Dr Monika Smialkowska

Dr Monika Smialkowska


Monika did her first degree (a Polish MA) in English, choosing early modern literature as the focus of her final dissertation. She continued to pursue that interest at postgraduate level. Her 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. Monika joined Northumbria University in March 2009 as a lecturer. Monika has published several articles concerning early modern literature and twentieth-century American appropriations of Shakespeare.


Monika's research interests fall into two categories: the early modern genre of court masque, and post-renaissance adaptations of early modern authors and genres. Her PhD thesis explored the representations and mutual constructions of popular and high culture in the early Stuart (mainly seventeenth-century) court masque. More recently, Monika has been exploring modern re-workings of early modern literature (especially Shakespeare and the masque). As part of this ongoing project, she was awarded a short-term Folger Shakespeare Library fellowship to study the American celebrations of the Shakespeare Tercentenary in 1916.

Select Publications

'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 1 (2010).
'Shakespeare in History, History through Shakespeare: Caliban by The Yellow Sands', in Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation and Performance, 4:19, (2007), 17-27.

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