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Dr. Ema Vyroubalová B.A. (Amherst College), M.A. and Ph.D. (Stanford)Assistant Professor; Study Abroad Co-ordinator (Outgoing); Co-ordinator of Capstone Projects

I joined the School of English  in 2011. I am originally from the Czech Republic and I did my undergraduate studies in English and French at Amherst College in Massachusetts and my postgraduate training in English and Comparative Literature at Stanford University. Before taking up my post at TCD, I taught at the University of Haifa for one year.  

Research and Teaching Interests

My research focuses mainly on two areas: literature of early modern England and Global Shakespeare. I am broadly interested in how interactions with other countries, cultures, and languages influenced early modern England’s literary culture and my research has looked more specifically at how English writing from this period represents linguistic difference. Several of my publications examine the significance of multilingual elements in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. This multilingual theme is also central to my other research area, Global Shakespeare: I am especially interested in stage and film adaptations of the plays in languages other than English and in translation itself as a form of adaptation. I am part of the ERC-funded project  ‘Crossing Borders with Shakespeare since 1945: East European Roots and Routes’ and I am beginning to work on a book project examining how post-1989 adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays from the region reckon with its totalitarian past (and in some cases totalitarian present). In my role as one of the editors of the Palgrave Encyclopaedia of Global Shakespeare, I am responsible primarily for entries connected to Europe and the Middle and Near East. I recently collaborated with Dr James Wood from University of East Anglia on an edition of the collected writings of the Reverend Jermym Pratt (1723-1791), a Norfolk clergyman, most of whose work has previously been available only in manuscript. The project included a Zoom premier of Pratt’s comedy The Grange. In June 2022 I organized a reading of plays by contemporary Ukrainian playwrights in the Beckett Theatre as a contribution to the Worldwide Ukrainian Play Readings and I am now starting to work on another event connected to the initiative, which will combine play-readings with a discussion panel and a photo exhibit in June 2023. 

At the Fresher level, I coordinate the JF module Early Modern Literature: Themes, Texts, and Contexts and I contribute lectures to JF Shakespeare. At the Sophister level, I currently teach two modules: Global Shakespeare and Early Modern Women Writers. I also coordinate Travel and English Literature, the elective offered by the School of English, and I teach several sessions on the MPhil modules Research Methods, Mapping the Literary Field, and Perspectives in Modern and Contemporary Literature. I have participated in short-term teaching exchanges via Erasmus+ at Palacký University Olomouc  and Charles University Prague in the Czech Republic, University of Craiova in Romania, and Kollegium Kaunas in Lithuania.  

I am an Athena Swan Champion and, together with Dr Melanie Otto, headed the School’s successful application for an Athena Swan Bronze Award. In 2019-20 I participated in the HE Advance Aurora Leadership Development Programme.  I am also currently the School’s coordinator for outgoing Erasmus students and for Capstone projects. I have been a College Tutor since 2015.  

PhD and Postdoctoral Supervision

I am particularly interested in supervising projects that look at Shakespeare's works, including stage and film adaptations, in a variety of global, intercultural, multilingual, and comparative contexts. I can also supervise projects on Tudor and Jacobean drama, early modern travel narratives, and early modern translations in practice and theory. 

Selected Publications


  • E. Vyroubalová and James Robert Wood, eds., The Literary Papers of The Reverend Jermyn Pratt 1723-1791 (Norfolk Record Society, 2022).
  • Alexa Joubin, gen. ed., E. Vyroubalová and Elizabeth Pentland, eds., The Global Shakespeare Encyclopaedia (Palgrave Macmillan; electronic version 2021-ongoing; print version forthcoming 2023).

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Shauna O'Brien and E. Vyroubalová, ‘Persian Shakespeare: Iran, Afghanistan, and the Diaspora,’ ed. Alexa Joubin, The Blackwell Companion to Global Shakespeare (Blackwell Wiley, forthcoming 2023). 
  • E. Vyroubalová, ‘”Accents yet unknown”: In Search of Shakespeare’s Foreign Accents,’ ed. Adele Lee, Shakespeare and Accentisms (Routledge, 2021).
  • E. Vyroubalová, ‘Richard Hakluyt’s Babel: Foreign Languages and Historical Consciousness in The Principal Navigations,’ eds. Line Cottegnies and Isabelle Bour,’ Le Voyage: actes du colloque (Hermann, 2018). 
  • E. Vyroubalová and Edel Semple, ‘Shakespeare and Early Modern Europe,’ Shakespeare, 14.1 (2018), pp. 1-17.
  • E. Vyroubalová, Anti-Catholic Tongues in Samuel Ward's “Double Deliverance” (1621),’ eds. Crawford Gribben and Scott Spurlock, Puritans in the trans-Atlantic world 1550-1700 (Palgrave, 2015). 
  • E. Vyroubalová, ‘Multilingual Ethics in Henry V and Henry VIII,’ eds. Alexa Huang and Elizabeth Rivlin, Shakespeare, Appropriation, and the Ethical (Palgrave, 2014). 
  • E. Vyroubalová, ‘Shakespeare in an Expanding World’, The Shakespearean International Yearbook 14 (2014).

Journal Editions

  • E. Vyroubalová, guest ed. Studia Philologia, Literary Animals special issue, 2 (2022).
  • E. Vyroubalová and Edel Semple, guest eds. Early Modern Literary Studies, European Women in Early Modern English Drama special issue, 27 (2017).


Dr. Ema Vyroubalová
School of English
Arts Building
Room 5089
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2

Email: vyroubae@tcd. ie

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