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

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Department of English Literature
Teaching Fellow in Early Modern Literature

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

The main focus of my research is Restoration drama and poetry, though I have also worked 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 interested in questions of dramatic anonymity and dubious authorship.


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


After completing my PhD in 2016 I worked as a Visiting Lecturer and Teaching Associate in the Department, teaching across a wide range of material from the medieval to the post-modern. I was appointed as a Teaching Fellow in 2019.


My current teaching responsibilities include Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean, Songs and Sonnets, Poetry, and Stories of the Novel. In previous years I have also taught Writing the Restoration, Epic Ambitions, and Prose.


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.

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 Ben Jonson’s reception in the Restoration to a forthcoming edited collection for Cambridge University Press, and I am currently preparing an article on Milton’s Samson Agonistes and Restoration culture.

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); I will also be editing The Revenge (1680).


Recent publications


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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