Institute of English Languages and Literatures

Dan Poston, PhD/MFA

Research Fellow

Here in the English/American Studies Department and in the International Literatures program, I teach courses in literary and cultural studies and theatre history.  I earned a PhD in Theatre and Performance from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2018.  My dissertation concerned the eighteenth-century playwright, poet, journalist, and statesman, Joseph Addison, and the general nexus of official state politics, theatre, and literature in the formation of the modern nation-state.  That project developed out of a wider research interest in the intersection between transnational aesthetics and politics, specifically in the global Enlightenment (and its legacies) as well as in classical literary theatrical cultures around the world.  My general approach to scholarship and thinking is anthropological and historicist, focused on performance as a manifestation of philosophy, social thought, and the history of ideas.

I also have worked and trained as a performer and writer.  In the last years, I have collaborated with the artist Ei Arakawa and several composers on a series of musical projects.  Aside from an interest in contemporary art-contexts, some of my other active research interests are Restoration and long eighteenth-century literature and theatre, general global theatre history, Native American theatre, Romanticism, psychoanalysis, Elizabethan court literature, and ensemble composition.

As the ERASMUS+ coordinator for the Tübingen International Literatures
(IL) program, I am very happy to meet with students interested in studying abroad or coming from abroad to study here.