Derek Hughes (MA, PhD) has written extensively on seventeenth and early eighteenth century English literature, with special interests in drama, women's writing, and representations of America. He also works on the relationship between literature and music, and on comparative literature, particularly on the relationship between English, classical, and German texts. His monographs include English Drama,1660-1700 (1996), The Theatre of Aphra Behn (2001), and Culture and Sacrifice: Ritual Death in Literature and Opera (2007), which studies the literary treatment of human sacrifice from Homer to the present day. He has edited Women Dramatists of the Eighteenth Century (2001) and Versions of Blackness: Key Texts on Slavery from the Seventeenth Century (2007). He is currently working on a study of Wagner’s reading and has published several articles in The Wagner Journal.
Greek and Latin Literature, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British literature, Comparative Literature, opera (especially Wagner).