Essay Published By Royal Holloway Student

A Royal Holloway student has had his final-year essay published in an esteemed theatre journal.

Kai Green graduated from the 2015 Drama and Philosophy program with a First Class Honours degree. His final-year essay, part of his seminar on Contemporary British Theatre, was considered to demonstrate extraordinary originality and insight, and so passed the strict criteria of the peer-reviewed journal, ‘Performance Philosophy’.

Kai sent in the essay some months after he graduated, and it was published in January of this year. As part of a nexus between drama and philosophy, his article examined the possibility of male-authored feminist dramaturgy (the theory and practice of dramatic composition) using the ideas of Emmanuel Levinas as a theoretical framework. Emmanuel Levinas was a French philosopher known for his approach to Jewish philosophy and ethics, among other things.

Dr Chris Megson, of the department of Drama, Theatre, and Dance, taught Kai. Dr Megson had this to say: “This is a huge achievement for Kai and a source of inspiration to students and staff alike. It also shows the benefits of linking teaching and research in the curriculum.”

Kai is currently studying for an MSc in Social Entrepreneurship at Rosekilde University in Denmark.

Kai’s article, titled ‘Attempts on (writing) her life: ethics and ontology in pro-feminist playwriting’, can be found online on the journal’s website.