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Todd Lidh – Clinical Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of the First Year Experience

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Dr. Lidh is a Clinical Assistant Professor of English, the Director of the First-Year Experience Program and the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Lidh came to CUA in 2009 after nine years as a full-time faculty member at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. While there, he also chaired the department for seven years, helping revamp the major curriculum, introduce new courses, and launch a departmental study abroad initiative. 

Dr. Lidh’s areas of interest are drama, with a special interest in Early Modern plays and performance. His own background includes decades of theatrical experience as actor and director, most recently directing To Kill a Mockingbird and acting in The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) and The Spitfire Grill. He has published and presented on William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, John Fletcher, Arthur Kopit and reviewed performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Globe Theatre (London) and the Utah Shakespearean Festival.
 
As Director of the FYE and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Lidh has a unique role on campus, serving as an advocate for integrated undergraduate education, professional/pedagogical development of graduate students, and intra-campus cooperation on curriculum, advising and assessment. Under his watch, the FYE program has increase retention and student engagement as well as a one-of-a-kind summer reading program, an integrated FYE Speaker Series, and more. Dr. Lidh also oversees the HUM and WASH curriculum for the campus as well as the university’s Writing Center.
 
Dr. Lidh completed his dissertation on revision strategies and audience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, under the direction of Alan Dessen. In 1992, he earned his master’s in English at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, after having done his B.A. in both English and Foreign Languages with minors in drama and mathematics at Troy State University in Alabama.
 
* Dr. Lidh is leaving CUA in the summer of 2015, having accepting the position of Provost at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC.

  

Research

I am presently completing a book chapter for the Oxford Companion to Ben Jonson, discussing his collaborations and lost plays.
 
Most recently, I published a chapter in the MLA Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and an article in the Ben Jonson Journal, arguing that an anonymous play – The First Part of Hieronimo – is actually a play by Ben Jonson

Publications

“Collaborations, Lost Plays and Partials”

            Oxford Handbook on Ben Jonson (forthcoming)

“To Teach Both Sexes Due Equality”

            MLA Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

“‘To know the author were some ease of grief’: Ben Jonson’s Lost Play”

            The Ben Jonson Journal

 “John Fletcher’s Taming of Shakespeare: The Tamer Tam’d” (a republication by Gale Press)

            Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Volume 151

 “The Merry Wives of Windsor and Elizabeth I: The Welsh Connection”

            The Journal of the Wooden O Symposium

 “John Fletcher’s Taming of Shakespeare: The Tamer Tam’d

            The Journal of the Wooden O Symposium

"'It's Symbolic!' – Arthur Kopit's Revised Road to Nirvana and Its Portrayal of  Hollywood and Society"

  Hollywood on Stage: Playwrights Evaluate the Culture Industry, Kimball King, ed.

Administration

Professor Lidh also directs the university First-Year Experience program as well as overseeing the Writing Center, the Intensive English Program and the HUM course offerings, HUM 101 and HUM 124.

 

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Contact

Office: Pryzbyla 204G
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20064

Phone: 202-319-6941

E-mail: lidh@cua.edu

Courses

  • ENG 231 – Introduction to English Literature
  • ENG 351 – Chaucer and His Age
  • ENG 376 – (Theater Topics) Page2Stage
  • ENG 376 – (Theater Topics) Dramatic Duos: Classical to Contemporary


Education

Ph.D. – UNC-Chapel Hill (2000) – Renaissance Literature/Drama

M.A. – Georgetown University (1992) - English

B.A. – Troy State University (1990) – English/Foreign Languages 

Areas of Expertise

  • Shakespearean stage practices
  • Ben Jonson's authorial composition
  • Samuel Beckett's stage directions
  • Elizabethan theatre sites
  • Revision in playwriting
  • Theatre/Performance history