Modern English Literature (16th - 18th Centuries)

Devani SINGH

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Dr Devani SINGH

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Devani Singh is a book historian whose research spans the late medieval and early modern periods. She was educated at the universities of Toronto (BA, Hons), Oxford (MPhil), and Cambridge (PhD), where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Her current research includes work on a monograph titled 'Perfecting Chaucer: Print, Manuscript, and Early Modern Readers’, and on the project 'To the Reader: The English Preface in Print, c. 1475-1623', for which she holds an 'Ambizione' grant (2019-2023) from the Fonds National Suisse. 

With Lukas Erne, she is co-editor of the first critical edition of the printed commonplace book Belvedere (1600). In addition, she collaborates with the University of Geneva's Bodmer Lab, a digital humanities initiative that aims to catalogue, digitise, and study the collections of the Fondation Martin Bodmer in Cologny, Geneva.

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Bel-vedére: A Critical Edition [with Lukas Erne] (Cambridge University Press, 2020). See https://www.unige.ch/belvedere/.

Shakespeare in Geneva: Early Modern English Books (1475-1700) at the Martin Bodmer Foundation [with Lukas Erne] (Editions Ithaque, 2018).

Articles

‘The Progeny of Print: Manuscript Adaptations of John Speed’s Chaucer Engraving’, Digital Philology 9.2 (forthcoming 2020).

“Newly Discovered Shakespeare Passages in Bel-vedére or The Garden of the Muses (1600)”, Shakespeare 16.1  (2020) [with Lukas Erne].

“Caxton and his Readers: Histories of Book Use in a copy of The Canterbury Tales (c. 1483)”, Journal of the Early Book Society 20 (2017), 233-49.

“‘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.

Short Articles and Notes

‘An Unreported Chaucer Epitaph in English’,  Notes and Queries  (forthcoming).

‘John Rastell (printer)’, in The Chaucer Encyclopedia, eds. Richard Newhauser, Vincent Gillespie, Jessica Rosenfeld, and Katie Walter [Wylie-Blackwell, forthcoming].

‘John Speed’, in The Chaucer Encyclopedia, eds. Richard Newhauser, Vincent Gillespie, Jessica Rosenfeld, and Katie Walter [Wylie-Blackwell, forthcoming].

‘Manuscript anthologies’, in The Chaucer Encyclopedia, eds. Richard Newhauser, Vincent Gillespie, Jessica Rosenfeld, and Katie Walter [Wylie-Blackwell, forthcoming].

Bel-vedére (1600) and the Dates of Thomas Combe’s Theater of Fine Devices and Dunstan Gale’s Pyramus and Thisbe’,  Notes and Queries 66.3 (2019), 467-69 [with Lukas Erne].

Reviews

“Trading in 'Shakespeare'”, 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: http://jhiblog.org/2015/03/23/imagining-the-world-of-early-print/


Modern English Literature (16th - 18th Centuries)