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Dr Clare Whitehead, BA, MA (Nottingham), PhD (QMUL)


Lecturer in Early Modern Literature



I grew up in south Wales, and studied for an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and English at the University of Nottingham. I stayed in the English Department for an MA in Early Modern Studies before moving to Queen Mary, where I graduated in 2015 with a PhD in English Literature. 

I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at King’s College London from 2015-2016 and have now re-joined Queen Mary as a lecturer in early modern literature.   

Undergraduate Teaching

In 2016-17 I am teaching on:


Research Interests:

  • Jacobean and Caroline literature and culture
  • Early modern afterlives
  • Early modern gender studies
  • Royal and court studies
  • Performance histories


Recent and On-Going Research

I am currently working on a monograph, based on my doctoral thesis, which examines performance culture at the early Jacobean court and the significance of early modern texts for performance at moments of political and cultural transition.

I am also interested in the afterlives of early modern texts and individuals, and have several publications forthcoming on this topic.



  • ‘Harold Jenkins’s copy of Alternative Shakespeares’, Critical Survey (forthcoming 2017), co-authored with James Everest

Edited collections

  • Shakespeare’s Sonnets: the State of Play (forthcoming 2017, Bloomsbury Arden), co-edited with Hannah Crawforth and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann


  • ‘Ben Jonson’, The Year’s Work in English Studies (2016) 95:1, pp. 33-41
  • Review of Visions of Venice in Shakespeare, ed. Laura Tosi and Shaul Bassi (Ashgate: Farnham, 2011), The Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies (April 2013)
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