Peggy Phelan

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Peggy Phelan
Born Margaret Phelan
New York
Nationality American
Awards 2004 Guggenheim Fellowship for Theatre Arts
Website Stanford University
Main interests
Art and feminism

Peggy Phelan (born June 12, 1948) is an American feminist scholar. She is one of the founders of Performance Studies International,[1] the former chair of New York University's Department of Performance Studies from 1993 to 1996, Stanford's Theatre and Performance Studies Department (then called the Drama Department) from 2007-2011, and continues as the Ann O’Day Maples Chair in the Arts Professor of Theater & Performance Studies and English.[2]

Phelan's work is primarily concerned with the investigation of performance as a live event. She argued that the ephemerality of performance is crucial to its force. While most of her initial work was rooted in feminist post-structuralism and psychoanalysis, her more recent work is concerned with media, photography, and visual arts. She has written on the selfie, and on Reagan and Warhol. Her most widely recognized essay is "The Ontology of Performance," originally published in Unmarked: the politics of performance (1993).[citation needed]

Select Publications[edit]


  • 2004 Guggenheim Fellowship for Theatre Arts[3]
  • Getty Research Fellow 2004-2005
  • Stanford Humanities Center, Fellow, 2011–12
  • Australian National University Fellow


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