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- Professor of English
- Dept of English Lang & Literature
- Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Weis's core research area is Shakespeare, his life and works. He has edited King Lear for Longman, Henry IV Part 2 for Oxford, and Romeo and Juliet for the Arden Shakespeare. His biography of Shakespeare, Shakespeare Revealed, was published by John Murray on the UK and by Henry Holt & Co in New York. He has also written books for the general reader, including The Yellow Cross (translated into seven languages), and Criminal Justice, a biography of Edith Thompson. He is currently completing a book on the genesis of Verdi's opera La traviata for which he was awarded a three-year Major Leverhulme Research Fellowship.
Weis teaches Shakespeare at both undergraduate and MA levels and has supervised a number of Shakespeare PhDs. Among his other teaching interests are the classical background of English literature, particularly Homer, Sophocles, Virgil, and Ovid; and modern drama from Ibsen and Chekhov to Miller, Williams, Pinter, and Mamet. Weis is keen to supervise further research on any aspect of Shakespeare, and particularly in the areas of editing, bibliography, biography, topography, local history, translations, and the relevance of the sectarian divides in Shakespeare’s England to his works.
|1977||BA Hons||Bachelor of Arts (Honours)||University College London|