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Chris Collins

Assistant Professor of Drama, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

Qualifications

Ph.D (Trinity College Dublin)

Research Expertise

My expertise lies in thinking about how theatre and performance engages with subcultural histories. In order to do this, I primarily work with critical theories on memory, history, forgetting and nostalgia. I have published extensively on the work of Irish playwright J.M. Synge in relation to these critical concepts.

I am interested in hearing from prospective PhD students interested in modern and contemporary Irish and British theatre and performance.

You can follow updates on my current research on Twitter here

Outreach and Public Engagement

I have worked as a community-based workshop facilitator, leading workshops in category 'A' prisons, and with children and young adults with chronic illnesses and handicaps.

I have given many public workshops/lectures and post-show discussions on twentieth-century playwrights, and I'd be happy to give more.

Research Summary

I am currently dividing my time between three research projects. The first is a new monograph entitled J.M. Synge and the Time of His Life. In this book, I am thinking about how and why Synge's works… read more

Recent Publications

  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2019. Performing the Rural in Contemporary Irish Theatre New Theatre Quarterly. 35(4),
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2018. "Other Theatres". In: EAMONN JORDAN and ERIC WEITZ, eds., The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance Palgrave Macmillan.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2016. Theatre and Residual Culture: J.M. Synge and Pre-Christian Ireland Palgrave Macmillan.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2016. J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World Routledge.

Current Research

I am currently dividing my time between three research projects. The first is a new monograph entitled J.M. Synge and the Time of His Life. In this book, I am thinking about how and why Synge's works document an alternative social history of Ireland at the dawn of the twentieth century. The second project considers the phenomenon of the fairy extravaganza on the Victorian stage in Britain, considering intersections of class, gender, sexuality and the supernatural. Finally, I am also interested in how nostalgia is produced and to what effect in contemporary performance.

  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2019. Performing the Rural in Contemporary Irish Theatre New Theatre Quarterly. 35(4),
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2018. "Other Theatres". In: EAMONN JORDAN and ERIC WEITZ, eds., The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance Palgrave Macmillan.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2016. Theatre and Residual Culture: J.M. Synge and Pre-Christian Ireland Palgrave Macmillan.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2016. J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World Routledge.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2015. 'This World of Inarticualte Power': J.M. Synge's Riders to the Sea and Magical Realism. In: JOSÉ LANTERS and JOAN FITZPATRICK DEAN, eds., Beyond Realism: Experimental and Unconventional Irish Drama Since the Revival Rodopi.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2015. W.B. Yeats; The Abbey Theatre; The Gate Theatre; The Gaiety Theatre; Dion Boucicault; Francis Fay; Olwen Fouéré; Francis Gentleman; Máire Nic Shiubhlaigh; George Roberts. In: SIMON WILLIAMS, ed., The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Stage Actors and Acting
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS and MARY P. CAULFIELD, eds., 2014. Ireland, Memory and Performing the Historical Imagination Palgrave Macmillan.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2014. Forgetting Follow. In: CHRISTOPHER COLLINS and MARY P. CAULFIELD, eds., Ireland, Memory and Performing the Historical Imagination Palgrave Macmillan.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS and MARY P. CAULFIELD, 2014. Introduction: The Rest is History. In: CHRISTOPHER COLLINS and MARY P. CAULFIELD, eds., Ireland, Memory and Performing the Historical Imagination Palgrave Macmillan.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2014. Synge, Riders to the Sea and the Discontents of Historical Time Irish Theatre International. 3(1),
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2014. Synge and 'Protestant Comedy'. In: ERIC WEITZ, ed., For the Sake of Sanity: Doing Things with Humour in Irish Performance Carysfort Press.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2012. J.M. Synge, W.B. Yeats and The Changeling of the Western World. In: RHONA TRENCH, ed., Staging Thought: Essays on Irish Theatre, Scholarship and Practice Peter Lang.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2011. Synge Scholarship: Nothing to do with Nationalism? Theatre Research International. 36(3),

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