Krystyna Kujawińska Courtney is full professor and chair of the British and Commonwealth Studies Department, University of Łódź. She has been a fellow of the Kosciuszko Foundation, Fulbright, and the Folger Shakespeare Institute. Her articles and essays on Shakespeare’s global authority in early modern and modern culture have been published internationally and domestically. She is a member of the WSB and a coeditor of the journal Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation, Performance. Her latest monographs (in Polish and in English) discuss the reception of Shakespeare worldwide (2017), the contribution of women to international Shakespeare studies (2013), and Ira Aldridge’s theatrical career (2009).
Grzegorz Zinkiewicz is assistant professor in the British and Commonwealth Studies Department at the University of Łódź. His primary field of study is literature and literary studies, literary theory in particular. Another subject of his research is utopia seen from various perspectives – literary, philosophical, social and political. Zinkiewicz has written papers and/or had conference presentations on, among others, William Morris’ News from Nowhere, Polish rock bands of the 1980s, emergence and the structure of dramatic texts from the psychoanalytical perspective and British socialism of the late nineteenth century. In 2017, he published a monograph entitled William Morris’ Position Between Art and Politics. He is currently doing research on literary cartography, especially with regard to the mapping of utopian/utopic constructs studied from a literary and philosophical viewpoint.