Ao. Univ-Prof. Dr. Manfred DRAUDT (retired)

Research Interests

  • Shakespeare and Renaissance drama
  • Nineteenth-century popular literature, including Shakespeare burlesques
  • Twentieth-century dramaEditing and analytical bibliographyComparative studies and metadrama


  • 1972: PhD at the University of Vienna (A critical edition of G. Markam’s and W. Sampson’s Herod and Antipater [1622]) after studies at Vienna University and at the Shakespeare Institute of the University of Birmingham.
  • Full-time positions in the English Department, Vienna: Lecturer (1972-88), Reader in English (1988-95), Associate Professor of English Language and Literature (1995-2003).
  • Additional part-time positions: Lecturer in English literature at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) (1968-69), at the University College of Teacher Education, Vienna (1973-76), at The Institute of European Studies, Vienna (1976-80); lecturer, University Meets Public Programme, Vienna (since 2002).
  • Academic functions: since 1980 member of the International Shakespeare Conference, Stratford-upon-Avon; 1993-2003 coordinator of ERASMUS/ SOCRATES intensive courses and exchange programmes; 1990-93 board member, Deutsche Shakespeare Gesellschaft; 1999 board member, 400 Years of Shakespeare, Murcia; 2002 and 2008 advisory board, World Shakespeare Conference, Calcutta; since 2008 reviewer for Shakespeare (British Shakespeare Association).
  • Lectures and papers in Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Rumania and Greece, also in Egypt, South Africa, India and Japan.

Selected Publications

Charles Mathews, Othello, the Moor of Fleet Street (1833) (Tübingen and Basel, 1993).

Eine Engländerin in Wien: Das Kriegstagebuch von Miss Alice Frith, August 1944 bis April 1945. Zweisprachige Ausgabe./ An Englishwoman in Vienna: The War Diary of Miss Alice Frith, August 1944 to April 1945. Bilingual critical edition (with A.Weigl) (Innsbruck, 2017).

‘Printer’s Copy for the Quarto of Love’s Labour’s Lost (1598)’, Library, vi 3 (1981), 119-31

‘“Two sides of the same coin, or...the same side of two coins”: An Analysis of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’, English Studies, 62 (1981), 348-57.

‘The “Rosaline-Katherine Tangle” of Love’s Labour’s Lost’, Library, vi, 4 (1982), 381-96.

‘Shakespeare’s Use of “You” and “Thou”: The Subtext of Love’s Labour’s Lost’, Wiener Beiträge zur Englischen Philologie, 79 (1982/83), 1-12.

‘Another Senecan Echo in Hamlet’, Shakespeare Quarterly, 34 (1983), 216-17.

‘Fairgrounds and Halls of Mirrors: Arthur Schnitzler’s Zum großen Wurstel and Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair’, Trivium, 20 (1985), 9-32.

‘The Paradoxical Concept of Reality in Modern Drama: A Systems Approach’, Maske und Kothurn, 31 (1985), 33-55.

‘The Rationale of Current Bibliographical Methods: Printing House Studies, Computer-Aided Compositor Studies, and the Use of Statistical Methods’, Shakespeare Survey, 40 (1987), 145-53.

‘Shakespeare’s Awareness of Emblem and Allegory’, La Folie - Shakespeare et les Arts - Le Tragique (Société Française Shakespeare: Paris, 1989), 145-55.

‘Metadrama in Ben Jonson’s Volpone’, The Show Within: Dramatic and Other Insets. English Renaissance Drama (1550-1642), ed. F. Laroque (Montpellier, 1991), ii, 319-31.

‘“Committing Outrage against the Bard”: Nineteenth-Century Travesties of Shakespeare in England and Austria’, Modern Language Review, 88 (1993), 102-09.

‘Venus and Mars: The Relationship of Love and War in Shakespeare’, Cahiers Elisabéthains, 46 (Oct. 1994), 9-21.

‘The Same Within: Intertextuality in Twelfth Night’, The Other Within, vol. 1: Literature and Culture, ed. Ruth Parkin-Gounelas (Thessaloniki, 2001), 191-200.

‘Shakespeare’s Marriage and Hamnet’s Death’, Notes and Queries, 246 (2001), 303-05.

‘The Delayed Entrance of the Protagonist in Shakespeare’s Tragedies’, Spannung: Studien zur englischsprachigen Literatur. Für Ulrich Suerbaum zum 75. Geburtstag, hg. R. Borgmeier u. P. Wenzel (Trier, 2001), 77-90.

‘The Comedy of Hamlet’, Atlantis, xxiv, 1 (June 2002), 71-83.

‘The Impact of Titus Andronicus on The Revenger’s Tragedy’, Shakespeare Studies (The Shakespeare Society of Japan), 40 (2002), 48-63.

‘Shakespeare’s English Histories at the Vienna Burgtheater’, Shakespeare's History Plays: Performance, Translation and Adaptation in Britain and Abroad, ed. T. Hoenselaars (Cambridge: CUP, 2004), 196-212.

‘Textual Problems and New Readings in Love’s Labour’s Lost, with Some Principles of Emendation’, “Not of an Age, but for All Time”: Shakespeare across Lands and Ages, ed. S. Coelsch-Foisner and G. E. Szönyi. Austrian Studies in English, 91 (Wien, 2004), 113-21.

‘Charles Molloy Westmacott’, Oxford Dict. of National Biography (Oxford: OUP, 2004).

‘Between Topographical Fact and Cliché: Vienna and Austria in Shakespeare and other English Renaissance Writing’, Shakespeare et l’Europe de la Renaissance, ed. Pierre Kapitaniak and Yves Peyré (Paris, 2004), 95-115.

The Real Thing? Adaptations, Transformations and Burlesques of Shakespeare, Historic and Post-modern’, Mixed with Other Matter: Shakespeare’s Drama Appropriated, ed. José Roberto O’Shea et al., Ilha do Desterro, 49 (July/Dec 2005), 289-314.

‘Shakespeare’s Imperfect Memory of History’, Shakespeare in Europe. History and Memory, ed. Marta Gibińska and Agnieszka Romanowska (Krakow, 2008), 89-98.

False friends in den österreichischen Printmedien. Zu ihrer Verbreitung und zum Sprachbewusstsein der österreichischen Journalisten’, Sprachkontakt und Mehrsprachigkeit. Zur Anglizismendiskussion, hg. Sandro M. Moraldo (Winter: Heidelberg 2008), 151-66.

‘War and Warriors in Shakespeare’s Comedies’, Shakespeare between the Middle Ages and Modernism. A Tribute to Martin Hilský, ed. M.Procháska and J.Čermák (Prague 2008), 63-76.

‘Eating, Drinking and Genre in Shakespeare’, The Pleasures and Horrors of Eating: The Cultural History of Eating in Anglophone Lit., ed. M. Gymnich u. N. Lennartz (2010), 77-93.

‘Das Problem der Autorschaft der Werke Shakespeares’, Autorschaft: Konzeptionen, Transformationen, Diskussionen, hg. H. Bannert u. E. Klecker (Wien, 2013), 135-49.

‘England’s Place in the International Order’, The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare, 2 vols., ed. B. R. Smith (New York: CUP 2016), i, 668-74.

Complete list of publications