Littérature moderne (16e - 18e siècles)

Dr. Devani SINGH
Bureau : CO 209
Téléphone : +41 22 379 78 86

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Devani Singh obtained her Ph.D. in English from the University of Cambridge in 2015. She also holds an M.Phil. in English Studies (650-1550) from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in English from the University of Toronto. Devani's research interests span the period 1400-1700, and include the history of reading, the material text, the book trade, and the early modern afterlife of medieval books. She is currently at work on a study of Chaucer's Renaissance readership and, with Professor Lukas Erne, on a project focused on the commonplace book Belvedere and its literary contexts. In addition, Devani collaborates with the University of Geneva's Bodmer Lab, a digital humanities initiative that aims to catalogue and digitise the collections of the Fondation Martin Bodmer.



Shakespeare in Geneva: Early Modern English Books (1475-1700) at the Martin Bodmer Foundation (with Lukas Erne), forthcoming 2017


“‘in his old dress’: Packaging Thomas Speght’s Chaucer for Renaissance Readers.” Chaucer Review 51.4 (2016): 478-502.

“‘alle his fetures folȝande, in forme þat he hade’: Recovering the Body and Saving the Soul in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” The Lancaster Luminary: Textual Bodies 2 (Summer 2010): 47-55. Online at:


 “Review: Shakespeare and the Book Trade, by Lukas Erne.” Cambridge Quarterly 43.1 (2014): 80-85.


 “Imagining the World of Early Print.” JHIBlog: The Blog of the Journal of the History of Ideas. March 23, 2015. Online at:

Selected Papers 

"'True Portraiture': Seeking Chaucer's Image in Early Modern England", Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies (SAMEMES), University of Zurich (2016)

“Shakespeare in Cologny: Early English Printed Books at the Fondation Martin Bodmer” (with Lukas Erne), University of Geneva, BodmerLab Research Seminar (2016)

“Picturing Chaucer in Manuscript and Print”, University of Geneva, CUSO Doctoral Workshop in Medieval and Early Modern Literature (2015).

“Chaucer’s Book in Antiquarian Hands: Re-making the Medieval Past”, New Chaucer Society Biennial Conference, Reykjavik (2014)

“Reading Chaucer’s Books in the Sixteenth Century”, University of Cambridge, Middle English Seminar (2014)

“Chaucer Steps Outside the Book: The Reception of a Renaissance Author Portrait”, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing [SHARP] Conference, Philadelphia, PA (2013)

“Two Books in One: An Elizabethan Antiquary Curates a Medieval Manuscript”, The In-Betweenness of Things Conference, British Museum/UCL (2013)

“This Slender Present”: Chaucer, the Cecils, and Late Elizabethan Literary Patronage”, University of Oxford, English Graduate Conference, Oxford (2012)

​“Writing Chaucer into the Past: Joseph Holland and the Cambridge Gg manuscript,” Reading the Middle Ages Conference, University of California Berkeley (2011)