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Staff Profile

Dr Rob Edgar

Governor, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Dr Rob Edgar is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing, York Centre for Writing in the School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy. He was re-elected Staff Governor from 1 August 2018.

In addition to teaching Creative Writing he has contributed to English Literature, American Studies, Media, Theatre and Film and Television Production. He supervises PhD students and is currently supervising in the areas of comedy, film archiving, documentary and practice-led work in screenwriting. He is a Senior Fellow of 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. He has published on screenwriting, directing fiction, the language of film, American cinema, science fiction, popular music and practice based research methods. He is currently completing a book on film adaptation for screenwriters and a book on music memoirs with colleagues in Literature and Creative Writing, both for Bloomsbury. Research projects include further research on music, memory and memoir, the eerie in fiction and radio drama.

He has contributed to a number of academic conferences and pedagogic projects with the HEA. He is an External Examiner at the University of Leeds and has examined at the University of Leicester, Salford University and Leeds Beckett University. 

Charitable Trusteeships


  • School – School of Humanities
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