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Jyotsna Singh
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Jyotsna Singh


Renaissance Literature




C708 Wells Hall
Email: jsingh@msu.edu

Jyotsna G. Singh teaches 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). She also has a forthcoming collection, The Postcolonial World (co-ed, David D. Kim), Routledge - May 2015.

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.’  In addition, Singh is co-editing (with Daniel Vitkus) Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, under contract with Bedford.

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).  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



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

ENG 320B –Literary History: “Postcolonial Studies”

AL 892 Seminar in Arts and Letters