Modern English Literature (16th - 18th Centuries)

Devani SINGH

Dr Devani SINGH


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Devani Singh's research spans the late medieval and early modern periods. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Cambridge, an M.Phil. in Medieval English from Oxford, and a B.A. in English from the University of Toronto. Her primary interest is the relationship between early printed texts and their readers, a topic investigated in current projects on Chaucer's Renaissance reception and on the emergence of printed epistles to readers. 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.



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

Belvedere: A Critical Edition (co-editor with Lukas Erne) [Cambridge University Press; forthcoming].  See


“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. 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

“Legacies of Book Use in a Caxton Canterbury Tales (c. 1483)”, Early Book Society (EBS) Biennial Meeting, University of Durham (2017)

"'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)


Modern English Literature (16th - 18th Centuries)