Prof. Rowland Wymer

Prof. Rowland Wymer

Rowland Wymer is Emeritus Professor of English, in the Department of English and Media at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. He previously taught at the University of Hull, where he introduced an undergaduate module on Modern Science Fiction and supervised PhDs on Robert Heinlein and Philip K. Dick. His main research interests are in Renaissance drama, film, and science fiction. His publications include Suicide and Despair in the Jacobean Drama (1986), Webster and Ford (1995), and Derek Jarman (2005), as well as a number of coedited collections of essays, including Neo-Historicism (2000), The Accession of James I: Historical and Cultural Consequences (2006), and J. G. Ballard: Visions and Revisions (2012). His old-spelling edition of the Jacobean witchcraft play The Witch of Edmonton will appear in 2017 as part of volume 3 of the Oxford edition of The Collected Works of John Ford, gen. ed. Brian Vickers. He is currently working on an essay on King Lear and a book on Science Fiction and Religion.

Publications relating to Science Fiction and Fantasy (reverse chronological order)

‘The Imitation of Christ: Michael Moorcock’s Behold the Man’ (submitted to Mosaic).

‘Images of the Soul in Science Fiction,’ in Szólító szavak/The Power of Words – Tanulmányok Fabiny Tibor hatvanadik születésnapjára/Papers in honor of Tibor Fabiny’s Sixtieth Birthday, eds. Tóth Sára, Kókai Nagy Viktor, Marjai Éva, Mudriczki Judit, Turi Zita, Arday-Janka Judit (L’Harmattan Publishing, 2015), pp. 445-459.

‘Science, Religion, and Magic in James Blish’s “After Such Knowledge” Sequence’, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 24.1 (2013), pp. 25-40.

‘Ballard’s “Story of O”: “The Voices of Time” and the Quest for (Non)Identity’, in J. G. Ballard: Visions and Revisions, ed. Jeannette Baxter and Rowland Wymer (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 19-34.

‘John Dee as a Cultural Hero’, co-written with György Szönyi, European Journal of English Studies 15:3 (December 2011), pp. 189-209.

‘Tragedy and the Future’, in Tragedy in Transition, ed. Sarah Annes Brown and Catherine Silverstone (Blackwell, 2007), pp. 260-76.

‘How “Safe” Is John Wyndham? A Closer Look at His Work, with Particular Reference to The Chrysalids’, Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction, 55 (Summer 1992), pp.25-36.