HELEN BURKE, Professor, Ph.D. Southern Mississippi (1990), M.A. and B.A. National University of Ireland, University College Cork (1973, 1971). Her areas of specialization include eighteenth-century Irish and English theater and literature, postcolonial theory, performance theory. Her prize-winning book, Riotous Performances (2003), is a study of the generative political effects of riots and other unorthodox performances in the eighteenth-century Dublin playhouse. She is presently writing a book on eighteenth-century Irish playwrights and the Irish diaspora.
Books and Editions
- Riotous Performances: The Struggle for Hegemony in the Irish Theater, 1714-1784, University of Notre Dame Press, 2003. (Winner of the Michael J. Durkan Prize for Books on Language or Culture for 2003 from the American Conference for Irish Studies).
- Edition of George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem in The Broadview Anthology of Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Drama, ed. J. Douglas Canfield, Broadview Press, 2001.
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
- "Crossing Acts: Irish Drama from George Farquhar to Charles Macklin," ed. Julia M. Wright, Blackwell Companion to Irish Literature (forthcoming).
- "Acting in the Periphery: The Irish Theatre," in The Cambridge Companion to British Theatre, 1730-1830, ed. Jane Moody and Danny O'Quinn, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
- "Country Matters: Irish Waggery and the Irish and British Theatrical Traditions" in Players, Playwrights, Playhouses: Investigating Performance, 1660-1800. ed. Michael Cordner and Peter Holland, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
- "Speaking from Behind the Scenes: Edmund Burke and the Lucasians, 1748-49," in Edmund Burkes Irish Identities, ed. Sean Patrick Donlan, Irish Academic Press, 2007.
- "Jacobin Revolutionary Theatre and the Early Circus: Astley's Dublin Amphitheatre in the 1790s," Theatre Research International 31:1(2006): 1-16.
- "Teague and the Ethnicization of Labor in Early Modern British Culture," in Eighteenth-Century Theory and Interpretation 46: 3 (2005): 237-44.
- "Eighteenth-Century Theatrical Touring and Irish Popular Culture," in Irish Theatre on Tour. ed. Nicholas Grene. Irish Theatrical Diaspora Series. Carysfort Press, Dublin. 2005. 119-38.
- "The Cavalier Myth in The Rover," in The Cambridge Companion to Aphra Behn, ed. Derek Hughes and Janet Todd. Cambridge University Press, 2004. 118-34.
- "Putting on Irish 'Stuff': The Politics of Anglo-Irish Cross-Dressing," in The Clothes that Wear Us: Essays on Dressing and Transgressing in Eighteenth-Century Culture, ed. Jessica Munns. Delaware University Press. 1999. 217-32.
- "The Revolutionary Prelude: The Dublin Stage in the late 1770s and Early 1780s," Eighteenth-Century Life 22 (1998): 7-18.
- "'Law-suits, 'Love-suits,' and the Family Property" in Wycherley's The Plain Dealer," in Cultural Readings of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Theater, ed. J. Douglas Canfield and Deborah C. Payne. U. of Georgia Press, 1995: 89-113.
- "Lillo's The London Merchant and Eighteenth-Century British Law," Philological Quarterly. (1995): 347-366.
- "Problematizing American Dissent: The Subject of Phillis Wheatley" in Cohesion and Dissent in America, ed. Carol Colatrella and Joseph Alkana, SUNY Press, 1994: 193-209.
- "The Rhetoric and Politics of Marginality: The Subject of Phillis Wheatley," Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 10 (Spring 1991): 31-45.
- "Roxana, Corruption, and the Progressive Myth," Genre 23 (Summer-Fall 1990): 103-120.
- "Annus Mirabilis and the Ideology of the New Science," ELH 57 (Summer 1990): 307-34.
- "Wycherley's 'Tendentious Joke': The Discourse of Alterity in The Country Wife," The Eighteenth-Century Theory and Interpretation 29 (Fall 1988): 227-241.
- Winner of the Michael J. Durkan Prize for Books on Language or Culture for 2003 from the American Conference for Irish Studies for Riotous Performances, 2003.
- Council on Research and Creativity Grant, FSU, 2003.
- Folger Institute/American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies research fellowship (co-winner), 2002.
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2000.
- American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Irish-American Travel Research Fellowship, 1999.
- Teaching Incentive Program (TIP), FSU, 1995.
- American Council of Learned Societies Travel to International Meetings Abroad Grant, 1995.
- Council on Research and Creativity Grant, FSU, 1994.
- Council on Research and Creativity Grant, FSU, 1991.