I recently joked that on principle, scholars of John Milton and Paradise Lost should all skydive. In part because the opportunity to fall screaming from Heaven like Lucifer himself would be wonderful fieldwork. And also because the study of great literature should be visceral.
This was because not so long ago I went skydiving to celebrate my graduation from my doctoral program, and also because lately I've been having more and more realizations about what I've come to call "fightaturgy," or, the dramaturgical revelations of the analysis of violence and movement implied in a performance text and their effect on character development in a play. I brought this up in a recent conversation with my friend and colleague Ryan Hartigan, which led me to realize that I need to write about this if I'm going to keep talking about it.
A few of my current projects have some great examples: