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Prof Nandini Das B.A. (Oxon), M.Phil. (Cantab.), PhD(Cantab)

Professor of English Literature English


Personal Statement

I work on Renaissance romance, fiction and early travel and cross-cultural encounters. Other research interests include early modern cultural and intellectual history, editing theory and history of the book, Shakespeare, Renaissance theatre and popular culture, women’s writing (especially Renaissance women writers and female pseudo-autobiographies from the sixteenth to the early eighteenth century), the development of early eighteenth century Orientalism, and digital humanities. My recent publications include _Robert Greene's Planetomachia_ (2007), _Renaissance Romance: The Transformation of English Prose Fiction, 1570-1620_ (2011), and essays on Richard Hakluyt and early modern travel. I am currently working on 'Common Places', a Leverhulme Trust funded project on Renaissance travel and cultural memory. I also run the UKIERI funded 'Envisioning the Indian City' project (

Prizes or Honours

  • AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers (AHRC and BBC Radio 3, 2012)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (The Higher Education Academy, 2007)
  • University Gold Medal (Jadavpur University, India, 1996)

Funded Fellowships

  • The Rhodes Scholarship (The Rhodes Trust, Oxford, 1997)