Posted on August 29, 2019


Research themes

  • Early Modern Drama (Shakespeare and his contemporaries)
  • Early Modern travel writing
  • Receptions of Muslim East (Ottoman Empire and Safavid Persia) in Early Modern England

Current Project

  • Coedition, with Chloë Houston and Sophie Lemercier-Goddard, de A World of World : Writing Distant Travels and Linguistic Otherness in Early Modern England (c. 1550-1660). Collection of essays contracted to Brepols.


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, currently Université Paris Cité


Administrative Responsibilities

Selected Publications:

  •  “Mitring Persia in The Faerie Queene”, The Spenser Review 52.3-4 (Autumn 2022),
  • Echoing Cities in Muscovy Company Merchants’ Itineraries in Persia and Central Asia, 1558-1570, Hakluyt Society Annual Lecture 2022.
  • “English Literature and the Ottoman and Persian Empires in the Renaissance”, The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature, June 2022.
  •  “Patterning the Tatar Girl in George Puttenham’s The Art of English Poesie (1589)”, 377-386 in Jyotsna Singh (ed.), A Companion to the Global Renaissance: Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion, 1500-1700, Second Edition. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2021.
  • “Reterritorializing Persepolis: The First English Travellers’ Accounts”, 115-131 in Jane Grogan (ed.), Beyond Greece and Rome: Reading the Ancient Near East in Early Modern Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020.
  • Astrolabe 49 (2020) : special issue on “Captain Cook after 250 Years: Re-exploring the Voyages of James Cook”,, coedited with Pierre Lurbe and Emmanuelle Péraldo.
  • Eastern Resonances in Early Modern England: Receptions and Transformations from the Renaissance to the Romantic Period, ed. Claire Gallien and Ladan Niayesh. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.
  • Sillages critiques 26 (2019) : special issue on “Nouvelles perspectives sur The Duchess of Malfi”,, coedited with Line Cottegnies, Anne-Valérie Dulac and Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise.
  • 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.
  • “From Travel Guide to Self-Discovery in Andrew Boorde’s Fyrst Boke of the Introduction of Knowledge (1547)”, Etudes Anglaises 70:2 (April-June 2017), 138-146.
  • XVII-XVIII 74 (2017), special issue on “Empire”, coedited with Marie-Jeanne Rossignol.

>> Publications and papers in the open archive HAL