Dr Gasper Jakovac
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.
- 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. https://doi.org/10.1017/bch.2018.24
- 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: http://kud-logos.si/2015/dismembered-sejanus/ .
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: https://www.mixcloud.com/READDurham/catholic-recusants-in-performance/
- 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 conference ‘On 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 conference ‘Mutilated Bodies’, Durham.
- 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