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Jules Odendahl-James, Dir, Acad Engagement for Acad Discipline

Jules Odendahl-James
Jules Odendahl-James, Dir, Acad Engagement for Acad Discipline
Office Location:  Room 118, Academic Advising Center, Dukeuniversity, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  +1 919 681 8707
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Spring 2012: Wednesdays, Noon-2pm & by appointment.

PhDUniveristy of North Carolina, Chapel Hill2003
M.A.University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill1999
M.F.A.University of Texas at Austin1996

Dramatic Literature
Literary & Cultural Criticism
Research Interests: Dramaturgy, Performance Studies, and Material Culture

Current projects: Anatomies of Forensic Media (edited collection), Over My Dead Body: Documentary Media and the Forensic Imagination

My dissertation, "Bodies of Evidence: Portraits of Post-Feminine Performance," uses the idea of Brechtian gestus to explore the performative aspects of documentary and portrait photography in relationship to three groups of non-normative female bodies (the female serial killer, the transgendered man, and the elderly, infirmed woman). My current book project, Over My Dead Body: Documentary Media and the Forensic Imagination, explores the intersections of individual trauma, public memory, and social activism through tracing the shared origins, divergent visual technologies, and narrative constructs of documentary and forensic media in their quest to represent the (w)hole Truth.


Resident Dramaturg
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Odendahl-James, J, Women's Voices on American Stages in the Early Twenty-First Century: Sarah Ruhl and Her Contemporaries. By Leslie Atkins Durham. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013; pp. ix + 214. $95 cloth, $95 e-book., Theatre Survey, vol. 56 no. 3 (September, 2015), pp. 435-437, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [doi].
  2. Odendahl-James, J, Mapping and Making: Dramaturg as Performance Geneticist, Theater Topics, vol. 24 no. 3 (September, 2014), pp. 211-223, Routledge.
  3. Odendahl-James, J, The Science of Dramaturgy and the Dramaturgy of Science, in The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (August, 2014), pp. 381-388, Routledge.
  4. Odendahl-James, J, Book Review: The Rise of True Crime: 20th-Century Murder and American Popular Culture, Crime, Media, Culture: an International Journal, vol. 6 no. 2 (August, 2010), pp. 243-247, SAGE Publications [doi].
  5. Odendahl-James, J, Review of The Rise of True Crime: Murder and Twentieth Century Armerican Culture by Jean Murley., Crime, Media, Culture (2010).

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