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 preparing my first monograph, Playing Politics: Restoration Drama and Innovation, 1670-71, for publication with Manchester University Press, and I am editing two plays for The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Aphra Behn. I am also preparing a Malone Society edition of the Thomas Tomkis academic play, Lingua


  • 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, Renaissance Poetry, Epic Ambitions, Shakespeare's Sisters, Gothic, Prose, and Poetry. I am the convener of the Women's Writing module, and next year will be co-convening a new third-year option on Daphne du Maurier.

Postgraduate supervision

I am currently co-supervising Dominic Boden-Tebbutt’s PhD project, ‘Masochean Masochism and the development of female agency in Restoration Comedy’.

I welcome enquiries about supervising projects in Restoration and early modern literature.


My particular research interests are Restoration drama and literature, early modern culture, and manuscript studies. My monograph, Playing Politics: Restoration Drama and Innovation, 1670–71 is scheduled for publication by Manchester University Press in 2025. The book arises out of my AHRC-funded doctoral thesis, focusing on the 1670-71 theatrical season, and 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 (2020–), for which I have edited the anonymously published Counterfeit Bridegroom (1677) for Volume 2 (forthcoming); I am also editing The Revenge (1680) for Volume 4.

Alongside articles on Restoration drama and satire, my published research has focused on archival research, exploring networks of manuscript transmission and the compilation of poetry miscellanies in the seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries. I have also written on the newly recovered manuscript of the academic drama Lingua (1607); I am preparing an edition of the play for publication by the Malone Society. 

Other activities

I sit on the University's Academic Appeals Committee and am the English Department's Staff-Student Liaison lead. I 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, vol. 74, no. 314, pp. 254-273. 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.

Book/Film/Article review

Challinor, J 2024, 'DANIEL BLANK. Shakespeare and University Drama in Early Modern England', The Review of English Studies, vol. 75, no. 319, hgae003, pp. 259–261. https://doi.org/10.1093/res/hgae003

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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