John Dennis Anderson



B.A. Baylor University
M.A. Baylor University
Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Anderson, a performance studies scholar, focuses his research in the area of narrative theory and performance. He is the author of The Student Companion to William Faulkner (Greenwood, 2007). In addition to publishing articles in Text and Performance Quarterly, he has served as Book Review Co-Editor for the journal. Most recently, his essay on stage adaptations of Edith Wharton's fiction appeared in the Cambridge University Press volume Edith Wharton in Context. Dr. Anderson was co-recipient of the National Communication Association's Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance in 2013.

He performs nationally in his one-person shows as authors Henry James, William Faulkner, Washington Irving, Lynn Riggs, and Robert Frost. Listen to an audio podcast of his performance as Frost at the Seattle Public Library. He has received Chautauqua grants to present humanities programs on early America, the Civil War, the 1930s, the Centennial of Oklahoma statehood, and Hollywood's Impact on American Culture. Dr. Anderson is a former Chair of the Performance Studies Division of the National Communication Association and served as Director of the Honors Program at Emerson for ten years.

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  • 2007
  • Student Companion to William Faulkner. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
  • 2012
  • "Stage Adaptations of Wharton's Fiction," Edith Wharton in Context, ed. Laura Rattray. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.


  • 2013
  • "Frederick Busch's The Mutual Friend: A One-Man Show," Performance, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA


  • 2012
  • Oklahoma Chautauqua ("Behind the Screen: Hollywood's Impact on American Culture"), Tulsa, Enid, and Lawton, OK
  • 2013
  • Ashland Chautauqua ("Legends of the Silver Screen"), Ashland, OH


  • 2013
  • Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance, National Communication Association

John Dennis Anderson

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