Janet Clare

Professor Janet Clare

Professor of Renaissance Literature

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of English and American Studies


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.


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, Università 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.



- 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

Book Chapter

Medley History: The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth to Henry V

Clare, J. (2010). Medley History: The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth to Henry V. In P. Holland (Ed.), Shakespeare Survey 63, 102-113. The University of Hull. doi:10.1017/ccol9780521769150.010


Clare, J. (2011). Censorship. The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare, 276 - 294. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199566105.013.0016

The theatre and political control

Clare, J. (2011). The theatre and political control. Thomas Middleton in context, 176 - 184. Cambridge University Press

Countering anti-theatricality: Davenant and the drama of the protectorate

Clare, J. (2012). Countering anti-theatricality: Davenant and the drama of the protectorate. The Oxford handbook of literature and the English Revolution, 498 - 515. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199560608.013.0027

Journal Article

Reform and order on the Elizabethan stage: Sir Thomas More to Hamlet

Clare, J. (2018). Reform and order on the Elizabethan stage: Sir Thomas More to Hamlet. Shakespeare Jahrbuch, 154,

Postgraduate supervision

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