Stevie Simkin is Reader in Drama and Film at the University of Winchester, UK, where his teaching specialisms include controversy, censorship, and representations of violence on screen and on stage.
His publications include work on film, cult television, popular music, and Renaissance drama. He is the author of, among other works, A Preface to Marlowe (1999), Revenge Tragedy: A New Casebook (2001) and Early Modern Tragedy and the Cinema of Violence (2005).
He is co-editor with Professor Julian Petley of the Controversies book series, in-depth studies of key controversial films, for which he has written volumes on Straw Dogs (2011) and Basic Instinct (2013). He also contributed a chapter about UK censorship in the early 1970s to Behind the Scenes at the BBFC (ed. Lamberti, 2012). His study Cultural Constructions of the Femme Fatale: from Pandora’s Box to Amanda Knox will be published at the end of October 2014.
Why are we afraid to judge?
"Although 'battle' suggests destruction, these were some of the most constructive debates I've taken part in. This was civilised conflict in the best sense of both words."
Julian Baggini, author, Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, and The Ego Trick