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Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1978
Dr. Gene A. Plunka received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from The University
of Maryland, where he specialized in modern and contemporary drama. He has published
seven books and forty-five articles in his areas of interest: modern drama and technical
writing. Dr. Plunka also worked in private industry for five years as a technical
writer and editor.
Dr. Plunka has published nearly forty essays and twenty-five book reviews. His books
include Peter Shaffer: Roles, Rites, and Rituals in the Theater (1988); The Rites of Passage of Jean Genet: The Art and Aesthetics of Risk Taking (1992); ed., Antonin Artaud and the Modern Theater (1994); Jean-Claude van Itallie and the Off-Broadway Theater (1999); The Black Comedy of John Guare (2002); The Plays of Beth Henley: A Critical Study (1995); and Holocaust Drama: The Theater of Atrocity (2009). His latest book, Staging Holocaust Resistance, was published in May 2012.