Dr Monika Smialkowska
MA (Warsaw), PhD (Gloucestershire)
Senior Lecturer in Early Modern English Literature
School of Arts & Social Sciences
Lipman Building, room 409
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST phone: +44 (0) 191 227 4974
fax: +44 (0) 191 227 3696
I did my first degree (a Polish MA) in English, choosing early modern literature as the focus of my final dissertation. I continued that interest at a postgraduate level. My first job was at the University Centre Doncaster (2002-2009), first as a part-time research fellow in poetry and drama, and then as a full-time teaching research fellow. I joined Northumbria University in March 2009 as a lecturer. I have published several articles, concerning early modern literature and twentieth-century American appropriations of Shakespeare.
I have taught a wide range of undergraduate modules, including ‘Literary Form and Meaning’, ‘Introduction to Poetry’, ‘Utopias’, ‘Early Modern Literature’, and ‘Modern Drama’. I have also supervised undergraduate dissertations on a variety of topics. My current teaching includes a second-year option module ‘Shakespeare Recycled: Post-Renaissance Adaptations of Shakespeare’ and team-teaching the second-year core modules ‘Early Modern Cultures’ and ‘Textual Studies’. I also team-teach on the MA module ‘Early Modern Place and Space’ and I’m Programme Leader for MA English Literature and Place.
My research interests fall into two categories: the early modern genre of court masque, and post-renaissance adaptations of early modern authors and genres. My PhD thesis explored the representations and mutual constructions of popular and high culture in the early Stuart (mainly seventeenth-century) court masque. More recently, I have been exploring modern re-workings of early modern literature (especially Shakespeare and the masque). As part of this ongoing project, I was awarded a short-term Folger Shakespeare Library fellowship to study the American celebrations of the Shakespeare Tercentenary in 1916. I have published a number of articles and I am preparing a monograph on this topic.
I am interested in supervising MA and PhD work on any aspect of early modern literature and culture, and post-Renaissance adaptations of early modern authors and genres.
Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation funded project “Cultures of Commemoration II: Remembering Shakespeare”, 2012-14 (Investigator)
AHRC-funded project “Locating the Hidden Diaspora: The English in North America in Transatlantic Perspective, 1760-1950”, 2011-13 (Associate Researcher)
(Co-bidder) The English Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy grant to support the English Renaissance Seminar: Teaching the Renaissance, co-organised with Prof. Stuart Hampton-Reeves, UCLAN, March 2010.
The Folger Institute grant-in-aid to attend Shakespeare in American Education conference, 2007.
The Folger Shakespeare Library Short-term Fellowship, 2006.
The Overseas Research Scholarship award for the academic year 1999-2000.
British Council Research Award for a one-year study visit to Edinburgh University, 1996-97.
Affiliations and Memberships
Member of the Shakespeare Association of America
Member of the British Shakespeare Association
Member of the Northern Renaissance Seminar
‘An Englishman in New York? Celebrating Shakespeare in America, 1916’, in Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010, ed. by Tanja Bueltmann, David T. Gleeson and Donald M. MacRaild (Liverpool University Press, 2012), pp. 205-21.
‘Conscripting Caliban: Shakespeare, America, and the Great War’, Shakespeare, 7:2 (2011), 192-207.
‘Shakespeare and “Native Americans”: Forging Identities through the 1916 Shakespeare Tercentenary’, Critical Survey, 22:2 (2010), 76-90.
‘“A democratic art at a democratic price”: American Celebrations of the Shakespeare Tercentenary, 1916’, Transatlantica (2010:1).
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