Prof Richard Hand
Professor Richard J. Hand is Professor of Theatre and Media Drama at the Cardiff Faculty of Creative Industries, University of South Wales. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Richard has written extensively on adaptation, horror studies, European theatre, radio drama, and popular culture. His publications include Adapting Graham Greene, Listen in Terror: British Horror Radio from the Advent of Broadcasting to the Digital Age, Octave Mirbeau: Two Plays (2012), The Radio Drama Handbook (with Mary Traynor, 2011), Terror on the Air: Horror Radio in America, 1931-52 (2006), The Theatre of Joseph Conrad: Reconstructed Fictions (2005). His London’s Grand-Guignol and the Theatre of Horror (with Mike Wilson, 2007) was nominated for the Society for Theatre Research Book Award 2007.
Richard has also worked as a writer, director and performer for theatre and radio. His practice-based research activities include experimental live re-creations of The Train of Terror! (2005), The Terrifying Tale of Sweeney Todd! (2008), Noel Coward’s The Better Half (2008), and Kandinsky’s The Yellow Sound (2011).
- BA English (First Class Honours), Polytechnic of North London, 1984-87
- M. Litt. Literature of Region and Nation (British Academy Scholarship), University of Aberdeen, 1987-88
- Postgraduate Certificate in IT (European Study Fund Scholarship), University of Leicester, 1989-90
- PhD. Theatre Studies and English Literature (British Academy Scholarship), “Self-Adaptation: The Stage Adaptation of Fiction by Novelists”, University of Glasgow, 1990-97.
- Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Development (SEDA accredited), University of Glamorgan, 1998-01
- Professor in Theatre and Media Drama, University of Glamorgan, 2006-
- Reader in Theatre and Media Drama, University of Glamorgan, 2004-06
- Principal Lecturer in Drama, University of Glamorgan, 2001-04
- Senior Lecturer in Drama, University of Glamorgan, 1997-01
- Lecturer in English and Drama, University of Humberside, 1992-97
- Part-time Tutor in Theatre Studies, University of Glasgow, 1991-92
- Part-time Lecturer in English, Polytechnic of North London, 1989
Hand, R. J. (with A. Purssell) (2015) Adapting Graham Greene. Palgrave.
.— (2014) Listen in Terror: British Horror Radio from the Advent of Broadcasting to the Digital Age. Manchester University Press.
.— (2012) Octave Mirbeau: Two Plays. Intellect.
.— (with M. Traynor) (2011) The Radio Drama Handbook: Audio Drama in Practice and Context. Continuum.
.— (with M. Wilson) (2007) London’s Grand-Guignol and the Theatre of Horror. University of Exeter Press. [Nominated for Society for Theatre Research Book Award 2007]
.— (2006) Terror on the Air: Horror Radio in America, 1931-52. McFarland.
.— (2005) The Theatre of Joseph Conrad: Reconstructed Fictions. Palgrave.
.— (with M. Wilson) (2002) Grand-Guignol: the French Theatre of Horror. University of Exeter Press.
Hand, R. J. (forthcoming, 2017) The Plays (Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad. Cambridge University Press.
.— (2009) Conrad’s Victory: The Play and Reviews (Conrad Studies Series). Rodopi.
Hand, R. J. (with M. Traynor) (2012) “Radio in Small Nations: an Introduction” in R. J. Hand and M. Traynor (eds.) Radio in Small Nations. University of Wales Press.
.— (2009) “Mixing the Masks of Comedy and Tragedy: The Popular Theatres of Joseph Conrad’s Fiction” in K. Baxter and R. Hand (eds.) Joseph Conrad and the Performing Arts. Ashgate.
.— (2007) “Paradigms of Metamorphosis and Transmutation: Thomas Edison’s Frankenstein and John Barrymore’s Jekyll and Hyde” in R. J. Hand and J. McRoay (eds.) Monstrous Adaptations: Generic and Thematic Transmutations in Horror Film. Manchester University Press.
Contributions to edited works:
Hand, R. J. (2015) “Conrad and Adaptation” The New Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad (ed. J. H. Stape) Cambridge University Press
Hand, R. J. (2013) “Zappa and Horror: Screamin’ at the Monster” in P. Carr (ed). Frank Zappa and the ‘And’: Key Essays on the Contextualisation of his Legacy. Ashgate.
Hand, R. J. (2013) ‘Half-Masks and Stage Blood: Translating, Adapting and Performing French Historical Theatre Forms’ Translation and Adaptation in Theatre and Film (ed. Katja Krebs) Routledge)
.— (forthcoming, 2016) “Disruptive Corpses: Tales of the Living Dead in Horror Comics of the 1950s and Beyond” in D. Fischer-Hornung, T. Fox and M. Mueller (eds.) Vampires and Zombies: Transnational Transformations. Ohio University Press.
.— (2012) Entries on these horror films: ‘Jekyll and Hyde’; ‘Dead of Night’; ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’; ‘Curse of the Demon’; ‘Psycho’; ‘Plague of the Zombies’; ‘Night of the Living Dead’; ‘Theatre of Blood’; ‘Count Yorga’; ‘The Thing’; ‘The Mist’ in John Edgar Browning (ed.) Graphic Horror: Movie Monster Memories. Atglen:Schiffer.
.— (2012) “Grisly Skeletons and Happy Endings: The Adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Fiction” in P. Nicklas and O. Lindner (eds.) Adaptation and Cultural Appropriation: Literature, Film, and the Arts. Walter de Gruyter & Co.
.— (2012) “German Expressionism” and “Radio” in W. Hughes, D. Punter and A. Smith (eds.) The Encyclopaedia of the Gothic. Wiley-Blackwell.
.— (with R. Dean)(2012) “‘Bashed be bit by all with ears’: Chris Morris’s Blue Jam and Taboo Radio” in J. Leggot and J. Sexton (eds.) No Known Cure: the Comedy of Chris Morris. BFI-Palgrave.
.— (2012) “Adaptation and Modernism” in D. Cartmell (ed.) A Companion to Literature, Film and Adaptation. Blackwell.
.— (2011) “Undead Radio: Zombies and the Living Dead on Live American Radio Drama in the 1930-40s” in S. J. Lauro and D. Christie (eds.) Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-human in Film, Literature, Art and Culture. Fordham University Press.
.— (2010) “Labyrinths of the Taboo: Theatrical Journeys of Eroticism and Death in Parisian Culture” in K. Gritzner and D. I. Rabey (eds.) Eroticism and Death in Theatre and Performance. University of Hertfordshire Press.
.— (2010) “Captured Ghosts: Horror Acting in the 1970s British Television Drama” in C. Cornea (ed.) Genre and Performance. Manchester University Press.
.— (2010) “‘It must all change now!’: Victor Hugo’s Lucretia Borgia and Adaptation Practices in Theatre” in D. Cutchins, L. Raw and J. Welsh (eds.) Redefining Adaptation Studies. Scarecrow Press.
.— (2009) “Dramatic and other adaptations” in A. Simmons (ed.) Conrad in Context. Cambridge University Press.
.— (2009) “’Stay Tuned for Tricks, Treats and Terror’: Halloween and Horror Radio in the Era of American Live Broadcasting" in H. O’Connell and M. Foley (eds.) Treat or Trick? Halloween in a Globalising World. Cambridge Scholars Press.
.— (2008) “La proliferazione dell’horror. Survival horror e la serie di Resident Evil” in Matteo Bittanti (ed.) Intermedialita: Videogiochi, cinema, televisione, fumetti (Transmedialita Ludica). Edizioni Unicopli.
.— (2007) “History, Homage, and Horror: Ulli Lommel’s The Tenderness of Wolves” in S. Hantke (ed.) Caligari’s Heirs: The German Cinema of Fear After 1945. Scarecrow Press.
.— (2005) “Theatres of Interactivity: Video Games in the Drama Studio” in N. Garrelts (ed.) Digital Gameplay: Essays on the Nexus of Game and Gamer. McFarland.
.— (2005) “Conrad’s Drama in a World Theatrical Context” in W. Krajka (ed.) Beyond the Roots: The Evolution of Conrad’s Ideology and Art (Conrad: Eastern and Western Perspectives Series). Maria Curie-Sklodowska Press/Columbia University Press.
.— (2005) “Aesthetics of Cruelty: Traditional Japanese Theatre and the Horror Film” in J. McRoy (ed.) Japanese Horror Cinema (Currents in World Cinema Series). University of Edinburgh Press.
.— (2005) “’Lucretia’ from Lucretia Borgia" in C. Salt (ed.) The Methuen Book of Classical Monologues for Women. Methuen (Translator).
.— (2005) “’Gennaro’ from Lucretia Borgia" in C. Salt (ed.) The Methuen Book of Classical Monologues for Men. Methuen (Translator).
.— (2004) “Lucretia Borgia and Ruy Blas” in C. Schumacher (ed.) Victor Hugo: Plays, Claude Schumacher. Methuen. (Translator).
.— (2004) “Proliferating Horrors: Survival Horror and the Resident Evil franchise” in S. Hantke (ed.) Horror Film: Marketing and Creating Fear. University of Mississippi Press.
.— (ed. Claude Schumacher) (1996) Naturalism and Symbolism in European Theatre 1850-1918. Cambridge University Press. (Assistant Editor and Translator, French Section)
.— (1992) The Language of Theatre – Eli Rozik Theatre Studies Publications (Illustrator).
Hand, R. J. (2015) ‘Octave Mirbeau’s The Epidemic’ Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance 8.1, 73-91 (Script translation and introduction)
Hand, R. J. (with Challis, D’Arcy, Dean, Smith and Traynor) (2014) ‘Wireless zombies! A re-creation of Golden Age radio drama for a contemporary audience’ Studies in Theatre and Performance (Zombies Special Issue) Volume 34, Issue 3, 252-59
Hand, R. J. (with Geraint D’Arcy) “Open Your Eyes/Shut Your Eyes: Staging Kandinsky’s The Yellow Sound at Tate Modern”, Performance Research, 17 (5): 56-60
.— (with M. Wilson) (2012) “Transatlantic Terror: French Horror Theatre and American Pre-Code Comics”, Journal of Popular Culture 45 (2): 301-319.
.— (with P. Carr) (2012) “Canciones, estrellas y bandas sonoras: cine y rock británico (1956-1976) [Songs, Stars and Soundtracks: British Cinema and Rock Music (1956-1976]“, L’Atalante: Revista de Estudios Cinematográficos, 14: 20-27.
.— (2010) “Mike Schneider in interview with Richard Hand: Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated (2009)”, Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, 3 (2).
.— (with P. Carr) (2008) “‘Twist ‘n frugg in an arrogant gesture’: Frank Zappa and the Musical-Theatrical Gesture”, Popular Musicology Online
.— (with P. Bulter, R. Cowgill, C. Duffy and D. Price) (2007) “Multi-disciplinary perspectives on the British Library’s Archival Sound Recordings project”, Performance Research, 11 (4): 117-126.
.— (with P. Carr) (2007) “Frank Zappa and Musical Theatre: Ugly Ugly O’phan Annie and Really Deep, Intense, Thought-Provoking Broadway Symbolism”, Studies in Music Theatre, 1 (1): 41-56.
.— (2006) “Escape with Joseph Conrad! The Adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Fiction on American Old Time Radio”, Conradiana, 38 (1): 17-58.
.— (2005) “Reanimating Peyton Farquhar: The Adaptations of Ambrose Bierce’s ‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge’” The Ambrose Bierce Project Journal 1 (1)
.— (2004) “Spindoctors, Soccer and Shakespeare: Staging a Contemporary Henry V”, College Literature (special issue on Shakespeare and Popular Culture), 31 (4): 60-71.
.— (2004) “Dissecting the Gash: Sexual Horror in the 1980s and the Manga of Suehiro Maruo”, M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture, 7 (4).
.— (2003) “‘Loving and Killing: the two great adventures in life’: Maurice Tourneur’s 1919 screen version of Joseph Conrad’s Victory”, Conradiana, 35 (3): 52-64.
.— (2002) “Producing Laughing Anne”, "Conradiana":http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-98539322.html, 34 (1-2): 43-62.
.— (2001) “Conrad and the Reviewers: The Secret Agent on Stage”, The Conradian, 26 (2): 1-67.
.— (2001) “Staging an ‘Unbearable Spectacle’: The World Premiere of Joseph Conrad’s Laughing Anne”, Studies in Theatre and Performance, 21 (2): 109-117.
.— (with M. Wison) (2000) “The Grand-Guignol: Aspects of Theory and Practice”, Theatre Research International, 25 (3): 266-75.
.— (2000) “Christopher Hampton’s Adaptation of The Secret Agent”, Conradiana, 32 (3): 195-202.
.— (1999) “The Stage is a Terribly Searching Thing: Joseph Conrad’s dramatisation of The Secret Agent”, Conradiana, 32 (1): 57-65.
.— (1994) ‘“Self-Adaptation’: Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles", The Swansea Review, 274-286.
.— (1993) “John Clare on Stage: Edward Bond’s The Fool and the Issue of ’Faction’”, John Clare Society Journal, 12: 57-61.
.— (1991) “’Character is Fate’ Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge and Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra”, The Region and Nation Newsletter, 2 (4): 3-12.
.— (1989) “John Clare’s Intense Regionalism”, The Region and Nation Newsletter, 2 (1): 21-27.
.— (1989) “Anthologized Clare and the Problem of Death Date”, Notes and Queries, 36:2, 181-182.
Selected keynote addresses and public lectures:
Hand, R. J. (with M. Wilson) (2012) “Blood, Sweat and Sperm: an amputated history of the Grand-Guignol”, London Horror Festival.
.— (with M. Traynor) (2012) “Under Milk Wood and Aurality”, Dylan Thomas AHRC/BBC Workshop
.— (2011) “Editing Conrad’s Plays: Challenges and Perspectives” Cambridge University Press Second Conrad Colloquium on Textual Studies, St Mary’s University College, London
.— (2010) “Translating and Performing Grand-Guignol” BIRTHA Translation Colloquium, University of Bristol
.— (2009) “Fassbinder and Self-Adaptation: Petra von Kant” Pasolini and Fassbinder: the European Legacy Between Utopia and Nihilism Conference, School of European Studies, Cardiff University
.— (with M. Wilson) (2008) “The Formula of Horror” , Cheltenham Screenwriters Festival
.— (2008) “Sweeney Todd: Influence and Adaptation”, New Contexts for Sweeney Todd, University of Lincoln
.— (2008) “London’s Grand-Guignol” Thrillpeddlers, San Francisco
.— (2008) “Fear and Laughter: A Night at London’s Grand Guignol” The 2008 Maggie Collins Lecture, Society for Theatre Research
.— (2000) “Producing Laughing Anne”, International Conrad Conference, Texas Tech University
External Examiner for MA Creative Writing, Northumbria University, 2015-
External Examiner for BA in Acting, University of St Mark and St John, 2013-
- External Examiner for MA in Writing, University of East London, 2011-14
- External Validator for MA in Writing, University of East London, 2010
- External Examiner for BA Performance on Stage and Screen, Sheffield Hallam University, 2009-14
- External Representative, Periodic Portfolio Review for Creative Arts, New Buckinghamshire University, 2009
- External Examiner for BA Performance, University of Bedford, 2008-2012
- External Validator for BA Performance on Stage and Screen, Sheffield Hallam University, 2008
- External Examiner for BA Media and Communications, University of Lincoln, 2006-11
- External Validator for MA by Research, University of Plymouth, 2006
- External Examiner for MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media, Central School of Speech & Drama, 2005-10
- External Validator for MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media, Central School of Speech & Drama, 2005
- External Examiner for MA by Learning Contract, University of Lincoln, 2000-03
Selected media appearances:
- BBC Radio 4: “Excusing Private Godfrey: A Documentary on Arnold Ridley” (6 Jul 2012)
- BBC Wales Roy Noble Show: Guest interview (2 Jun 2010)
- BBC Radio 4: “Grand-Guignol: A Documentary” (17 Aug 2010)
- BBC Wales Roy Nobole Show: Guest interview (28 Oct 2009)
- Wisconsin Public Radio (US) To the Best of Our Knowledge (27 Sept 2008)
- West Coast Live Radio (US) "Noel Coward’s The Better Half” (22 Mar 2008)
- KALW Radio (US) "Noel Coward’s The Better Half” (25 Mar 2008)
- DE-WDR (Germany): “Orson Welles and War of the Worlds” (29 Oct 2008)
- BBC World Service Newshour: “Orson Welles and War of the Worlds” (30 Oct 2008)
- BBC Wales Good Morning Wales: “Orson Welles and War of the Worlds” (30 Oct 2008)
- BBC Radio 4 Today Programme: “Orson Welles and War of the Worlds” (30 Oct 2008)
- ABC (Australia) Overnights: “Orson Welles, War of the Worlds and Live Radio Drama” (31 Oct 2008)
- Documentary Extra on DVD of Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd “Grand-Guignol: A Theatrical Tradition” (2008)
- National Public Radio (US) “Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds” (31 Oct 2007)
- BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour: “Noël Coward’s The Better Half” (4 Oct 2007)
Artistic Adviser, Molotov Theater Group, Washington DC US, 2014-
AHRC Peer Review College Member, 2014-17
Selected research grants
- Society for Theatre Research for Joseph Conrad research, 2010
- British Academy Small Grant for Joseph Conrad research, 2010
- Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship for Radio Drama research, 2010
- Society for Theatre Research Grant for Grand-Guignol research, 2006
- Palatine Grant for interdisciplinary teaching project on Frank Zappa, 2006
- Arts and Humanities Research Council Small Grant for Joseph Conrad research, 2006
- British Academy Small Grant for Grand-Guignol research, 2005
- British Academy Overseas Grant supporting attendance at Conrad in Amsterdam Conference, University of Amsterdam, 2005
- Arts and Humanities Research Council Small Grant for Horror Film research, 2005
- Arts and Humanities Research Board Small Grant for American Radio Drama research, 2004
- Arts and Humanities Research Board Small Grant for French theatre research, 2004
- Texas Tech University Honorarium for contribution to Conrad research, 2000
- Arts and Humanities Research Board Small Grant for Grand-Guignol research, 1999
Selected postgraduate supervision:
- The Theatre of Howard Barker in Theory and Practice (Andrew Smith, PhD awarded 2006)
- The Playwrights’ Cinema: History, Theory, Practice (Othniel Smith, PhD awarded 2007)
- A Creative Exploration into Experimental Scriptwriting: Connections and Push/Pull (Iris Park, PhD awarded 2010)
- Towards an Aesthetics of Stage Technology (Geraint D’Arcy, PhD awarded 2011)
- Performance Horror including Grand-Guignol (Madelon Hoedt awarded 2015)
- Stage to Screen Adaptation (Elizabeth Jones awarded 2014)
- Postmodern Theatre in the Singapore Context (Benny Lim Kok Wai, PhD awarded 2012)
- Modes of Storytelling in Animated Performance (Dongil Oh awarded 2014)
- Gothic themes in digital games (David Langdon)
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