Carrie J. Preston

Curriculum Vitae

Website for “Learning to Kneel”

Winner of the 2015 Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award

My research and teaching interests include modernist literature, performance, and dance, feminist and queer theory, and transnational and postcolonial studies. Modernism’s Mythic Pose: Gender, Genre, Solo Performance was released in Oxford University Press’s Modernist Literature and Culture Series in 2011 and received the De La Torre Bueno Prize in dance studies. The book examines modernist solos in modern dance, film, and poetic recitation and the subjectivities they construct, culminating in case studies of Isadora Duncan and H.D. I edited a special issue of the journal Modernist Cultures (9.1) on Modernism and Dance to commemorate the centenary of Nijinsky and Stravinsky’s remarkable Le Sacre du Printemps.

My forthcoming book, Learning to Kneel: Noh, Modernism, and Journeys in Teaching, examines the influence of Japanese noh drama on international modernist theater, poetry, and dance with chapters on W. B. Yeats, Ito Michio, Ezra Pound, Bertolt Brecht, Benjamin Britten, and Samuel Beckett. The book will be published by Columbia University Press in spring of 2016. My research for the project has been supported by a grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Peter Paul Career Development Professorship, which enabled me to study noh performance technique in Tokyo and conduct research in Ireland and England.

I teach courses on modern drama and performance, feminist, gender, and queer theory, and modernist literature and culture. I am the humanist on the teaching team for WGS 101 An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies, the interdisciplinary gateway course for the WGS minor. I also teach the required course for the Graduate Certificate in WGS: Theories and Methods in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. EN/WS 326 Arts of Gender: Performing Gender in Drama, Dance, Film, and Theory considers women as performers and dramatists and stagings of gender from antiquity to the present. EN 476 Queer Drama and Performance examines how twentieth-century and contemporary theaters have shaped our perceptions of sexuality and sexual identity and influenced the ways queer communities define themselves and advocate for social change.

Works in Progress:

Learning to Kneel: Noh, Modernism, and the Pedagogies of Transnational Performance, a book project considering the influence of Japanese noh theater on transnational modernism with chapters on W. B. Yeats, Ito Michio, Ezra Pound, Paul Claudel, Bertolt Brecht, Benjamin Britten, and Samuel Beckett.

Selected Publications:

“Chapter 4. Dance,” in Cambridge Companion to Modernist Cultures, ed. Celia Marshik (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

“Modernism’s Dancing Marionettes: Oskar Schlemmer, Michel Fokine, and Ito Michio,” Modernist Cultures 9.1 (2014): 115-133.

Michio Ito’s Shadow: Searching for the Transnational in Solo Dance,” in On Stage Alone: Soloists and the Formation of the Modern Dance Canon, eds. Claudia Gitelman & Barbara Palfy (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012)

Taking Direction from Beckett: Noh/No, Footfalls/Pas,” in Back to the Beckett Text, ed. Tomasz Wiśniewski (Gdansk: University of Gdansk Press, 2012)

Modernism’s Mythic Pose: Gender, Genre, Solo Performance (New York: Oxford, 2011). Winner of the De la Torre Bueno Prize for scholarship in dance

“Joyce’s Reading Bodies and the Kinesthetics of the Modernist Novel,” in Twentieth-Century Literature (55.2, Summer 2009)

“Posing Modernism: Delsartism in Modern Dance and Silent Film,” in Theatre Journal (61.2, 2009)

“The Motor in the Soul: Isadora Duncan and Modernist Performance,” in Modernism/modernity (12:2, 2005)