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Subject Areas: English Literature
Theresa is a Principal Lecturer in English Literature and Academic Development Lead in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and a Resources and Recruitment Manager in the School of Language and Global Studies and researches theatre history and literary culture. She has also published widely on gender, race and performance. Her next book is a study of Transatlantic theatre in the nineteenth century.
In addition to her work on behalf of the Student Experience at UCLan, Theresa specialises in teaching eighteenth and nineteenth century literary and theatre culture, particularly focusing on race and gender in performance history. Theresa also leads our module on CSI: Lit. She is a qualified Higher Education practitioner, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Additionally, Theresa supervises postgraduate research projects in literature and theatre and welcomes postgraduate proposals in any area of theatre culture from 1800-1950s.
Theresa is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and has been a visiting scholar at universities in America.
Theresa’s monograph on American Theatre was published in 2011 and she has also produced a series of articles on popular theatre of the nineteenth century, particularly pantomime and burlesque, American playwright Clyde Fitch and “In Dahomey,” the first black American musical comedy to feature on London Stages in 1902. She is currently researching extended projects in Transatlantic theatre for Edinburgh University Press, conducting research into the plays and dramatic writings/performances of Charles Dickens, as well as a study of nineteenth-century American actor, Ira Aldridge. Theresa is also involved in a Digital Humanities project in collaboration with Hofstra, New York, on Irish playwright, Dion Boucicault.
Theresa actively supports the American studies research community and was Treasurer of the British Association for American Studies Executive Committee (2008-2012). Theresa is also an active member of the European Association for American Studies.
Theresa obtained her first degree and her PhD (2003) at Manchester Metropolitan University and has been teaching at UCLan since 2005.
Theresa has had an article published on The Conversation, entitled ‘Titter ye not – Swallows and Amazons goes all Victorian’
2003 PhD Literature: ‘Faraway Places and Distant Horizons: The Melodramatic Expanses of Herman Melville and Henry James.’ Awarded at Viva.
1998 BA (First Class) Hons. English Literature Manchester Metropolitan University. Awarded Head of Department’s Prize.
2006 Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University.
Saxon, Theresa (2016) The Ghost Dance : (In)justice and native American Performance. In: America : Jusice, Conflict, War. Universitatsverlag, Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-8253-7601-7 (In Press) Item availability may be restricted.
Saxon, Theresa (2015) In Dahomey in England: A (negative) transatlantic performance heritage. Atlantic Studies: Global Currents . pp. 1-17. ISSN 1478-8810
Saxon, Theresa (2013) Sexual transgression on the American stage: Clyde Fitch, Sapho, and the 'American Girl'. Literature Compass, 10 (10). pp. 735-747. ISSN 1741-4113
Saxon, Theresa (2011) American Theatre: History, Context, Form. BAAS Paperbacks . Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. ISBN 9780748645206 Item not available from this repository.
Selected Conferences and Workshops
American Literature, American Culture and CSI: Lit – guest lectures on eighteenth and nineteenth century theatre culture.
American and Transatlantic theatre research
Digital Humanities project on Dion Boucicault’ The Octoroon, in collaboration with Lisa Merrill, Professor of Rhetoric and the Digital Research centre at Hofstra, New York