Professor Rowland Wymer

Emeritus Professor of English

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Literature

Research Supervision:Yes

Rowland’s main areas of expertise are in the fields of English Renaissance drama (including Shakespeare), science fiction and film.


Rowland did both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Oxford. Before joining Anglia Ruskin in 2004, he worked for many years at the University of Hull, including a period as Head of English.

At Anglia Ruskin, Rowland was the Head of English and Media for several years, in addition to being a Professor of English and a member of the Reinventing the Renaissance Research Centre. He retired in 2014.

Research interests

  • English Renaissance drama (including Shakespeare)
  • Science fiction
  • Film (including the films of Derek Jarman)
  • Religion and literature

Areas of research supervision

  • English Renaissance drama (including Shakespeare)
  • Science fiction
  • The films of Derek Jarman
  • Film adaptations of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries
  • Religion and literature


  • BLitt Jacobean Drama, University of Oxford
  • MA English Language and Literature, University of Oxford

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, British Science Fiction Association (BSFA)

Selected recent publications

Wymer, R., 2019. The Imitation of Christ: Michael Moorcock’s Behold the Man. Mosaic, 52(2), pp. 93-109.

Wymer, R. (Ed.), 2017. The Witch of Edmonton by William Rowley, Thomas Dekker, and John Ford. In: The Collected Works of John Ford, gen. ed. Sir Brian Vickers. Vol. 3. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.133-290.

Wymer, R., 2015. Images of the Soul in Science Fiction. In: Tóth, S. et al. (Eds.), 2015. Szólító szavak/The Power of Words - Tanulmányok Fabiny Tibor hatvanadik születésnapjára/Papers in honor of Tibor Fabiny's Sixtieth Birthday. Budapest, Károli Gáspár University: L'Harmattan Publishing, 2015, pp. 445-459.

Wymer, R., 2014. A Performance History of The Witch of Edmonton. Early Modern Literary Studies, 17(2).

Wymer, R., 2014. Derek Jarman’s Renaissance and The Devils (1971). Shakespeare Bulletin, 32(3), pp.337-57.

Barrington, D., Bennett, Z., and Wymer, R., 2014. 'I was in love with both, so they could teach me anything': Ted Hughes, Pauline Mayne, and Mexborough. The Ted Hughes Society Journal, 4(1), pp.19-28.

Wymer, R., 2013. Science, Religion and Magic in James Blish’s ‘After Such Knowledge’ Sequence. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 24(1), pp.25-40.

Wymer, R., 2013. The Duchess of Malfi on Film: Peter Huby’s Quietus. In: Brown, S.A., Lublin, R.I., and McCulloch, L. (Eds.), 2013. Reinventing the RenaIssance: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries in Adaptation and Performance. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.271-85.

Wymer, R., 2012. Ballard’s Story of O: ‘The Voices of Time’ and the Quest for (Non)Identity. In: Baxter, J. and Wymer, R. (Eds.), 2012. J. G. Ballard: Visions and Revisions. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.19-34.

Szőnyi, G. and Wymer, R., 2011. John Dee as a Cultural Hero. European Journal of English Studies, 15(3), pp.189-209.