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Dr Stevie Simkin is Reader in Drama.

Areas of expertise

  • Violent film and censorship
  • Critical viewing (stage and screen)
  • Contemporary popular Hollywood film
  • Shakespeare and early modern drama
  • Critical and cultural theory - especially cultural materialism, new historicism & feminisms
  • Research skills



  • A Preface to Marlowe (Longman 2000)
  • Revenge Tragedy: A New Casebook, editor, (Palgrave Macmillan 2001)
  • Analysing Texts: Christopher Marlowe (Palgrave Macmillan 2001)
  • Early Modern Tragedy & the Cinema of Violence (Palgrave Macmillan 2006)
  • Controversies: Straw Dogs (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)
  • Controversies: Basic Instinct (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming, 2013)
  • Film Controversy and Censorship Since 1970, co-editor (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming, 2013)
  • Cultural Constructions of the Femme Fatale: from Pandora’s Box to Amanda Knox (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming, 2014)

Selected essays

  • "Actually evil. Not high school evil": Amanda Knox, sex and celebrity crime' in Celebrity Studies Volume 4 Issue 1, 2013 (forthcoming) 

Selected book chapters

  • ‘The Burden is passed on: Son Volt, Tradition and Authenticity’ in Pamela Fox and Barbara Ching (eds), Old Roots And New Routes: A Reader On Alt.Country Music And 'Alternative' Cultural Consumption (University of Michigan Press, 2009), pp. 192-221
  • ‘Wake of the Flood: Issues in UK Film Censorship 1970-75’ in Edward Lamberti (ed.), Behind the Scenes at the BBFC: Film Classification from the Silver Screen to the Digital Age (BFI/Palgrave, 2012) 


  • Co-editor with Julian Petley of Palgrave Macmillan’s Controversies series.
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