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Dr Emily Oliver


Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Email: E dot Oliver dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room H2.09 Humanities Building
University Road
University of Warwick


Dr Emily Oliver completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2013, before taking up a position at King's College London as Postdoctoral Research Associate on the project 'Beyond Enemy Lines: Literature and Film in the British and American Zones of Occupied Germany, 1945-1949'. In 2016, she was awarded an Early Career Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust to pursue her research project 'Broadcasting Nations: A History of the BBC German Service' at Warwick University. She has taught undergraduate modules on twentieth-century German literature, culture, and politics, as well as translation at both KCL and Birmingham University. Whilst at KCL, she designed and taught an MA module ('Postwar: The Dynamics of Anglo-German Cultural Exchange'), supervised several MA dissertations on Shakespeare and Germany, and co-supervised a PhD on British film policy in occupied Germany. Emily has also taught BA modules on Shakespeare for the English Department at Birmingham University and for the British American Drama Academy (London), and has worked as International Courses Lead Practitioner for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Research interests

  • Anglo-German cultural relations
  • 20th-century German history
  • The British and American occupation of Germany
  • Radio history and sound studies
  • Shakespeare performance
  • German/GDR theatre
  • Arts funding and cultural policy

Teaching and Supervision


GE2013 Modern German Language: Conversation

GE207 German Culture in the Age of Revolution 1789-1848

Selected publications

  • Shakespeare and German Reunification: The Interface of Politics and Performance (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2017).
  • '"Heaven help the Yankees if they capture you": Women Reading Gone with the Wind in Occupied Germany', German Life and Letters 71 (2018): 193-214.
  • 'Introduction: Narratives of Identity and Nationhood in Occupied Germany', German Life and Letters 71 (2018): 131-38. (co-authored with Lara Feigel)
  • 'Hamlet and the Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Myth of Interventionist Shakespeare Performance', in Local and Global Myths in Shakespeare Performance, ed. Aneta Mancewicz and Alexa Huang (Basingstoke: Palgrave, forthcoming).
  • 'Shakespeare und die Wende', in Shakespeare unter den Deutschen, ed. Christa Jansohn (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2015), 283-93.
  • 'Reasoning the Need: Shakespeare Performance in Reunified Berlin', in Renaissance Shakespeare - Shakespeare Renaissances, ed. Michael Dobson, Andreas Höfele, Martin Prochazka, and Hanna Scolnicov (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2014), 262-69.

Selected Conference Papers

  • 'Across the Iron Curtain: The BBC German Service's East Zone Programme', German Studies Association, Pittsburgh, 2018.
  • 'From Liberators to Occupiers: The Projection of Britain on the BBC German Service following World War II', International Association for Media History, National World War II Museum, New Orleans, 2018.
  • 'Turning Hearers into Listeners: Music on the BBC German Service', Association for German Studies, Warwick University, 2017.
  • 'Inventing a New Kind of German: The BBC German Service in Wartime', Information and Its Communication in Wartime, School of Advanced Study, Senate House, London, 2017.
  • '"Fagin in Berlin Provokes a Riot": Anti-Semitism and Anglo-German Relations in Occupied Germany', Competitors and Companions: Britons and Germans in the World, Humboldt University, Berlin, 2017.
  • 'Allied Control over Anglo-American Books in Occupied Germany', Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP), Paris, 2016.
  • 'Shakespeare und die Wende', Shakespeare unter den Deutschen, Akademie der Wissenschaften und Literatur, Mainz, 2014.
  • 'Shakespeare under Socialism', The Shakespeare Club, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2013.
  • 'Justifying Theatre Funding in Reunified Germany', DAAD German Studies Summer School, University of Birmingham, 2012.
  • '"Deutschland ist Hamlet": German Intellectuals and Hamletism', The British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2012.


  • 2013 University of Birmingham: Ph.D. (English / German)
  • 2009 Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham: M.A. Shakespeare Studies (with Distinction)
  • 2007 Royal Holloway, University of London: B.A. Drama and Creative Writing (First Class)