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Dr Gasper Jakovac

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I completed my AHRC-funded Ph.D. in English literature at Durham in 2018, after studying at the University of Ljubljana (BA) and Durham (MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies). I am a member of the Records of Early English Drama North-East project. From January 2015 to December 2016, my research was supported by Gerda Henkel Stiftung. Presently, I work as a part-time teaching assistant in the Department of English studies.


I specialize in early modern drama, provincial entertainment, and post-Reformation Catholic culture in England. My current project, stemming from my doctoral work, is a monograph entitled Entertainment and Performance in the English Catholic Community, 1558-1642. The book aims to comprehensively consider how in post-Reformation England, Catholics, a persecuted religious minority, used performative entertainment, such as drama, dance, music, equestrian sports, and traditional ceremonies and customs, to articulate and fashion specifically Catholic identities, values, anxieties, hopes, and beliefs.

Relevant Publications

  • Jakovac, Gašper. (2018). ‘A Dancer Made A Recusant: Dance and Evangelization in the Jacobean North East of England’. British Catholic History 34/2: 273–303.
  • Jakovac, Gašper. (2018). Irena R. Makaryk and Marissa McHugh (eds.), Shakespeare and the Second World War: Memory, Culture, Identity. Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2012. Critical Survey 30/1. (Book review)
  • Jakovac, Gašper. (2015). Kar bog zahteva to naj kralj ukrene. Ideologija absolutizma v Shakesperovi trilogiji Henrik VI. [What God Will, That Let Your King Perform: Ideology of Absolutism in Shakespeare’s Trilogy Henry VI]. Ljubljana: LUD Literatura.
  • Jakovac, Gašper. (2015). ‘Dismembered Sejanus: Ben Jonson’s Representational Ethics of a Mutilated Body’. KUD Logos: .

Conference Papers and Public Talks

  • Jakovac, Gašper. (2018). ‘The Choice of Hercules in The Lovesick King’. Society for Renaissance Studies biannual conference, University of Sheffield.
  • Jakovac, Gašper. (2018). ‘Newcastle Civic Drama and The Lovesick King’. Medieval English Theatre Meeting, University of Sheffield.
  • Jakovac, Gašper. (2017). ‘Reconciling Virtue with Pleasure: Catholic Loyalism in The Lovesick King’. EMIGF (The Early Modern Interdisciplinary Graduate Forum) seminar at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto.
  • Jakovac, Gašper. (2017) ‘Horse Racing in the Jacobean North-East: A Catholic Pastime’. REED North-East summer meeting 2017, Durham.
  • Jakovac, Gašper. (2016) ‘A Dancer Made a Recusant: Dancing Under Catholic Patronage in Jacobean Durham’. REED North-East/SITM joint colloquium, Durham.
  • Jakovac, Gašper. (2016) ‘Catholic Recusants in Performance’. A public talk for the exhibition Plays, Processions and Parchment, Durham Cathedral. Available here:
  • Jakovac, Gašper. (2015) ‘Provincial Household as a Locus for Theatre Production in Post-Reformation Northern England’. Reading Early Modern Studies Conference, University of Reading.
  • Jakovac, Gašper. (2014). ‘Transmitting Nobody: Catholic Appropriation of the English “Nobody” Figure in the 1608 Manuscript Version of Niemand und Jemand’. MEMSA conferenceOn the Fringes: Outsiders and Otherness’, Durham.
  • Jakovac, Gašper. (2014). ‘English Travelling Theatre in 17th-Century Germany: Travelling Theatre and Noble Patronage’. MEMSA seminar, Durham.
  • Jakovac, Gašper. (2013). ‘Dismembered Sejanus: The Semiosis of the Mutilated Body on the Early Modern London Stage’. MEMSA conferenceMutilated Bodies’, Durham.

Research Interests

  • Catholic culture in post-reformation England
  • Early modern religious politics and English provincial theatre
  • Elizabethan historical drama and ideology
  • English travelling theatre in England and on the Continent
  • Farce, dramatic jig, folk drama and subversion
  • Theatre and production of sacred spaces