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7th June 2012, 3:34pm
Top Shakespeare scholar to teach at Lincoln
Shakespeare statue One of the world's leading Shakespeare scholars, Professor John Drakakis, has joined the University of Lincoln as a Visiting Professor.

A renowned authority on Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, critical theory, and modern drama, Prof. Drakakis will teach undergraduate and postgraduate students of English, as well as delivering public lectures as part of the Lincoln Academy series.

Prof. Drakakis was born in Cardiff and has spent most of his academic career at the University of Stirling where he was awarded a Chair as Professor of English Studies and led a distinguished department. His relationship with the University of Lincoln began in 2007 when he took up the position of external examiner for the innovative MA in English Studies, which focuses on 21st century literature, run by the Lincoln School of Humanities. He has since championed the unique MA in 21st Century Literature, running for the first time this year.

Prof. Drakakis has been at the forefront of Shakespeare studies throughout an academic career spanning more than 40 years. Publications include his editorship of Alternative Shakespeares (1985), Shakespearean Tragedy (1991), Gothic Shakespeares (2008) and, most recently, a new edition of The Merchant of Venice (2011). He has also overseen the publication of more than 70 volumes of literary scholarship during his time as the General Editor of two seminal series: Routledge English Texts and The New Critical Idiom. In addition he is the author of over 30 articles and book chapters, the majority on Shakespearean topics.

Always in demand at academic conferences and literary events, Prof. Drakakis has lectured to audiences across the globe in countries including China, the USA, Singapore, Germany, Japan, Poland, Egypt, India, South Africa, the Czech Republic, and Brazil.

Professor Simon Barker, Head of the Lincoln School of Humanities at the University of Lincoln, said: "We are delighted that such a distinguished Shakespearean scholar has been attracted to this position. Staff and students alike will benefit from our association with Professor Drakakis, and we look forward to the many activities that have been planned around his visits to the University of Lincoln."

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