Before becoming a full-time writer I worked in a variety of Institutions: Warwick University: the Open University; Centre For Performing Arts; WEA; University of Sheffield. I taught courses on Shakespeare and Marlowe, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Studies, including Film Studies. I also taught Drama courses in which students wrote, directed and performed their own work. With Colleague Fred Inglis I designed and co-ordinated a Masters Course in Screenwriting, and which proved very successful.
I worked as a Writer in-Residence at various Institutions, both academic and community-based. For a year I was Community playwright for the City of Coventry and wrote and co-directed a play, The Wedding, performed by people who had mostly never acted before, and many who had never been to the theatre. I have taught Creative Writing in the UK and across Europe, and in Asia. This ranges from formal, lecture-based courses to workshop courses leading to publications and performances.
More recently I was Convenor and Coordinator of a new Foundation Degree in Writing for Performance at Ruskin College, Oxford.
Some academic work has proved to be useful in my own writing. You learn how to do research properly and acquire interests and approaches that keep you furnished with material to think about, adapt, or challenge.
This book gives an account of the refashioning of ideas about national character in late Victorian culture, with a wide reference to literature and popular culture around the time of the Boer War, and a particular scrutiny of images of the soldier. In specific images, narratives and motifs, the book highlights dynamic tensions, between the external boundaries of empire and those of civil society, and between class antagonisms and national projections. Many new sources and materials are introduced to this field of study.
“One of the strengths of this study is the variety of cultural artefacts that Attridge considers…(He) displays an ability to combine close-reading skills with judicious attention to performance…a lively, readable, broad-ranging study that deserves particular credit for its treatment of more ephemeral forms. As such it brings the insights of Benedict Anderson and Edward Said into fruitful contact with an approach to the popular derived from cultural studies.
Victorian Studies – Volume 47, Number 2, Winter 2005, pp. 305-307 Indiana University Press
“Steve Attridge manages a significant achievement in this work which offers fresh perspectives on a period that has been the focus of renewed (and close) critical attention since the centenary of the Anglo-Boer War in 2002…Attridge offers the reader a scholarly assessment of a shifting phenomenon, that is, the contingent process that informs identity formation as public discourses and the new media called into question some of the existing verities of late Victorian culture…The flow of analytic insight in each section, from cultural specificities to more generalized theoretical observations, is carefully controlled and supported by an astute awareness of the degree to which narrow ideological readings (such as exist in a left/right dichotomy) fail to account for the competing views of the soldier, whether as hero or anti-hero, that emerge in the cultural representations of the period…Steve Attridge has successfully combined historiography and literary criticism in order to illuminate a dark corner of the British imperial project. The range of material he has marshalled here, together with his assiduous attention to detailed exposition and comparative analysis, mark this work as an important contribution to the discussion of “nationalism, imperialism and identity” in the period when the reign of Queen Victoria draws to a close.”
Reviewed by: Jenny de Reuck, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Murdoch University. H-Net Review.