John Anderson

Affiliated Faculty

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). His essay on stage adaptations of Edith Wharton's fiction appeared in the Cambridge University Press 2012 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 and of NCA's Performance Studies Division Distinguished Service Award in 2014.

He performs nationally in his one-person shows as authors Henry James, William Faulkner, Washington Irving, Lynn Riggs, Robert Frost, and Louis Bromfield. Listen to an audio podcast of his performance as Robert Frost at the Seattle Public Library, and watch a video of his performance as Henry James for the 2014 Oklahoma Chautauqua. He has received Chautauqua grants to present humanities programs on early America, the Civil War, the 1930s, the Centennial of Oklahoma statehood, Hollywood's Impact on American Culture, and World War I. 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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Student Companion to William Faulkner. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.


"Stage Adaptations of Wharton's Fiction," Edith Wharton in Context, ed. Laura Rattray. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.


Creative Works

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



Oklahoma Chautauqua ("Behind the Screen: Hollywood's Impact on American Culture"), Tulsa, Enid, and Lawton, OK


Ashland Chautauqua ("Legends of the Silver Screen"), Ashland, OH


Awards & Honors

Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance, National Communication Association


Distinguished Service Award of the Performance Studies Division of the National Communication Association