writer and university teacher
My latest single-authored book Studying Shakespeare on Film (2007) explains and explores how movie makers have brought Shakespeare plays to the screen, my approach taking seriously these movies as film texts. I am also known for the editions of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Bram Stoker's Dracula and William Godwin's Caleb Williams I produced for Penguin Classics, and for the book-length study of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein published as a Penguin Critical Study. Having devised and co-produced for Melvyn Bragg South Bank Shows on Dracula (hooked to Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula movie - 1992) and on Frankenstein (hooked to Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein movie - 1994), I plan to continue my exploration of the Gothic by writing fictions and an analytical study, and by undertaking conceptual/performance art projects. Before long I will be making some of my journalistic features on Dracula and Frankenstein downloadable from this site.
I have also published on the British Romantic poets, and edited William Godwin's last two novels Cloudesley and Deloraine for Pickering and Chatto. My most recent book for Pickering is a new edition of Daniel Defoe's Colonel Jacque (2008). I have written and lectured on the poetry and science of Romantic Scientist Humphry Davy (Enter site for link to a lecture on his poetry), and plan eventually to produce an edition of Davy's poetry, and a biography. I am also the founding director and commissioning editor of Mellen Critical Editions and Translations for the Edwin Mellen scholarly press.
There is much more to tell about what I have done, what I am doing, and what I plan to do, an extended version of such telling being given in my longer Autobiographical Statement.
Long live the transformative power of the arts!