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Deborah Payne

American University
Associate Professor, Department of Literature
Deborah C. Payne is an Associate Professor of Literature at American University. She specializes in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century drama, theatre history, and performance theory. Her publications include Cultural Readings of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Theatre, co-edited with J. Douglas Canfield (University of Georgia Press, 1995); The Cambridge Companion to English Restoration Theatre (2000); and Four Restoration Libertine Plays (Oxford University Press, 2005). She has published upwards of twenty-five articles and chapters on topics ranging from the Restoration actress to Samuel Pepys to theatrical spectatorship. Professor Payne also does dramaturgical work for theatre and opera companies in Washington, D.C. Recently she completed a book-length monograph, The Commodiluxe Stage: A New History of Restoration Theatre, 1660-1700 (under submission), and edited a collection of essays, Shakespeare’s Lost Play: Cardenio/Double Falsehood in the Eighteenth Century (Palgrave, 2016).