Staff Profiles

Professor Simon Barker

Head of English & Creative Writing

He was previously Head of Humanities at the University of Lincoln and has also led English at the Universities of Winchester and Gloucestershire. Earlier he taught at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is a graduate of the University of Stirling and the University of Wales.

Professor Barker’s teaching and research interests lie in the cultural history of the Tudor and early-Stuart period with an emphasis on the theatre.

He has a particular interest in the representation of military conflict on the stage and in other media. In 2002 he edited Wartime Refractions, a special issue of the interdisciplinary journal Literature and History.

His books include War and Nation in the Theatre of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries for Edinburgh University Press, The Gentle Craft for Ashgate, and Shakespeare’s Problem Plays for Palgrave Macmillan.

He is joint editor, with Hilary Hinds, of The Routledge Anthology of Renaissance Drama and worked with Jo Gill to produce Literature as History: Essays in Honour of Peter Widdowson. He is currently writing a book about The Forsyte Saga author John Galsworthy, who has a local connection to the area.