Enric Monforte

Enric Monforte is Senior Lecturer in the English Literature Section of the Department Modern Languages and Literatures and English Studies, University of Barcelona.

Enric holds a BA in English (University of Barcelona), an MA in Comparative Literature (New York University) and a PhD in English Literature (University of Barcelona). He has been Research Fellow at the University of Sussex and Academic Visitor at Royal Holloway, University of London. He specializes in Caryl Churchill and contemporary British drama and theatre, film studies and gender and sexuality.

He has published Gender, Politics, Subjectivity: Reading Caryl Churchill (PPU, 2001) and edited issue 15 of BELLS (Barcelona English Language and Literature Studies), a monograph with the title Contemporary Theatres in English (2006). He has also co-edited British Theatre of the 1990s: Interviews with Directors, Playwrights, Critics and Academics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), Ethical Speculations in Contemporary British Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and “Theatre and Spectatorship”, a monograph issue of the Journal of Contemporary Drama in English (2016).

He was a co-investigator for “British Theatre of the 1990s”, a three-year research project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education (BFF2002-00257), “The Representation of Politics and the Politics of Representation in post-1990 British Theatre”, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (FFI2009-07598), and “Ethical Issues in Contemporary British Theatre since 1989: Globalization, Theatricality, Spectatorship” (FFI2012-31842), funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. He is now a co-investigator for “British Theatre in the Twenty-First Century: Crisis, Affect, Community”, a four-year research project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) and the EU European Regional Development Fund (FFI2016-75443). He participated in “Representations of the Precarious in Contemporary British Drama and Theatre”, a one-year (2014) research project funded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD; Projekt-ID 57049392).

Contemporary British Theatre

2017: “Staging Terror and Precariousness in Simon Stephens’s Pornography and Mark Ravenhill’s Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat”, Of Precariousness: Vulnerabilities, Responsibilities, Communities in Twenty-first-century British Drama and Theatre. Eds. Mireia Aragay and Martin Middeke. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, pp. 31-45.

2017: review of The Theatre of Caryl Churchill (R. Darren Gobert, 2014), Journal of Contemporary Drama in English (JCDE) 5: 1, pp. 233-9.

2016: with Mireia Aragay, “Introduction: Theatre and Spectatorship – Meditations on Participation, Agency and Trust”, Journal of Contemporary Drama in English (JCDE) 4: 1, pp. 3-20.

2016: co-editor with Mireia Aragay, “Theatre and Spectatorship”, Journal of Contemporary Drama in English(JCDE) 4: 1.

2015: “The Theatre of debbie tucker green: A Dramaturgy of the Border”, De fronteres i arts escèniques. Ed. Núria Santamaria with Francesc Foguet. Lleida: Punctum, pp. 319-32.

2014: with Mireia Aragay and Clara Escoda, “Martin Crimp at Sala Beckett, Barcelona”, Contemporary Theatre Review 24: 3, pp. 376-87.

2014: “Witnessing, Sexualized Spectatorship and the (De)construction of Queer Identities in Mother Clap’s Molly House, The Pride and Cock”. Ethical Speculations in Contemporary British Theatre. Eds. Mireia Aragay and Enric Monforte. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 152-69.

2014: co-editor with Mireia Aragay, Ethical Speculations in Contemporary British Theatre. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2013: “Les Obres de Caryl Churchill del Nou Mil·lenni: Postdramatisme, Ètica, Capitalisme Radical”, (Pausa.) (Sala Beckett, Barcelona) 35, pp. 140-50.

2013: with Mireia Aragay, “Racial Violence, Witnessing and Emancipated Spectatorship in The Colour of JusticeFallout and random”, Contemporary British Theatre: Breaking New Ground. Ed. Vicky Angelaki. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 96-120.

2012: “Ethics, Witnessing, and Spectatorship in David Hare’s Via Dolorosa (1998), Robin Soans’s The Arab-Israeli Cookbook (2004), and Caryl Churchill’s Seven Jewish Children (2009)”, Ethical Debates in Contemporary Theatre and Drama. Eds. Mark Berninger and Bernhard Reitz. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, pp. 91-104.

2010: “Hacia un teatro queer en Gran Bretaña”, Soy lo que ves: Cultura, identidad y representación gay y lésbica. Eds. Alfonso Ceballos Muñoz et al. Oviedo: Septem Ediciones, pp. 257-76.

2010: “La disección del Thatcherismo: Skylight y la ‘cultura de la empresa’”, Primer Acto: Cuadernos de Investigación Teatral 333, pp. 53-62.

2007: “English Gay/Queer Theatre in the 1990s: Kevin Elyot’s My Night with Reg and Mark Ravenhill’s Shopping and Fucking”, Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 54, pp. 195-206.

2007: co-editor with Mireia Aragay, Hildegard Klein and Pilar Zozaya, British Theatre of the Nineties: Interviews with Directors, Playwrights, Critics and Academics. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2007: “Neil Bartlett”, British Theatre of the Nineties: Interviews with Directors, Playwrights, Critics and Academics.  Eds. Mireia Aragay, Hildegard Klein, Enric Monforte and Pilar Zozaya. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 43-55.

2007: “Mark Ravenhill”, British Theatre of the Nineties: Interviews with Directors, Playwrights, Critics and Academics.  Eds. Mireia Aragay, Hildegard Klein, Enric Monforte and Pilar Zozaya. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 91-104.

2007: “Nicholas de Jongh”, British Theatre of the Nineties: Interviews with Directors, Playwrights, Critics and Academics.  Eds. Mireia Aragay, Hildegard Klein, Enric Monforte and Pilar Zozaya. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 123-38.

2007: “Alan Sinfield”, British Theatre of the Nineties: Interviews with Directors, Playwrights, Critics and Academics.  Eds. Mireia Aragay, Hildegard Klein, Enric Monforte and Pilar Zozaya. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 186-99.

2006: editor, Contemporary Theatres in EnglishBELLS (Barcelona English Language and Literature Studies) 15, Barcelona: Publicacions de la Universitat de Barcelona.

2005: “Caryl Churchill: el teatro como transgresión”, Primer Acto: Cuadernos de Investigación Teatral 308, pp. 10-27.

2002: “Feminism and Theatre”, Anuari de Filologia (Filologia Anglesa i Alemanya, Universitat de Barcelona) XXI-XXII, A-9, pp. 49-68.

2001: Gender, Politics, Subjectivity: Reading Caryl Churchill. Barcelona: PPU.

2000: “Caryl Churchill: una aproximació”, Assaig de Teatre: Revista de l’AIET 25, pp. 207-17.

2000: “Desarticulant el teatre tradicional: entrevista amb Max Stafford-Clark”, Assaig de Teatre: Revista de l’AIET 25, pp. 197-205.

1996: “Caryl Churchill’s Softcops in the Light of Foucault’s Surveiller et Punir: The Power of the Institutions”, Culture and Power: Institutions. Ed. Rosa González. Barcelona: PPU, pp. 299-310.

 

Other

2016: “Shakespeare, gènere i sexualitat” , “‘To be or not to be…’ 400 anys amb William Shakespeare”, http://crai.ub.edu/ca/coneix-el-crai/biblioteques/biblioteca-lletres/tobeornottobe, curated by Esther Acereda (CRAI, University of Barcelona), Gabriel Tomàs (CRAI, University of Barcelona), Clara Escoda and Enric Monforte.

2012: with Mireia Aragay, Clara Escoda, Verónica Rodríguez and María Isabel Seguro, Formative Learning and Assessment Tools for British Theatre Courses within the English Studies Degree. Barcelona: Dipòsit Digital de la Universitat de Barcelona. http://hdl.handle.net/2445/32184

2010: with Jacqueline Hurtley and Bill Phillips, Reading and Writing Skills for Students of Literature in English. Barcelona: Dipòsit Digital de la Universitat de Barcelona. http://hdl.handle.net.sire.ub.edu/2445/13522

2008: editor, Film Studies Now, BELLS (Barcelona English Language and Literature Studies) 17, Barcelona: Publicacions de la Universitat de Barcelona.

2008: with Cristina Alsina and Gemma López, “Postmodern Aesthetics, Power and Desire in Hal Hartley’s Cinema”, Uma Revista de Estudos Anglo-Americanos/A Journal of Anglo-American Studies 10, pp. 11-27 .

2004: editor, Comparative Literature/s and Culture/s, BELLS (Barcelona English Language and Literature Studies) 13, Barcelona: Publicacions de la Universitat de Barcelona.

2004: with Ana Moya and Cristina Alsina, “Intertextualidad, cine y traducción: la adaptación cinematográfica y los límites de la interpretación”, Ética y política de la traducción en la época contemporánea. Ed. Assumpta Camps. Barcelona: PPU, pp. 305-34.

2000: “La disidencia”, Cuadernos del Sur: Suplemento Cultural de Diario Córdoba 642, p. 13.

2000: with Gemma López, “‘You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman’: Killing Deviance in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs”, a paper given at XXIV International Conference of the Spanish Association of Angloamerican Studies (AEDEAN), 14 December. Published in: Proceedings of the 24th International Conference of AEDEAN. Eds. Ángel Mateos-Aparicio and Silvia Molina. Ciudad Real: U. de Castilla-La Mancha, CD-Rom.

1998: “Homosociality, Sexism and Homophobia: An Analysis of Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant and Fox and His Friends”, BELLS (Barcelona English Language and Literature Studies) 9, pp. 89-98.

1998: “A Reading of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray in the Light of Jacques Lacan’s ‘The Mirror Stage’”, a paper given at XXII International Conference of the Spanish Association of Angloamerican Studies (AEDEAN), 18 December. Published in: Proceedings of XXII International Conference of AEDEAN. Eds. Pere Gallardo and Enric Llurda. Lleida: Edicions de la Universitat de Lleida, pp. 397-400.

1997: “Men/Feminism: The Transformation of Ideology”, a paper given at XXI International Conference of the Spanish Association of Angloamerican Studies (AEDEAN), 20 December. Published in: Proceedings of the XXI International Conference of AEDEAN. Eds. Fernando Toda, Juan A. Prieto, María José Mora et al. Sevilla: Universidad de Sevilla, pp. 243-7.

Contemporary British Theatre

2016: attendance at “Theatre and Mobility”, 25th Annual Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE), Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, 26-29 May.

2015: conference secretary, “Theatre and Spectatorship”, 24th Annual Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE), University of Barcelona, 4-7 June.

2014: attendance at “Theatre and History: Cultural Transformations”, 23rd Annual Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE), University of Hamburg, 19-22 June.

2013: “Racial Violence, Witnessing and Emancipated Spectatorship in Fallout and Random”, paper presented at “Re-Routing Performance/Re-caminant l’escena”, International Federation for Theatre Research Conference (IFTR/ FIRT), Institut del Teatre, Barcelona, 22-26 July.

2013: with Mireia Aragay and Clara Escoda, “Martin Crimp at Sala Beckett, Barcelona”, paper presented (by invitation) at “Dealing with Martin Crimp”, a conference organized by Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Birmingham, held at Royal Court Theatre, London, 12 January 2013.

2012: attendance at “Bodies on Stage”, 21st Annual Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE), University of Bochum, 7-10 June.

2012: “The theatre of debbie tucker green: A Dramaturgy of the Border”, paper given at the international conference “The Border, an Unavoidable Concept?”, International Conference on the Border and its Relationship to the Performing Arts in Europe, organised by Grup de Recerca en les Arts Escèniques (GRAE), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 1-3 March.

2011: “Ethics, Witnessing and Spectatorship in David Hare’s Via Dolorosa (1998), Robin Soans’s The Arab-Israeli Cookbook (2004) and Caryl Churchill’s Seven Jewish Children (2009)”, paper presented at ”Ethical Debates in Contemporary Theatre and Drama”, 20th Annual Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE), University of Mainz, 2-5 June.

2011: “Caryl Churchill’s Plays of the New Millennium: Postdramatism, Ethics, Radical Capitalism” paper presented at the conference “Churchill Now: 21st Century Caryl Churchill”, University of Lincoln, 16 April.

2010: “The Plays of debbie tucker green: Testing the Boundaries of Representation”, paper presented at the conference “Contemporary British Theatre: Towards a New Canon”, School of English, Birmingham City University, 16 October.

2010: with Mireia Aragay and Hanna Scolnicov (Tel Aviv University), coordination of seminar “Ethics in Contemporary British Theatre” at the 10th Conference of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE), University of Turin, 24-28 August.

2009: “Fractured Narratives, Damaged Queer Identities in Contemporary British Theatre”, paper presented at the conference “Fractured Narratives: Pinter, Postmodernism and the Postcolonial World”, Goldsmiths College, University of London, 7 November.

2008: participation in the round table “The Politics of Contemporary British Drama” with a paper on the theatre of Mark Ravenhill, XXXII International Conference of the Spanish Association of Angloamerican Studies (AEDEAN), Universitat de les Illes Balears, 14 November.

2007: attendance at the symposium “How Was It For Us? British Theatre Under Blair”, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, London, 9 December.

2006: attendance at the conference “Ravenhill 10”, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London, 11-12 November.

2006: attendance at “Sarah Kane Symposium”, Barbican Centre, London, 11 November.

2006: coordination of the round table “Queering the Scene: An Exploration of Contemporary Queer Theatre”, 8th Conference of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE), Institute of English Studies, University of London, 1 September.

2006: participation in the round table “Queering the Scene: An Exploration of Contemporary Queer Theatre”, 8th Conference of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE), Institute of English Studies, University of London, 1 September.

2004: coordination of the round table “Gay/Lesbian/Queer Theories in 21st-Century English Studies”, XXVIII International Conference of the Spanish Association of Angloamerican Studies (AEDEAN), Universitat de València, 16 December.

2004: “English Gay/Queer Theatre in the 1990s: Kevin Elyot’s My Night with Reg and Mark Ravenhill’s Shopping and Fucking”, paper presented at the XXVIII International Conference of the Spanish Association of Angloamerican Studies (AEDEAN), Universitat de València, 16 December.

1997: “Dona, bellesa i pornografia: Masterpieces, de Sarah Daniels”, a paper presented at the Congrés Internacional Bellesa, Dona i Literatura, Universitat de Barcelona, 12 March.

1996: participation in the round table “Literature and Censorship”, XX International Conference of the Spanish Association of Angloamerican Studies (AEDEAN), Universitat de Barcelona, 12 December.

1996: “Caryl Churchill’s Softcops in the Light of Foucault’s Surveiller et Punir: The Power of the Institutions”, paper presented at the conference “Culture and Power: Institutions”, Universitat de Barcelona, 21 September.

1994: “A Materialist Feminist Perspective on the Plays of Caryl Churchill”, paper presented at APAC-ELT Convention (Jornades Pedagògiques per a l’Ensenyament de l’Anglès), Universitat de Barcelona, 25 February.

Contemporary British Theatre

2018: chair of panel “National Stages (1)”, “Crossing Borders: Contemporary Anglophone Theatre in Europe”, 40th International Conference of Recherches sur les Arts Dramatiques Anglophones Contemporains (RADAC), organised by Université Paris 13, Université Lyon 2, Université Grenoble-Alpes and RADAC, Paris, 11-12 October.

2018: participation in the study day on crisis within the project “British Theatre in the Twenty-First Century: Crisis, Affect, Community”, organized by the Contemporary British Theatre Barcelona research group, Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat de Filologia, 12 April.

2017: participation in the study day on affect within the project “British Theatre in the Twenty-First Century: Crisis, Affect, Community”, organized by the Contemporary British Theatre Barcelona research group, Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat de Filologia, 24 March.

2016: participation  in the study day on happiness organized by the Contemporary British Theatre Barcelona research group, Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat de Filologia, 12 May.

2016: attendance at the symposium “Sarah Kane Explored: Staging the Unstageable”, Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, London, 11 March.

2014: “Staging Terror and Precarity in Simon Stephens’s Pornography, Mark Ravenhill’s Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat and Caryl Churchill’s Ding Dong the Wicked”, a paper presented within the “Second Augsburg-Barcelona Seminar” organized by the research project “Darstellungen des Prekären im britishen Gegenwartstheater” (“Representations of the Precarious in Contemporary British Theatre”), funded by the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst – German Academic Exchange Service; Projekt-ID: 57049392), University of Barcelona, 17 September.

2013: “Staging Precarity in Simon Stephens’s Pornography and Wastwater”, paper delivered at the seminar “Ethics, Precariousness and Contemporary (British) Theatre”, organized by Universitat de Barcelona, Departament de Filologia Anglesa i Alemanya, 28 October.

2011: guest lecturer in the seminar Gabinet de lectura de textos teatrals: Una còpia/Lluny, de Caryl Churchill, Llibreria La Central del Raval, Barcelona, 5 October.

2011: with Mireia Aragay, guest seminar on  ‘The State of Contemporary British Theatre’, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Departament de Filologia Anglesa i de Germanística, 24 February.

2010: “La producción dramática de David Hare: de The Secret Rapture (1988) a Via Dolorosa (1998)”, a guest lecture given at the “XIV Ciclo Autor: David Hare”, Festival Escena Contemporánea, Teatro Pradillo (Madrid), 13 February.

2008: “Nuevas tendencias en el teatro británico del milenio: Mark Ravenhill y Martin Crimp”, a guest lecture given at the “XII Ciclo Autor: Dramaturgia Británica Contemporánea”, Festival Escena Contemporánea, Teatro Pradillo (Madrid), 10 February.

2007: “Representaciones de la identidad homosexual en el teatro británico y norteamericano contemporáneo”, a talk given within the course “El género del teatro: las artes escénicas y las representaciones de la identidad”, 58ª Edición de los Cursos de Verano de Cádiz, Universidad de Cádiz, 5-7 July.

2007: “The Articulation of a Queer Politics in Mark Ravenhill’s Theatre”, paper presented at “Research Day Spring 2007: Theatre and Politics”, Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway College, University of London, 28 March.

2006: “Del teatro gay/lésbico al teatro queer anglosajón contemporáneo: apuntes sobre una evolución”, a key-note address given at the “II Jornadas sobre Cultura Gay y Lésbica: Cultura, Identidad y Representación”, Universidad de Sevilla/Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (Sevilla)/Universidad de Cádiz, 22 March.

2005: “Caryl Churchill: el teatro como transgresión”, a guest lecture given at the “IX Ciclo Autor: Caryl Churchill: Compromiso, inteligencia y creatividad”, Festival Escena Contemporánea, Teatro Pradillo (Madrid), 12 February.

2000: “Feminisme i discurs teatral”, a talk given within the course “Feminisme i crítica literària”, Centre Dona i Literatura, Universitat de Barcelona, 4 December.

1998: “Feminisme i discurs teatral”, a talk given within the course “Feminisme i crítica literària”, Centre Dona i Literatura, Universitat de Barcelona, 1 December.

1997: “Women in/and English Theatre: Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine”, a talk given within the cycle “Women in/and English Literature”, British Institute (Barcelona), 14 May.

Contemporary British Theatre

In progress: Mª Isabel Seguro, “The Politics of Disability in Martin McDonagh’s Theatre”.

In progress: Elisabeth Massana, “The Performance of Terror in Post-9/11 British Theatre”.

Contemporary British Theatre

In progress: Nicolás Sánchez, “‘Cuando el Viento Sople…’: Un estudio sobre Marc Blitzstein a través de su obra teatral The Cradle Will Rock”.

2018: Carolina González, “Empathy for the Criminal in Pornography and The Events”.

2012: Anil Yenigül, “Witnessing and Testimony of Traumatic Events and the Function of Cultural and Collective Memory in Harold Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes“.

2012: Neslihan Yilmaz, “Gender Politics and Feminism in Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine“.

2011: Clara Perelló, “21st Century British Theatre: Towards a Cosmopolitan Community”.

2010: Carmen Georgiana Vasile, “The Female Voices in Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls (1982): Sisters or Foes?”.

2008: Verónica Castro, “Society, Politics and the Desire for Change in Mark Ravenhill’s Some Explicit Polaroids (1999) and Product (2005)”.

2008: Elisabeth Massana, “Mapping British Queer Theatre in Mark Ravenhill’s Handbag (1998) and Mother Clap’s Molly House (2001)”.

2004: Josep Maria Soria, “The Postmodernist Link between Nation and Narration in Martin McDonagh’s Work”.

Other

2012: Arnau Roig Mora, “Is This How the World Ends? Gregg Araki and the (New) Queer Cinema in the 21st Century”.

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