Fordham University Scholar Wins Book Award

Shonni EnelowShonni Enelow, an assistant professor of English at Fordham University in New York, has been selected to receive the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism awarded by the chairs of the English departments at Cornell University, Princeton University, and Yale University.

Dr. Enelow was honored for her book Method Acting and Its Discontents: On American Psycho-Drama (Northwestern University Press, 2015). The award committee said that the book offers a “forceful and timely rethinking of the American theater’s dominant acting theory. In chapters ranging across Broadway and Off Broadway plays, Hollywood and experimental films, and classroom sessions at the Actors Studio, she probes the Method’s assumptions, identifies its blindspots, and tests it against the tumultuous politics of the 1950s and 1960s.”

Dr. Enelow holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from New York University. She earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature and literary theory from the University of Pennsylvania.

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