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Theater Studies

    Jules Odendahl-James
  • Jules Odendahl-James

  • Visiting Lecturer & Resident Dramaturg
  • Theater Studies
  • 109 Page, 402 Chapel Drive
  • Campus Box 90680
  • Phone: (919) 668-4049
  • Fax: (919) 684-8906
  • Office Hours: Spring 2012: Wednesdays, Noon-2pm & by appointment.
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  • Overview

    Before coming to Duke in 2005, Jules Odendahl-James taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Southwest Missouri State University, Bradley University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the forensic impulses within contemporary documentary performances (photography, cinema & theater) and the visual culture of crime science and death investigation. As a director, she focuses on the work of contemporary women playwrights (e.g., Maria Irene Fornes, Paula Vogel, Tina Howe, Lisa D'Amour). As a freelance dramaturg, she has worked with PRC2 at Playmakers in Chapel Hill on a variety of documentary theater texts always searching for creative ways to expand relationships among performing artists, academic researchers, and theater audiences.
  • Bio

    B.A. Theatre Arts, Hendrix College M.F.A. Theater & Dance (Directing), University of Texas at Austin M.A./PhD Performance Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Managing Director, Bold Maids Productions (1996-2003).
  • Specialties

    • Dramatic Literature
    • Directing
    • Literary & Cultural Criticism
  • Research Summary

    Dramaturgy, Performance Studies, and Material Culture
  • Research Description

    My dissertation, "Bodies of Evidence: Portraits of Post-Feminine Performance," uses the idea of Brechtian gestus to explore the performative aspects of documentary and portrait photography in relationship to three groups of non-normative female bodies (the female serial killer, the transgendered man, and the elderly, infirmed woman). My current book project, Over My Dead Body: Documentary Media and the Forensic Imagination, explores the intersections of individual trauma, public memory, and social activism through tracing the shared origins, divergent visual technologies, and narrative constructs of documentary and forensic media in their quest to represent the (w)hole Truth.
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Communication Studies,
      • Univeristy of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
      • 2003
      • M.A.,
      • Communication Studies,
      • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
      • 1999
      • M.F.A.,
      • Theatre and Dance,
      • University of Texas at Austin,
      • 1996
  • Recent Publications

      • J. Odendahl-James.
      • ""Science is no country for storytellers, baby.": Bones as a Forensic Procedural.."
      • 2010.
      • [web]
      • J. Odendahl-James.
      • "Review of The Rise of True Crime: Murder and Twentieth Century Armerican Culture by Jean Murley.."
      • Crime, Media, Culture
      • (Forthcoming.)
      • .
      • J. Odendahl-James.
      • "Review of Radical Acts: Theatre and Feminist Pedagogies of Change, eds. Ann Elizabeth Armstrong and Kathleen Juhl.."
      • Theatre Survey
      • 51
      • .1
      • (Forthcoming.)
      • .
      • J. Odendahl.
      • "Longinotto, Kim."
      • Encyclopedia of Documentary Film.
      • Routledge,
      • 2006.
      • (Encyclopedia Entry.)
      • J. Odendahl.
      • "The Thin Blue Line."
      • Encyclopedia of Documentary Film.
      • Routledge,
      • 2006.
      • (Encyclopedia Entry.)
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  • Teaching

    • THEATRST 290-5.03
      • MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION (TOP)
      • Bryan Center 127
      • Tu 07:30 PM-10:00 PM
    • THEATRST 390S-4.01
      • PERFORMANCE STUDIES (TOP)
      • Bryan Center 128
      • WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM