Academic Background

Claire Jowitt was appointed Associate Dean for Research for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Renaissance Studies in the Schools of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing and History at the University of East Anglia in September 2015.  She was Professor at the University of Southampton (2012-15) and Nottingham Trent University (2005-12) and is currently Visiting Professor in History at Southampton and in English at Newman University. She has held fellowships at the Folger, Huntington, and Clark Libraries and at the National Maritime Museum and the Moore Institute, has received grants from the AHRC, NERC, British Academy, Modern Humanities Research Association, and Leverhulme Trust, and has served on a range of boards, trusts, and councils. Currently she is a member of the English Association Higher Education Committee and Editor (with Professor Jennifer Richards) of the Association’s monograph series, published by Liverpool University Press (http://liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/collections/series-english-association-monographs), and she is a member of the Hakluyt Society Council. She has acted as judge for essay prizes and fellowships awarded by the Society for Renaissance Studies, the Hakluyt Society, and the Institute for Historical Research.

Professor Jowitt's research and teaching interests include:

  • Renaissance literature and history
  • the intersections between literature, politics, and power
  • exploration and travel writing
  • gender and race
  • piracy and privateering
  • islands and ports

She would welcome applications from students wishing to work on these topics.

All Publications

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Paranque, E. (ed.), Probasco, N. (ed.), Jowitt, C. (ed.)

(2017)

Colonization, Piracy, and Trade in Early Modern Europe: The Roles of Powerful Women and Queens,

Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN 978-3-319-57158-4

Full Text UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Jowitt, C.

(2015)

Performing Gender in Robert Wilson’s The Three Ladies of London,

in Performance as Research in Early English Theatre Studies: .

(Conference contribution)

(Published)


Jowitt, C.

(2014)

'To sleep, perchance to Dream’: The Politics of Travel in the 1630s,

in The Yearbook of English Studies (YES)

44

pp. 249-264

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Jowitt, C.

(2013)

The Tudor Guide to Colonising the World,

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Jowitt, C.

(2012)

Hakluyt’s Legacy: Representations of Armchair Travellers in Renaissance Drama,

in Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe.

Routledge

pp. 295-306

ISBN 9781409400172

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Jowitt, C.

(2012)

Robert Wilson’s The Three Ladies of London (1581) and its Theatrical and Cultural Contexts,

in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Drama.

Oxford University Press, Oxford

pp. 309-322

ISBN 9780199566471

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Jowitt, C. (ed.), Carey, D. (ed.)

(2012)

Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe,

Ashgate Publishing

ISBN 9781409400172

(Scholarly edition)

(Published)


Jowitt, C.

(2012)

Humphrey Gilbert,

in The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature.

Wiley

ISBN 978-1-4051-9449-5

(Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary)

(Published)


Jowitt, C.

(2012)

Shakespeare’s pirates: the politics of seaborne crime,

in Shakespeare Jahrbuch

148

UEA Repository

(Article)

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Jowitt, C.

(2011)

Pirates and Politics in John Barclay's Argenis (1621),

in The Yearbook of English Studies (YES)

41

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pp. 156-172

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Jowitt, C.

(2011)

Elizabeth Among the Pirates: Gender and the Politics of Piracy in Thomas Heywood’s,

in The Foreign Relations of Elizabeth I.

Palgrave

pp. 125-144

ISBN 978-0-230-11214-8

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Jowitt, C.

(2010)

The politics of Mandevillian monsters in Richard Brome's The Antipodes,

in A Knight’s Legacy: Mandeville and Mandevillian Lore in Early Modern England.

Manchester University Press

pp. 195-212

ISBN 978-0-7190-8175-0

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Jowitt, C.

(2010)

The Culture of Piracy 1580-1630: English Literature and Seaborne Crime,

Ashgate Publishing

ISBN 978-1-4094-0044-8

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Jowitt, C.

(2010)

Queen Elizabeth's Pirates: why England needed the rogues of the high sea?,

(Special issue)

(Published)


Jowitt, C.

(2010)

The Uses of “Piracy”: Discourses of Mercantilism and Empire in Hakluyt’s 'The Famous Voyage of Sir Francis Drake',

in New Worlds Reflected: Travel and Utopia in the Early Modern Period.

Routledge

pp. 115-136

ISBN 9780754666479

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Jowitt, C.

(2010)

East versus West: Seraglio Queens, Politics and Sexuality in Thomas Heywood’s Fair Maid of the West Parts I & 2,

in "The greatest empresse of the East”: Roxolana in European History and Fiction.

Routledge

pp. 31-43

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Jowitt, C., Carey, D.

(2009)

Special issue on Early Modern Travel Writing: Varieties, Transitions, Horizons,

in Studies in Travel Writing

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(Special issue)

(Published)


Carey, D., Jowitt, C.

(2009)

Introduction: Early Modern Travel Writing: Varieties, Transitions, Horizons,

in Studies in Travel Writing

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(2)

(Special issue)

(Published)


Jowitt, C.

(2007)

‘Et in Arcadia Ego’: The Politics of Pirates in the Old Arcadia, New Arcadia and Urania,

in Early Modern Literary Studies

13

(2)

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(Article)

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Jowitt, C.

(2007)

Rogue traders: national identity, empire and piracy 1580-1640,

in Borders and Travellers in Early Modern Europe.

Routledge

pp. 53-70

ISBN 9780754653516

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Key Research Interests

Professor Jowitt’s research is driven by a love of travel and the sea, and an interest in how people move between cultures and ideas across time. She has published widely on early modern travel writing and maritime culture, plays about cultural encounter, and the intersections between discourses of gender, race, colonial and/or imperial identities, and power.

Recent publications include The Culture of Piracy 1580–1630: English Literature and Seaborne Crime (ESSE Book Award, Literatures in the English Language [established authors] Honourable Mention, 2012) and (with Daniel Carey) Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe. Her current projects include a study of early modern sea captains, a collection of essays on travel drama The Journeying Play (edited with David McInnis), and essay collections on early modern maritime culture (with Craig Lambert and Steve Mentz), Richard Hakluyt (with Daniel Carey), and piracy, gender, and colonisation (with Estelle Paranque and Nate Probasco).

She is co-Director of the Hakluyt Edition Project (http://www.hakluyt.org/) and is a General Editor of the first critical edition of Hakluyt’s The Principal Navigations (1598–1600) for Oxford University Press. Funded by the AHRC, she recently co-organised the Haklyut@400 series of commemorative events in the autumn of 2016 for the Hakluyt Society. With John McAleer she edits the book series 'Maritime Humanities, 1400-1800: Cultures of the Sea' for Routledge.

Key Responsibilities

Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Arts & Humanities