Dr Magdalena Cieślak is assistant professor in the Institute of English Studies at the University of Łódź. She specialises in Renaissance drama, especially Shakespeare, and the relationships between literature and contemporary popular media in the context of cultural studies. She works in the areas of cultural materialism, feminism, gender studies, and queer theory, and researches the ways in which cinema and theatre address politically and culturally subversive elements of Shakespeare’s plays.
She is a member of the International Shakespeare Studies Centre (ISSC), an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary academic team whose aim is to conduct research on Shakespeare’s works and his presence in Polish and global culture.
She is co-editor with Agnieszka Rasmus of Images of the City (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), Against and Beyond: Subversion and Transgression in Mass Media, Popular Culture and Performance (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), and Diversity and Homogeneity. Shakespeare and the Politics of Nation, Class, and Gender (No. 12 of Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation and Performance. Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, 2015). She has recently published a monograph, Screening Gender in Shakespeare’s Comedies. Film and Television Adaptations in the Twenty-First Century (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019).
She teaches courses in British literature, Medieval and Renaissance literature, literary theory, and adaptation theory.
Thematic scope of supervised diploma projects:
– British literature in contemporary readings
– film adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays
– film adaptations of British literature
– English language cinema
Deputy Head of the Institute of English Studies since 2012.
Recent publications are listed at PBN’s database at:
ORCID no.: 0000-0001-5738-3522