Eszter Szalczer

Associate Professor, Director of History, Literature and Criticism

Phone: (518) 442-4211

Campus office: PAC 357

Areas of Expertise:Theatre history, criticism, and theory; dramatic literature, modern drama, Scandinavian drama and theatre; performance studies and dramaturgy

Affiliated Faculty: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Eszter Szalczer holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the City University of New York and a Doctorate in Comparative Literature from the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary.  Professor Szalczer teaches courses in dramatic literature, theatre history, criticism, dramaturgy and research.  She is an internationally published theatre scholar, specializing in modern drama and performance in general and in the work of Swedish playwright August Strindberg in particular.  Her piece "Nature's Dream Play: Modes of Vision and Strindberg's Re-definition of the Theatre" (Theatre Journal 2001) was awarded the Gerald Kahan Scholar's Prize by The American Society for Theatre Research.  She is recipient of many other prestigious research awards, including fellowships from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Recent publications include:

August Strindberg  (London: Routledge, 2010)

Writing Daughters: August Strindberg's Other Voices (London: Norvik Press, 2008)

“A Modernist Dramaturgy” in The Cambridge Companion to August Strindberg (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

“Performing Theatre History: The Case of Strindberg's Modernity” in Changing the Subject: Marvin Carlson and Theatre Studies 1959-2009 (University of Michigan Press, 2009)

“Svoboda Meets Strindberg in Albany: Jarka Burian’s Dream Play Production,” North-West Passage no. 6 (2009)

“Teaching Oscar Wilde’s Salomé in a Theater History and Dramatic Literature Seminar” in Approaches to Teaching the Works of Oscar Wilde (New York: MLA, 2008)