Biography

My research and teaching have dealt with drama and theatricality in many periods from the Renaissance to the present day, especially including Shakespeare, and especially interested in the relation between theatrical forms and cultural history.

I am also interested, for partly biographical reasons, in the class politics of literary study  -  two recent-ish articles ('Dialogue and Leisure' and 'Literature Belongs to Gentlemen') are more or less indirectly about that.

Academic Background

1976 - PGCE, Manchester University

1984 - PhD in English Literature, Edinburgh University

1988 - Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of East Anglia

2008-  Professor of Literature and Drama, University of East Anglia

All Publications

Womack, P.

(2016)

Another part of the forest: editors and locations in Shakespeare

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))


Womack, P.

(2013)

Offstage

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Womack, P.

(2013)

Dialogue and Leisure at the Fin de Siècle

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Womack, P.

(2013)

Literature belongs to gentlemen

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Womack, P.

(2011)

Dialogue (The New Critical Idiom)

UEA Repository

(Book)


Womack, P.

(2010)

The Writing of Travel

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Womack, P.

(2008)

The Comical Scene: Perspective and Civility on the Renaissance Stage

UEA Repository

(Article)


Womack, P.

(2007)

Nobody, Somebody, and King Lear

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Womack, P.

(2006)

English Renaissance Drama

UEA Repository

(Book)


Womack, P.

(2004)

Holidays

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Womack, P.

(2002)

Secularising King Lear: Shakespeare, Tate and the Sacred

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Key Research Interests

More recently, I have written on the relations between theatrical and fictive space, and on the concept and practice of dialogue, both within drama and as opposed to it. I expect to pursue both these questions further.

Administrative Posts

  • 2005-08 - Associate Dean for Admissions, Faculty of Arts & Humanities
  • 2006-13 - Course Director, English and American Literature (QT37)
  • 2006 on - Member of School Teaching Committee
  • 2009-12 - Director of Admissions and member of School Executive, LIT
  • 2012-16  -  Head of LDC