L. Bailey McDaniel
: L. Bailey McDaniel
Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 522 O'Dowd Hall
Phone: (248) 370-2008
Ph.D., Indiana University
M.A., Indiana University
A.B., University of Michigan
Major Fields: Modern Drama and Performance, Gender and Race Studies, Postcolonial Literature and Drama
is a Michigan native who grew up in and around Wayne County. After
earning her undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of
Michigan, she spent five years in New York City studying acting and
performing. She earned her graduate degrees in English at Indiana
University. She is thrilled to be back home, doing the work that she
undergraduate and graduate courses she teaches frequently investigate
issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality as they are engaged in
modern drama, US ethnic literature, and postcolonial literature.
Professor McDaniel has published articles on playwrights such as Tennessee Williams, Cherríe Moraga, and David Henry Hwang. Her book (Re)Constructing Maternal Performance in Twentieth-Century American Drama
was released by Palgrave MacMillan in September 2013. Her most recent
essay explores "the Mammy" figure in playwrights Tony Kushner, Alfred
Uhry, and Cheryl West and will appear in a forthcoming anthology, also
released by Palgrave MacMillan.
Research interests: Modern Drama and Performance; Gender, Race, and Queer Studies; Ethnic American Literature; Literary Theory
Recent Courses Taught:
ENG 600, "Performing Motherhood in Modern American Drama"
ENG 566, "Postcolonial Performance and Theory"
ENG 533, "Critical Theory and Practice"
ENG 400/WGS 301, "It Rhymes with Witch: Exploring the 'B' Word in World Drama"
ENG 401; "Staging the American Family"
ENG 306 Drama (fulfills Gen Ed requirement)
ENG 307 Modern Drama, "Ethnic American Drama"
ENG 112 Ethnic American Literature; "Exploring Immigrant Narratives" (fulfills Gen Ed and Diversity requirements)