New School Research Theme


We are pleased to announce a new School of Literature and Languages Research Theme:

 Theatre History and Performance Studies

We are hoping that the lecture advertised below will be the first of many lectures and seminars that demonstrate the strength of our School in Theatre History and Performance Studies in periods covering the earliest forms of theatre to the post-modern age.

Shakespeare Behind the ‘Iron Curtain’:

Studying, Teaching, and Censoring Shakespeare in Poland under the Soviet Occupation

Monday, February 11, 4pm, HUMSS 25, Whiteknights Campus


Please join distinguished Shakespearean scholar Professor Krystyna Kujawinska-Courtney of the University of Lodz, Poland, in an informal discussion of what it was like to be a Shakespearean student, teacher and scholar in Poland before the country gained its independence from the Soviet Union.

Multicultural Shakespeare

 Prof. Kujawinska-Courtney will discuss the ways in which Polish scholars, such as her mentor Jan Kott, author of the highly influential book Shakespeare our Contemporary, had to fight state censorship and cultural prejudice to bring controversial, as well as traditional, interpretations of Shakespeare’s life, work and culture to students and audiences.



About Cindy

Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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