About the Speakers


Robert Eaglestone

is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London as well as Deputy Director of the Holocaust Research Centre. He is the author of The Very Short Introduction to Contemporary Fiction (Oxford, 2013); Postmodernism and Holocaust Denial (Cambridge, 2001); co-author of J.M. Coetzee in Context and Theory (London, 2009) and Teaching Holocaust Literature and Film (London, 2008); editor of Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Literary and Cultural Theory (vol. 2, 1966 to Present day) as well as chapters and articles on issues of the contemporary, in particular fiction, philosophy and history.  He is particularly interested in inter-disciplinary research; he has lectured at a number of major academic conferences and literary festivals and, in 2014, was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.  

Dr David Hann

is lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the Open University. Involved in the production and management of a range of undergraduate and MA courses, his work focuses on language and creativity, language and culture, and the place of English in today’s world.  He is a regular speaker at sixth-form English Language events and a frequent contributor to EMC’s emagazine. He is currently writing a monograph on language play in the classroom, and preparing a chapter on persuasive language for the Routledge Handbook of English Language Studies.

Gordon McMullan

is Professor of English and director of the London Shakespeare Centre at King’s College London. He is academic director, Shakespeare400. He is a general textual editor of the new Norton Shakespeare 3E and a general editor of Arden Early Modern Drama. His publications include Shakespeare and the Idea of Late Writing and The Politics of Unease in the Plays of John Fletcher, and he has edited Henry VIII for the Arden Shakespeare and both 1 Henry IV and Romeo and Juliet (the latter forthcoming) for Norton Critical Editions. He has also edited or co-edited several collections of essays, including Women Making Shakespeare, Reading the Medieval in Early Modern England and In Arden: Editing Shakespeare. A further collection, Late Style and Its Discontents, co-edited with Sam Smiles, is forthcoming from Oxford.


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