Research profile: Dr Marta Minier

Dr Marta Minier

Dr Márta Minier is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Media Drama. Her area of expertise includes adaptation, translation, dramaturgy, East-Central European (especially Hungarian) drama and culture, Shakespeare, and biographical drama on stage and screen.

Márta is author of over thirty articles/books chapters and is co-editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance.

She teaches on the BA Theatre and Drama degree and the Drama masters.

“Having been brought up as a member of an ethnic minority community (as a Transylvanian Hungarian born in Romania) I have always been interested in translation and adaptation processes between (and, at times, within) languages, cultures and media.

“These creative processes are the lifeblood of culture. Translation and adaptation processes don’t only keep stories and characters alive in different contexts over time but they contribute to the identity of communities and may stimulate political thought and foster active citizenship. These processes show us how communities and individuals learn from already existing cultural material by re-articulating/reformulating that. We tend to choose to translate or adapt something because we value it – it is something that is worth sharing, it is something to make available for another community/in a format that gives the material wider access.

“In everyday life we don’t pay enough attention to how interrelated different cultures are – arts and culture don’t happen in a vacuum. As part of the human condition, we reiterate, recycle, repurpose, recontextualise, translate, adapt… If I have made my students more aware of this, I have achieved something.

“I do a lot of work on how Shakespeare is translated and adapted. Another area that I am more and more drawn to is how children’s stories travel and rejuvenate (in more sense than one!).

“A major highlight of my research career is the book I co-edited on the contemporary biopic. While biographical films are deservedly gaining more and more academic attention, Adaptation, Intermediality and the British Celebrity Biopic was the first academic book focusing on contemporary biopics of British persons of fame.

"In terms of applied research and work that engages the broader community, I am rather partial to the work on children’s literature/stories across the globe that I do with the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling.

"I am a steering committee member for the Centre and I chair their nomination panel for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), which is the largest children’s and young adult literature award in the world. We are the only ALMA nominating body based in Wales and it is an honour to consider for nomination not only authors and illustrators but also performance storytellers and promoters of reading. "