My Top Ten – An Author's Favourites by Teresa Murjas


Teresa Murjas is a distinguished scholar and practitioner who currently lectures in Theatre at the University of Reading. She specialises in late 19th/early 20th century European theatre and translation. She supervises student directors in her department as well as directing her own practice as research projects.

 She is responsible for two seminal playtexts which focus on the plays of Gabriella Zapolska:

 The Morality of Mrs Dulska and Zapolska's Women, with a third in the pipeline (all published by Intellect)

 Find out more about Teresa Murjas



Take a look at Teresa's favourite books...


The Mascot – Mark Kurzem
Mark Kurzem wrote this important book about his father, Alex, who entrusted Mark with the responsibility of helping him to recall his wartime childhood experiences. It is a moving account of the complex process of remembering and its impact on relationships. It is also an attempt to document and commemorate an extraordinary and traumatic event; aged 5, Alex witnessed and survived the destruction of his village and murder of his Jewish mother and siblings by an SS extermination squad. He fended for himself in the woods before falling into the hands of the Latvian police and finally being adopted as a child mascot by an SS unit on the rampage.

Street of Crocodiles – Bruno Schulz
The theatre company Complicite based a physical theatre performance on this collection of short stories by Polish-Jewish writer Bruno Schulz (1892-1942). It was an extraordinary piece of work, its strong visual imagery recalling the rich thematic complexity and surrealistic quality of Schulz’s writing.  This performance led me to Schulz’s stories, in which he evokes memories of his childhood, in the town of Drohobycz, describing events, locations and relationships in a vivid, sensual style. Schulz was also a literary critic and graphic artist, protected for a time during World War Two by a Gestapo officer, Felix Landau, who admired his drawings. Schulz painted a mural in the officer’s home. He was shot dead by Landau’s Gestapo rival whilst bringing home a loaf of bread.

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
Dostoevsky’s 19th century novel, first published in twelve installments, is set in St. Petersburg and tells the story of Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student. He plans and executes the murder of an elderly pawnbroker and her sister, who unexpectedly arrives at the scene of the crime. It might be described as a psychological thriller, charting Raskolnikov’s mental anguish and growing inability to conceal his guilt. He is pursued by a detective, forms a chaste attachment to a virtuous prostitute, eventually hands himself over to the police and is sentenced to penal servitude in Siberia. He is followed by the prostitute Sonia and the epilogue raises the possibility of his redemption under her influence. Dostoevsky’s evocation of Raskolnikov’s ‘inner life’ is gripping.

Shtetl – Eva Hoffman
Hoffman is an academic, writer and musician of Polish-Jewish extraction. She has written several excellent books about the Holocaust, the history of Jewish life and culture in Europe, emigration to the US and translation. She has lived in England since 1993. Shtetl is the history of a small town not unlike the one her parents came from, set in the context of a more expansive history of Polish-Jewish life. Hoffman’s work is striking for its engaging narrative style and her ability to explain connections between the personal and the political in the most unassuming, direct way. We use this text when teaching our Polish Film & Theatre course at Reading University, with great success.

Mary & Lizzie (Plays 2) – Frank McGuinness
I became interested in the work of Irish playwright Frank McGuinness as an undergraduate student. In fact, I had to perform in Mary and Lizzie at Manchester University and enjoyed the experience immensely. This is an intriguing, politically driven and witty play set at the time of the Irish famine. It features two Irish sisters, Mary and Lizzie Burns, who meet Marx and Engels when they arrive in Manchester and show them the poverty raging in the city streets and factories. It is based on real characters and events. However, its form is not realistic but rather, poetic; it features songs and verse and some fascinating characters, such as a dancing pig and a group of women who live in the trees. It features as one of the plays in this collection.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H Lawrence
Even prior to reading this novel, I was aware of the scandal surrounding its publication. The first edition was printed in Florence in 1928 and the book could not be published openly in the UK until 1960 on account of its detailed and explicit account of a physical relationship between a working class man and an aristocratic woman. The publisher was subsequently prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act. Lawrence drew inspiration for his settings from Ilkeston in Derbyshire, which is down the road from where I was born, hence my initial interest in it. Re-reading the book more recently I have been struck by its depictions of both a generation affected by the First World War and the degradation of men working in the coal mines. These are the social and economic contexts within which Lawrence situates the erotic relationship that develops between Mellors and Connie, which contrasts starkly with the detachment and dissociation generated by conflict and poor working conditions.

Oxford Thesaurus of English
For a theatre translator like me, this book is an invaluable resource. Sometimes the right word just won’t come to mind and so I consult the thesaurus very often for practical reasons. It can also be rather like a maze where I can lose myself for hours, exploring possible connections between words and discovering the pleasures of potential new meanings.

Rutherford and Son – Githa Sowerby
This naturalistic, feminist play was written in 1912 and its first performances caused an international sensation. This was partly because the play launches a devastating attack on the forces of capitalism and partly because the playwright was a woman; critics had automatically assumed that the K.G Sowerby mentioned in the programme was a man. Following her success with this text, Sowerby fell into obscurity, though she continued to write and it is only relatively recently that the play has been revived more frequently. A biography is also currently being written about the playwright and will be published shortly. Sowerby’s achievements have long been underestimated and her theatrical rehabilitation is long overdue.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
When Jeremy Brett flared his incomparable nostrils, ‘became’ Sherlock Holmes and twitched the flowery curtains of the upstairs room at 22b Baker Street to reveal the pavement below, I was hooked. In fact, this British TV series based on Conan Doyle’s detective stories first fired my interest in 19th century literature and theatre. Reading the stories and watching the series in tandem is a treat I reserve for my holidays. This marathon event is always accompanied by several large mugs of coffee.

Heart of Europe: The Past in Poland’s Present – Norman Davies
Davies is a leading British historian who has written definitive histories of Poland, Europe and the British Isles. This is a concise work (first written in 1984, developed and last updated with a new chapter in 2000) that at the same time manages to convey breadth and scope. Interestingly, Davies begins his history in the late 20th century, after Jaruzelski’s imposition of Martial Law, and works backwards to suggest patterns of cause and effect. It is an excellent introduction to histories of Poland, including the more expansive God’s Playground, also written by Davies in the early 1980s.


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Call For Papers: Craft Research

Craft Research is a new peer-reviewed journal published by Intellect.



Dr Kristina Niedderer, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Dr Katherine Townsend, Nottingham Trent University

Aims & Scope
Craft Research is the first peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to the development and advance of contemporary craft practice and theory through research. The aim of Craft Research is to portray and build the crafts as a vital and viable modern discipline that offers a vision for the future and for the sustainable development of human social, economical and ecological issues. This role of craft is rooted in its flexible nature as a conduit from design at one end to art at the other. It gains its strength from its at times experimental, at times developmental nature, which enables craft to explore and challenge technology, to question and develop cultural and social practices, and to interrogate philosophical and human values.

Call for Papers
Craft Research aims to actively promote and strengthen this future-oriented role of the crafts. In order to do so, it recognises inter and cross disciplinary practices, and encourages diverse approaches to research arising from practice, theory and philosophy. It welcomes contributions from new and established researchers, scholars, and professionals around the world who wish to make a contribution to advancing the crafts. Contributions may include research into materials, technology, processes, methods, concepts, aesthetics and philosophy, etc. in any discipline area of the applied arts and crafts, including craft education. Craft Research welcomes a number of different types of contributions as set out below.


Full Research Papers (4000-6000 words)

They will describe completed research projects, including research problem, questions, methods, outcomes, and findings. They should include original work of a research and/or developmental nature and/or propose new methods or ideas that are clearly and thoroughly presented and argued.

Short Research Papers / Position Papers (2000-3000 words)

-    Short Research Papers may describe smaller research projects or research in progress including research problem, questions, methods, (expected) outcomes and findings. They are an opportunity to new researchers/practitioners to get into publishing.
-    Position papers may put forward and debate a position on a particular (current) issue (e.g. new technology, material, theoretical, social or educational issue). Both should include original work of a research or developmental nature and/or propose new methods or ideas that are clearly and thoroughly presented and argued.

Both should include original work of a research and/or developmental nature and/or propose new methods or ideas that are clearly and thoroughly presented and argued. They are an opportunity for new researchers/practitioners to have their research/work published.

Craft & Industry Reports (1500-3000 words)

Reports of Investigative Practice from Craft & Industry should present an advance in and for the field, including collaborations and new developments of work, processes, methods, ideas etc. by practitioners and industry in the crafts.

Review Section. We invite reviews of the following:

-    The Portrait Section (1000-2000 words)
Will feature the work of an individual (crafts person, artist, designer, maker, researcher) within the field whose creative work stands out for its developmental / research qualities and contribution to the crafts.
-    The Exhibition Section (1000-2000 words)
Will feature scholarly reviews of exhibitions that are of particular developmental / research significance for the field for the technical, conceptual, aesthetic, social etc. quality of the work or for the curation.
-   The Publication Review (1000-2000 words)
Will feature reviews of publications in print and new media.
-    The Conference Section (1000-2000 words)
Will feature reviews of any relevant conferences/symposia/etc. in the field.

Calendar of Exhibitions & Conferences

We invite notifications of important and relevant forthcoming craft exhibitions and craft conferences/research events.

Remarkable Image Section
We invite the submission of images of outstanding quality for their novelty, beauty, complexity, simplicity, challenging nature, humour, humanity, etc. that are representative of contemporary crafts developments and research.

The final date for submissions for the first issue is Friday 15 January 2010.
For guidance notes, for submissions, or further information please contact the editors.

Please find all details on the journal's

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Download the Directory of World Cinema: Japan for FREE

Intellect is delighted to announce the launch of the Directory of World Cinema: Japan, which you can download for FREE from our website.


The volume is also available to download in a double page iPaper format from Scribd

About the Directory of World Cinema: Japan
From the revered classics of Akira Kurosawa to the modern marvels of Takeshi Kitano, the films that have emerged from Japan represent a national cinema that has gained worldwide admiration and appreciation. The Directory of World Cinema: Japan provides an insight into the cinema of Japan through reviews of significant titles and case studies of leading directors, alongside explorations of the cultural and industrial origins of key genres. The cinematic lineage of samurai warriors, yakuza enforcers and atomic monsters take their place alongside the politically charged works of the Japanese new wave, making this a truly unique volume.


The ethos of Intellect's Directory of World Cinema as a project is probably best communicated by John Berra's editorial taken from the Japanese volume where he comments:

"This was never intended to be a conventional film guide, as the overall aim was always to discuss Japanese cultural life and history as expressed through the medium of film."

The Directory of World Cinema aims to play a part in moving intelligent, scholarly criticism beyond the academy by building a forum for the study of film that relies on a disciplined theoretical base. Each volume of the Directory will take the form of a collection of reviews, longer essays and research resources, accompanied by film stills highlighting significant films and players.

To find out more about the Directory of World Cinema please visit the official website:


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'After Digital Switchover' Webcast

The Oxford Internet Institute have just released a webcast of the 'After Digital Switchover' symposium held at their headquarters at Oxford University. The event was held to celebrate the launch of one of our newest journals, the International Journal of Digital Television.


Special guest speakers including Richard Collins and the Journal's editor Michael Starks, ask such questions as: after digital switchover will we still have television as such? Will it still need special regulation? Will we have gained or lost, socially and culturally?




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Call For Papers: "HORROR"

31st Anniversary Meeting of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association at the Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 10-13, 2010.


The area chair for Horror of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association invites all interested scholars to submit papers on any aspect of horror in literature, film, television, or general culture.

Especially encouraged are presentations on the changing face of horror between 9/11 and the end of the Bush administration; on overloked and underestimated films from the U.S.; on remakes and reimaginings of classic horror films during this period.

If you are interested in being a presenter, please send a detailed abstract (300-400 words) for a paper of 18 to 20 minutes reading time via e-mail. Please provide contact information, such as name, mailing address, phone number, and especially e-mail address.

If you want to propose a panel of four speakers, or three speakers and one respondent, please include the following information: panel title; name and contact information of the panel chair; an abstract for each paper; contact information for each presenter.


The deadline for abstract and panel submissions to the area chair is December 15, 2009. Priority registraton ends November 1, 2009.

For information about the registration process, registration fees, membership, graduate student awards and course credits, and information about travel and location, please consult the Southwest/Texas PCA/ACA's official website


The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, 330 Tijeras, Albuquerque, NM 87102. For reservations and information, call 505.842.1234.


Please send all abstracts, panel proposals, and queries to:

Prof. Steffen Hantke
Department of English, Sogang University
Seoul 100-611, South Korea
Tel. 82-2-705-8810, Fax 82-2-715-0705


Interested in Horror? Take a look at our forthcoming journal, Horror Studies


There is still time to enter Intellect's Horror Studies Competition (closing date: 14/12/2009)

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Call For Papers: Journal of Screenwriting (1.2)

We invite researchers, educators and practitioners to contribute to Issue 1.2 of the Journal of Screenwriting, a new peer-reviewed journal set up to focus on this important aspect of moving image pre-production and conceptualisation.  Contributions are sought on the history, theory and practice of screenwriting and related topics, covering a wide range of practices from film and television to animation, new media and computer games.

The Journal of Screenwriting brings together research and reflection on pedagogy, professionalism and practice in an area which has been somewhat overlooked in academic discourse.  New work has conventionally been scattered throughout journals devoted to specific aspects of media theory or practice, and this is the first UK academic journal to bring together serious screenwriting-related work under one title.  The Journal is international in scope, and seeks wide-ranging work which is critical, rigorous and original in its contribution to this developing area of study.  We expect to include work which employs a diverse range of methodological approaches, including textual analysis, production analysis, practice as research and historical investigation.

Articles should be between 4000 and 7000 words in length.  Topics may include (but are not limited to):

•    Screenplay text analysis
•    Studies of individual practitioners, including screenwriters
•    Story and narrative analysis
•    Methodologies and theories appropriate for research and study in this field
•    Industrial structures, institutions and practices in relation to screenwriting
•    Gender and race issues
•    Genre studies
•    Comparative study between nations or regions, cultures and industries
•    Creativity and screen idea development
•    Conventions, norms and craft
•    Screen-reading and the reception of the screen idea
•    The history of screenwriting
•    Cognitivism, psychology and psychoanalysis in relation to screenwriting

We also welcome articles suggesting new approaches to the study of screenwriting, and articles presenting new approaches to the teaching of screenwriting.

Articles, to include a 200 word abstract, should be sent by Monday 15th March 2010 to the Principal Editor Jill Nelmes, and to the Co-Editor Barry Langford. Please contact either Jill or Barry regarding any queries about suitability of subject or other requirements.



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Bringing Down the House by Olivia Turnbull has been reviewed for Platform by Eleanor Paremain

Olivia Turnbull's brilliant and timely study into the historical and contemporary fragility of the British theatre, Bringing Down the House: The Crisis in Britain's Regional Theatres, has been reviewed by Eleanor Paremain for the ejournal Platform.


Review Extract

In the aftermath of the December 2007 funding cuts by the Arts Council, Olivia
Turnbull’s Bringing Down the House: The Crisis in Britain’s Regional Theatres is a
well-timed investigation of public subsidy and how it has covertly shaped the national theatre landscape. Giving particular attention to regional theatre, Turnbull illustrates how competing demands and expectations from a number of directions have placed increasing pressure on regional theatres, resulting in many going dark for long periods or closing altogether. For example, she points out that in 1997, after eighteen years of Conservative rule - a period that she labels as ‘the crisis’ for the arts in general and regional theatre in particular - three quarters of provincial producing houses were facing imminent closure (13). Beyond the lamentable loss of these theatres themselves, Turnbull contends that the fabric of British theatre itself is at stake because regional theatre has traditionally been a ‘forum for new and experimental dramatic ideas, a touchstone for local community access, education and entertainment, and as a training ground and employment industry for a large part of the country’s theatre profession’ (14). Bringing Down the House will undoubtedly prove a valuable companion for not only the study of regional theatre, but also more broadly for the analysis of the arts and their relationship with the public sphere. (Eleanor Paremain – Platform)


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