Dr Graham Atkin

Senior Lecturer in English Literature; Programme Leader, BA English Literature (Single Honours)




Graham is Senior Lecturer in English and Programme Leader of the Department's

Single Honours English Literature 


Graham specialises in early modern literature and creative writing. Modules he teaches or lectures on include:

  • Shakespeare
  • Renaissance Literature
  • American Literature
  • Tragedy
  • Understanding Dramatic Writing

Postgraduate supervision:

He welcomes enquiries about research projects on:

  • Edmund Spenser
  • William Shakespeare
  • Dramatic literature
  • Literature from 1579 to 1667

Also creative writing projects, especially:

  • Drama (stage or screen)
  • Work focusing on Spenser or Shakespeare


Graham is currently working on two creative texts: Honour My Heart (a play for the stage based on a story from Boccaccio's Decameron); and To Be Or Not To Be Frank (a comic novel).

Publications include:

  • ‘Performance History’, in 1 Henry IV, A Critical Guide, ed. Stephen Longstaffe (Continuum Renaissance Drama, 2011)
  • Twelfth Night: Character Studies (Continuum, 2008).
  • Studying Shakespeare: A Practical Guide, with Karen Armstrong (Prentice Hall, 1998).
  • Studying Literature: A Practical Introduction, ed. with Chris Walsh and Susan Watkins (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1995).
  • ‘"The rain it raineth in every frame": A Defence of Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night', in Textual Revisions: Reading Literature and Film, ed. Brian Baker (Chester Academic Press, 2009).
  • ‘Raleigh, Spenser and Elizabeth: Acts of Friendship in The Faerie Queene, Book IV', in Edmund Spenser: New and Renewed Directions, ed. J. B. Lethbridge (Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2006).
  • Online Biographies of Thomas More, Edmund Spenser and Walter Raleigh for Chadwyck Healey (2001-03).