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Prof Matthew Dimmock

Post:Professor of Early Modern Studies (English)
Other posts:Professor of English (Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies)
Location:ARTS B B333

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UK:01273 877663
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From Yorkshire to Northamptonshire to rural Lincolnshire, I eventually ended up at the University of Leeds and completed a BA and an MA in the English Department there. A year of work followed, after which I decided to return to academia, and spent three years at Royal Holloway, University of London, studying for a PhD. This was awarded towards the end of 2002, and my thesis explored the ways in which Islam and the Ottoman Empire were understood in early modern English culture - particularly how the 'terrible Turk' was represented on the professional stage. Almost immediately upon completing the PhD I took up a Visiting Scholarship at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands. For three and a half cold but productive months I skated on canals, took courses in early Dutch, worked in the National Archives in The Hague, and taught on the MA in European Expansion. Upon my return I continued researching as Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at Queen Mary, University of London, for a few months in the summer of 2003, after which I took up a position as Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Sussex. I became Professor of Early Modern Studies in early 2013.

A while back I was interviewed on the Radio 3 documentary 'Courting the East', and some time before that I appeared on the Channel Four documentary 'Great British Islam'. I co-curated the 'East-West: Objects Between Cultures' exhibition at Tate Britain - see - and curated the opening section of the Jamestown-Yorktown 'World of 1607' exhibition, celebrating the 400 year anniversary of the first American colonies - for more details, see I've moved all over Sussex in search of a sea view, and am now based in lovely Seaford, where on tiptoes I can just about catch a glimpse of it from an attic window.

My book Mythologies of the Prophet Muhammad in Early Modern English Culture (Cambridge, 2013) is out there in the world - see

I am currently writing a book about 'otherness' in the early modern world, focused on Anglo-Chinese engagements and provisonally titled Elizabethan Globalism. I am also part of the editorial team for the Oxford Hakluyt project and the Oxford Nashe project. Most recently I have been involved in a consultative capacity with Sir David McVicar's wonderful 2015 Glyndebourne production of Mozart's opera Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (now out on DVD) - you can find the podcast here:, and I wrote a piece for Prospect considering the contested history of Islam on 'Western' stages - see I have also contributed a short piece on Shakespeare and Islam to the Oxford University Press Shakespeare 400 blog page:, and a blog for Shakespeare's Globe:




Professor of Early Modern Studies

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