I was appointed to Stirling in 1970, some three years after the University had opened. Before that I took my B.A. and M.A. at Cardiff, and Dip.Ed at Exeter. I later obtained my Ph.D from Leeds.
My research interests are primarily in 17th-century textual bibliography, Shakespeare, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, Renaissance literature, critical theory, and modern drama and media and cultural studies.
I have published articles and chapters on Shakespeare, Elizabethan and Jacobean literature and drama; modern drama; media studies; modern critical theory and cultural studies, introductory studies of Shakespeare's Othello (1980) and Much Ado About Nothing (1981).
My current work in progress is the New Arden Shakespeare edition of The Merchant of Venice, a book entitled Shakespearean Discourses, and the topic of Republicanism in Shakespeare.