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

Research and Teaching Interests

I joined the School of English in 2011 and I specialize in early modern (Renaissance) British and continental literature.

My research focuses on the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. I am currently completing a monograph on the interactions between English and foreign languages in England between 1534 and 1625. The project deals primarily with encounters between English and other languages in a range of early modern dramatic texts and theoretical discussions of linguistic difference in a variety of early modern non-fiction prose texts. I am also interested in the performance history of Shakespeare's plays, especially outside of the UK and North America, and Shakespeare on film. I am an area editor for the Elizabethan and Jacobean volume of the online Literary Encyclopedia, for which I am currently developing a subsection on cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare's plays.

I coordinate the SF modules 'Fables,' and 'Shakespeare: Text, Stage, Screen.' I also teach on the JF modules 'The Gods in Literature' and 'Medieval and Renaissance Romance.' I offer Sophister options 'Global Shakespeare' (covering stage and film versions of the plays from around the world) and Early Modern Women Writers (covering the major female authors of the period). I currently serve as the director of 'Understanding Literature,' the Broad Curriculum module offered by the School of English and in 2015-16 I will be coordinating the School's Evening Lecture series on the subject of Revolutions.


I can supervise theses on a range of topics in the early modern period, including Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, early modern travel narratives, early modern translations, multilingualism and language instruction. I would be particularly excited to hear from anyone interested in Shakespeare's plays in a variety of global, intercultural, and comparative contexts. I am currently supervising projects on Shakespeare in Persian-speaking regions, French-derived vocabulary in Shakespeare, and Royalist women writers of the English Civil War and Interregnum.


Articles in Refereed Journals

  • 'Shakespeare in an Expanding World,' The Shakespearean International Yearbook, vol. 14, 2014

  • 'Propping up the King's Two Bodies in Richard II,' co-authored with James Wood, Early English Studies, Vol. 4, 2011

Book Chapters

  • 'Anti-Catholic Tongues in Samuel Ward's 'Double Deliverance' (1621),' in Puritans in the trans-Atlantic world 1550-1700, editors Crawford Gribben and Scott Spurlock, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

  • 'Richard Hakluyt's Babel: Foreign Languages and Historical Consciousness in The Principal Navigations in Le Voyage : actes du colloque, editors Thierry Belleguic and Isabelle Bour, (Paris, France: Hermann, 2015)

  • 'Multilingual Ethics in Henry V and Henry VIII in Shakespeare, Appropriation, and the Ethical, editors Alexa Huang and Elizabeth Rivlin, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

  • 'Chronology' in The History of British Women's Writing, 1500-1610, editors Caroline Bicks and Jennifer Summit, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

Reference Works

  • 18 articles [c. 9000 words] in The Shakespeare Encyclopedia: Life, Works, World, and Legacy, 5 volumes, gen. ed. Patricia Parker (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, forthcoming 2016)

  • 5 articles  [c. 5000 words] in The Literary Encyclopedia, eds. Robert Clark, Emory Elliott, Janet Todd (London: The Literary Dictionary Company, 2007-present) [my articles published in 2013-2015]

Electronic Publishing


In European English Messenger, This Rough Magic, English Text Construction, and Early Modern Studies Journal


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

Telephone: (01) 8964722
Email: vyroubae@tcd. ie

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