Janet Clare

Professor Janet Clare

Professor of Renaissance Literature

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


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Professor Clare's research focusses on Shakespeare, Renaissance and early modern literature with a strong interest in drama.

Her publications span a period from c.1550 to 1685 and range from women's writing in the Renaissance to the censorship of drama during the Exclusion crisis of the late Stuart period.

Professor Clare has given plenary lectures at the conferences of the International Shakespeare Association, the German Shakespeare Society and the Italian Association for Shakespeare and Early Modern Studies.

She has taught and given guest lectures in Ireland, France, Italy, Brazil, Germany, Austria, Norway and Japan. She enjoys giving lectures in schools and at the Globe Theatre, London.


Research Interests

  • Renaissance and early modern drama

  • Transcultural Shakespeare

  • Textual editing: John Marston, 'What You Will'

  • Cosmography, voyaging and the early modern literary imagination

Research groups

Contributed a paper on early modern revels and court performance for a symposium, Brave New Theatres: 1616 in China and England, organised jointly by SOAS, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and National Chung Cheng University.

Member of the Transcultural Shakespeare network of international scholars exploring Shakespeare's routes of migration and processes of acculturation.

New Perspectives on Early Modern Censorship, international project under the auspices of Institut d'Histoire des Representations et des Idees dans les Modernities, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Prof Clare's paper, '"Art to Enchant”: The Tempest, Sources and Sorcery’, delivered at the International Shakespeare Conference, Stratford-upon Avon, 2014, is evolving into a major new research project.


From Republic to Restoration: Legacies and Departures , Manchester University Press, 2018.

Shakespeare’s Stage Traffic: Imitation, Borrowing and Competition in Renaissance Theatre, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017 and 2014.

Revenge Tragedies of the Renaissance, Writers and their Work, Tavistock: Northcote House/British Council, 2006, pp. xii + 148.

Drama of the English Republic 1649-1660, The Revels Plays Companion Library, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002; pbk. 2005, pp. xiv + 311.

‘Art Made Tongue-tied by Authority’: Elizabethan and Jacobean Dramatic Censorship, The Revels Plays Companion Library, revised second edition, 1999, Manchester University Press, pp. viii + 242.

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Shakespeare

  • Shakespearean Transformations (course convenor)

  • Writing the Revolution: Religion,Sex and Politics in Seventeenth-century Literature (course convenor)

  • Drama and Performance

  • Dissertation


  • Medieval to Early Modern: Continuity and Change

  • Shakespeare: Text, Music and Theatre

Research PhDs

Professor Clare welcomes PhD applications in any field of Shakespeare studies and early modern literature. Specific interests include theatre and censorship, cosmography, literature and culture in transition 1642-1660, staging Jacobean drama and intercultural Shakespeare.

She would also be interested in supervising work on theatre in the 20th century.

Current PhD supervisions 

Louise Mabille, Parrhesia in Early Modern Literature

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Leeds)

  • MA (Birmingham)

  • PhD (Birmingham)

External roles

  • 2016 Visiting Professor, Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Studi Interculturali, Università di Firenze.     

  • Advisory Board, Journal of Early Modern Studies, University of Florence

Awards and accolades

  • AHRC Research Fellowship, February to November 2012 for the project, 'Shakespeare's Stage Traffic: Imitation, Borrowing and Competition in Renaissance Theatre'.

Professional highlights


  • May 2017: Guest lecture, ‘Shakespeare’s Hybrid Texts’, Università del Salento, Lecce.

  • April 2017: Plenary lecture, ‘Authorisation and Reform’, German Shakespeare Society conference on Shakespeare and the Reformation, Weimar.

  • December 2106: Plenary lecture, international conference, ‘New Perspectives on Censorship in Early Modern England’, Maisons des Sciences de l’Homme, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand.

  • November 2016: Guest lecture, ‘Transcultural Shakespeare’, Università di Pisa.

  • August 2016: '"Till Birnam Wood Remove to Dunsinane": Moving to and from Wild Places’, lecture at the Globe Theatre, Into the Woods.


  • 'In Our Time', Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy, BBC Radio 4, June 2009.

  • 'The First English Opera: The Siege of Rhodes', BBC Radio 3, 2010.