Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rudolf Weiss (retired)

Research Interests

  • English drama and theatre 19th to 21st century
  • Reception history
  • Cultural transfer
  • Narratology
  • 20th and 21st-century fiction in English


  • 19th, 20th, 21st-century theatre and drama (especially late Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary)
  • 19th to 21st- century fiction in English
  • Intermediality (particularly literature and music)

Selected Publications

  • "John Galsworthy's Strife: Striving for Balance or the Audience as Jury". Theatre Research International 20 (1995): 7-18.
  • "Harley Granville Barker: The First English Chekhovian?". New Theatre Quarterly 53 (February 1998): 53-62. (Republished in SIRS Renaissance data-base, Boca Raton, Florida 1998).
  • "Terra incognita, Populärkultur, intellektuelle Akrobatik: Das englische Drama im Wiener Theater der Jahrhundertwende". Beiträge zur Rezeption der britischen und irischen Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts im deutschsprachigen Raum. Ed. Norbert Bachleitner. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000. 345-405.
  • Der Januskopf der traditionellen Moderne: Die Dramenästhetik St. John Hankins und John Galsworthys. CDE Studies 9. Trier: WVT, 2002.
  • "Re-writing the Drama: Multiple Versions of Granville Barker". The Author as Reader: Textual Visions and Revisions. Ed. Sabine Coelsch-Foisner und Wolfgang Görtschacher. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2005. 165-177.
  • "Me Johnny Weissmuller, you Thomas Mann": German Writers Exiled in Dreamland: Christopher Hampton's Tales from Hollywood". Staging Displacement, Exile and Diaspora. CDE Studies 12. Trier: WVT, 2005. 181-192.
  • Hankin, St. John. A Pleasant Evening; or a Little Dissipation: A Farcical Comedy in Three Acts. ed. Rudolf Weiss. 2005.


  • 1981 Ph.D. in English Literature, University of Vienna
  • from 1981 Lecturer in English literature, English Department, University of Vienna
  • from 1991 Assistant Professor, English Department, University of Vienna
  • May 2000 Postdoc./Habilitation
  • from Oct. 2000 Associate Professor, English Department, University of Vienna
  • 2004-2006 Director of Studies, English Department, University of Vienna