Dr. Felicia J. Ruff
Department Phone: 718.420.4036
Office: Main Hall Room 5
Education: B.A., Rutgers University; Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center
Biography: Dr. Felicia J. Ruff received her doctorate in Theatre History from the Graduate Center of CUNY, having focused on 19th century theatre, particularly Melodrama. In 2007 she received a NEH grant to attend “The Oscar Wilde Archive” at UCLA’s Clark Library and since then her scholarship has focused on Wilde Studies, including a recent book chapter titled: “The Transgressive Prop; or, Oscar Wilde’s E(a)nest Signifier.”
She has completed two other book chapters: “The Laugh Factory? Humor and Horror at Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol” in Theatre Symposium: Comedy Tonight and “Oscar Wilde, the Erotique-Grotesque, and Modernist Spectacle” in Origins of English Dramatic Modernism, 1870 – 1914 as well as performance reviews for Theatre Journal and biographical entries for the Encyclopedia of Broadway and American Culture.
She serves as Chair of the Department of Theatre and Speech as well as on the College’s Priorities and Budget Committee. She has extensive production experience, including opening the Center for the Arts at the College of Staten Island, where she worked with many artists of international renown.
Courses Taught: Theatre History; Script Analysis; Seminars in Modernism, Oscar Wilde, Greek Theatre.