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Dr Harriet Curtis

HarrietcurtisTeaching Fellow in Performance Studies and Liberal Arts

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2180


Address Department of English and Comparative Literature
King's College London
Room 7.12, Virginia Woolf Building 
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE

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I joined King's in September 2015 after completing a PhD in Drama at Queen Mary University of London in 2014, where I also taught undergraduate courses on theatre, contemporary performance and visual culture.

Research interests
  • Performance art and live art (US and UK post-1960)
  • Interdisciplinary art practices (particularly theatre, performance and visual art)
  • Art history and visual culture
  • Curatorial strategy and institutional framings of performance

In my research I take an interdisciplinary approach, combining
performance studies and art history, to studying the history, theory and practice of performance art and live art, visual culture, and connections between performance and visual art practices. I am interested in how performances are displayed or represented in exhibitions, archives, magazines and artist publications, and in studying and critiquing institutional frameworks around performance.

I am in the early stages of a project on artists from the 1970s onwards who use live, video, or audio performance in their interdisciplinary work, and stimulate adverse emotional or affective responses as a critical practice. The research for this project undertakes performance and visual art historiography to reframe and extend archival work and writing that I completed for my doctoral research on the performances of American artist Paul McCarthy.

I also have a longstanding interest in feminist and activist performance practices, particularly the re-performance of historical feminist projects in contemporary contexts, and have written on the work of Carolee Schneemann and Suzanne Lacy.

Selected publications
  • ‘In Bad Taste? Vomit and disgust in Paul McCarthy’s performances of the 1970s’, Performance Research, 22.6(2018)
  • Co-edited with Martin Hargreaves, Kira O’Reilly: Untitled (Bodies) (Intellect and Live Art Development Agency, 2017)
  • ‘Restaging Feminism in Los Angeles: Three Weeks in January (2012): Three Weeks in May (1977)’, n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal, (July 2014), 77-85.
  • ‘Performance Legacies in Print and Practice: High Performance magazine, 1978-1983’, Platform: Journal of Theatre & Performing Arts, 8.1 (Spring 2014), 29-43.

I teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules in theatre and performance studies in English, and interdisciplinary core modules in Liberal Arts.









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