Clare Finburgh

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Email c.finburgh (@gold.ac.uk)
Clare Finburgh

I came to Theatre Studies through Modern Languages, having been inspired by playwrights like Marguerite Duras, Jean Genet and Bertolt Brecht. This initial passion has now developed into a research area, and I have published widely on modern and contemporary European theatre and performance. My books include Jean Genet (2012), Contemporary French Theatre and Performance (2011), and Jean Genet: Performance and Politics (2006).

Modern languages continue to play an important part in my work, and I work together with colleagues from universities in France and Belgium to bring together playwrights from around Europe each year for readings of their texts in translation.

I am currently leading an AHRC-funded team of researchers and artists who are investigating the legacy in contemporary performance of the Situationist International, a group of radical artists and activists from the 1950s and 1960s. This project is called Reviewing Spectacle.

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD French Studies, University College London

  • Diplôme d’Études Avancées en Lettres Modernes, Université de Toulouse II

  • BA Hons. French and German, University of Manchester

 

Teaching

I have taught at the Universities of Kent and Essex, where I won an “Excellence in Teaching Award”. I teach aross a broad spectrum of undergraduate and postgraduate modules which include approaches to French, German, Belgian and other European theatres, as well as critical theory and practice-based performance workshops. I have also supervised many PhD candidates to successful completion.

A number of values inform all my teaching. First, I believe that students have as much knowledge to share as teachers, and always encourage them to develop their own skills and opinions. Second, being a specialist in European theatre, I strive to internationalise and diversify the curriculum so as to reflect the great range of different performance traditions around the world, and to inspire students from all backgrounds to believe that they, too, can shape the future of world theatre.


Areas of supervision

I have extensive experience of supervising, and am happy to supervise, dissertations and theses in the following areas: any aspect of modern and contemporary European theatre; any aspect of French theatre; francophone and anglophone postcolonial theatre; radical and activist performance; performance theory and critical theory; scenography.

Professional Experience

I have translated several plays from French into English, and have worked as dramaturg for productions of British plays in France, and French works in the UK. I am also on the editorial committee for one of France’s leading theatre journals, Théâtre/Public.

 

Selected Work

 

Research

I have written widely on French and francophone playwrights and directors including Kateb Yacine, Valère Novarina, Noêlle Renaude, François Tanguy and Michel Vinaver. I received the CHOICE “Outstanding Academic Title”, 2012 for Jean Genet (with David Bradby, Routledge, 2011). This monograph offers philosophical, historical, political and aesthetic readings of Genet’s theatre; and an account of his plays in production – scenography, lighting, acting style – that spans 60 years, and provides detail on stagings from France, Spain, Germany, the UK, the USA and Japan.

More recently, my research has reflected two of the most pressing political and social issues of the modern world: the ecological crisis, and global conflict. I have co-edited a volume of eco-critical essays, Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd: Ecology, the Environment and the Greening of the Modern Stage (2015) and written a monograph on representations of war on in recent British theatre, Watching War on the Twenty-First-Century Stage: Spectacles of Conflict (2017).

My current research project, Reviewing Spectacle, is a collaboration with academics from the Universities of Paris Nanterre and Glasgow and the artist Graeme Miller, and is sponsored by the AHRC. We are examining the legacy in contemporary performance of the ideas and practices of the Situationist International, the radical political and artistic group of the 1950 and 1960s.

Publications

Book

Watching War on the Twenty-First Century Stage: Spectacles of Conflict
Finburgh, Clare. 2017. Watching War on the Twenty-First Century Stage: Spectacles of Conflict. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781472598660

Jean Genet
Finburgh, Clare and Bradby, David. 2012. Jean Genet. Routledge. ISBN 9780415375061

Edited Book

Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd: Ecology, the Environment and the Greening of the Modern Stage
Lavery, Carl and Finburgh, Clare, eds. 2015. Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd: Ecology, the Environment and the Greening of the Modern Stage. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781472513205

Contemporary French Theatre and Performance
Finburgh, Clare and Lavery, Carl, eds. 2011. Contemporary French Theatre and Performance. Palgrave. ISBN 9780230305663

Jean Genet: Performance and Politics
Finburgh, Clare; Lavery, Carl and Shevtsova, Maria, eds. 2006. Jean Genet: Performance and Politics. Palgrave. ISBN 9780230595439

Edited Journal

Migration
Finburgh, Clare, ed. 2014. Migration, Comparative Critical Studies, 11(2-3). 1744-1854

Book Section

Introduction
Finburgh, Clare. 2017. Introduction. In: Chris Campbell, ed. The Oberon Anthology of Contemporary French Plays. Oberon. ISBN 9781786820723

Jean Genet et l’art du comédien: Un jeu maladroit
Finburgh, Clare. 2016. Jean Genet et l’art du comédien: Un jeu maladroit. In: Agnès Vannouvong, ed. Genet et les arts. Les Presses du Réel, pp. 119-132. ISBN 9782840666837

Mises en scène de l’événement historique: la Terreur dans le théâtre anglais contemporain
Finburgh, Clare. 2015. Mises en scène de l’événement historique: la Terreur dans le théâtre anglais contemporain. In: Catherine Courtet; Mireille Besson; Françoise Lavocat and Alain Viala, eds. Corps en scènes. CNRS, pp. 189-200. ISBN 9782271086747

Jean Genet Eugène Ionesco, Michel Vinaver
Finburgh, Clare. 2014. Jean Genet Eugène Ionesco, Michel Vinaver. In: Maggie Gale and John Deeney, eds. Fifty Contemporary and Modern Dramatists. Routledge, pp. 101-116. ISBN 9780415630351

Quel est le rôle des Nègres de Genet à Londres en 2007 ? The Blacks Remixed au Theatre Royal Stratford East
Finburgh, Clare. 2012. Quel est le rôle des Nègres de Genet à Londres en 2007 ? The Blacks Remixed au Theatre Royal Stratford East. In: Eden Martin, ed. L'Héritage de Genet. Méthode !, pp. 91-98. ISBN 9782906591610

Le théâtre britannique contemporain post-11 septembre 2001: du théâtre verbatim à l’allégorie
Finburgh, Clare. 2011. Le théâtre britannique contemporain post-11 septembre 2001: du théâtre verbatim à l’allégorie. In: David Lescot and Laurent Véray, eds. Les mises en scène de la guerre au XXè siècle Théâtre et cinéma. Paris: Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest, pp. 583-603. ISBN 2847365761

“Display and Disguise in Michel Vinaver’s 11 septembre 2001”
Finburgh, Clare. 2011. “Display and Disguise in Michel Vinaver’s 11 septembre 2001”. In: Manon Mathias; Maria O'Sullivan and Ruth Vortsman, eds. Essays in French Literature, Thought and Culture. Peter Lang, pp. 183-203.

Jean Genet et le théâtre de l’‘ornement’
Finburgh, Clare. 2011. Jean Genet et le théâtre de l’‘ornement’. In: Hadrien Laroche, ed. Pour Genet. Editions MEET. ISBN 9782911686719

La Théâtralisation de l’attentat : la représentation du terrorisme dans le théâtre britannique contemporain
Finburgh, Clare. 2011. La Théâtralisation de l’attentat : la représentation du terrorisme dans le théâtre britannique contemporain. In: Christine Douxami, ed. Théâtres politiques en mouvement. Besançon: Les Cahiers de la MSHE, pp. 17-27. ISBN 9782848673943

Translating Contemporary French Theatre: How ‘Linguistic Translation’ becomes ‘Stage Translation’
Finburgh, Clare. 2011. Translating Contemporary French Theatre: How ‘Linguistic Translation’ becomes ‘Stage Translation’. In: Roger Baines; Cristina Marinetti and Manuela Perteguella, eds. Staging and Performing Translation. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 230-249. ISBN 9780230228191

Croisements
Finburgh, Clare. 2010. Croisements. In: Michel Corvin, ed. Noëlle Renaude : Un atlas alphabétique. Paris: Éditions Théâtrales, pp. 136-138. ISBN 9782842603267

La Vue d'ailleurs
Finburgh, Clare. 2010. La Vue d'ailleurs. In: Michel Corvin, ed. Noëlle Renaude : Un atlas alphabétique. Paris: Éditions Théâtrales, pp. 162-163. ISBN 9782842603267

Article

‘Violence without Violence’: Spectacle, War and Lola Arias’s MINEFIELD (CAMPO MINADO)
Finburgh, Clare. 2017. ‘Violence without Violence’: Spectacle, War and Lola Arias’s MINEFIELD (CAMPO MINADO). Theatre Research International, 42(2), pp. 163-178. ISSN 0307-8833

Théâtres de violence : Les nouvelles écritures théâtrales britanniques
Finburgh, Clare. 2017. Théâtres de violence : Les nouvelles écritures théâtrales britanniques. Théâtre/Public, 223, pp. 31-64.

Press, Patrols and Power: The British Army in Recent UK Theatre
Finburgh, Clare. 2014. Press, Patrols and Power: The British Army in Recent UK Theatre. Double jeu - Figurations du pouvoir, pp. 45-55. ISSN 1762 -0597

Derrière l’écran : La Guerre à la télévision sur la scène anglaise
Finburgh, Clare. 2014. Derrière l’écran : La Guerre à la télévision sur la scène anglaise. Théâtre/Public, 212, pp. 99-108. ISSN 978-2-84260-660-2

Theatre’s Other: Event and Testimony in British Verbatim Plays
Finburgh, Clare. 2014. Theatre’s Other: Event and Testimony in British Verbatim Plays. Sillages critiques, 18, ISSN 1969-6302

French Theatre ‘dans la merde’
Finburgh, Clare. 2012. French Theatre ‘dans la merde’. Contemporary Theatre Review, 22(2), p. 287. ISSN 1048-6801

“‘Vérité’ ou ‘mensonge’ ? Le Théâtre politique en Grande-Bretagne post-11 septembre”
Finburgh, Clare. 2011. “‘Vérité’ ou ‘mensonge’ ? Le Théâtre politique en Grande-Bretagne post-11 septembre”. Agôn (Special Issue),

Internal and External Dramaturgies: The French Context
Finburgh, Clare. 2010. Internal and External Dramaturgies: The French Context. Contemporary Theatre Review, 20(2), pp. 203-213. ISSN 1048-6801

Women in Howard Barker’s Theatre: Object or Subject?
Finburgh, Clare. 2008. Women in Howard Barker’s Theatre: Object or Subject? Études britanniques contemporaines, 35, pp. 127-139. ISSN 1168-4917

Un monstre bariolé : Les Paravents de Jean Genet, mis en scène par Frédéric Fisbach
Finburgh, Clare. 2007. Un monstre bariolé : Les Paravents de Jean Genet, mis en scène par Frédéric Fisbach. Alternatives théâtrales, 93(summer), pp. 24-27. ISSN 0774-4145

Les Mille plateaux de Noëlle Renaude : Par les routes
Finburgh, Clare. 2007. Les Mille plateaux de Noëlle Renaude : Par les routes. Théâtre/Public, 183, pp. 26-31. ISSN 0335-2927