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Performance Studies

Allen S Weiss
Associate Teacher, Performance Studies and Cinema Studies



Ph.D., 1989; Cinema Studies, New York University
Ph.D., 1980; Philosophy, State University of New York at Stony Brook
B.A., 1974; Queens College, City University of New York


Major Interests: Experimental Cinema, Radio, Theater, Sound Art; Psychopathology of Expression; Post-structural Narratology and Literal Theory; Theory of Landscape; Performative Writing; Gastronomy; Puppetry.

Fellowships/Honors: Phi Betta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude (Queens College CUNY, 1974); Graduate Council Fellowship (SUNY Stony Brook, 1974-1977); Fulbright-Hays Fellowship (Paris, 1978-1979); First Prize, Society for Cinema Studies Essay Contenst (1988); Centre National du Livre (Paris) translation grant (1995); Etants Donnés Grant (1999) from the French-American Fund for the Performing Arts for the production of Theater of the Ears; Artist-in-Residence at CalArts (1999); Etants Donnés Grant (2003) from the French-American Fund for the Performing Arts for the production of Danse macabre; Japan Foundation Grant (2009); Artist-in-Residence at the Villa Romana, Florence (2012).

Allen Weiss has authored and edited over 40 books, including: Zen Landscapes (2013); Métaphysique de la miette (2013); Le livre bouffon (2009); Varieties of Audio Mimesis: Musical Evocations of Landscape (2008); Autobiographie dans un chou farci (2006); The Wind and the Source: In the Shadow of Mont Ventoux (2005); Comment cuisiner un phénix (2004); Poupées (2004); Breathless: Sound Recording, Disembodiment, and the Transformation of Lyrical Nostalgia (2002); Feast and Folly: Cuisine, Intoxication, and the Poetics of the Sublime (2002); Experimental Sound and Radio (2001); Phantasmic Radio (1995); Mirrors of Infinity: The French Formal Garden and 17th Century Metaphysics (1995); The Aesthetics of Excess (1989).

Theater and radio productions include: Carmignano, a radio essay on wine created for Radio Papesse, Florence (2012); My Dolls / Mes poupées, a lecture-performance-object theater, performed in numerous venues in Europe and the US, including the Fundamental Monodrama Festival, Théâtre National de Luxembourg (2012), l’Institut International de la Marionnette, Charleville-Mézières (2001), and PS122, New York (2001); Glissando, a Hörspiel (radio drama), created for the Klangkunst program of Deutschlandradio Kultur, Berlin (2010); Danse Macabre, a marionette theater for the dolls of Michel Nedjar, presented at the “In Transit Festival” of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2009), and as part of the Poupées exhibition at the Halle Saint Pierre, Paris (2004); Theater of the Ears / Théâtre des Oreilles, a play for electronic marionette and recorded voice, based on the work of Valère Novarina, with sound by Gregory