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Our Suppressed Animalism and Edward Albee’s Zoo Story: Are We Too Animal, Or Not Enough?

What’s unique about Zoo Story is not simply that Albee employs symbolism and naturalism, but the manner in which he utilizes these elements to fully realize his theme: Isolation. The title of the play, Zoo Story, suggests that human beings aren’t just isolated from each other, but also from our selves— our own animal instincts. … Continue reading

Novelist Taiye Selasi Coins Dynamic Term “Afropolitan.” Are Africans Still Being Stereotyped in English Lit?

Though the term “Afropolitan” is fairly controversial, arguments for and against it share similar qualities, espousing a mutual objective: an embrace of the cultural nuances and complexities of African culture and the individuals who define themselves as African. In Bye-Bye Babar, Selasi emphasizes the ever-evolving landscape of African culture and the African experience while condemning generalizations. … Continue reading

“Samuel L. Beckett and the Universal” by Rebecca Nichloson

In Groves of Blarney: Beckett’s Academic Reception in Ireland, author Ronan McDonald writes: “… the tendency to avoid Beckett in Irish studies is as strong as the urge to incorporate him. He has often been seen as insufficiently Irish (linked to the claim that he is insufficiently political) or as leaving all Irish interests behind … Continue reading

“Obscure Ulysses: Death, Life, and Meaning Co-Creation in the Framework of Folly” by Rebecca Nichloson

In Ulysses, Joyce’s notoriously esoteric text, there is little attempt to endow the ambiguous with purpose or meaning. The reader is welcomed into the inner world of the characters, into their consciousness; each possessing it’s own unique linguistic rhythm. Though elements of the tragic and melodramatic are prevalent in the text, its central mode of expression is, arguably, folly Continue reading

“The Portrait of a Lady: Marriage, Womanhood, and Denial of Self” by Rebecca Nichloson

In Freedom, Self-Obligation and Self-hood in Henry James, author Patrick Fessenbecker asserts that Isabel’s decision to return to Osmond at the end of the novel may be attributed to her being ill prepared for life and vacancies in her logic concerning marriage. It may be the case that Portrait of a Lady is, in some sense, an exploration of the inherent moral or immorality of divorce. Continue reading

Awards and Fellowships

Rebecca Nichloson is the recipient of a Sesame Street Writers Room (2017) fellowship, two Many Voices Fellowships (The Minneapolis Playwright’s Center), a Liberace Award, a Matthew’s Fellowship, a Howard Stein Fellowship, and a DRA Fellowship from Columbia University School of the Arts. She was chosen as an alternate for NBC Universal’s UCP Pitchfest, received a 2014 America-In-Play Fellowship, and was a 2015 finalist for an Atlantic Media Editorial Fellowship.

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