Littérature moderne (16e - 18e siècles)

Devani SINGH

Dr Devani SINGH

Collaboratrice Scientifique II

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Research Interests

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.



Bel-vedére: A Critical Edition [with Lukas Erne] (Cambridge University Press; forthcoming). See

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


“Newly Discovered Shakespeare Passages in Bel-vedére or The Garden of the Muses (1600)” [with Lukas Erne], Shakespeare (forthcoming 2019).

“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

‘John Rastell (printer)’, ‘John Speed’ and ‘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’ [with Lukas Erne], Notes and Queries 66.3 (2019), 467-69.


“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:


Littérature moderne (16e - 18e siècles)