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Jyotsna Singh

Renaissance Literature

Office: C708 Wells Hall
Email: jsingh@msu.edu

Jyotsna G. Singhteaches and researches early modern literature and culture, 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, book chapters, and works such as the following: The Weyward Sisters: Shakespeare and Feminist Politics (Blackwell), (co-authored); Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues: ‘Discovery’ of India in the Language of Colonialism (Routledge); and Travel Knowledge: European ‘Discoveries’ in the Early Modern Period (Palgrave), (co-ed. Ivo Kamps, and A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion, 1559–1660  (Blackwell); The Postcolonial World (co-ed, David D. Kim), Routledge; and most recently, Shakespeare and Postcolonial Theory (Arden 2019). 

Currently, she is working on a monograph that draws on postcolonial theory, global exchange, and early modern history of Islam and Christianity. Tentatively entitled, Muslim and Christian Identity-formations in the Early Modern World, 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.’ 

Singh has received several research fellowships: at the Folger Shakespeare Library, a Distinguished Faculty Fellowship at Queen Mary, University of London (2008), and a Long-Term Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, (2010); and most recently, a visiting Fellow position at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, UK (Michaelmas (Fall term 2019).  She was also invited to design and lead two Research Workshops at the Newberry Library (Renaissance Center): Anglo-Muslim Encounters (2011), and Reading the Early Modern Anglo-Muslim Archive (2012).

Among her long-term research projects is a book/data base on “Iraqi Kurdistan,” on which she has published two blog essays, based on her travels and research to the region through an MSU exchange program (via an IREX grant- http://www.irex.org/).


Blogs –

http://www.chapatimystery.com/archives/potpurri/a_musafir_in_iraqi_kurdistan.html  Part I

http://www.chapatimystery.com/archives/potpurri/a_musafir_in_iraqi_kurdistan_part_ii.html part II

Jyotsna Singh’s interests in global cultures have led her to organize two major international conferences at the MSU campus: Globalization and Visual Culture (2005) and Rumi in the Twenty-first Century (2007).

Books –

The Postcolonial World


ENG210: Introduction to the Study of English
ENG310A: Literature in English to 1660
ENG421: Shakespeare
ENG426B: Comparative Drama: Renaissance and Baroque
ENG455: Renaissance Literature and Drama
ENG492H: Studies in Period and Genre
ENG855/955: Shakespeare
ENG871: Introduction to Critical Methodology and Research
ENG320B: Literary History: “Postcolonial Studies”
AL892: Seminar in Arts and Letters