Ursula Mayerl-Fellner

Department English and American Studies
PhD Supervisor Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sabine Coelsch-Foisner
PhD Co-Supervisor tba
Start Summer semester 2014
Contact ursula.fellner@stud.sbg.ac.at
Topic/Title The Translation and Adaptation of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: Aesthetics, Music, Comic Relief and Their Production and Performance History


Communication between cultures is brought forward by the reception of the reading and writing of Shakespeare by others. This philosophy was also the basis of the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival in England. In 2016, the quartercentenary of Shakespeare's death, there will be even more worldwide celebrations reappraising the heritage of the artist's works.Shakespeare died in 1616 but has been, according to Peter Holbrook, reborn in limitless acts of performance, understanding, scholarship, transformation, critique, celebration. The International Shakespeare Association holds its 10th World Shakespeare Congress in late July and early August 2016 in two locations: Stratford-upon-Avon and London. Hosts in Stratford will be the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. In London, Shakespeare's Globe, the London Shakespeare Theatre and King's College London will organize and celebrate the cultural legacy of his works.The theory of the art of translating drama and theatre was shaped primarily by Susan Bassnett (1990, 1998), David Johnston (1997) and Patrice Pavis (1992). Drama translation (i.e. theatrical translation or stage translation as it is also called) is still in development as far as its theory is concerned. A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy which dramatizes gender issues which originate from restrictive, authoritative patriarchal family structures and the problem of self-determination and autonomy in relationships and marriage. As such, particular focus will be placed on finding the female "signatures" to the reception, distribution and translation of Shakespeare's works. Further, my dissertation examines Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream from the following perspectives: The translation and adaptation of Shakespeare's plays as individual forms of art, the history of the play's theatre performance and the history of its cinematic production.
The comparative analysis of "Shakespeare Found in Translation and Adaptation" in the light of new levels of intercultural understanding stands in the foreground, i.e. how the play was distributed and translated in Europe, how theatrical and film productions were interpreted and realized. Within this field of investigation the comedy's aesthetics (staging, historical performance practice, practical theatrical implementation, costumes, etc.), its musical (Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, 1826; Benjamin Britten, 1960) and cinematic realization (e.g. Max Reinhardt, 1935 for Warner Bros.; Michael Hoffmann, 1999, for Fox Searchlight Pict.) as well as the play's comic mode and the analysis of its translation through the centuries (etymological research) will be at the centre of my approach.
From Max Reinhardt to Henry Mason, on a local level, the main point of interest is the production, translation and adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Salzburg Festival, especially Henry Mason's versions, productions and translations: "Die Sommernachtsträumer", 2013, for children from the age of 6 and "Ein Sommernachtstraum" , Salzburger Festspiele 2013, Residenzhof, with the music of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

  • News
    The Austrian Academy of Sciences has awarded Mag. Dr. Daniel Ehrmann, university assistant and doctoral candidate in the Department of German Studies, four year APART-Grant, which he will start on the1. 3. 2021.During this time he will complete his post doctoral thesis project „Aggregation. Relationaliity and the Constellations of Literature (1650 – 1950). Toward a medium range historical model.
    There are still many places available in Language Centre courses. Registration is still possible until 12 March 2021. Please note: registration is only possible by appointment.
    The project funding programme for research between PLUS and South East Asian partner universities, ASEA-UNINET Call 2021-2022 (Project implementation period: 1st October 2021 - 30th September 2022) is now open.
    Prof. Dr. Jude Lal Fernando, Assistant Professor at the Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin, will be holding lectures in SS 2021 on the topic of "Interreligious Relations in Asia" at the Centre for Intercultural Theology in the area of Religious Studies.
    The programme for the summer semester is now online and the courses will be released shortly. We have improved our entrepreneurship courses. Register by the 14th March 2021.
    The Centre for Intercultural Theology and the Study of Religions and the University of Fribourg are organising an interdisciplinary online conference from the 16th-17th April 2021 (Start 16th April 2021 at 14:15).
  • Veranstaltungen
  • 09.03.21 Storytelling in der alltäglichen und beruflichen Kommunikation
    11.03.21 Buchpräsentation: Identitäten – Zumutungen für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft
    12.03.21 Update Bankrecht
  • Alumni Club
  • University of Salzburg's facebook site University of Salzburg's twitter site University of Salzburg's instagram site University of Salzburg's flickr site University of Salzburg's vimeo site