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About Robert Dean

Dr. Robert Dean is a Lecturer in College of Arts. He has published work that explores and identifies the parallels between nineteenth century theatrical practice and contemporary dramatic conventions. This includes the representation of archetypal characters, the role of musical accompaniment, and the function of sound effects. His research into musical dramaturgy and the history of sound production has resulted in publications that reconsider the role of sonic material in the works of Ibsen, Chekhov, Boucicault, and Shaw. Other publications focusing on popular culture include a consideration of ethics and catechism in the horror series ‘The Walking Dead’, a close analysis of Chris Morris’s radio comedy ‘Blue Jam’, and an exploration of how representations of Batman have developed within gaming culture. Recent practical research explores the potentiality of digital Foley within live performance.

Subject Specialism

Late 19th and early 20th Century Theatre, Musical Theatre, Music in Theatre & Film, Melodrama, Theatre Design (Sound), Cabaret, Black Comedy, Shakespeare in Performance, Ethics & Popular Entertainment, Semiotic & Intertextual Analysis.


  • Senior Teaching Fellow — HEA, 2014
  • PhD — Aberystwyth University, 2010


External Examiner: Edge Hill University Peer Review: Routledge, Intellect and various academic journals.

Research Interests

  • 19th Century Theatre History

  • digital-Foley

  • Film Music

  • Horror Theatre

  • Melodrama

  • Musical Dramaturgy

  • Musical Theatre

  • radio

  • Wrestling as Performance

Research in the Lincoln Repository