Forsyth, Alison 1961-

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FORSYTH, Alison 1961-

PERSONAL:

Born January 28, 1961, in London, England; daughter of John Johnstone (a company director) and Catherine (a civil servant; maiden name, Docherty) Forsyth. Ethnicity: "White." Education: University of Surrey, B.A. (with honors), 1986; University of Edinburgh, M.A., 1987; University of Stirling, Ph.D., 1997. Politics: "Non-party political." Religion: "None." Hobbies and other interests: Theater, ballet, gardening, walking, collecting porcelain.

ADDRESSES:

Home—8 Courtland Mews, Stafford ST16 3GR, England. Office—Staffordshire University, College Rd., Stoke-on-Trent, England; fax: 44-0208-740-9053. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER:

University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, part-time lecturer in English, 1992-97; University of Bahrain, Manama, Bahrain, lecturer in drama, 1997-98; University of Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth, Wales, lecturer in modern European theater, 1998-2001; Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, lecturer in drama and theater arts, 2001—. Also worked as a secretary and as an editor; London Chamber of Commerce, member of Institute of Qualified Private Secretaries.

MEMBER:

European Society.

WRITINGS:

Gadamer, History, and the Classics: Fugard, Marowitz, Berkoff, and Harrison Rewrite the Theatre, Peter Lang Publishing (New York, NY), 2002.

Contributor to books, including The Professions in Contemporary British Drama, Intellect Books (London, England), 2002.

WORK IN PROGRESS:

Editing Adaptations of the Classics: An Edited Critical Anthology, for Routledge (London, England), completion expected in 2004; Other Othellos: The History of a Character.

SIDELIGHTS:

Alison Forsyth told CA: "I write because I am a research-active academic. Also I feel compelled to combat (in a small way) the overwhelming canon-bashing standpoints that have taken hold in academe. My work is loosely cultural materialist, so I am motivated by a desire to investigate art (theater especially) within a wider socio-political context. I also have a particular interest in how we receive art and hermeneutics. Particular dramatists that I have a current interest in include Ariel Dorfmann and Harold Pinter."

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