Roger W. Herzel

Roger W. Herzel

Professor Emeritus, Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance

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  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 1974
  • B.A., Haverford College, 1963


Appointed to IU in 1986, Retired in 2007

Roger Herzel teaches in the areas of European theatre history and dramatic literature from the Greeks through the nineteenth century; his research specialization is Moliere. He is the author of The Original Casting of Moliere’s Plays and of articles in a number of journals including PMLA, Modern Language Notes, Dix-Septieme Siecle, and Theatre Survey, and he contributed the entries on Moliere and sixteen other seventeenth-century French actors to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance.

He was an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellow in 1977 and 1982 and was awarded the William Riley Parker Prize of the Modern Language Association of America in 1980. He was Editor of Theatre Survey, the journal of the American Society for Theatre Research, from 1980 to 1990, and Director of Graduate Studies at IU from 1986 to 1997. He is also a member of the faculties in Comparative Literature, West European Studies, and Performance Studies.