I am currently revising my dissertation, "Judicial Criticism: Performance and Aesthetics in Anglo-American Copyright Law, 1833-1911,"
which explored legal theories of the performing arts in nineteenth-century copyright law. My next project, Specific Performance,
will investigate the performances of contractual obligations that underlie artistic performances. I am interested generally in
the law as a nexus between the business of the performing arts and aesthetic practices and theories. My other
research areas include musical theater, music-as-performance, and sound studies.
If you do not have access to these journals, please contact me for off-prints of any of the articles below.
Articles and Essays:
Book and Performance Reviews:
Articles and Essays in Progress:
Performing Rights and the Commodification of Performance
theoretical overview of the meaning of performing rights law
The Trials of Jesus Christ Superstar
legal, theatrical, and religious notions of embodiment in JCS copyright lititation
On Bow and Exit Music
categorization and theorization of curtain call underscoring in the American musical
Musical Chairs: On the Scenography of the Symphony
"set" changes at orchestra concerts and the nature of musical labor
Untitled Essay on the Plays of Annie Baker
Baker's plays as meldings of realism and expressionism, emphasizing the phenomenal theatrical experience
How to Publish Your (Nineteenth-Century) Book For Dummies
the history of author's how-to guides and their meaning for authorial labor
Performing Don John
the performance history of J. L. Austin's lectures on performativity