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Megan B. Woller

  • Assistant Professor
    Fine Arts Program
  • Director, Liberal Studies
    Liberal Studies

Courses Taught

 

  • Music and Media (ARTS 260)
  • Music in the Theatre (ARTS 216)
  • Issues in Music History: Music and Gender (ARTS 213)
  • Introduction to Music (LFIN 251)
  • American Popular Music (LFIN 256)
  • Introduction to Theatre/Theatre and Culture (LFIN 250/ARTS 111)

Educational History

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. in Musicology with a graduate minor in Cinema Studies, Dissertation title:  "Happ'ly-Ever-Aftering: Changing Social and Industry Conventions, 1960-75," 2014.
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, M.M. in Musicology, 2010.
  • Saint Mary's College, B. M. in Vocal Performance, 2008.

Publications

  • From Camelot to Spamalot: Musical Retellings of Arthurian Legend on Stage and
    Screen
    . Oxford University Press, April 2021.
  • Forthcoming, “‘The Perfect Nanny’: Casting in Disney’s Mary Poppins and the Children’s Musical,” chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Hollywood Musicals, ed. Dominic McHugh. Under contract, Oxford University Press.
  • "A Humane, Practical, and Beautiful Solution: Feminism and Polyandry in Paint Your Wagon (1969)," chapter 13 in The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theater Adaptations, ed. Dominc McHugh. (Oxford University Press, 2019): 293-314.
  • "The Lusty Court of Camelot (1967): Exploring Sexuality in the Hollywood Adaptation," Music and the Moving Image 8, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 3-18.
  • "'This is Our Turf!': Puerto Rican Youths in the 1961 Film Adaptation of West Side Story," Studies in Musical Theatre 8, no. 1 (March 2014): 27-41.
  • "Barbra Streisand and Film Musical Stardom in the Early 1970s," American Musicological Society Southwest Conference Proceedings, Volume 5, Spring 2016 Issue.
  • "'You Can Sing Most Anything': The American Folk Revival in The Sound of Music (1965)," American Musicological Society Southwest Conference Proceedings, Volume 3, Fall 2014 Issue.
  • “Review of The Cambridge Companion to Operetta, edited by Anastasia Belina and Derek B. Scott (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Studies in Musical Theatre, 14, no. 1 (June 2020): 117-19.
  • “Review of A Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical by Elizabeth Wollman (Bloomsbury, 2017),” Journal of American Studies 53, no. 4 (November 2019): 312.
  • “Review of Adapting the Wizard of Oz: Musical Versions from Baum to MGM and Beyond, edited by Danielle Birkett and Dominic McHugh (Oxford University Press, 2019),” The Journal of Film Music 7, no. 2 (September 2019): 99-102.
  • “Media Review of BroadwayHD.com,” American Music 36, no. 2 (Summer 2018): 244-46.
  • "Review of Sounding the Gallery: Video and the Rise of Art-Music by Holly Rogers (Oxford University Press, 2013)," Journal of Musicological Research 35, no. 3 (March 2016): 264-66.
  • "Review of Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter by Richard Barrios (Oxford University Press, 2014)" American Music 32, no. 3 (Fall 2014): 364-66.

Scholarship/Research

My research focuses on the study of adaptation, particularly Hollywood adaptations of Broadway musicals. Currently, I am researching musical retellings of Arthurian legend in popular culture. Additional interests include the star image of Barbra Streisand, popular music, and women in music.