Governor, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
Dr Rob Edgar is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, and was elected Staff Governor from 1 August 2015.
Rob is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy, predominantly in Creative Writing. He also contributes to English Literature, American Studies and Film and Television Production. Robert supervises PhD students and is currently supervising in the areas of aesthetics and documentary and practice-led work in screenwriting.
He is a member of the University Quality Network. Robert is an External Examiner for postgraduate courses at Salford University and the University of Leicester. He has undertaken a research project into student perceptions of industry (with John Marland) for the Higher Education Academy.
He received a doctorate for his work on the character of the Schlemiel in Jewish-American literature and cinema from the University of Hull. His thesis focused on a range of theories of comedy and contemporary culture with particular emphasis on narratology and postmodernity. Robert has published on Screenwriting, Directing Fiction, The Language of Film, American Cinema, Science Fiction and the Music Documentary. He is currently working on a second edition of the Language of Film and an edited volume on Arena Rock and is developing a text on adaptation.
Research interests include screenwriting, prose fiction, radio drama, fiction directing, pedagogic relationships between theory and practice in film production, short film production and distribution, narratology, the theory and practice comedy, Jewish-American literature and cinema.