Niayesh Ladan

Posted on August 29, 2019


Research themes

  • Early Modern Drama (Shakespeare and his contemporaries)
  • Early Modern travel literature
  • Receptions of Persia and the East in Early Modern Literature

Current Project

  • Volume 3 (on travels to Muscovy and Persia, co-edited with Ralph Cleminson) of Richard Hakluyt’s Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation (general editors Dan Carey and Claire Jowitt. Contracted to Oxford University Press)
  • Co-edition, with Kurosh Meshkat (British Library) and Alasdair MacDonald (University of Groningen), of An Elizabethan Soldier in Safavid Persia : Sir Anthony Sherley’s Mission to the Court of Shah ‘Abbas the Great, the Persian Embassy to Muscovy, the Holy Roman Empire, the Papal States and Habsburg Spain. Contracted to the Hakluyt Society.
  • Forthcoming chapters in A New Companion to the Global Renaissance (ed. Jyotsna Singh, contracted to Blackwell), and Medieval Travel Writing: A Global History (ed. Sebastian Sobecki, contracted to Cambridge University Press).

Research Supervision

  • British Literature and history of ideas, 16th-17th centuries
  • Early Modern theatre (Shakespeare and his contemporaries) and its modern adaptations
  • Travel literature, particularly in connection with Persia and the Ottoman empire in the early modern period
  • Literary orientalism

Education and Academic Positions

  • 1990, Ecole Normale Supérieure
  • 1993, Agrégation d’anglais
  • 2000, PhD, University of Montpellier 3. Dissertation title: Aux frontières de l’humain: Figures du cannibalisme dans le théâtre anglais de la Renaissance
  • 2010, Habilitation à diriger des recherches, University of Montpellier 3. Title: Etrangeté et étrangèreté dans le théâtre anglais de la Renaissance
  • 1995-2000: Allocataire Monitrice Normalienne and ATER at the University of Montpellier
  • 2000-2012, Maître de conferences (Senior Lecturer), Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7
  • 2012-present, Professor, Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Board Member, Conseil Scientifique, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris Saclay (Cachan)
  • Member of the Hakluyt Society Council
  • Associate editor, Cahiers Elisabéthains
  • Co-general editor of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Studies series of Manchester University Press
  • Aux Frontières de l’humain : figures du cannibalisme dans le théâtre anglais de la Renaissance. Paris : Honoré Champion, 2009.
  • A Knight’s Legacy : Mandeville and Mandevillian Lore in Early Modern England. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2011.
  • Études Épistémè 26 (automne 2014), special issue on “Curiosité et géographie en Orient et en Occident, XVIème – XVIIIème siècles”, co-edited with Line Cottegnies et Annick Horiuchi. <>
  • XVII-XVIII 74 (2017), dossier “Empire”, co-edited with Marie-Jeanne Rossignol. .
  • Three Romances of Eastern Conquest: Alphonsus, King of Aragon by Robert Greene, Soliman and Perseda by Thomas Kyd, The Four Prentices of London by Thomas Heywood. ‘Revels Plays Companion Library Series’. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018.

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