Martin Puchner serves as the founding director of the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University. He is the author of Stage Fright: Modernism, Anti-Theatricality, and Drama (Hopkins, 2002), Poetry of the Revolution: Marx, Manifestos, and the Avant-Gardes (Princeton, 2006; winner of the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell Award), and The Drama of Ideas: Platonic Provocations in Theater and Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2010).
He has published essays in the London Review of Books, Raritan Review, n+1, Yale Journal of Criticism, the Drama Review, Journal of the History of Ideas, New Literary History, Theatre Research International, and Theatre Journal, among others.
His edited books and introductions include Six Plays by Henrik Ibsen (Barnes and Noble, 2003), Lionel Abel’s Tragedy and Metatheatre (Holmes and Meier, 2003), The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings (Barnes and Noble, 2005), and Modern Drama: Critical Concepts (Routledge, 2007). He is the co-editor of Against Theatre: Creative Destructions on the Modernist Stage (Palgrave, 2006) and The Norton Anthology of Drama (2009) and the new general editor of The Norton Anthology of World Literature, third edition.