Mert Dilek, Trinity

Degree: PhD
Course: English
Supervisor: Dr Edward Allen
Dissertation Title: Estranged Realisms on the Modernist Stage

Biographical Information

In 2018, I graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in English and Political Science from Yale University, where I received the John Hubbard Curtis Prize, the Sholom and Marcia Herson Scholarship Prize, and the Lloyd Mifflin Prize. I then completed, with distinction, the MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Cambridge, where I was the recipient of the Baer Pettit Studentship in the Humanities at Trinity College. Currently, my doctoral studies are supported by the Camilla Mash Studentship in English Literature at Trinity College.

Besides my academic work, I regularly write theatre criticism for several publications, including The Stage, Exeunt Magazine, and The Theatre Times. I am also a member of the Reading Panel at the National Theatre and collaborate with playwrights and theatre companies as a dramaturg.

Research Interests

My PhD research reconsiders the stage representation of objects and material culture in British and American drama of the twentieth century, with a focus on the works of Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, David Storey, and Sam Shepard. More broadly, my scholarly interests range across European, British, and American drama and performance from the late nineteenth century to the present, and draw upon theatre history, literary and dramatic criticism, and new materialisms.

Other authors of particular interest include George Bernard Shaw, J. M. Synge, Susan Glaspell, Caryl Churchill, Annie Baker, Jackie Sibblies Drury, and Robert Icke.

Areas of Supervision

I would be very happy to hear from students working in and around my areas of interest.

Selected Publications

‘A Little Life (Review)’, Theatre Journal, 72.1 (2020), 102–4