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
Dialogue and Leisure at the Fin de SiècleFull Text UEA Repository
Literature belongs to gentlemenFull Text UEA Repository
Dialogue (The New Critical Idiom)UEA Repository
The Writing of TravelUEA Repository
The Comical Scene: Perspective and Civility on the Renaissance StageUEA Repository
Nobody, Somebody, and King LearFull Text UEA Repository
English Renaissance DramaUEA Repository
Secularising King Lear: Shakespeare, Tate and the SacredUEA 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