Alexander M Gross
Literature | Language | Culture

Dr. Alexander M Gross

I am a scholar, teacher, and translator with a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature (2016) from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Florianópolis, Brazil.


I also completed my M.A. in the same subject at UFSC in 2012. Previously, I graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in English Literature from Lancaster University in 2007.


Born in Munich, Germany, I am bilingual in English and German, and also proficient in Portuguese after six years living in Brazil.


I have taught Literature classes for undergraduates, and have worked as a teacher of English and German as foreign languages, both as a private tutor and in the classroom.


I have also worked for several years as a revisor and proof-reader of English texts across multiple disciplines. As a translator, I have worked principally on German-to-English translations in various subjects, including market research for the medical and pharmaceutical sectors.


I now teach German as part of the Modern Language Centre at King's College London, and am the founder of Mirandola Media Ltd.



Shakespeare

With the statue of Hamlet at the Shakespeare Memorial in Stratford-upon-Avon

In 2015, I spent a year in William Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, researching and writing my doctoral dissertation at the Shakespeare Institute (University of Birmingham).


The dissertation is entitled:

"The Abstracts and Brief Chronicles" of the City: Shakespeare's Globe Tragedies and Their Conditions of Performance

The work assesses Shakespeare's creative environment in London between 1599 and 1608, a remarkable period of his career, and highlights the importance of place in shaping some of his most famous plays: Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra.



 

Research Interests

My research interests include the literature and drama of Renaissance Europe, the contexts of Shakespeare's works, and the history of London.

I am particularly interested in cultural iconography in Europe during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and how that is reflected in the literature and drama of the period. 


One of my principal research interests is the early history of theatre in London, and how the structure and location of Elizabethan playhouses shaped the plays written to be performed there.


I am also interested in the study of Shakespeare's works in performance, having written and published several articles about Shakespeare on television and film.

See more on my writing here...



 

Teaching and Translation

Between 2011 and 2017, I taught private classes in English and German in Florian√≥polis, Brazil. I helped students to prepare for the TOEFL, IELTS, and CPE assessments in English, as well as the onSET/onDaF tests in German. I also worked at a language school for adults, where my students ranged from undergraduates and university teachers to professionals looking to live and work abroad. 

 

Alongside my studies, I also offered services as an English consultant to the university's department of Public Health, and as a revisor and proof-reader of English dissertations and academic articles across various disciplines.


I am an experienced German-to-English translator, most recently working on freelance translations for corporate clients in various fields. 



Website

I have created this website in order to present my diverse life experiences and interests in a condensed and accessible format. On these pages you will find information about my writing and research, my background and interests, and the services I offer. 


Please do get in touch via the Contact page. See my Reading page for a regularly updated list of recommended books, articles, and long reads across various categories that together show my range of interests beyond my academic studies.


  



Background

The background picture for this site is an engraving by the Dutch draughtsman Claes Visscher, dated 1616, which depicts a panorama of London around the year 1600. Original title: 

Londinum Florentissima Britanniae Urbs; Toto Orbe Celeberrimum Emporiumque