Dr. Emily Sahakian
- Assistant Professor
- Joint appointment with Romance Languages
- Ph.D., Northwestern University and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
- Specialties & Research Areas: French Caribbean Theatre, Intercultural Theatre, Theatre of the African Diaspora, Community-based Theatre
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- Dr. Emily Sahakian teaches theatre history/theory and community-based theatre. She is jointly appointed with Romance Languages, where she teaches French and Francophone literature. She specializes in Francophone Caribbean theatre, and her broader research interests include African diaspora theatre, theatre of the Americas, intercultural theatre, post-colonial and transnational theatre and theory, French-language theatre, race and performance, and translation for the stage. Her book, Staging Creolization: Women's Theatre and Performance from the French Caribbean (forthcoming, Spring 2017, New World Studies Series, University of Virginia Press), explores the major works of a generation of pioneering late-twentieth-century female playwrights from the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe, and reconstructs their international production and reception histories, in the Caribbean, France, and in English-translation in the United States. Professor Sahakian is the author of essays on Francophone Caribbean theatre and a forthcoming book chapter on French stage adaptations of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. With Andrew Daily at the University of Memphis, she is preparing a critical edition and translation of Histoire de nègre, a Martinican play created collaboratively under Edouard Glissant’s direction. She is also a community-based theatre artist who has worked to cultivate cross-cultural understanding and empower youth in the U.S., Martinique, France, and Morocco.