Anne Fleche

Anne Fleche


Anne Fleche arrived at MIT in the 1997, to teach David Halperin’s “Sexualities” course for Women’s Studies. Since joining the Literature Section, she has taught many drama and film courses, including “Forbidden Plays in Modern America” and “Tarantino and the Coens.” Teaching is her dream job. Her writing ranges across the fields of drama, film, memoir and performance, exploring the theatricality of experience, and the role of performance in subjectivity. In addition to her professional work, she helps to raise funds for her local public library. She is married to a nurse, Jane Ashley, who teaches at Boston College. Together they dance zumba and read the latest Young Adult novels.

Anne Fleche has an MA in Applied Linguistics from The University of Massachusetts-Boston, and MA and PhD in English from Rutgers University.

Film, Theatre and Performance, Language Theory, Theories of subjectivity


Mimetic Disillusion: Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, and US Dramatic Realism. The University of Alabama Press, 1997.


“Rose and Rosa Or, Revivals.” Introduction.  Plays in America/Peças Na América. Armando Nascimento Rosa. Edições Fénix.  Forthcoming

“The Author’s Body: Almodóvar, Film Theory, and Embodiment.” Bodies, Boundaries and Vulnerabilities.  Ed. Lisa Folkmarson-Kåll.  Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2016.

“Beyond Linguistics: Deixis, Dementia, and the Theatricality of Speech in Alzheimer’s Memoir.” Semiotica 174-1/4 (2009), 165-180.

A ‘T’ Stop Named Denial.” Play Review. Theatre Journal 58 (March 2006), 115-117.

The Undiscovered Country: The Later Plays of Tennessee Williams.” Book Review. Theatre Survey 45:1 (2004), 125-126.

“Excitable Speech.” Book Review. Theatre Journal 51 (October, 1999), 348-349.

“Echoing Autism: Performance, Performativity, and the Writing of Donna Williams.” The Drama Review (Fall 1997), 107-121.

“The Lesbian Rule: Lillian Hellman and the Measures of Realism.” Modern Drama 39:1 (Spring, 1996) Special Lesbian and Gay Issue, 16-30. Reprinted in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Volume 19.

“The Space of Madness and Desire: Tennessee Williams and Streetcar.” Modern Drama 38:4 (Winter, 1995), 496-509.

“When a Door is a Jar, or Out in the Theatre: Tennessee Williams and Queer Space.” Theatre Journal 47 (May 1995) Special Lesbian and Gay Issue, 253-267.

Subjects taught the current academic year:


Subjects taught in recent years:

21L.005 Introduction to Drama (Spring 2019)

21L.005 Introduction to Drama (Spring 2020)

21L.433 Film Styles and Genres: Suspense (Fall 2017)

21L.435 Literature and Film (Spring 2018)

21L.486 Modern Drama (Spring 2021)