B.S. Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1986 M.A. English, University of California, Berkeley, 1989 Ph.D. Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2000
Valerie Forman’s research and teaching interests are at the intersection of literature, economic history, and political theory. Her first book, Tragicomic Redemptions: Global Economics and the Early Modern English Stage (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), explores the relationship between innovations in the theatre and new economic practices necessary to the beginnings of global trade and even to capitalism. Her second book project, which turns to trade, slavery, and cultural relations in the Caribbean, is entitled Developing New Worlds: Property, Freedom, and Productivity in the Early Modern Caribbean.
Teaching and Research Interests
theatre and politics, labor and global markets, the rise of globalization in the early modern period, the impact of borders, Cuban cinema, and Marxist theory
Valerie Forman was a Visiting Fellow in the Crossroads of Knowledge Project on Economics and Literature at Cambridge University in the spring of 2016. She delivered a paper on Cuban Cinema at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival in September 2015, and is completing an article on “Labor, Development, and the TransAtlantic Body,” for the Routledge Companion to Women, Sex and Gender in Early Modern Anglophone Literature. In early May, she will be moderating a discussion at the new Metrograph Theatre on Gallatin Alum, Ben Chace’s film Sin Alas, the first American feature film by to be shot entirely in Cuba since 1959.