About Me

Our Approach


I was born and went to school in Wellington, New Zealand:

1954-58 Wellington College

1959-62 Victoria University of Wellington

BA in English and French

MA in English

1963-66 University of Cambridge (Corpus Christi College)

1967 PhD in English


Professional Career

1966-84 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in English, University of Kent at Canterbury

(1970-71 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver)

(1976-67 Visiting Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

1984-2005 Professor of English Literature, University of Sheffield

Head of Department, 1985-8, 1993-6

Director of Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Arts, 2000-05

2005- Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Sheffield

2007-17 Professor of English, New York University in London

20017-19 Distinguished Research Fellow, New York University in London



Over my career, I taught courses not only on Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, but courses on nineteenth-century, modern, and contemporary literature.  I am particularly interested in drama in performance and have directed a number of department productions.


Part-time Teaching

Over the years I did some tutoring for the Open University, and for the British Universities Summer Schools in Stratford and Edinburgh.


Our Story