I was educated in the UK at the University of Exeter, and at Cambridge University, where I wrote my Ph.D on Shakespeare’s metrics.
I came to Monash in 1980 (for a two-year appointment!) and now teach poetry, Shakespeare and other Renaissance English literature as a Senior Lecturer in literary studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics.
My publications on metre include a theoretical monograph (Strange Music: The Metre of the English Heroic Line, ELS Monograph Series 74, Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria, 1998), a monograph called Rhythm and Meaning in Shakespeare: A Guide for Readers and Actors (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2013) and a series of articles on editing and performing Shakespeare and on the rhythms of poets from Chaucer to Philip Larkin.
I have also published (with Dr Geoffrey Hiller) an edition of Samuel Daniel’s poetry, an an annotated anthology of the seventeenth-century Theophrastan character, and an anthology of literary writing about the English country house; we are currently preparing an anthology of literary writing about London, 1558-1914.
I am currently working on the broader theory of verse-movement, and have just completed an article on the ontology of the caesura in neo-classical versification.
- PH D
- Institution: Cambridge University
- Year awarded: 1979
- ENGLISH HONOURS (CLASS 1)
- Institution: Exeter University
- Year awarded: 1975