Amy Hughes

Dr. Hughes investigates the relationship between theater/performance and visual, print, and material culture in the US during the nineteenth century. Her first book, Spectacles of Reform: Theater and Activism in Nineteenth-Century America (University of Michigan Press, 2012), received the 2013 Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History from the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). In fall 2018, University of Michigan Press will publish A Player and a Gentleman: The Diary of Harry Watkins, Nineteenth-Century US American Actor, a critical edition featuring selections from Watkins's diary, co-edited by Dr. Hughes and Dr. Naomi J. Stubbs (LaGuardia Community College). To supplement this volume, Drs. Hughes and Stubbs are preparing a digital edition comprising the entire text of the manuscript, which they encoded in XML using a custom schema inspired by the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). It will be freely accessible online through UMich Libraries' Digital Collections. Dr. Hughes is also writing a monograph, An Actor's Tale: Theater, Culture, and Everyday Life in Nineteenth-Century US America, exploring how Watkins's account constitutes an "alternative theater history" centered on workaday labor.