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He completed his undergraduate degree in English and Comparative Literature at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) and postgraduate degrees in English literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Keith’s main research interests are in contemporary American drama and performance and theater institutions within the American culture war of the 1980s and 1990s. He is particularly interested in the relationship between multiculturalism and a continuing avant-garde. He is currently working with a group of ‘language’ playwrights (Mac Wellman, Eric Overmyer, and Len Jenkins) to understand their artistic forms and political and theoretical investments. For example, his article ‘Mac Wellman and the Language Poets: Chaos Writing and the General Economy of Language’ explains how politically-invested uses of nonsense relate to Wellman’s invocations of chaos theory at a time when chaos theorists were in conversation with deconstruction.
Keith would be interested in supervising M.A.s in the areas of contemporary cultural theory and twentieth-century American literature and drama.
He teaches courses in literature in English and postgraduate courses in literary criticism and drama and performance.
Keith Appler joined the University of Macau in 2005 and holds an assistant professorship.From 1997 to 2003 he was assistant professor in the Department of English at the United Arab Emirates University where he taught undergraduate courses in American literature.
He is a member of the Modern Language Association of America and he has served as peer reviewer for the journal Comparative Drama (Western Michigan State University).
- Forthcoming. “The Future and the Commodity: Walter Benjamin and Eric Overmyer’s On the Verge,” Modern Drama 59.1 (Spring 2016) (A&HCI, SJRQ2).
- Appler, K. (2010). Mac Wellman and the language poets: chaos writing and the general economy of language. Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, 12(4), 69-90.
- Appler, K. (1996). Multicultural theater and the white physician. American Drama, 5(2), 57-75.
- Appler, K. (1995). Deconstructing the regional theater with ‘performance art’ Shakespeare. Theater Topics, 5(1), 35-51.