Biography

Dr. Francisco Costa is currently a Lecturer at UEA, where he has been teaching since 2010. He has taught courses on literature, cultural studies, drama and performance.

Francisco has developed his academic profile starting from a broader interest in the relations between literature and culture, gender and sexual identities, and political, social and historical power dynamics. Francisco was award The Arthur Miller Research Scholarship for his doctoral research project, which he completed at UEA.

In broad terms, Francisco's research, interdisciplinary in both scope and method, addresses queer approaches to dramatic literature and the relationship between theatre and performance and the wider socio-cultural and political contexts in which it is made.

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Costa, F.

(2014)

'There was something different about the boy': Queer Subversion in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire,

in Interactions: Ege Journal of British and American Studies

23.

pp. 77-85

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Costa, F.

(2013)

'Faggot, Fairy, Pansy… Queer’: Gay/Queer Confrontations in Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band,

in Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos

17.

pp. 25-37

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


All Publications

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Costa, F.

(2014)

'There was something different about the boy': Queer Subversion in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire,

in Interactions: Ege Journal of British and American Studies

23

(1-2)

pp. 77-85

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Costa, F.

(2014)

Review of Louis-Georges Tin, The Invention of Heterosexual Culture,

in Gay and Lesbian Review

21

(1)

pp. 47

(Book/Film/Article review)

(Published)


Costa, F.

(2013)

'Faggot, Fairy, Pansy… Queer’: Gay/Queer Confrontations in Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band,

in Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos

17

pp. 25-37

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Costa, F.

(2013)

Review of Dennis Kennedy, Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance,

in Theatre Research International

38

(Special issue 02)

pp. 160-161

Full Text

(Book/Film/Article review)

(Published)


Costa, F.

(2012)

Review of Robert A. Schanke, Queer Theatre and the Legacy of Cal Yeomans,

in Theatre Journal

64

(4)

pp. 625-626

Full Text

(Book/Film/Article review)

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Costa, F.

(2009)

Da Masculinidade Heteronormativa à Homossexualidade em Cat on a Hot Tin Roof de Tennessee Williams,

in Op.Cit.: A Journal of Anglo-American Studies

11

pp. 105-122

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

In broad terms, Francisco's research expertise weaves through literature, critical theory, cultural studies and theatre and performance studies. He is particularly interested on how the performing arts shape and reflect our lives; how they participate in civic conversations; how they serve as a vehicle for social change; and how they expand, challenge, (re)configure, (re)present, dislocate, disperse or invade gender and sexual identities as these are constructed and represented.

Fields of Research Activity

  • 20th and 21st American Literature and Culture;
  • American Drama, Theatre and Performance;
  • Critical, Literary and Cultural Theory;
  • Theatre and Performance Theory and History;
  • Masculinity Studies;
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies;
  • Queer Theory.

Research Group Membership

Francisco is a Research Collaborator at the Centre for Comparative Studies at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Currently, he is contributing to the Centre's research cluster on Interart and Intermedia Studies, which fosters research that embraces different artistic practices from an inclusive perspective, examininig how the interface between verbal, visual and audio media generates and negotiates cultural, social and political meanings.

Teaching Interests

With close to a decade of teaching experience, Francisco is highly committed to both teaching and student support, and his enthusiasm has resulted most recently in the University of East Anglia Graduate Teacher Prize (2013). Modules he has taught include:

  • HUM-0004B: Literature and the Humanities: This module offers an overview of the study of literature in the Humanities, exploring the ways in which literary texts have been discussed in their historical, political and cultural contexts.
  • HUM-0009A: Humanities: Techniques and Methods: This module introduces students to a variety of techniques and methods required for study within the Humanities, from textual analysis to archival research.
  • HUM-0008Y: Humanities: Key Concepts: This interdisciplinary module gives students a broad but detailed overview of some of the key themes and critical perspectives within the Humanities, covering topics such as language and meaning, place and space, history and narrative, memory and identity, representation and reality, among many other.
  • AMS-A3L19: American Drama: 1970 – Present: This third year module is concerned with exploring the work of American dramatists in the context of America's social, political and cultural life.
  • AMS-L4033A: Imagining America: Literature I: This is a first year module designed to introduce the major writers and themes of literature in the United States.
  • AMS-L4031B: Imagining America: Literature II: This first year module expands upon an introduction to the major writers and themes of literature from the United States, particularly of the 20th and 21st century.
  • AMS-S4036A: Reading Cultures I: American Icons: In this first year module it is provided an introduction to interdisciplinary research methods and writing skills that are essential for students, who are encouraged to look at reading American culture across disciplines and media.
  • AMS-S4037B: Reading Cultures II: Ideas and Ideologies: This first year module focus on developing research methods, writing skills, and oral skills acquired in Reading Cultures I and encourages exploration of America’s changing position in the world through different theoretical lenses.
  • AMS-A1F06: Introduction to American Studies: This is a first year lecture and seminar module designed to offer an interdisciplinary approach to the study of American culture and society.

Professional Activities

Grants and Awards

  • 2013 - Graduate Teacher Prize awarded as recognition for significant impact through teaching in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of East Anglia, U.K.
  • 2009-2012 - The Arthur Miller Research Scholarship (Full Tuition Scholarship and Maintenance Grant), University of East Anglia, U.K.
  • 2012 - School of American Studies Bursary, University of East Anglia, U.K. for participation at the International Conference on American Drama and Theatre, University of Seville, Spain.
  • 2011 - British Association for American Studies Conference Organisation Support Fund to support in the organisation of the International Tennessee Williams’s Centennial Conference.
  • 2011 - Graduate School Research Support Grant, University of East Anglia, U.K. for participation at the French Association for American Studies Annual Conference, University of West Brittany, France.
  • 2011 - Graduate School Research Support Grant, University of East Anglia, U.K. for participation at the Twelfth Annual Conference of the Scottish Association for the Study of America, University of Stirling, U.K.

Research Presentations (Selected)

Invited and Plenary

  • 2013 - “Resistance and Remembrance: Theatre during and after Oppression.” Richmond, The American International University in London, U.K.
  • 2013 - ‘America has AIDS and Superman is Dead”: AIDS Mythologies, Queer Superheroes and Politics of Embodiment in 1990s America. University of East Anglia, U.K.

Conference Papers

  • 2013 - “Queer Agenda/Gay Body: Corporeal Identities, Nominations and Incorporations in David Drake’s The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me.” Assembling Identities, University of Glasgow, U.K.
  • 2012 - “The End of the Closet in Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band.” British Association for American Studies 57th Annual Conference, University of Manchester, U.K.
  • 2012 - “Representation of Interracial Homoerotic Desire in LeRoi Jones’s The Toilet.” 4th International Conference on American Drama and Theatre, University of Seville, Spain.
  • 2011 - “Representation of Queer Identities on the American Stage from the 1950s to the 1990s.” French Association for American Studies Annual Conference, University of West Brittany, France.
  • 2011 - “Subversion of Masculine Identities in Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” 12th Annual Conference of the Scottish Association for the Study of America, University of Stirling, U.K.
  • 2009 - “Visibility and Masculine Performativity in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire.” 30th Annual Portuguese Association for Anglo-American Studies Conference “Self, Memory and Expression”, Porto University, Portugal.
  • 2008 - “Memory/Amnesia and the Stigmatization of the Homosexual Desire in Tennessee Williams’s Suddenly, Last Summer.” Comparative Studies Centre International Conference “ACT 20 – Philology, Memory, and Forgetfulness”, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Event Organisation

  • 2011 - Organiser of the International Tennessee Williams’s Centennial Conference, University of East Anglia, U.K.
  • 2010Organiser of the first School of American Studies Postgraduate Annual Review Symposium, University of East Anglia, U.K

Administrative Posts

Current:

  • Senior Advisor
  • Deputy Teaching Director
  • Chair of the Board of Examiners
  • Student Staff Liaison Committee Officer