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Dr Preti Taneja

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Global Shakespeare Research Fellow

Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 2691
Email: preti dot taneja at qmul
Email: P dot M dot N dot Taneja at warwick dot ac dot uk

Westwood Avon Building WA1.16
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Global Shakespeare challenges the idea that Shakespeare belongs to England and the UK. Instead the course considers literature, imperialism, globalization, cultural hybridity and the politics of translation among other things, by studying Shakespeare from international points of view. Our department is so culturally and linguistically diverse - we have a real basis from which to exchange ideas, share information and challenge each other to understand the similarities and differences in interpretations of Shakespeare from across the world.”

Dr Preti Taneja


Preti will be speaking at the opening day Lab of the Being Human Festival 2015 - Senate House, London, 1pm, Thursday November 12.


Call for Papers: Preti is co-organising a major international festival of Indian Shakespeares on Screen starring Vishal Bhardwaj and screening his films at the BFI: 27 - 30 April 2016

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In 2014 - 15 Preti became a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker. The annual national competition selects ten outstanding reseachers with broadcast potential. She has since made several programmes for Radio and TV about her work.

As a human rights activist, reporter and filmmaker she has worked with people in highly vulnerable situations including in the Middle East, Kenya and Rwanda. In 2010 she co-founded the advocacy collective ERA Films working for international NGOs to use film for social change.

Preti is also a Fellow Commoner at Jesus College, Cambridge University where she has worked with Professor Emeritus Juliet Mitchell researching siblings, psychoanalysis and Shakespeare.

She holds a PhD in Creative Writing with a research focus on Shakespeare adaptation and appropriation, particularly in colonial/ postcolonial India.

Her first novella, 'Kumkum Malhotra' won the Gatehouse Press New Fiction Prize in 2015.

Research & Impact

Dr Taneja’s current project considers the idea of universal human rights in relation to the production, performance and reception of Shakespeare’s plays by people on the margins of society - refugees and those affected by conflict; people with mental health issues; religious, ethnic and linguistic minorities.

Preti also contributes to the Guardian, Open Democracy, The Postcolonialist and Reuters Alertnet among others.

Selected publications/articles/broadcast

‘Divide and Rule: King Lear as critique of contemporary Indian society’ The International Journal of Literary Humanities, (Illinois: Common Ground, 2014)

‘The female King Lear,’ Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3, (2014)

‘Shakespeare, India and the Power of Gibberish,’ The Essay, BBC Radio 3, (2014)

‘It’s time to break the national monopoly on Shakespeare,’ the Guardian, 14 Nov, 2014


Preti currently teaches on the Global Shakespeare Undergraduate module run at Queen Mary University.

Her other teaching interests are Postcolonial literature with a focus on Indian writing in translation and in English/ contemporary South African literature and 20th-21st Century poetry.

Further details

To find out more about Preti visit her website here: