Dr Jennie Challinor BA (Hons), MA, PhD, FHEA

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Department of English Literature
Teaching Fellow in Early Modern Literature

Contact details

Arts Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

The main focus of my research is Restoration drama and poetry, and I also work on early modern manuscript and court cultures. I am currently editing two plays for The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Aphra Behn, and am particularly interested in questions of dramatic anonymity and dubious authorship.


  • PhD, MA, BA: University of Birmingham
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


After completing my PhD in 2016 I worked as a Visiting Lecturer and Teaching Associate. I was appointed as a Teaching Fellow in 2019.


I teach on a wide range of undergraduate modules including Restoration and Revolution, Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean, Songs and Sonnets, Epic Ambitions, Shakespeare’s Sisters, Prose, and Poetry. This year I will also be convening the new Women’s Writing module.

Postgraduate supervision

I am currently co-supervising a PhD project on ‘Masochean Masochism and the development of female agency in Restoration Comedy’


My particular research interests are Restoration drama and literature, early modern culture, and manuscript studies. My AHRC-funded doctoral thesis focused on the 1670-71 theatrical season, examining the cultural, political, and literary tensions that fuelled, and were reflected in, the season’s plays.

I am part of the editorial team of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Aphra Behn (forthcoming 2020-22), for which I have been editing the anonymously published Counterfeit Bridegroom (1677) for Volume 2; I will also be editing The Revenge (1680).

My published research has focused on networks of manuscript transmission in England and the compilation of poetry miscellanies in the seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries. I have recently contributed a chapter on Jonson’s reception in the Restoration to Ben Jonson and Posterity (CUP), and my forthcoming publications include articles on the Restoration contexts of Milton’s Samson Agonistes and The Counterfeit Bridegroom’s relationship to its source material.

Other activities

I sit on the University’s Academic Appeals Committee and am a member of the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and the Centre for Literary Editing and the Materiality of the Text.


Recent publications


Challinor, J 2023, 'A Seventeenth-Century Manuscript of the Academic Drama Lingua', The Review of English Studies. https://doi.org/10.1093/res/hgad009

Challinor, J 2022, 'Samson Agonistes, Charles II, and Restoration Delilahs', Milton Quarterly, vol. 55, no. 3-4, pp. 115-129. https://doi.org/10.1111/milt.12386

Challinor, J 2022, '“Pox on kindred:” the Anonymous Counterfeit Bridegroom (1677) and its Middletonian source', Restoration, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 37-64. https://doi.org/10.1353/rst.2022.0001

Challinor, J 2017, 'A manuscript of Rochester’s “Upon Nothing” in a newly recovered eighteenth-century miscellany of Restoration verse', The Seventeenth Century, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 161-190. https://doi.org/10.1080/0268117X.2017.1279075

Challinor, J 2016, 'A new manuscript compilation of Katherine Philips: the commonplace book of Robert Mathewes', The Library, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 287-316. https://doi.org/10.1093/library/17.3.287

Challinor, J 2016, 'Textual sources for the depiction of the pox in Thomas Shadwell’s The Humorists', Notes and Queries, vol. 63, no. 1, pp. 60-61. https://doi.org/10.1093/notesj/gjw003


Challinor, J 2020, 'Jonson's Ghost and the Restoration Stage'. in M Butler & J Rickard (eds), Ben Jonson and Posterity: Reputation, Reception, Legacy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 105-124.

Other contribution

Challinor, J & Wright, G (eds) 2019, Katherine Philips: Oxford Bibliographies Online: Renaissance and Reformation.. <https://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195399301/obo-9780195399301-0206.xml>

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