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10th January 2011, 12:24pm
Shakespeare authority becomes new head of humanities at Lincoln
Professor Simon Barker Professor Simon Barker has joined the University of Lincoln as its new Head of the School of Humanities.

Professor Barker was previously Professor of English Literature at the University of Gloucestershire and Head of English at the University of Winchester. Prior to this, he taught at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

Professor Barker's teaching and research interests lie in the cultural history of the Tudor and early-Stuart period. He has published widely on literature and the performing arts with a special emphasis on the theatre of the late-Tudor and early-Stuart periods.

He has a particular interest in the representation of military conflict in literature and film. In 2002 he edited Wartime Refractions, a special issue of the journal Literature and History and recent books include War and Nation in the Theatre of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, published by Edinburgh University Press in 2007. He is co-editor with Hilary Hinds of The Routledge Anthology of Renaissance Drama (2003) and editor of Shakespeare’s Problem Plays, published by Macmillan in 2005.

Professor Barker said: "I first came to the University of Lincoln in 2006 to give a lecture to the students involved in the inaugural production of the School of Performing Arts. I was extremely impressed by the enthusiasm of the staff and students, and by the University that was being constructed around them as they worked.

“Since then I kept an eye on developments at Lincoln: everything from the building of the new theatre to the recent development of a School of Engineering, as well as the continuing excellent work in the Humanities subject areas.

"I was therefore delighted to have an opportunity to join the University as the new Head of the Lincoln School of Humanities. I have received a tremendous welcome and look forward to working with staff and students to consolidate and enhance Lincoln's reputation for world-class teaching, research and scholarship.”

Professor Barker is currently writing a book about The Forsyte Saga author John Galsworthy.

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