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Dr Jakub Boguszak 

Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Theatre

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Dr Jakub Boguszak is a Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Theatre at the University of Southampton.


I joined English at Southampton in 2016 after receiving my doctoral degree from the University of Oxford. I completed my undergraduate studies at Charles University in Prague and moved to the UK shortly thereafter, pursuing a Master’s degree at Oxford and, following that, my AHRC-funded doctoral research on the works of the early modern playwright Ben Jonson. Before taking up the Lectureship at Southampton I worked as a research assistant at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

I am keen on exploring, discussing, and teaching all things early modern, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama in particular. I have been involved in several projects exploring the original staging practices in early modern theatres and I am always happy to advance the case of performance studies in general, be it in the form of reviews, papers, or workshops.


Research interests


I am currently working on my first monograph, Actors’ Parts in the Plays of Ben Jonson, based on the doctoral dissertation I submitted in 2016. The thesis continues the work undertaken in recent years by James J. Marino, Paul Menzer, Simon Palfrey, Tiffany Stern, Evelyn Tribble, and others to put to use what is now known about the purpose, distribution, and usage of early modern actors’ parts. The thesis applies the new methodology of reading ‘in parts’, or reconstituting early modern plays ‘in parts’, to the body of plays written by Ben Jonson. The aim is to offer a reconsideration of Jonson as a man of theatre, interested not only in the presentation of his works in print, but also in their production at the Globe and at Blackfriars.

Works of Shakespeare are of continued interest to me and my next research project will explore the history of discarding, dismissing, ignoring, and editing out various elements of Shakespeare’s plays, in theatre as well as in academia. This account of the ‘unwanted’ Shakespeare brings to the fore questions of literary tastes, canon formation, and marketing and can serve as a useful corrective to the popular narratives promoted with particular forcefulness during 2016 and other Shakespeare-related anniversaries.

Other research interests include early modern religious culture; masques; the revival of verse drama in the 20th century; works of W.B. Yeats; and the history of animation.


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'"A Thing Studied and Rehearsed”: Ben Jonson in Parts’, Shakespeare, Taylor & Francis online, 20 Sep 2016.

‘The Poetics of Shakespearean Animation’, Shakespeare Bulletin, Volume 32, Number 2, Summer 2014.



In 2016-17, I am teaching on the following modules:

ENGL2080: Queens, Devils and Players

ENGL1004: Poetic Language

ENGL2063: Problems in Shakespeare

ENGL1079: Stage & Screen: An Introduction




Dr Jakub Boguszak
Office Hours: Friday 8:40–10:40

Room Number: 65/2037

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