Ros Barber has a PhD in English Literature from Sussex University. It was funded by the UK’s AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) and granted in May 2011. Her thesis, entitled ‘Writing Marlowe As Writing Shakespeare: Exploring Biographical Fictions” was part creative and part critical. It consisted of the 70,000-word verse novel The Marlowe Papers and a 50,000-word critical thesis. The thesis explored the relationship between biography and fiction in the biographies of Shakespeare and his contemporary Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe.  Ros came originally from a science background. After gaining a First in Biological Sciences, she spent some years working in IT as a programmer for American Express, BP and BT.

Since 2014, Ros has been a faculty member in the department of English and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London.  Research interests include early modern literary biography and authorship attribution. An up-to-date list of Ros Barber’s published articles can be found on her profile pages on:

Ros Barber staff page, Goldsmiths, University of London

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Ros Barber on ResearchGate

Ros Barber on Orcid

Open access policies mean that most academic articles should now be freely available 2 years after publication date. For open access copies, try ResearchGate first, then the Goldsmiths page.  

Alternatively, you can download a zipped file of all Ros Barber’s available published peer-reviewed articles.

Ros Barber has won the Calvin & Rose G Hoffman award for a distinguished work on Christopher Marlowe three times.  In 2011, the winning entry was the unpublished manuscript of her verse novel, The Marlowe Papers. 2014’s award was for an essay called ‘Was Marlowe Faustus?’. The 2018 win was for the essay ‘Big Data, Little Certainty: Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Henry VI.’