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Tuesday, April 8, 2014   (0 Comments)
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by President Henry Bial 

Every so often, our friends at Johns Hopkins University Press provide us with a report showing how often articles from Theatre Journal and Theatre Topics are downloaded via Project MUSE. We found the latest figures – covering the calendar years 2012 and 2013 – interesting, and we thought you might, too.

Over the last two years, ATHE’s journals have been accessed more than a quarter million times, by users in 100 countries, including Vatican City.

As further demonstration of ATHE’s international reach, six of the ten institutions with the most article downloads from our journals are located outside the US:

  1. CUNY Grad School & University Center
  2. Queensland University of Technology
  3. University of Toronto
  4. University of Texas at Austin
  5. New York University
  6. Northwestern University
  7. Queen Mary, University of London
  8. University of British Columbia
  9. University of Surrey
  10. York University


All told, users at over 2000 institutions downloaded at least one article from Theatre Journal or Theatre Topics via Project MUSE. These institutional subscribers (i.e. libraries) include the University of Zagreb, the University of Ghana, the Islamabad Medical and Dental College, Nacogdoches High School, and the US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Library.

Over 300 articles – nearly all that we’ve published in the last few years – were downloaded 200 or more times. The most downloaded articles since January 1, 2012 are:

Theatre Journal

  1. “Gender Trouble in Twelfth Night” by Casey Charles
  2. “How to Do Things with Demons: Conjuring Performatives in Doctor Faustus” by Andrew Sofer
  3. “’Defying Gravity’: Queer Conventions in the Musical Wicked” by Stacy Wolf
  4. “Feeling the Loss of Feminism: Sarah Kane's Blasted and an Experiential Genealogy of Contemporary Women's Playwriting” by Elaine Aston
  5. “Evil, Sin, or Doubt?: The Dramas of Clerical Child Abuse” by Elizabeth Cullingford
  6. “Desdemona and the Role of Women in the Antebellum North” by Edward Kahn
  7. "’The written troubles of the brain’: Sleep No More and the Space of Character”by W. B. Worthen
  8. “Compiling West Side Story’s Parahistories, 1949–2009” by Brian Eugenio Herrera
  9. “The Black Body in Translation: Polish Productions of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun in the 1960s” by Katarzyna Jakubiak
  10. "Victim. Perpetrator. Bystander": Melancholic Witnessing of Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis by Alicia Tycer


Theatre Topics

  1. “On Queering Twelfth Night” by Chad Allen Thomas
  2. “Directing with the Viewpoints” by Joan Herrington
  3. “Moises Kaufman: The Copulation of Form and Content” by Rich Brown
  4. “The Impact of Acting on Student Actors: Boundary Blurring, Growth, and Emotional Distress” by Suzanne Burgoyne
  5. “The Four Fundamental Verbs: An Approach to Playing Actions” by Paul Kassel
  6. “Feminist History, Theory, and Practice in the Shakespeare Classroom” by Robert I. Lublin
  7. “Live Media: Interactive Technology and Theatre” by David Z. Saltz
  8. “Un-‘blocking’ Hedda and Medea through Feminist ‘Play’ with Traditional Staging Forms” by Ann M. Shanahan
  9. “Conserving, Consuming, and Improving on Nature at Disney's Animal Kingdom” by Shelly R. Scott
  10. “How to Tell a True War Story: The Dramaturgy and Staging of Narrative Theatre” by Jill Taft-Kaufman


Each of the articles in these two lists was downloaded at least 500 times over the past two years. We congratulate the authors, as well as all our journal editors, board members, staff, and contributors for their role in carrying out ATHE’s mission to support and advance the study and practice of theatre and performance in higher education.

And if you’d like your work to be read by scholars and practitioners around the world, please consider submitting to Theatre Journal or Theatre Topics. Submission guidelines are available on the JHUP website (click the journal title to visit the submission guidelines pages).

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