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Dr Jozefina Komporaly

Job: Senior Lecturer in Drama

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Arts

Research group(s): Dance and Drama

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 250 6185

E: jkomporaly@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/arts


Personal profile

Dr Jozefina Komporaly joined De Montfort University in September 2005. Jozefina’s research interests bring together a focus on British and European theatre and performance, and a preoccupation with translation and mise-en-scène. The contemporary emphasis in her research is shared with the specificity of the DMU Drama programme, and Jozefina strives for an ongoing reflection of her research in her teaching. Dr Komporaly published a number of essays on gender, women’s writing and contemporary theatre and the monograph Staging Motherhood: British Women Playwrights, 1956 to the Present (Palgrave, 2006). More recently, she centred on the role of translation and dramaturgy in intercultural and trans-national performance, and she is currently preparing the first English language edited collection of plays by internationally celebrated Francophone playwright, Matei Visniec (Seagull Books, forthcoming 2014).

Research group affiliations

Dance and Drama

Key research outputs

Authored Books:

  • Staging Motherhood: British Women Playwrights, 1956 to the Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), 208pp.

Edited Books:

  • How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients and Other Plays – A Critical Anthology of Matei Visniec Plays (Seagull Books – forthcoming, 2014), ~400pp.

Articles and Chapters in Edited Books:

  • “Transcending Boundaries: National Identity and Sexual Transgression in Hungarian and English Modernism”, in Loving against the Odds: Women’s Writing in a European Framework, ed. Elizabeth Russell (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2006) 18pp.
  • The Troubles and the Family: Women’s Theatre as Political Intervention”, in Representing the Troubles, eds. Eibhear Walshe and Brian Cliff (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2004), 12pp. 

Refereed Articles in Academic Journals:

  • ‘The Gate Theatre: A Translation Powerhouse on the Inter-war British Stage’, Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, 4:2 (2011), 14pp. 

Research interests/expertise

  • translation and adaptation for the stage
  • dramaturgy 
  • 19th, 20th century and contemporary British and European theatre
  • trans-national and trans-cultural theatre and performance
  • directors’ theatre and trends in contemporary performance practice
  • women’s writing
  • maternal representation in culture
  • archives and cultural memory 

Areas of teaching

  • Contemporary British theatre
  • Twentieth century and contemporary European drama
  • Stanislavski and Naturalism in the theatre
  • Contemporary performance practitioners
  • Theatre and representation


  • PhD in Comparative Literary Studies (Drama)
  • MA in Gender, Literature and Modernity
  • MA in British Cultural Studies
  • BA in English and French language and literature

Courses taught

  • DRAM1002: A Contextual Introduction to Performance (Level 4)
  • DRAM2001: Naturalism/Anti-naturalism (Level 5)
  • DRAM2005: Contemporary Theatre in Britain (Level 6)
  • DRAM3000: Drama Research Project (Level 6)
  • DRAM5001: Drama and Representation (Level 7, MA)

Honours and awards

British Academy Overseas Travel Grant - £200 awarded in June 2009 to attend the International Federation of Theatre Research Annual Conference in Lisbon, Portugal (13-17 July 2009)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Association for Research on Mothering (University of York - Toronto, Canada) – (2000-2010)
  • Association for the Study of Contemporary Drama in English (CDE - Germany) – since 2001
  • International Federation of Theatre Research, Translation and Dramaturgy Working Group – since 2009
  • MAMSIE (Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics) – since 2008

Conference attendance

  • ‘Poetic Theatre as Witness: Memory, Intertextuality, Representation’, paper presented at the ‘Things Unspeakable: Theatre after 1945’ international, interdisciplinary conference on theatre and human rights, University of York, UK (7-9 October 2011)  
  • ‘Contesting Censorship: Translation as Political Intervention’,  International Federation of Theatre Research Conference, Lisbon (13-17 July 2009) – paper presented in the Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy’ Working Group 
  • ‘Maternal Absence in Drama’, M(O)thertrouble Conference, Birkbeck College, University of London (30-31 May 2009) –  workshop presentation 
  • ‘Mum’s the Word: The Maternal in Contemporary Literature’, De Montfort University (9 January, 2009
  • ‘Making a Spectacle: Motherhood and Performance’, ‘Performing Motherhood’ Conference, Mount Allison University, Canada (10-11 October 2008) – invited speaker
  • ‘The Gate Theatre: Translation and Adaptation on the Inter-war London Stage’, ‘Cultures of Translation: Adaptation in Film and Performance Conference’, Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries (26-28 June, 2008) 

Internally funded research project information

Project title: Critical study and English-language edited collection of plays by Matei Visniec
Funding source: Performance and Digital Arts Research Committee 
Type of research conducted: archival documentation at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris (31 May-5 June 2011); documenting the productions of three plays based on the work of Matei Vişniec at the Avignon International Festival, France (19-22 July, 2011)
Role in project: PI

Professional esteem indicators

Journal Refereeing information:

  • Contemporary Theatre Review
  • Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance
  • www.genderforum.org [online, peer reviewed academic journal dedicated to the discussion of gender issues]

Other Reviewing Activities:

  • Book reviewer for Theatre Research International; Studies in Theatre and Performance; Gender Forum; ABES
  • Assessor for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2009)

Case studies

Reviews of my book Staging Motherhood: British Women Playwrights, 1956 to the Present (Palgrave, 2006) ISBN 1-4039-9909-0:

  • By Carina Bartleet, in Theatre Research International, vol. 32 (2007), p. 338. 
  • By L. Bailey McDaniel, in Modern Drama, vol. 50. no. 4 (Winter 2007), pp. 642-44.
  • By Kirsten Baker, in The Practising Midwife, vol. 1 number 11 (2008), p. 47.

My 2006 article “Transcending Boundaries: National Identity and Sexual Transgression in Hungarian and English Modernism”, in Loving against the Odds: Women’s Writing in a European Framework, ed. Elizabeth Russell (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2006) was reviewed by Carolina Sanchez-Palencia in Atlantis, vol. 31 Number 1 (2009), p. 183.

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