Claire Gleitman

Dean, Humanities and Sciences
Phone: 607-274-3102
Office: Job Hall 310, Ithaca, NY 14850
Specialty: Dramatic Literature: Modern and Contemporary American, Irish and World Drama


Ph.D., New York University, 1992.
Master of Arts, New York University: 1986.
Bachelor of Arts, Wesleyan University: 1983.

Research Interests and Activities: 

My research interests focus primarily on the modern drama, with a particular emphasis on issues of gender and sexuality.  My published work engages the drama of such playwrights as Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Jeremy O. Harris, Paula Vogel, August Wilson, Bertolt Brecht, Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel, and Frank McGuinness, among others.

I am the 2017 recipient of a Faculty Excellence Award, granted by the Center for Faculty Excellence at Ithaca College.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications:

Anxious Masculinity in the Drama of Arthur Miller and Beyond: Salesmen, Sluggers, and Big Daddies. Methuen Drama/Bloomsbury Press (2022).

*All My Sons*: Students' Critical Edition, edited and with introductory materials by Claire Gleitman. Methuen Drama/Bloomsbury Press (forthcoming 2023).

Happy Days is here again:  Encountering Beckett in Extremis,” Ideas and Futures (September 14th, 2020);

“’What a man!’: Performing Masculinity in Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams,” Anthology on Arthur Miller for the 21st Century, ed. David Palmer (Palgrave) 2018.

"Tony Kushner and Tragedy,” Visions of Tragedy in Modern American Drama: From O’Neill to the Twenty-First Century, ed. David Palmer (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama) 2018.

"Saint-Mamas, Strudel and the Single Man in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman," The Arthur Miller Journal (Spring 2015). 

"'...then she came, and she cried. And I went back home with her': Arthur Miller's All My Sons and the Prison-House of Gender," The Arthur Miller Journal (Fall 2013).

"Three Characters in Search of a Play: Faith Healer and the Quest for Final Form," New Hibernia Review (Spring/Earrach, 2009).

“Another look at those ‘three bollocks in a cell’: Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and the Shackles of History,” Irish Theatre in America, ed. John Harrington (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press), 2009.

“`I’ll see you yesterday’:  Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, and the Captivating Past,” A Concise Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Drama, ed. Mary Luckhurst and Nadine Holdsworth (London: Blackwell), 2007.

Recent Courses:

  • Dangerous Women in Dramatic Literature (cross-listed with WGST)
  • Dramatic Literature II: Dramatic Literature from Ibsen to the Present
  • Modern and Contemporary American Drama
  • Taking it like a Man: Anxious Masculinity and the American Drama (seminar)
  • Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama (seminar) 
  • Theatre of the Absurd: Beckett, Stoppard, and Churchill (seminar)

Activities: I am the faculty sponsor, along with Kathleen Mulligan (Professor, Theatre Arts) of the On the Verge play-reading series. For information about this organization and its activities, feel free to email me.