David Barnett is Reader in Drama at the University of Sussex, UK.
He studied German at the University of Nottingham (BA 1991), German Drama at the University of Bristol (MA 1992), and completed a doctorate entitled ‘"Literatur ist dazu da, dem Theater Widerstand zu leisten": Textual Problems and Theatrical Realization in the Later Plays of Heiner Müller’ at St Anne’s College, Oxford (DPhil 1996).
He has taught at the various colleges of Oxford University (1996-8), the University of Huddersfield (1998-2003), Ludwig Maxilimilians Universität, Munich (2002), University College Dublin (2004-6) and the University of Sussex (2006-the present).
He has published books on Heiner Müller (1998) and Rainer Werner Fassbinder (2005) as well as many essays on German and English-language, political and postdramatic plays and theatre. He is currently researching the history of the Berliner Ensemble with a British Academy Research Development Award and an AHRC Fellowship.
His publications on Heiner Müller are:
Literature versus Theatre. Textual Problems and Theatrical Realization in the Later Plays of Heiner Müller (Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang, 1998)
‘I have to change myself instead of interpreting myself.’ Heiner Müller as Post-Brechtian Director‘, Contemporary Theatre Review, 20:1 (2010), pp. 6-20
‘Resisting the Revolution. Heiner Müller's Hamlet/Machine at the Deutsches Theater, March, 1990', Theatre Research International, 31:2 (2006), pp. 188-200
‘Heiner Müller vertonen. Heiner Goebbels and the Music of Postmodern Memory', in Nora M. Alter and Lutz Koepnick (eds.), Sound Matters. Essays on the Acoustics of German Culture (New York and Oxford: Berghahn, 2004), pp. 217-27
‘Heiner Müller as the End of Brechtian Dramaturgy. Müller on Brecht in Two Lesser-Known Fragments.', Theatre Research International, 27 (2002), no. 1, pp. 49-57
‘Collective Dramaturgy. A Marxist Challenge to the Stage. Or: Heiner Müller's Political Theatre of Destruction', in Ian Wallace, Dennis Tate and Gerd Labroise (eds), Heiner Müller. Probleme und Perspektiven (Amsterdam and Atlanta GA: Rodopi, 2000), pp, 45-55
‘“Ich erfinde gerne Zitate”. Interview mit Heiner Müller’, GDR Bulletin, 2 (1996), pp. 9-13
Some notes on the difficulties of operating Heiner Müller's Die Hamletmaschine', German Life and Letters, 48 (1995), no. 1, pp. 75-85