Dr Christian Smith
University of Warwick, English and Comparative Literary Studies, Ph.D. “Shakespeare’s Influence on Marx, Freud and the Frankfurt School Critical Theorists”. 2013.
University of Warwick, English and Comparative Literary Studies. Masters Degree with Distinction. 2008-09.
Santa Monica College, English Literature. 2006 – 2008.
Postgraduate Award in Technology-enhanced Learning. University of Warwick. 2012-2013.
Postgraduate Award in Introduction to Academic and Professional Practice, University of Warwick, 2011.
District Intern Program, Los Angeles Unified School District. Education Specialist Credential. 2006.
Masters of Science, Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles 1996.
Bachelors of Science, Kinesiology/Physiology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1986.
Teaching Fellow, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick, 2013 – 2016. Fixed term contract, renewed in 2015-16.Teach Shakespeare and History (EN395); Shakespeare, Freud and the Power of Scenes (EN358); Literature and Psychoanalysis (EN335); and Modern World Literatures (EN123) modules. Lecture on Bertolt Brecht in EN123. Departmental Moodle Coordinator. Teach digital pedagogy university-wide through the Teaching Grid. Supervise Undergraduate, Masters and Diploma dissertations. Pedagogy training and mentoring for new postgraduate tutors. Member of First Year Restructuring Committee.
Tutor, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. Modes of Reading Module (EN122) 2010- 2011, Modern World Literatures Module (EN123) 2011 – 2013. Literature and Psychoanalysis (EN335) 2012. Seminar tutor. Lecture on EN123. Tutor, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. Academic Writing Program. Autumn Term, 2009 to 2013. Teach and lecture on a writing skills module to third year physics and chemistry undergraduates, first year Computer Science undergraduates, and Masters students at the Warwick Business School and Warwick Manufacturing Group. Teach writing skills in the English Department. Conduct digital pedagogy research and education in academic writing with the Computer Science Department, the Teaching Grid and the Academic Writing Program.
Teacher, Alcester Grammar School, English Dept. Teach English literature and language to Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-level students. Jan. 2013 – July 2013.
Tutor, Barker-Smith Tuition. Oct 2008- Dec 2012. Tuition services for University, A-Levels, GCSE, all Key Stages, multiple subjects.
Special Day Class (Special Needs) Teacher, English Literature, History, Health, Biology. Hollywood High School. Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 grade. 2005 – 2008. Team leader Social Justice Academy, designed small learning academy. Special Day Class (Special Needs) Teacher, English and Social Sciences. Hollenbeck Middle School, Grades 6, 7 and 8 grade. 2002 – 2005. Elected teacher representative to Learning Council
Faculty, Massage School of Santa Monica, 1987 – 2001. Created and taught classes at Vocational Postsecondary School for training in MassageTherapy.
Faculty, Bodymind Institute, 1988 – 1992. Taught classes at Institute for training in Bodymind Bodywork.
Psychotherapist, 1988 – present. Serve clients in a bodymind psychology practice.
Massage Therapist, 1983 – present. Serve clients in a bodywork practice.
Summer School Teacher, Substitute Teacher, Whittier Union High School District Transition Program. 1985-1987. Taught a Transition Class for Students with Severe Handicaps. Implemented a community-based school and work program.
“Marx and Shakespeare: A Continuing Process,” with Hugh Grady. Introduction to Shakespeare and the Karl Marx Bicentennial, special edition of Shakespeare, 14.2, guest edited by Christian Smith and Hugh Grady, 2018.
“Translation and Influence: The Influence on German Theory of Dorothea Tieck’s Translations of Shakespeare”. Borrowers and Lenders 11.2. Spring 2018.
“’Verdammt Metall’: Marx’s use of Shakespeare in his Critique of Exchange Value”. Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory. 45. 1-2. 2017.
“Fortune and Caskets: Necrophilia in The Merchant of Venice.” Shakespeare Seminar Online 2014.http://www.shakespeare-gesellschaft.de/publikationen/seminar/
“That smooth-fac’d gentleman…Commodity”: Shakespeare’s critique of exchange-value in King John. Shakespeare. 4, 2013.
“’Choosing the Wrong Casket’. Ideology and Inaccuracy in Translation.” Asymptote, Fall 2011.
Book review: Great Shakespeareans: Marx and Freud in Textual Practice, 26. 6.
American Capitalism Contributes to Gang-Related Juvenile Crime. Juvenile Crime; Opposing Viewpoints. Ed. Auriana Ojeda. San Diego: Greenhaven Press. 2002.
Marxist Shakespearean Criticism. The Arden Companion to Shakespeare and Critical Studies. London: Bloomsbury. Ed. Evelyn Gajowski. Forthcoming 2019.
Co-edited with Hugh Grady: “Karl Marx” Special edition of Shakespeare. 14.2 June 2018.
Shakespeare’s Influence on Karl Marx: The Shakespearean Roots of Marxism. Book plan submitted to Oxford University Press.
Editor, From Presentism to Activism: A New Imperative for Shakespeare Studies. To be submitted to Edinburgh University Press.
Convening with Miguel Ramalhete Gomes (Lisbon) and Reme Perni (Alicante), panel “In dark uneven way”; Mapping Europe through World Systems Theory: Shakespeare, Cervantes, Camões.” European Shakespeare Research Association conference, Rome 2019.
Co-Organised w/ Paul Hamilton: Little Stars and Galloping Steeds: Sex in Shakespeare. Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory, Rose Theatre, Kingston, 22 June, 2018.
Panel Leader: “A new imperative in Shakespeare Studies today: From Presentism to Activism”. Panel with Christian Smith, Paul Hamilton, and Remedios Pernish. British Shakespeare Association Conference, June 2018, Belfast.
Convened, with Miguel Ramahelte Gomes (Porto) and Reme Pernish (Alicante): “You must needs be strangers”: Shakespeare and the Scenography of Mobility. European Shakespeare Research Association conference, Gdańsk, Poland July 2017.
Organised symposium: Spectrum Ends of World Literature. University of Warwick, U. K. October 2016. Funded £1200 by University of Warwick, Global Research Priorities, Humanities Research Centre and Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies.
Convened with Louise Geddes (Adelphi) “Socialist Shakespeares: Theory, Practice and Politics” seminar. World Shakespeare Congress. 31 July-6 August 2016, Stratford-upon-Avon and London.
Presided on panel and read paper with Jean E. Howard (Columbia) and Hugh Grady (Arcadia). “How did Shakespeare Influence Karl Marx”. Modern Language Association Conference. January 2016, Austin, TX.
Organiser, with Daniel Katz (Warwick). For a Materialist Psychoanalysis. Conference at University of Warwick, May 8-9, 2015.
Convenor, with Hugh Grady (Arcadia). “Marxist Shakespeare/Shakespearean Marx” seminar. Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC. 2-4 April,
Conference Papers/ Talks
“A New Imperative for Shakespeare Studies: From Presentism to Activism.” Panel paper at Shakespeare and Presentism conference, Kingston, July 2018.
“Dialectical Eros: Do Bottom and Titania have Sex?” Panel paper at Little Stars and Galloping Steeds: Sex in Shakespeare conference, Kingston, June 2018.
“’The point is to change it’ Marx’s use of Shakespeare in his move from philosopher to activist,” in Panel with Christian Smith, Paul Hamilton, and Remedios Pernish. British Shakespeare Association Conference, June 2018, Belfast.
“Heine and Marx read Shakespeare in Paris, 1844,” in Shakespeare, Marx, our Moment, Shakespeare Association of America seminar April, 2018, Los Angeles.
The Repressed Other in the Construction of Subjectivity: Annihilation of the Other in The Comedy of Errors and Romeo and Juliet. “You must needs be strangers”: Shakespeare and the Scenography of Mobility. European Shakespeare Research Association conference, Gdańsk, Poland July 2017.
“Shakespeare’s Influence on Karl Marx: The Shakespearean Roots of Marxism.” Shakespeare Seminar, Universität Trier. 5 July, 2017.
“´Ay, his breast. So says the bond´: Marx, Shakespeare and the Theory of Labour Power”. Shakespeare and Marx. Kingston Shakespeare Seminar at Garrick’s Temple, UK. 24 June, 2017.
“Shakespeare’s and Cervantes’ Influence on Marx and Freud” Symposium: Spectrum Ends of World Literature. October 2016. University of Warwick, U.K.
“The Dogberry Club: The Marx’s Shakespeare Reading Club” Socialist Shakespeares. Theory, Practice and Politics” seminar. World Shakespeare Congress. 31 July-6 August 2016, Stratford-upon-Avon and London.
“World Literary Nexus in Ludwig and Dorothea Tieck’s Translations of Shakespeare and Cervantes” Cervantes + Shakespeare 1616-2016 27th SEDERI Conference, Valladolid, Spain. May 2016.
“Bestriding the Threshold of the Self and the Other in Coriolanus and The Merchant of Venice. Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory. 3 April 2016. Rose Theatre, Kingston, U.K.
“Reading the Roots of Modernity in the Ruins: Kenilworth Castle in Shakespeare’s Plays.” Space, Memory and Transformation in Early Modern Literature. Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. New Orleans, March 2016.
“The Role of Shakespeare’s in Karl Marx’s Radicalisation of Hegel’s Philosophy” Panel: How did Shakespeare Influence Marx? Modern Language Association Conference. Austin, Texas. January 2016.
“Shakespearean Dialectics: From Hegel to Adorno” Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory. 17 December, 2016. Rose Theatre, Kingston, U.K.
“Venting the musty superfluity: Necrophilious wasting in Coriolanus”. Panel paper at Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory: Shakespeare and Waste. 23 May 2015. Rose Theatre.
“Wilhelm Reich’s Dialectical Materialism and Psychoanalysis”. For a Materialist Psychoanalysis. Conference at University of Warwick, May 8-9, 2015.
“Karl Marx at Tomis: The Role of Shakespeare in the Transformations of Marx’s Juvenilia and University Writings.” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC. 2-4 April, 2015.
“This is the Stranger’s Case”: Dialectic and Authority in Shakespeare’s Contribution to Sir Thomas More. British Shakespeare Association Conference, University of Stirling. 3-6 July, 2014.
“Fortune and Caskets: Necrophilia in The Merchant of Venice.” Shakespeare Seminar at the Shakespeare-Tag, Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft, Weimar, 24-27 April, 2014.
“Subjectivity in Politics: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar engaged by Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud.” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. St Louis, Missouri, 9-12 April, 2014.
“Translation and Influence: The Influence on German Theory of Dorothea Tieck’s Translation of Shakespeare.” Version, Subversion: Translation the Canon and its Discontents. University of Porto, Dec 2013.
“Capitalist sustainability and necrophilia in Bertolt Brecht’s Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder.” Approaches to Sustainability, University of Warwick, June 2013.
“Translation and Influence: The Significance of Dorothea Tieck Translations of Shakespeare’s on German Theory.” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, 28 -31 March, 2013, Toronto.
“Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder; Necrophilia and the Accumulation of Capital.” Lecture in Modern World Literature Module, University of Warwick. February 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.
“Shakespeare and Psychoanalysis: The formative Influence of Shakespeare on Freud and the Development of Psychoanalysis.” Public talk at Freud Museum London. 16 January, 2013.
Commentator for a seminar that read The Merchant of Venice in light of Freud’s “Theme of the Three Caskets” essay and Erich Fromm’s theory of the Necrophiliac Character. Psychoanalysis, Literature and Practice, 7 December 2012. School of Advanced Study, University of London.
“The Role of the Dialectic in the Influence of Shakespeare’s Plays on Marxism, Psychoanalysis and Critical Theory.” Postgraduate Symposium; University of Warwick, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. 27 June, 2012.
“Das Motiv der Kästchenwahl: The Basis for a Psychoanalytic Literary Theory of Comedy” at the Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society Conference. Middlesex University. 9 June, 2012.
“The Shakespearean Roots of Marx’s Aesthetic.” Marx and the Aesthetic Conference. Amsterdam. 10 – 13 May, 2012.
“The Roots of Critical Theory/Frankfurt School in Shakespeare’s Influence on Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud.” International Critical Theory Conference. Rome. 7-9 May, 2012.
“Marx’s Reading of King John and the Development of the Word ‘Commodity’ in the Early Modern Period.” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. Boston. 5-7 April, 2012.
“The Relationship between Surface and Depth in Shakespeare’s Plays as Seen through Karl Marx’s Reading.” British Shakespeare Association 10th Anniversary Conference. University of Lancaster. 24 – 26 February, 2012.
“Capitalism as Tragedy; Marx’s use of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens in his Economic Writings.” Cambridge Shakespeare Conference titled, Shakespeare; Sources and Adaptation. University of Cambridge. 9 – 11 September, 2011.
“Marx’s Reading of Shylock: A Radical Transformation of Hegel’s Geist. Shakespeare as Intertext Seminar.” World Shakespeare Congress 2011. Prague.
“Flavius’ Womanly Weeping: Mutual Recognition in Timon of Athens.” Shakespeare and Early Modern Emotion Conference. University of Hull. June, 2011.
“Marx’s Reading of Shylock: A Radical Transformation of Hegel’s Geist.” Arts Faculty Postgraduate Seminar. University of Warwick. 24 November, 2010.
Committees, Memberships, Awards
Honorary Shakespeare Research Fellow, University of Kingston. 2017 – 2019.
Award Holder, University of Warwick, Global Research Priorities, Connecting Cultures – Humanities Research Centre and Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies for Organising symposium: Spectrum Ends of World Literature. University of Warwick, U. K. October 2016. Funded £1200
Award Holder, University of Warwick Institute for Advanced Studies, Psychoanalysis Across the Disciplines, Funded £480.
Moodle Coordinator, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick, 2013 – present.
Nominated, Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence (WATE), March 2012. Nominated by Nick Lawrence, University of Warwick.
Associate Fellow; Higher Education Academy. 2014 to present.
Member, Humanities Research Centre Postgraduate Scholars Group, University of Warwick. 2011-2012. Funded £3000.
Awarded Travel Grants for Conferences by Humanities Research Fund, 2010-2011, £500; 2011-2012, £500; 2012-2013, £500; 2013-14, £500, 2014-15, £500, 2015-16 £500.
Member, International Shakespeare Association, 2010 to present.
Member, British Shakespeare Association, 2010 to present.
Member, Shakespeare Association of America, 2010 to present.
Member, Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft, 2011 – present.
Member, Modern Language Association, 2012 – present.
Member, European Shakespeare Research Association, 2016 – present.
Lead Facilitator, Capital Reading Group. University of Warwick. 2009.
Lead Facilitator, Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason Reading Group, University of Warwick, 2013.
Volunteer Mentor, Great Shakespeare Debate, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2008-9.
Design Team Leader, Social Justice Community, Small Learning Community, Hollywood High School. 2007 – 2008.
English: Fluency in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
Spanish: Fluency in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
German: Advanced level in Reading; Intermediate level in Writing, Speaking and Listening.
French: Intermediate level in Reading; Basic level in Writing, Speaking and Listening.