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Amy Hughes

Associate Professor


(she/her) As a scholar, Amy E. Hughes investigates the relationship between theater/performance and visual, print and material culture in the US. Her first book, Spectacles of Reform: Theater and Activism in Nineteenth-Century America (U of Michigan Press, 2012), received ASTR's 2013 Barnard Hewitt Award. In October 2018, U of Michigan Press published her second book, A Player and a Gentleman: The Diary of Harry Watkins, Nineteenth-Century US American Actor, coedited with Naomi J. Stubbs. In addition, U-M Library Digital Collections published The Harry Watkins Diary: Digital Edition. Currently, she is working on a monograph, An Actor's Tale: Theater, Culture, and Everyday Life in Nineteenth-Century US America, exploring how Watkins's account constitutes an "alternative theater history" centered on workaday labor.

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