Dr Rina Kim

PhD (Warwick) , MA (UCD)

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Senior Lecturer


  • Senior Lecturer in Drama
  • Undergraduate Adviser in Drama

Before joining the University of Auckland, I taught in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick in the UK where I completed my PhD and further developed my expertise in Anglo-Irish literature as well as British and European Theatre. My monograph, Women and Ireland as Beckett’s Lost Others: Beyond Mourning and Melancholia (Palgrave Macmillan) was published in March 2010. Together with Dr Claire Westall at the University of York, I edited an essay collection Cross-Gendered Literary Voices: Appropriating, Resisting, Embracing (Palgrave Macmillan) in 2012.

Research | Current

  • Samuel Beckett
  • Contemporary British and Irish theatre and performance
  • Gender studies
  • Psychoanalytic theories (Freudian and Kleinian)
  • Memory and emotion

Currently I am working on a project provisionally entitled "Drama and the Embodied Mind" which explores the complicated connections between theatrical texts, spaces and performances and body-mind relationships, concentrating upon canonical playwrights and theatre practitioners from the late nineteenth century to the present. It further aims to demonstrate how and why theatre presents an exemplary location to explore the interrelation of mind and body specifically through embodied aesthetic experience.

Teaching | Current

DRAMA 202 History and Performance

DRAMA 708 Drama and the Mind

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD

Faustina Aba Koomson, "Reflection on Henrik Ibsen's Exile"

Past PHD Supervision


James Wenley (2018), "Finding Ourselves: New Zealand Theatre’s Overseas Experience"

Zhang Qian (2019), "Modern Reality, Film and Maturity: A Cinematic Interpretation of Pilgrimage"


Past MA Supervision


Tate Fountain (2021), “Women Artists in Revolt: Adapting the Eurydice Myth in the Quest for Creative Emancipation” (40,000 words)

Irene Corbet (2020), “Evidence of Impact in Theatre and Well-Being Research: An Investigation of Eight Case Studies” (30,000 Words)

Chloe Green (2013), “Writing the Wandering Woman: Hysteria, Narrative, and Mobile Femininities in Virginia Woolf and Jean Rhys” (40,000 words)

Nicole Winsor (2012), “The Disruptive Other: Daimonic Symbols and Phantomatic Hauntings in the Ghost Plays of W.B. Yeats” (40,000 words)

Areas of expertise

  • Samuel Beckett, Contemporary British and Irish Theatre and Performance, Gender Studies, Medical Humanities, Psychoanalytic Theories (Freudian and Kleinian), Memory and Emotion

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Kim, R. (2017). The Mind-Body Nexus in Beckett's Writing of Love-Melancholy. Samuel Beckett Today - Aujourd'hui, 29 (1), 37-50. 10.1163/18757405-02901004
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39000
  • Kim, R. (2017). Young-woong Lim’s Waiting for Godot: Its place in Korean theatre history. Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd'hui, 29 (2), 388-402.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39714
  • Kim, R. (2016). “[G]azing into the synaptic chasm”: the Brain in Beckett’s Writing. Journal of Medical Humanities, 37 (2), 149-160. 10.1007/s10912-015-9373-1
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39471
  • Kim, R. (2013). The Abject Body in Sarah Kane’s Mise-en-scène of Desire. In C. Nally, A. Smith (Eds.) Naked Exhibitionism: Gendered Performance and Public Exposure (pp. 62-85). London: I. B. Taurus.
  • Kim, R., & Westall, C. (Eds.) (2012). Cross-Gendered Literary Voices: Appropriating, Resisting, Embracing. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Pages: 256. 10.1057/9781137020758
  • Kim, R. (2012). 'Her speech a purely buccal phenomenon': Voice as a Lost Object in Samuel Beckett’s Works. In R. Kim, C. Westall (Eds.) Cross-Gendered Literary Voices: Appropriating, Resisting, Embracing. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Kim, R. (2012). Introduction: Cross-Gendered Literary Voices. In R. Kim, C. Westall (Eds.) Cross-Gendered Literary Voices: Appropriating, Resisting, Embracing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Kim, R. (2010). Women and Ireland as Beckett's Lost Others: Beyond Mourning and Melancholia. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan. Pages: 224.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/12429


Contact details

Primary office location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 6, Room 641
New Zealand

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