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
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.
- "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
- "'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,
- "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):
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
- Winner of the Michael J. Durkan Prize for Books on Language
or Culture for 2003 from the American Conference for Irish Studies for Riotous
- 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.