Mark Hodin, PhD Professor
Office: Tower 905
Office Hours: MTWRF 1-2
Mark Hodin is the Chair of the English department. He studies twentieth-century American theater, especially where questions of literary value intersect with cultural performance. He has published articles on vaudeville, theater reviewing, and university pedagogy. His “The Disavowal of Ethnicity: Legitimate Theater and the Social Construction of Literary Value in Turn of the Century America” (Theatre Journal 52.2 (May 2000) was awarded the 2001 Gerald Kahan Scholar’s Prize by the American Society for Theatre Research. Recent publications include “Lorraine Hansberry's Absurdity: The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window” in Contemporary Literature 50.4 (Winter 2009): 742-774; "Mobility in Immigrant New York" in American Literary History 23.2 (Summer 2011); and "Late Melodrama" in Oxford Handbook of American Drama, ed. Jeffrey Richards, New York: Oxford University Press (forthcoming, January 2012). His current scholarly project "'All that glisters is not gold': David Belasco's Merchant of Venice (1922)" is a contribution to a book project exploring Jewish responses to Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. Dr. Hodin's chapter analyzes Belasco's production in the context of Jewish assimilation and American modernism.
Dr. Hodin's classes include First Year Seminar, Writing About Literature, Drama, Introduction to English Studies, and a course in US Cold War culture.
Away from work, he enjoys Tae Kwon Do, softball, and running his two greyhounds.