Dr Jane Partner


Dr Jane Partner



Fellow type

Staff Fellow


Fellow and College Teaching Officer in English; Director of Studies in English


I am a Fellow, College Teaching Officer and Part II Director of Studies in English at Trinity Hall. I also lecture and carry out other undergraduate and graduate teaching in the Faculty of English.

My teaching and research interests are wide-ranging and span the disciplines of English Literature and Art History, concentrating on the early modern and contemporary periods. I also have a practice as a visual artist that intersects with my academic work.

My first book, Poetry and Vision in Early Modern England (Palgrave, 2018), reveals the ways in which seventeenth-century English poets used ideas about vision derived from visual art, optical science, theology and philosophy to examine the emergent conceptions of the subjective and objective. Current research includes work towards my next monograph, Reading the Early Modern Body. This project undertakes a major reappraisal of the textual nature of the body in the early modern period, bringing together sources that range from embroidered clothing and script jewellery to manuals of rhetorical gesture and sign language.

Other ongoing research interests include the muses and early modern literary authorship, jewellery in early modern literature and culture, the representation of Shakespeare’s work in the visual arts, and contemporary sculpture.

In Trinity Hall I regularly teach the compulsory undergraduate papers that cover literature 1500-1700, Shakespeare and Practical Criticism, as well as the final year optional papers Visual Culture and Material Renaissance. I also supervise dissertations on a wide range of literary and artistic topics.

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