Sean Carney

 Sean Carney
Contact Information
514-398-4400 Ext. 00982
Email address: 
sean.carney [at]

Arts 360
Arts Building
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5

Faculty Members
Associate Professor
Drama and Theatre
Cultural Studies
Specialization by geographical area: 
Great Britain
Specialization by time period: 
Creative Practice & Performance Studies
Critical Theory
Areas of interest: 

comics and graphic novels; Bertolt Brecht; twentieth-century drama; contemporary British theatre; contemporary tragedy; drama and critical theory; romantic drama; theatre and modernism.


Ph.D. (York)
M.A. (Alberta) 
B.A. (Manitoba)

Selected publications: 


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

Brecht and Critical Theory: Dialectics and Contemporary Aesthetics (Routledge 2005)

Articles and Book Chapters

"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.

“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).

“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.


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).

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • SSHRC Standard Research Grant Support, “The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary British Tragedy,” 2005
Taught previously at: 

York University (Toronto, ON)

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