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.
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
Another part of the forest: editors and locations in Shakespeare,
in Shakespeare Survey.
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
ISBN 9781316670408Full Text
in Early Modern Theatricality.
Oxford University Press, Oxford
ISBN 9780199641352Full Text UEA Repository
Literature belongs to gentlemen,
in Critical Quarterly
pp. 26-43Full Text UEA Repository
Dialogue and Leisure at the Fin de Siècle,
in Cambridge Quarterly
pp. 134-156Full Text UEA Repository
Dialogue (The New Critical Idiom),
ISBN 0415329221UEA Repository
The Writing of Travel,
in A New Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture.
ISBN 9781405187626UEA Repository
The Comical Scene: Perspective and Civility on the Renaissance Stage,
pp. 32-56Full Text UEA Repository
Nobody, Somebody, and King Lear,
in New Theatre Quarterly
pp. 195-207Full Text UEA Repository
English Renaissance Drama,
ISBN 978-0631226307UEA Repository
in The Language, Discourse and Society Reader.
ISBN 0-3337-63726UEA Repository
Secularising King Lear: Shakespeare, Tate and the Sacred,
in Shakespeare Survey.
Cambridge University Press
ISBN 0521815878UEA Repository
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.
- 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