Derek Alsop

I am a Senior Lecturer and Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Chester, where I was Head of English from 2004-2010, before stepping down from that role to concentrate on research and teaching. I specialize in literature and music, 1660-1770 and 1930-1990. My Ph.D (1985) was on Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, and I have published on a range of late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century authors (writing a survey of the whole period in Studying English Literature, ed. Ashley Chantler and David Higgins (London: Continuum, 2010)). In the modern period a particular interest is the work of Samuel Beckett, with two articles appearing in 2012 (“Textual Variants in Cascando: An Argument for a Scholarly Edition” for the Journal of Beckett Studies and “Federman’s Beckett: Two Voices in the Closet” for Modernism/Modernity). Since 1993 I have completed over thirty programmes for BBC Radio 3 on literature and music, with ten programmes on Handel, and others featuring Monteverdi, Mozart, Britten, Finzi, Holst and Vaughan Williams. The subjects of these programmes have often been the composers’ adaptations of literary sources. Handel has also been the subject of book chapters and an article for The Musical Quarterly, “Artful Anthology: The Use of Literary Sources for Handel’s Jephtha” (OUP, 2004). I also co-authored, with Chris Walsh, a book on reader theory, The Practice of Reading: Interpreting the Novel (Macmillan, 1999). I have just completed a further article on Beckett (and chess), and forthcoming research includes work on variation in da capo aria form in Handel’s Italian operas.