Professor of English; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor, University of Toronto St. George
Office Phone: 416-946-3455
UTSG Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Room 911
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: on leave July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
Teaching and Research Interests: 20th-Century British & Irish Literature; American Literature; Modern Drama
B.A. (University of Pennsylvania), M.A., Ph.D. (Harvard University)
Alan Ackerman is a Professor of English. His primary areas of teaching are American Literature and Modern Drama. He is the author Just Words: Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy, and the Failure of Public Conversation in America (Yale University Press, 2011), Seeing Things, from Shakespeare to Pixar (University of Toronto Press, 2011), and The Portable Theater: American Literature and the Nineteenth-Century Stage (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999). He is also the editor of numerous books in the field of modern drama and theatre. From 2005 to 2015, he served as Editor of the journal Modern Drama. His current research is in the field of environmental humanities and focuses on literary and cultural aspects of the rise of fossil fuels as a major energy source in the nineteenth century. Professor Ackerman holds a joint-appointment in the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies.
Just Words: Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy, and the Failure of Public Conversation in America. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011.
Seeing Things, from Shakespeare to Pixar. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.
The Portable Theater: American Literature and the Nineteenth-Century Stage. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.
Reader in Comedy: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism, co-editor with Magda Romanska. London: Bloomsbury, 2016.
Reading Modern Drama. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012.
Miller, Arthur. Broken Glass. Student Critical Edition. London: Methuen, 2011.
Against Theater: Creative Destructions on the Modernist Stage, co-editor with Martin Puchner. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.