Alan Sinfield

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Alan Sinfield
Born 1941 (age 75–76)
Residence Brighton, East Sussex, England
Nationality British
Occupation University professor
Employer University of Sussex

Alan Sinfield (born 1941) is an English theorist in the fields of Shakespeare and sexuality, modern theatre, gender studies, queer theory (queer studies), post-1945 politics and cultural theory. Literature, Politics and Culture in Postwar Britain first published in 1989, is a revolutionary socialist interpretation of the postwar cultural settlement and its destruction. He pioneered the Sexual Dissidence programme at the University of Sussex with Jonathan Dollimore and continues to teach postgraduate students and research in the field of sexual dissidence at the University of Sussex.

In 2016, Sinfield and his work were the subject of a special issue of the journal Textual Practice, entitled On Alan Sinfield.[1]


  • Shakespeare, Authority, Sexuality: Unfinished Business in Cultural Materialism (2006)
  • Literature, Politics and Culture in Postwar Britain (2004)
  • On Sexuality and Power (2004)
  • Out on Stage: Lesbian and Gay Theatre in the Twentieth Century (1999)
  • Gay and After: Gender, Culture and Consumption (1998)
  • Cultural Politics - Queer Reading (1994)
  • The Wilde Century: Effeminacy, Oscar Wilde and the Queer Moment (1994)
  • Political Shakespeare: Essays in Cultural Materialism (1994) (With Jonathan Dollimore)
  • Faultlines: Cultural Materialism and the Politics of Dissident Reading (1992)
  • Literature in Protestant England, 1560-1660 (1983)
  • Dramatic Monologue (1977)
  • The Language of Tennyson's In Memoriam (1971)


  1. ^ Textual Practice, 30 issue 6 (2016),

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