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Staff Profile

Dr Robert Edgar

Associate Professor in Creative Writing

I am an Associate Professor in the York Centre for Writing in the School of Humanities.

I specialise in scriptwriting, narratology and genre fiction. Current research interests include folk horror, hauntology, music memoir, science-fiction and satire. In addition to teaching Creative Writing I have contributed to English Literature, American Studies, Media, Theatre and Film and Television Production. I supervise PhD students and currently supervising in the areas of comedy, film archiving, documentary and practice-led work in screenwriting.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I received a doctorate for my work on the character of the Schlemiel in Jewish-American literature and cinema and was awarded by the University of Hull. My thesis focused on a range of theories of comedy and contemporary culture with particular emphasis on narratology and postmodernity.

I served as a staff governor for 6 years and have worked on a number of University committees, including Academic Board and Research Ethics committee.

I have served as an external examiner at the University of Leeds, the University of Leicester, Salford University and Leeds Beckett University.

Teaching

I teach on the following courses: 

BA Creative Writing
BA Literature
MA Creative Writing
MA Publishing
MFA Creative Writing
PhD Supervision

I currently teach modules on genre fiction, scriptwriting, adaptation and principles of creative writing. In addition to teaching on the Creative Writing programme I have contributed to English Literature, American Studies, Media, Theatre and Film and Television Production. I have acted as a Course Leader and as Postgraduate Coordinator. I also supervise MA dissertations and MFA projects.

I have supervised a number of PhD students in literature, cinema, scriptwriting and adaptation. I am currently supervising a number of critical and practice-based PGRs covering music memoir, music documentary and nostalgia, noir screenwriting, crime fiction, historical fiction, stream of conscious literature, plasticity and literature and comedy writing. I am always interested in discussing ideas for postgraduate research.

I have examined research MA programmes and PhDs at Universities in the UK and internationally.

Research

I have published a number of text books on practical and theoretical praxis, including books on screenwriting, directing fiction, film language and adaptation.

I work with my colleague Dr Liesl King on her Terra Two project, and we collaborated on a publication with Valley Press in 2019.

I am a founder member of the Music Memoir Research Group and have published extensively on popular music, including on music documentary, arena concerts and music and memory. The co-edited collection Music, Memory and Memoir (2019) was the first collection published on the subject and has led to other publications and a conference. I am now collaborating on a collection, Venue Stories, celebrating small music venues.

Developing from my interest in adaptation and genre fiction I am collaborating on a new book on Thomas Hardy and the Folk Horror Tradition. I am working with a colleague in media on the Routledge Companion to Folk Horror. These interests coincide in the Horrifying Children project, examining weird and eerie children's fiction and television. The first part of this project was the publication of Horrifying Tales (2021) in collaboration with Greenteeth Press.

I regularly peer review for publishers and academic journals.

I regularly speak on popular television and literature on local media and have featured on international podcasts and television.

Publications

Books 

  • Edgar, R, & Johnson, W, (2023) The Routledge Companion to Folk Horror, Routledge: London
  • Edgar, R, Mann, F, Pleasance, H, (eds) (2022) Venue Stories, Equinox: Sheffield
  • Edgar, R, Marland, J, Smith, A, (2022) Thomas Hardy and the Folk Horror Tradition, Bloomsbury: New York
  • Edgar, R, & Peniston, I, (eds) (2021) Horrifying Tales: An Anthology, Greenteeth Press: Oxford
  • Edgar, R, & King, L, (eds) (2019) An Ark for Off World Survival, Valley Press: Scarborough
  • Edgar, R, & Marland, J, (2019) Adaptation for Scriptwriters, Bloomsbury: London
  • Edgar, R, Mann, F, Pleasance, H (eds) (2018) Music, Memory and Memoir, Bloomsbury: New York
  • Edgar, R, Fairclough, K, Halligan, B, Spelman, N. (eds) (2015) The Arena Concert, Bloomsbury: New York
  • Edgar, R, Marland, J, Rawle, S (2015) The Language of Film 2nd edition (2015), Bloomsbury: London, September
  • Edgar, R, Fairclough, K, Halligan, B, (eds) (2013) Music Documentary: From Acid Rock to Electro-Pop, Routledge: New York, March
  • Edgar, R, Marland, J, Rawle, S, (2010) The Language of Film (2010) (with John Marland and Steven Rawle), Fairchild Press: London
  • Edgar, R (2009) Directing Fiction, (2009) AVA Publishing: Switzerland (now Bloomsbury: London)
  • Edgar, R, Marland, J, (2009) Screenwriting: The Basics, AVA Publishing: Switzerland (now Bloomsbury: London

Book chapters 

Conferences 

  • Adaptation and No Country for Old Men, 21st Century Rewrite Podcast (24/12/19)
  • Music, Memory and Memoir – an emerging genre, Writing the noise, the politics and history of subcultural music, Subculture Network, Reading University, September 2018
  • Co-Convener. ‘You’re Twisting My Memory Man’: Music, Memory and Memoir, York St John University, July 2018
  • The Convent During Conflict: Stories from the Home Front in WW1 – with Dr Christopher Price and Joanna Starzynski, the Bar Covent, York, May 2018
  • Hiatus: Music, Memory and Liminal Authenticity, Storying the Self, Brighton University, June 2017
  • Chair, Speculative Futures, Creative Writing Conference, York St John University, June 2017
  • Creativity, Practice and Praxis, IASPM Conference, BIMM and the University of Brighton, September 2016
  • The Arena Concert, Live and Recorded, Invited Talk, Salford University, June 2016
  • ‘Creative Writing in the World’: conference to promote Creative Writing at York St John, June 2015
  • Theorising Practice and Writing for Education, Salford University, April 2014
  • Narrative Tropes in Hitchcock, Partners in Suspense: Hitchcock and Hermann, York St John University March 2011
  • Co-Convener. ‘Partners in Suspense, Hitchcock and Herman’, York St John University March 2011.  Paper presented, ‘Narrative Tropes in Hitchcock.’
  • Will Hay – Ealing Originator’, Ealing Conference, Hull University, November 2006
  • Go, Baby, Go: The Primal Scream of the American Underground’ at the ‘Faces of Conference’, The Bar Convent and The University of Ripon and York St John, June 1998
  • The Schlemiel as Contemporary Icon’, A paper presented at The Open University Research Conference, Trevelyan Square Centre, Leeds, November 1997
  • Chair at the ‘Fantastic’ Conference, Hull University, December 1995

PhD Supervision

I have supervised a number of PhD students in literature, cinema, scriptwriting and adaptation. I am currently supervising a number of critical and practice-based PGRs covering music memoir, music documentary and nostalgia, noir screenwriting, crime fiction, historical fiction, stream of conscious literature, plasticity and literature and comedy writing. I am always interested in discussing ideas for postgraduate research.

I have examined research MA programmes and PhDs at Universities in the UK and internationally.

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