Dr Judith Beniston

Dr Judith Beniston

Associate Professor


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
26th Sep 1994

Research summary

My main research interest is in Austrian literature and cultural history, with particular emphases on drama and theatre history, and on the period 1890-1945.

Teaching summary

Judith Beniston teaches a wide range of modern German language and literature modules, at BA and MA levels, as well drama modules for the BA and MA in Comparative Literature. She has been involved in supervising PhDs on the following topics: Austrian novellas of the 1920s; the poetry of Paul Celan; the poetry of Barbara Köhler; dystopian fiction of the 1920s and 1930s; the archive of Ibsen translator Michael Meyer; the reception of Arthur Schnitzler in Britain; classical intertexts in the plays of Tom Stoppard.


Judith Beniston (B.A., M.A., D.Phil.) studied at Jesus College, Oxford and at the University of Trier before joining UCL German Department in 1994. She has published a study of the revival of Catholic drama that accompanied the rise of political Catholicism in Austria in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and has written articles on numerous aspects of Austria's theatre culture, especially during the First Austrian Republic. From 2003 to 2010, she co-edited the annual journal Austrian Studies with Robert Vilain and has guest-edited the 2013 issue (Cultures at War: Austria-Hungary, 1914-1918) with Deborah Holmes and the 2019 issue (Placing Schnitzler) with Andrew Webber. She was co-investigator (2014-2020)of the AHRC-funded project 'Digital Critical Edtion of Middle-Period Works by Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931)' and within this project is lead editor of the medical drama Professor Bernhardi (1912).