Norma Coleman Jenckes , Ph.D.

Emeritus Faculty

Professional Summary

Received a Ph.D in 1974 from the University of Illinois . Editor of ARMS AND THE MAN by Bernard Shaw, holograph facsimile. Greenwood, 1981. Editor of MRS WARREN'S PROFESSION by Bernard Shaw, New Mermaids, 2009.Published extensively on Bernard Shaw, Eugene O'Neill, Canadian theater history, Irish poetry and drama, Clifford Odets, Edward Albee, John Howard Lawson, Tennessee Williams. Written several plays: Dark Horse (1990),Going the Distance (1993), Andromache in Baghdad (1995), Boy of Tears (1998), I Accept the Universe (2001). Also co- written three screenplays (with Joe Francis) : Fury (1997), Vectorman (1998), Only Hope (2000). Publish poetry in such venues as Western Humanities Review, Vermont Literary Review, Kansas Quarterly, Paris Review and others. HIgher Education Consultant-- evaluated dissertations for Ohio Board of regents. Advised on new doctoral program in Humanities for Union Institute and University. Founding and continuing efitor of AMERICAN DRAMA, a scholarly journal with a national and international circulation and reputation. . Founding Director of HELEN WEINBERGER CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DRAMA AND PLAYWRITING AT U.C.


PhD.: University of Illinois 1974

Research and Practice Interests

Current projects: EXTREME ALBEE-a study of the groundbreaking theatre experiments of Edward Albee. Clouds of Witness-a memoir of a Pawtucket girlhood. I am also beginning the research for two future projects : The Drama of Sustainability: an eco-critical study of modern and contemporary drama and an exploration of the experience of the drama of sustainability in everyday life. Irish Women Playwrights: From the National to the Transnational.

Abbreviated Publications


New Readings in American Drama: Something's Happening Here. Peter Lang Publishing, 2002.

Arms and the Man. Garland Press, 1980.

Peer Reviewed Publications

"The Rocky Road to Dublin: Patrick Kavanagh's Apprenticeship,1930-39." Patrick Kavanagh, Man and Poet (1987).

"The Politicizing of Stage Irish Conventions in John Bull's Other Island." Essays in Theatre (1987).

"O'Neill's Use of Irish-Yankee Stereotypes in A Touch of the Poet." Eugene O'Neill Newsletter (1985).

"Fanny Kemble and Charles Kemble: As Canadians Saw Them in 1833." Theatre History in Canada 5 (1984): 115, 131.

"Canadian Evaluations of Edmund Kean." Theatre Notebook 32 (1978): 110, 117.

"What did Shakespeare's Sister Write?" Sunday Standard/Indian Express (1976).

"The Rejection of Shaw's Irish Play: John Bull's Other Island." Eire-Ireland 10 (1975): 38, 53.

Encyclopedia Article

"John Howard Lawson." Encyclopedia of The Left., 1992.

"Clifford Odets." Encyclopedia of The Left., 1992.

Other Publication

"Structures of Feeling in Williams’ Night of the Iguana and Albee’s A Delicate Balance." South Atlantic Review (2006).

"Lanford Wilson." Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia (2004).

"Let's Face the Music and Dance: Resurgent Romanticism in Tennessee Williams's Camino Real and Clothes for a Summer Hotel." The Undiscovered Country: The Late Plays of Tennessee Williams (2002).

"Postmodernist Tensions in Albee’s Recent Plays." Edward Albee, A Casebook (2002).

"Ten Years of American Drama." American Drama 10 (2001).

"A New Irish Grand Guignol." IRISH TIMES (2000).

"Canadian Evaluations of Frederick Brown and Edmund Kean." English-Canadian Theatre: 1765-1826 (1998).

"A Spring Cleaning for the Arts." Shaw 16 (1996).

"Clifford Odets, Scratching the American Itch." The Radical American Tradition (1994).

"Moving from the Political to the Personal: The Cases of John Howard Lawson and Clifford Odets." Clifford Odets (1992).

"A Voice Crying in the Megalopolis: A Review of Philip Levine’s Collected Poems." The Minnesota Review (1987).

"Review of Second Stage." American Journal of Canadian Studies (1984).

"Review of Shaw & Ibsen." Modern Drama (1981).



"A Jat Sikh in California." Jabberwock Review. 2005.

"Hume's Last Laugh." THE PARIS REVIEW. 2003.

"The Dead Jockey's Prayer." VERMONT LITERARY REVIEW. 2000.

"Historical Cemetery in Cumberland." Ohio Teachers Write. 2000.

"Ice Palace." Ohio Teachers Write. 2000.

"In the Piney Woods." APPALACIAN HERITAGE. 2000.

"Necrosis." Western Humanities Review. 1997.

"No Prisoners." Western Humanities Review. 1997.

"Taking My Messages." Western Humanities Review. 1997.

"The Sound of Oak Trees in February." AMBIT. 1996.

"Before Hard Frost." AMBIT. 1996.

"No Prisoners." AMBIT. 1996.

"Ice Fishing." EVIL DOG. 1996.

"Desire and Ice." EVIL DOG. 1996.

"Something Turns Into Its Opposite." Struggle. 1994.

"Messy Things." Western Humanities Review. 1994.

"The Last Time I Saw Paris." Western Humanities Review. 1994.

"Vanishing Pawtucket." The Journal of the Rhode Island Historical Society. 1993.

"Vanishing Rhode Island." The Journal of the Rhode Island Historical Society. 1993.

"It Can Happen Here." Struggle. 1992.

"Quarry at Lime Rock." Kansas Quarterly. 1984.

"Expiation." Sojourner. 1982.

"Prodigal Mother." Spoon River Quarterly. 1982.

"On Seeing Die Soldaten at the Boston Opera." San Fernando Poetry Journal. 1982.

"Portfolio of 12 poems." ARC. 1982.

Electronic Journal

"Where Have All the Workers Gone." [Electronic version].

"The Ghost of Robert Mappelthorpe and the Drama of the Cincinnati Boycott." [Electronic version].

"The Drama of Postmodernity in Everyday Life." [Electronic version].

In Press

John Bull's Other Island. Catholic University Press.


Modern and contemporary British, Irish and American drama, Women playwrights, playwriting.