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Richard Rowland



Richard Rowland joined the department in 2001, after teaching for more than a decade at the University of Oxford.

He has edited plays by Marlowe (for the Oxford University Press Complete Works), by Chapman and Jonson (for Penguin), and he has edited the two-part Elizabethan history play Edward IV for the Revels series. He has published several articles on the playwright Thomas Heywood, and has recently completed a monograph, Thomas Heywood’s Theatre, 1599-1639: Locations, Translations and Conflict (Ashgate, 2010).

He also works on the reception and reinvention of ancient drama: he has published on Tony Harrison’s adaptations of Greek and medieval texts, and is currently working on a cultural history of the Trachiniae of Sophocles, from ancient Greece and Rome through to the War on Terror.



Richard Rowland researches the relationship between text and performance in a wide range of areas. He has edited more than a dozen early modern plays, but is equally interested in the translation and reinvention of the drama of antiquity.

He has recently completed a monograph on the theatre of Thomas Heywood, but has also produced a new translation of The Women of Trachis of Sophocles, a collaborative project with a PhD student from the Department of Music, which led to a production (with full gamelan ensemble) in York’s medieval Guildhall in 2010.


He is currently writing a monograph on the reception and cultural history of the Sophocles play, from ancient Greece and Rome, through Handelian oratorio, through to Martin Crimp’s Cruel and Tender, a play about the War on Terror from 2004.


Richard Rowland welcomes potential postgraduates who wish to work on the drama of the ancient, medieval or early modern periods, and especially those who are interested in how these texts might be edited and/or recreated for performance in the future.

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Dr Richard Rowland
Department of English and Related Literature
University of York
Y010 5DD

Tel: 44 1904 323339