Dr. habil. Natália Pikli

associate professor

Dr. habil. Natália Pikli


I graduated at Eötvös Loránd University in 1995-96 as a member of Eötvös Collegium, with MA diplomas in English and Hungarian (with teaching degrees), and I pursued my doctoral studies at ELTE under the supervision of Professor István Géher, with a summa cum laude defense in 2003. My doctoral dissertation (The Prism of Laughter. Shakespeare’s ‘very tragical mirth’) was later published in Germany. In 2018 I completed the so-called ‘habilitation’ process at ELTE. My monograph based on the habiliation manuscript was published by Routledge with the title Shakespeare’s Hobby-Horse and Early Modern Popular Culture in 2022. I worked as a full-time teacher of Hungarian Literature and English as a Foreign Language in Radnóti Miklós Grammar School, Dunakeszi between 1996 and 2008. During this time I was a guest lecturer at ELTE and Eötvös Collegium. I received full tenure at the Department of English Studies, ELTE, in 2008, and have been working here ever since, first as Senior Lecturer, then as Associate Professor. I received a doctoral grant to do research at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon in 1997, and later on I received bursaries for research trips to Cambridge University Library, funded by ESSE in 2013 and by Erasmus in 2019. Thanks to the staff mobility program of Erasmus, I taught classes at Charles University, Prague, the University of Konstanz, and the University of Florence. I was guest lecturer at the Hungarian University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest, between 2016 and 2019. Between 2018 and 2023 I was the President of the Hungarian Shakespeare Committee, of which I was also a founding member in 2013. In October 2020 I was appointed Head of the Doctoral Program “Medieval and Early Modern English Culture and Literature” at ELTE, and currently I am co-leading two research groups: ELTE-CEMS (Centre for Early Modern Studies Research Group) with Andrea Velich and EASPop (English and American Popular Culture Research Group) with Vera Benczik and Lili Zách. I also teach classes at the Theatre Studies BA specialization and MA programs at ELTE. I publish regularly in English as well as in Hungarian, and I also direct amateur theatre productions with grammar school and university students. I write theatre reviews for the online cultural journal prae.hu.


Early modern (popular) culture and literature, theatre, drama, and cheap print, Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Contemporary (late 20th and 21st century), popular culture, with a focus on the reception of Shakespeare. Contemporary theatre and drama in the UK and in Hungary, Caryl Churchill.

Selected publications:

  • Shakespeare's Hobby-Horse and Early Modern Popular Culture. New York-Abingdon: Routledge, 2022.
  • "Institutional heritage and 'that Shakespearean hazard' 1989–2019: The case of the Katona József Theatre and SzFE's Ódry Theatre." Theatralia 24 (2021): 65-82.
  • "Folklorizáció, közköltészet, könyvpiac: A kora újkori angol morristánc az olcsó nyomtatványok tükrében." Doromb: Közköltészeti tanulmányok 8. Ed. Csörsz Rumen István. Budapest: Reciti Kiadó (2020): 53-76.
  • "‘As for that light hobby-horse, my sister': Shakespearean Influences and Popular Discourses in Blurt Master Constable." Shakespeare Survey 70: Creating Shakespeare. Ed. P. Holland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 259-271.
  • "'Váz-király', 'kapca-, rongykirály' vagy 'bolondkirály'?: Arany János Hamlet-fordításának karneváli rétege." "Eszedbe jussak”: Tanulmányok Arany János Hamlet-fordításáról. Ed. Paraizs Júlia. Budapest: Reciti Kiadó, 2015. 105-140.

Selected conferences

  • "Hybrid Creatures: Centaurs, Hobby-horses and Sexualised Women." Invited speaker at the Shakespeare and the Animal World Conference, French Shakespeare Association, Paris, France, 2019.
  • "'Mobled Queens' and 'Dunghill Idiots': The Trojan War as metatheatre and parody. Shakespeare and War: International Shakespeare Conference, The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, 2018.
  • "Politics, Prejudice and Text in recent theatrical productions of The Merchant of Venice in Hungary." Anatomizing Text and Stage: ESRA Conference, Gdansk, Lengyelország, 2017.
  • "'Fairy Queens, queans and hobby-horses': Harnessing popular imagery to portray female sexuality." World Shakespeare Congress, International Shakespeare Association, Stratford-upon-Avon, London, 2016.
  • "Love (Dis)Credited: The Merchant of Venice and Usury in early modern England." Plenary session, "Shylock in Venice" Summer School, Cini Foundation, Universitá Ca Foscari, Venice, Italy, 2015.


  • Medieval and Renaissance English Literature
  • Text in Context: Shakespeare and early modern popular culture
  • Male and Female Discourses in Shakespeare’s England
  • Shakespeare in Performance
  • Contemporary English Literature
  • Contemporary drama and theatre in the UK
  • Contemporary poems in the EFL classroom


BA and MA: Shakespeare, Medieval and early modern culture and literature; Contemporary drama, theatre and poetry in the UK. For PhD supervision topics see doktori.hu.

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