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Dr Jakub Boguszak DPhil

Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Theatre, Senior Tutor

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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

My upcoming monograph, The Self-Centred Art: Ben Jonson’s Parts in Performance 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 book 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 current research project explores of casting in modern productions of Shakespeare’s plays. I intend to show how the aesthetic preferences as well as practical, political, and economic considerations that inform casting decisions in Shakespearean productions have changed over the last eighty years, and how the politics of casting—and act of representation as well as interpretation—has become one of the great points of contention in studies of Shakespeare in performance in the twenty-first century.

My other research interests include early modern religious culture; court masques; the revival of verse drama in the 20th century; and the history of animation.

Research Groups

I am a member of Southampton’s Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture.

I am also a member of Society for Renaissance studies and British Shakespeare Association.

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Book Chapter

Undergraduate modules I currently lead:

ENGL1091: “World Dramas”

ENGL2108: “The Early Modern Body”

ENGL3096: “Shakespeare Then and Now”

ENGL3088: “Stuart Drama”

Other modules to which I have been contributing:

ENGL1004: “Poetic Language”

ENGL2080: “Queens, Devils and Players in Early Modern England”

ENGL3016: “Undergraduate Dissertation”

HUMA6017: “Remaking Rome”

CMRC6017: “From Medieval to Renaissance: Reading the Evidence”

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

Room Number NNN: 65/2037

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