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

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