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Dr Clare Whitehead

Teaching Fellow in Early Modern Literature and Culture / Postdoctoral Research Project Fellow

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King's College London
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Clare completed a BA in Philosophy and English at the University of Nottingham, followed by an MA in Early Modern Studies. She took her PhD at Queen Mary University of London, before moving to King’s College London to work as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant and then re-joining Queen Mary as a lecturer in early modern literature. She has now returned to King’s as a teaching and research fellow in early modern literature and culture. 

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Jacobean and Caroline literature and culture
  • Early modern afterlives
  • Early modern gender studies
  • Royal and court studies
  • Performance histories

Clare’s doctoral thesis examined the significance of early modern texts performed at moments of political and cultural transition, from plays and dramatic entertainments to civic and state ceremonials, sermons, oratory, and academic debates. She is currently preparing her monograph Power and Performance at the early Jacobean court for publication. She is also working on a new project examining medieval and early modern soundscapes, with a particular focus on women’s voices. 


Clare teaches a range of undergraduate modules relating to early modern literature and early modern drama.


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