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College of Arts and Letters | Michigan State University


Jyotsna Singh


Renaissance Literature




218 Morrill Hall
Phone: 517-355-7570

Jyotsna G. Singh researches and teaches early modern literature and culture, colonial history, travel writing, postcolonial theory, and gender and race studies, often exploring the intersections of these different fields. Her published work includes The Weyward Sisters: Shakespeare and Feminist Politics (Blackwell), co-authored with Dympna Callaghan and Lorraine Helms; 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-edited with Ivo Kamps. She has written extensively on early modern drama and culture, with an emphasis on Shakespeare; cross-cultural performances/appropriations of Shakespeare, early modern travel narratives, history of race and gender, and colonialism, among others.

Currently, she is working on two projects at the theoretical intersections of postcolonial theory, global exchange, and colonial discourse analysis. The first work is a forthcoming anthology of essays, entitled A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion, 1559–1660 (Blackwell). The second project is a book manuscript, entitled ‘To Live by Traffic’: Early Modern Colonial Encounters, 1550–1670, in which she explores a variety of English colonial encounters as they shaped and reflected an interplay of market systems, gift exchanges, and coercive acquisition. In addition, Singh is co-editing (with Daniel Vitkus) Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra: Texts and Contexts (under contract with Bedford Books).

Singh has received several research fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library and a Distinguished Faculty Fellowship at Queen Mary, University of London (2008). Her 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).

Courses Taught

ENG 210 Introduction to the Study of English

ENG 310A Literature in English to 1660

ENG 421 Shakespeare

ENG 426B Comparative Drama: Renaissance and Baroque

ENG 455 Renaissance Literature and Drama

ENG 492H Studies in Period and Genre

ENG 855/955 Shakespeare

ENG 871 Introduction to Critical Methodology and Research

AL 892 Seminar in Arts and Letters