Glenn Odom

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Personal profile


I was educated in the U.S. and am happy to be working at such a vibrant school in such a vibrant city. I am working on a book that deals with issues of circulation and contact as they emerge in intercultural theatre practice around the globe. All of my research is guided by the principle that theoretical cocntexts not often tuaght or studied within the Westerna cademy are vitally important in understanding literatures and cultures around the world. Western theory, even in its most outwardly facing forms is still limited and has a tendency to obscure other modes of thinking. 


PhD and MA in Comparative Literature, University California, Irvine

MEd in English Education, Vanderbilt University

BA English and Psychology, Vanderbilt University

Research interests

My work involves the study of modern and contemporary theatre and performance from Africa and Asia. I also study world literature, comparative literature, and general critical theory, with parituclar attneiton to issues of transmission and reception.

I welcome PhD candidates who are epxloring theatre, literature, performance or other cultural pehnominon emerging from African And Asian contexts. Interdisciplinary projects are of parituclar interest. An ideal candidate would be open to exploring methodlogies and approaches beyond those regualrly practice in the U.S. and U.K. academies.  

Research projects

I have published pieces in Comparative Literature, TDR, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and The Asian Theatre Journal. Yoruba Theatre, Performance and Politics, an epxloraiton of the phisliophical, performative and politcal contexts of Nigerian theatre was published by Palgrave in 2015. World Theories of Theatre, an anthology of theatrical theories emergins from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Latin America was published by Routledge in 2017. 

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