Position: Professor of Early Modern British Culture

Department: English

Email: pierre.kapitaniak@univ-montp3.fr

Phone: +33 (0)4 67 14 25 23

Postal address: Institut de recherches sur la Renaissance l’Age Classique et les Lumières (IRCL), Université Paul Valéry – Site Saint-Charles 1, Route de Mende, 34199 Montpellier Cedex 5, France


Pierre Kapitaniak is Professor of Early Modern British Culture at the Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 (France) and member of the “Institut de Recherche sur la Renaissance, l’âge Classique et les Lumières” (UMR 5186, research centre of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, CNRS, IRCL).

He works on Elizabethan drama as well as on the conception, perception and representation of supernatural phenomena from 16th to 18th century. He published Spectres, Ombres et fantômes : Discours et représentations dramatiques en Angleterre (Honoré Champion, 2008), and coedited Fictions du diable : démonologie et littérature (Droz, 2007). He translated into French and edited Thomas Middleton’s play The Witch/ La sorcière (Classiques Garnier, 2012). He is also engaged with Jean Migrenne in a long-term project of translating early modern demonological treatises, and already published James VI’s Démonologie (Jérôme Millon, 2010) and Reginald Scot’s La sorcellerie démystifiée (Millon, 2015). He is currently working on the trilogy of demonological treatises by Daniel Defoe. He is also preparing with Jérôme Hankins a new bilingual critical edition of Shakespeare’s The Tempest for Classiques Garnier.

Pierre Kapitaniak’s centers of interest are: Demonology; Early modern Witch-hunts; Elizabethan culture and literature; Elizabethan culture and literature in relation to our present day; Material history of the early modern printing trade; Circulation of early modern books, Shakespeare; Shakespeare’s world; Shakespeare on screen; Shakespeare in relation to the present; the representation of migration in Shakespeare’s world; migration on the Elizabethan stage.

Pierre Kapitaniak will co-supervise one MOVES research project: “Historical Migration Flows in an Economic and Political Perspective”.