Harris, Max 1949-

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HARRIS, Max 1949-


Born March 26, 1949, in Rotherham, Yorkshire, England; naturalized U.S. citizen; son of John (an author) and Betty Harris; married Ann Wysor, May 25, 1974; children: Joel, Matthew. Education: Cambridge University, B.A., 1970; University of California—Santa Barbara, M.A., 1972; Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO, M.Div., 1978; University of Virginia, Ph.D., 1989. Religion: Presbyterian.


Office—Wisconsin Humanities Council, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 222 South Bedford St., Madison, WI 53703; fax: 608-263-7970. E-mail—[email protected].


Teacher at a preparatory school in Dehra Dhun, India, 1966-67; L'Abri Fellowship, Liss, England, lecturer, 1973-74; high school English teacher in Midhurst, England, 1974-75; pastor of Presbyterian churches in England, Maryland, Virginia, and Wisconsin, 1978—. University of Virginia, assistant professor of religious studies and associate director of Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction, 1991-93; University of Wisconsin—Madison, executive director of Wisconsin Humanities Council, 1993—; Beloit College, Stone Memorial Lecturer, 1995; lecturer at other institutions, including University of New Mexico, University of St. Thomas, De Paul University, Webster University, Marquette University, Norbert College, Belhaven College, and Butler University; conference director. Michigan State University, member of advisory board, Center for Great Lakes Culture, 1999—; conducted field work in Belgium, Bolivia, France, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Trinidad and Tobago. Stage director, 1966-71; stage and television actor, 1967-71; performed in The Courage to Write, a series broadcast by Wisconsin Public Radio, 1996-98.


Société Internationale pour l'Étude du Théâtre Mediéval, American Academy of Religion, American Folklore Society, Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society (member of council, 1997—; president, 2002—).


University of Virginia, travel grants for Mexico, 1988, 1989, postdoctoral fellow of Commonwealth Center for Literary and Cultural Exchange, 1990-91; resident fellow, Virginia Center for the Humanities, 1990-91; grants for Spain, American Academy of Religion, 1991, 1996; American Council of Learned Societies grant, 1995; distinguished international scholar award, Ministry of Culture of Trinidad and Tobago, 1996; grant for Spain, Cyril W. Nave Fund, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 1996; grant for Peru, Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 2002.


Theater and Incarnation, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1990.

The Dialogical Theater: Dramatizations of the Conquest of Mexico and the Question of the Other, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1993.

Aztecs, Moors, and Christians: Festivals of Reconquest in Mexico and Spain, University of Texas Press (Austin, TX), 2000.

Carnivals and Other Christian Festivals: Folk Theology and Folk Performance, University of Texas Press (Austin, TX), 2003.

Author of plays performed in England, 1965-70, and in Edinburgh, Scotland, at Edinburgh Festival, 1970. Contributor to books, including Early and Traditional Drama: Africa, Asia, and the New World, edited by Clifford Davidson and John H. Stroupe, Medieval Institute Publications (Kalamazoo, MI), 1994; Group Process and Political Dynamics, edited by Mark Ettin, Jay Fidler, and Bertram Cohen, International Universities Press (Madison, CT), 1995; Standing with the Public: Humanities and Democratic Practice, edited by James Veninga and Noëlle McAfee, Kettering Foundation Press (Dayton, OH), 1997; Playing Robin Hood: The Legend As Performance in Five Centuries, edited by Lois Potter, University of Delaware Press (Newark, DE), 1998; and The Partnership of Music and Dance: Essays in Musicology and Dance History in Memory of Ingrid Brainard, edited by Ann Buckley and Cynthia Cyrus. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Radical History Review, Religious Studies Review, Mind and Human Interaction, Colonial Latin American Review, Texas Journal ofIdeas, History, and Culture, Comparative Drama, Journal of American Folklore, European Medieval Drama, and Drama Review.



Clio, winter, 1995, Christopher Perricone, review of The Dialogical Theater: Dramatizations of the Conquest of Mexico and the Question of the Other, p. 216.

Journal of Religion, April, 1992, Eric J. Ziolkowski, review of Theater and Incarnation, p. 316.

Latin American Research Review, spring, 1996, Deb Cohen, review of The Dialogical Theater, p. 263.

Middle East Quarterly, spring, 2001, Daniel Pipes, review of Aztecs, Moors, and Christians: Festivals of Reconquest in Mexico and Spain, p. 65.

Sixteenth Century Journal, fall, 2001, Barry Sell, review of Aztecs, Moors, and Christians, p. 908.

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