University, November 15 to 25, 2006.

Director, Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare. Theatrical production staged by the Drama and Theatre Programme, McGill University, November 9 to 19, 2005.

Director, Orra, by Joanna Baillie. Theatrical production staged by the Drama and Theatre Programme, McGill University, March 29 to April 2, 2005.

Book Reviews: 

Review of Brecht and Political Theatre: The Mother on Stage, by Laura Bradley. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2006. Modern Drama 50.2 (2007): 281-84.

Review of Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic, by Terry Eagleton. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003. Essays in Theatre / Études Théâtrales 20.2 (2002): 161-65. Published Fall 2005.

Review of Strategies of Political Theatre: Post-War British Playwrights, by Michael Patterson. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2003. Essays in Theatre / Études Théâtrales, 20.2 (2002): 187-91. Published Fall 2005.

Review of Theatre in Crisis? Performance Manifestos for a New Century, eds. Maria M. Delgado and Caridad Svich. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2002. Modern Drama 46.4 (2003).