Francesca Coppa

Professor, Department of English

Tel. 484-664-3275
Fax 484-664-3633
Office: Center for the Arts 276  


  • 1997: PhD, English Literature, NYU
  • 1993: MA, English Literature, NYU
  • 1991: BA, Columbia College, Columbia University

Select Awards, Publications and Presentations:

Class of '32 Research Professorship 2015

Wolf Visiting Professor of Television Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2012.

Introduction, "The Importance of Being Earnest," ed. Russell Jackson. (Bloomsbury/New Mermaid, 2016.)

Pop culture, fans, and social media," in Routledge Handbook of Social Media, edited by Theresa Senft and Jeremy Hunsinger (New York: Routledge, 2014) p. 76-92

Fan/Remix Video: a special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures, Issue #9, March 15,2012. Co-edited with Julie Levin Russo. Introductory essay, "Fan/RemixVideo (A Remix)" Online at:

"Sherlock as Cyborg: Bridging Mind and Body," in The Game Is On: The Transmedia Adventures of Sherlock, eds. Busse and Stein (McFarland, 2012) p. 210 - 222

"An Editing Room of One's Own:Vidding as Women's Work" p. 123-130 and "How To Suppress Women's Remix" (co-written with Rebecca Tushnet) p. 131-138 in Camera Obscura, Duke University Press, Volume 26, 2011

Performing Magic on the Western Stage: From the 18th Century to the Present, coedited by Francesca Coppa, Larry Hass, and James Peck for the “Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performing History,” ed. Don Wilmeth. Palgrave, 2008

“Teaching Melodrama, Modernity and Postmodernity in Lady Windermere's Fan,” in Approaches to Teaching Oscar Wilde, edited by Philip E. Smith for the MLA Press, 2008

“The Artist As Protagonist: Wilde on Stage,” for Oscar Wilde and Modern Culture: The Making of a Legend, edited by Joe Bristow (Ohio University Press, 2008)

“Women, Star Trek and the Early Development of Fannish Vidding,” for Transformative Works and Cultures (Published by the Organization For Transformative Works.) Issue 1, September 15, 2008 <>

“Writing Bodies In Space: Media Fanfiction as Theatrical Performance,” in Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet, ed. Hellekson & Busse (MacFarland

“A Brief History of Media Fandom,” in Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet, ed. Hellekson & Busse (MacFarland, 2006) p. 41-59

Joe Orton: A Casebook, edited and introduced by Francesca Coppa. Casebooks on Modern Dramatists, ed. by Kimball King (NY: Routledge, 2003)

Fred and Madge & The Visitors: Two Plays; Between Us Girls: a novel; Lord Cucumber & The Boy Hairdresser, by Joe Orton, edited and introduced by Francesca Coppa


Dr. Coppa's primary field is British dramatic literature, but she is also a scholar of sexuality theory, mass media, and fan cultures. She is the foremost American expert on the playwright Joe Orton and is currently writing and lecturing about feminist user-generated video. She is a passionate advocate of fair use and recently directed a series of short documentaries on vidding for MIT’s “New Media Literacy project.” Her courses include a full array of dramatic lit—Modern, Postwar, and Contemporary—as well as The Literary Marketplace, Genres of Popular Fiction, and Literature and Mass Media. She has also taught Literature and Sexuality, Gay and Lesbian Literature, and co-taught Performing Popular Culture: Onstage with Buffy The Vampire Slayer with Jim Peck. Her last senior seminar was on the Nobel Prize winning playwright Harold Pinter.