Plenary Speakers

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JAMES LOXLEY (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Professor of Early Modern Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of a number of books on early modern poetry and drama, including Royalism and Poetry in the English Civil Wars (1997), Ben Jonson (2002), and Shakespeare, Jonson and the Claims of the Performative (2013). He has also published on ordinary language philosophy, the work of Thomas Hobbes, and theories of performativity. Together with Anna Groundwater and Julie Sanders, he has published a previously unknown account of Ben Jonson’s Walk to Scotland (2015). He has also led a project to create a digital map of literary Edinburgh,




JYOTSNA G. SINGH (Michigan State University, USA)

Jyotsna G. Singh is Professor of English at Michigan State University, teaches and researches early modern literature and culture, especially Shakespeare, colonial history, travel writing, postcolonial theory, early modern histories of Islam, and gender and race studies, often exploring the intersections of these different fields. Her published work includes numerous articles, chapters, and Books such as the following:Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues: ‘Discovery’ of India in the Language of Colonialism (Routledge, 1996); and Travel Knowledge: European ‘Discoveries’ in the Early Modern Period (Palgrave 2001), (co-ed. Ivo Kamps); A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion, 1559–1660  (Blackwell 2009 and Reprinted 2013 );  The Postcolonial World(co-ed. David D. Kim), (Routledge 2016).Her latest monograph is Shakespeare and Postcolonial Theory (Arden Bloomsbury, 2019 January).

Currently, Jyotsna Singh is working on a monograph that draws on postcolonial theory, global exchange, and early modern history of Islam and Christianity. Tentatively entitled, Transcultural Islam: Muslim and Christian Identity-formations in Mughal India and early Modern England, this monograph looks afresh at the shifting applications of the term ‘religion’ in Europe, via a conglomeration of Muslim cultural memories and European imaginings of the Muslim ‘other,’ with a focus on the English presence in Mughal India.  Her talk at the conference will be based on this work.



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SARAH KNIGHT (University of Leicester, UK)

Sarah Knight is Professor of Renaissance Literature in the School of Arts at the University of Leicester. Her academic background is in Classics and English, and she is particularly interested in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English and Latin literature, especially drama, poetry and rhetoric. She has published widely on the association between literary composition and educational experience, and on works written at or about early modern institutions of learning (schools, colleges, universities, Inns of Court).

Her first book was a translation and co-edition of Leon Battista Alberti’s Latin prose satire Momus for the I Tatti Renaissance Library (Harvard University Press, 2003). She has edited and translated the accounts of Elizabeth I’s visits to Oxford and several other texts for the new multi-authored critical edition of John Nichols’s The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I (5 volumes, Oxford University Press (2014). She has co-edited three essay collections related to her research and teaching interests: The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin (Oxford University Press, 2015); The Cultural and Intellectual World of the Early Modern Inns of Court (Manchester University Press, 2011) and The Progresses, Pageants, and Entertainments of Queen Elizabeth I (Oxford University Press, 2007).

She is currently editing and translating John Milton’s student speeches (the Prolusiones) and his letters (Epistolae Familiares), and editing Fulke Greville’s two tragedies Alaham and Mustapha.