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Catherine M. Young studies the politics of representation, circulation of capital, and discourses of animality in popular entertainments including musicals, vaudeville, and circus.

Catherine M. Young studies the politics of representation, circulation of capital, and discourses of animality in popular entertainments including musicals, vaudeville, and circus. Catherine's essay "The Performance and Politics of Concurrent Temporalities in George C. Wolfe's Shuffle Along" appears in the edited collection Race and Performance After Repitition (Duke, 2020). The collaboratively written chapter, "'I Wanna Be Like You’: Negotiating race, racism and Orientalism in The Jungle Book on stage", is part of the edited collection The Disney Musical on Stage and Screen. Catherine earned her doctorate in Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches in the Princeton Writing Program. She is committed to critical pedagogy.

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Sympathy for the Incel?
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Sympathy for the Incel?

On Oklahoma! and Jud Fry in the #MeToo Era 

26 June 2019

Catherine M. Young discusses the recent Broadway production of Oklahoma!, which she believes, despite inclusive casting and adventurous aesthetics, asks audiences to pay more attention to white men than anyone else.

“Glitterwashing” Orientalism in Molière’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Essay

“Glitterwashing” Orientalism in Molière’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

21 September 2016

Catherine M. Young on Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord’s production of Molière and Lully’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, directed by Denis Podalydès’at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York.

Don’t Blame Pregnancy for Shuffle Along Closing
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Don’t Blame Pregnancy for Shuffle Along Closing

18 July 2016

Catherine M. Young reflects on the closing of the musical Shuffle Along.