Professor Derek Hughes
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).
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Human Sacrifice and the Literary ImaginationSacrifice and Modern Thought. Meszaros, J., Zachhuber, J. (eds.). Oxford University Press, pp. 231-247, 17 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Blackness in Gobineau and Behn: Oroonoko and Racial Pseudo-ScienceWomen's Writing, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 204-221Contributions to Journals: Articles
Public DramaThe Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Women's Writing. Knoppers, L. (ed.). Cambridge University Press, pp. 260-271, 12 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Human Sacrifice on the Restoration Stage: The Case of Venice Preserv'dPhilological Quarterly, vol. 88, no. 4, pp. 365-384Contributions to Journals: Articles
Culture and Sacrifice: Ritual Death in Literature and OperaCambridge University Press, Cambridge. 352 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Versions of Blackness: Key texts on slavery from the seventeenth centuryCambridge University Press, Cambridge. 381 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
"Thinking Ignobly of the Soul": Dryden’s Heroic PlaysLiterature, Readers and Dialogue: Essays by and in Reply to Douglas Jefferson. University College, Dublin Press, pp. 75-87, 12 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Aphra Behn and the Uses of HistoryRestoration Literature and Culture, pp. 181-193, 12 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Oroonoko: the Editor and the MarketplaceAphra Behn (1640-1689): le modèle européenChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Aphra Behn's Oroonoko and New World EthnographyA Companion to The Literatures of Colonial America. Castillo, S., Schweitzer, I. T. (eds.). Blackwell, pp. 259-274, 15 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters