School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Emeritus Professor Bruce Babington

Emeritus Professor



I lived most of my early life in New Zealand where I was educated - BA Auckland, MA VIctoria, Wellington, hence the return to New Zealand subjects in my later work (especially the history of New Zealand film out this year, 2007).I worked on Ben Jonson for my B Litt at Oxford, which was the route by which I came to Newcastle, where I taught Elizabethan drama and modern literature (Particularly Wallace Stevens and, later, Detective Fiction, the precursor of the generic subjects now taught in the School ).In the late 70s Peter Evans, who was then in the Spanish

Roles and Responsibilities

All matters to do with Combined Honours English


BA (Auckland), MA (Victoria, Wellington), B Litt (Oxon)

Previous Positions

Junior Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington
Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer/ Reader University of Newcastle upon Tyne


some Thai
some Maori

Informal Interests

cricket, rugby.
music (opera, american country music, Thai country music, Western and Asian classical music, 1920's-1960s popular music).


Research Interests

British, Hollywood and New Zealand Cinema, Television (especially Situation Comedy and New Zealand television), New Zealand Literature ,Crime Fiction,Sport on Television, Wallace Stevens.

Current Work

Writing essays on Irene Dunne, on Lubitsch's The Shop Around the Corner, on the Maori comedian Billy T.James, on Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong, on Loyd Jones' The Book of Fame, on the New Zealand novelist Ronald Hugh Morrieson and the 'Australasian literary figure Arthur H Adams.

Future Research

Continuation of work on a book on the silent films of Ernst Lubitsch.
Various aspects of New Zealand cinema, tv and literature.

Postgraduate Supervision

Various PhDs first and second supervisor

Esteem Indicators

Lots of, but tiresome to repeat and it's for others to say.


Carmen Project: with others, £126000 AHRB
New Zealand book: extra semester funding AHRC