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Dr Emily Oliver

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Emily Oliver graduated with a BA in Drama and Creative Writing from Royal Holloway (University of London) in 2007.  She gained an MA in Shakespeare Studies (2009) and a PhD on Shakespeare and German Reunification (2013) from the Shakespeare Institute (University of Birmingham).  After working as International Courses Lead Practitioner for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, she joined the English Department at King’s College in November 2013 as Research Associate on Lara Feigel’s ERC-funded project Beyond Enemy Lines: Literature and Film in the British and American Zones of Occupied Germany, 1945-1949.  Her work focuses on the reception of British, American, and German literature in the press immediately after the Second World War.

Research Interests
  • Anglo-German cultural exchange
  • 20th century German literature and history
  • Cultural policy and arts funding
  • Shakespeare performance
  • Foreign language learning
Selected Publications
  • “Shakespeare und die Wende” (“Shakespeare and German Reunification”), in Shakespeare unter den Deutschen (Shakespeare among the Germans), ed. Christa Jansohn and Philipp Redl (Mainz: Mainzer Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, forthcoming 2014).
  • “Reasoning the Need: Shakespeare Performance in Reunified Berlin,” in Renaissance Shakespeare – Shakespeare Renaissances: Proceedings of the 9th World Shakespeare Congress, ed. Michael Dobson, Andreas Höfele, Martin Prochazka, and Hanna Scolnicov (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2014).
  • “Julius Caesar” and “Timon of Athens,” in Year of Shakespeare: Reliving the World Shakespeare Festival, ed. Paul Prescott, Paul Edmondson, and Erin Sullivan (London: Bloomsbury, 2013).
  • “The Director’s Cut: Interview with Claus Peymann,” trans. Emily Oliver, in Richard II, The RSC Shakespeare, ed. Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2010).
Expertise and Public Engagement
    • Shakespeare under Socialism, The Shakespeare Club, Stratford-upon-Avon, Dec 2013.
    • Germany Reunified?, The Rest Is Noise festival, Southbank Centre, Dec 2013.
    • How Can Languages Be Useful in a Career?, Stratford-upon-Avon School, Jan 2013.
    • Local Stages, World Stages: Conversations on Germany at the Cultural Olympiad, Arts and Humanities Festival, King’s College London, Nov 2012.
    • Reviewer for Year of Shakespeare: A Project Documenting the World Shakespeare Festival
    • Contributor to BBC Radio 3 Nightwaves, Nov 2011


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