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Personal profile

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

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


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.

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.

Areas of Expertise

English drama; Shakespeare.