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New book publication for Department Theatre Lecturer

Posted on 2 December 2011

Congratulations to Dr Benjamin Poore, Lecturer in Theatre in the Department of Theatre Film and Television, on the publication of his first book.

Dr Ben Poore's Book Published

Dr Benjamin Poore of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television has had his first research monograph published through Palgrave. The book, Heritage, Nostalgia and Modern British Theatre: Staging the Victorians, is based on his doctoral research undertaken at Royal Holloway, University of London, but Ben says that working in a department like Theatre, Film and Television has helped him to see the connections between stage and screen treatments of the Victorians: “The book uses references to architecture, fashion, pop music, film, and television serials as well as stage plays in order to build its arguments, and I don’t think I would have continued to develop my research so broadly had it not been for the department’s multi-disciplinary environment.” He adds: “The category of the ‘neo-Victorian’ is one that has been recognised and debated in literature for some time now. With this book, I wanted to prove that British theatre had been consistently re-imagining the Victorians for the last forty years too, in ways that cause us to re-evaluate their legacy, but which also pointedly reflect what has been happening modern in politics and society, from Wilson to Thatcher to Blair.”