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Prof Matthew Dimmock

Post:Professor of Early Modern Studies (English)
Other posts:Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange (School of English)
 Lecturer in English (Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies)
 Senior Lecturer in English (Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies)
Location:ARTS B B333

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UK:01273 877663
International:+44 1273 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 Over the past five years or so I have given talks and papers in various capacities at the Globe Theatre, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Maritime Museum, Tate Britain, the Universities of Aberystwyth, Basle, Bangor, Berlin, Copenhagen, Leeds, Montpellier, Oxford, Birkbeck, University of London, Queen Mary, University of London, Trinity College Dublin, York and the Max Planck Institute in Florence. I've moved all over Sussex in search of a sea view, but am now back in Brighton, where at least I can see the sky directly above the sea.

I was honoured to deliver the Society for Renaissance Studies plenary at the 'Eastern Resonances' conference at Montpellier in June 2013. Along with Julia Schleck and Jyotsna Singh I am a moderator for Serai, a website concerned with the myriad exchanges between early modern Islam and Europe - although the website is currently being rejigged.

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

I am currently writing a book about 'otherness' in the early modern world, provisonally titled Reorienting the English Renaissance, and am 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 (soon to appear 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

Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange