Jon Venn

Discipline: Drama

Project Summary

My thesis concerned the representation of madness in Contemporary British and Irish Theatre. It analyzed a variety of plays from the past 25 years of British and Irish theatre in order to discern what modes of resistance are possible, and the conceptual lines upon which they follow. It questioned how these modes of resistance are imbibed in the representation of madness. It discerned what way these modes relate specifically to the theatrical, and what it is the theatrical specifically has to offer these conceptualizations. I drew upon and critically engaged with thinkers such as such as Michel Foucault, Henri Lefebvre, David Harvey, Jacques Derrida, Simon Critchley and Emmanuel Levinas.

My current research interests are cultural narratives of suicide and the politics of the performance of mental health in the digital age.