Jyotsna Singh


C708 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyEnglishFilm Studies

Literary Studies; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Race and Ethnic Studies; Postcolonial Studies


Jyotsna G. Singh teaches and researches early modern literature and culture, including Shakespeare, travel writing, postcolonial theory, early modern histories of Islam, and gender and race studies, often exploring the intersections of these different fields and periods.

Her published work includes: 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. Ed. (Blackwell); The Postcolonial World (co-ed, David D. Kim), Routledge; and most recently, Shakespeare and Postcolonial Theory (Arden 2019).

Her latest book, A Companion to the Global Renaissance: Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion, 1500-1700 Second Edition. (Wiley Blackwell, 2021). This issue includes a collection of original essays that provide an expansive picture of globalization across the early modern world.

Most Recently, Singh has signed a contract (2021)with Cambridge University Press, UK, to produce/write a new edition of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. (co-editor Professor Matthew Dimmock, due 2004.

Currently, she is working on two projects: i) 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.’

ii) A series of essays on a reassessment of early English Slave voyages, expanding on a forthcoming chapter, “Hakluyt’s books and Hakwins Slaving Voyages: The Transatlantic Slave Trade in the English Imaginary, 1562-1600.”

Jyotsna Singh has received several research fellowships: at the Folger Shakespeare Library; a Distinguished Visiting Faculty Fellowship at Queen Mary, University of London (2008); and a Long-Term Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, (2010).

Most recently, she received a visiting Fellowship at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, UK (Michaelmas (Fall term 2019). She was also invited to design and lead three Research Workshops at the Newberry Library (Renaissance Center): Anglo-Muslim Encounters (2011), and Reading the Early Modern Anglo-Muslim Archive (2012); and Early Anglo-Muslim Encounters, (March 2020).

She was also an Invited speaker at Georgetown University, NEH Summer Teaching Institute for Teachers: “Connected History of the Renaissance,’ Aug, 3-6, 2020. https://www.newberry.org/03062020-early-modern-anglo-muslim-encounters.

She has been invited as a plenary or Keynote speaker at conferences and invited talks world-wide, ranging from Greece, Portugal, Delhi, U.K., Germany, and Paris.

Please see links below to two recent Invited Lectures/Interviews:

London Shakespeare Seminar January 24, 2022: https://www.sas.ac.uk/videos-and-podcasts/culture-language-and-literature/london-shakespeare-seminar-1

The Global Renaissance and Islamic Worlds, March 6, 2022

Sponsored: Society for Renaissance Studies, UK, and Medieval and Early Modern Orients https://www.crowdcast.io/e/memos-on-griw?fbclid=IwAR174ZuMO7tEnaPtRyeWEW5lUkib_FFDpOLlXn-eRf7iNTOPnt1odm3VruU

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


ENG 280: Foundations of Literary Study II (Theory)

ENG 368: Medieval and Early Modern Literature

ENG210: Introduction to the Study of English

ENG310A: Literature in English to 1660

ENG426B: Comparative Drama: Renaissance and Baroque

ENG455: Renaissance Literature and Drama

ENG492H: Studies in Period and Genre

ENG 318: Studies in Shakespeare

ENG 484: Capstone

ENG320B: Literary History: “Postcolonial Studies”

ENG 813 Gender, Power, and Violence in Jacobean Tragedy (2020)

ENG 813 Shakespeare, Race, and Empire (2018)

ENG 813 Early Modern Islam and the West (2016)

ENG855/955: Shakespeare

AL892: Seminar in Arts and Letters

University News

Jyotsna Singh Leaves Lasting Legacy at MSU and Will Deliver Legacy Lecture on April 17
Published March 28, 2024 in College of Arts & Letters
As the 2023-2024 recipient of the College of Arts & Letters’ Legacy Lecture Award, Jyotsna Singh, who recently retired from the Department of English at Michigan State University, will deliver…Read now »
Faculty Award Winners Recognized for Outstanding Achievement
Published September 19, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
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The College of Arts & Letters honored its 2023 Faculty Award winners at the College’s Faculty and Staff Welcome Reception on Sept. 18 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.The four…Read now »
Singh Named Visiting Fellow at Oxford University
Published January 14, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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Professor of English Jyotsna Singh, Professor of Renaissance Literature in the Department of English, has been elected Visiting Fellow at Oxford University – St. Catherine’s College. She will…Read now »
Professor Harrow to Retire After More Than 50 Years at MSU
Published April 12, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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When Ken Harrow, Distinguished Professor of English, began his career at Michigan State University in September 1966, John Hannah was President of the University, anti-Vietnam War protests were…Read now »
Using Shakespeare to Inspire Growth and Conversation
Published November 21, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
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Acclaimed Director Iqbal Khan, most recently known for his production of Macbeth for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, visited Michigan State University last week and spoke to English and…Read now »
Leading Voices Series Presents Iqbal Khan
Published November 2, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
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Acclaimed Director Iqbal Khan’s repertoire of radically original, culturally textured productions has established him as an influential figure in the contemporary British theatre scene. With a…Read now »
Professor Chosen for Competitive NEH Summer Stipend
Published March 24, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
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Professor of English Jyotsna Singh has been selected to receive the highly competitive Summer Stipend award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Singh will use the…Read now »
‘Hmong Memory at the Crossroads’ Film Premiere
Published January 13, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
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The College of Arts & Letters Department of Romance and Classical Studies will premiere the documentary film Hmong Memory at the Crossroads at 4:00 pm, Monday, February 15, 2016 in the…Read now »
English Professor Interviewed for Podcast, “Shakespeare in India”
Published July 17, 2015 in College of Arts & Letters
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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 40 What impact has Shakespeare’s writing had on Indian theater? And, how has Indian theater shaped and altered Shakespeare’s work?  Shakespeare’s…Read now »