Niayesh Ladan


Research themes

  • Early Modern Drama (Shakespeare and his contemporaries)
  • Early Modern travel literature
  • Receptions of Persia and the East in Early Modern Literature

Current Project

  • Volume 3 (on travels to Muscovy and Persia, co-edited with Ralph Cleminson) of Richard Hakluyt’s Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation (general editors Dan Carey and Claire Jowitt. Contracted to Oxford University Press)
  • Eastern Resonances in Early Modern England, collective volume co-edited with Claire Gallien, in Palgrave Macmillan’s « New Transculturalisms 1400-1800 » series. In the press, to appear in late 2019.
  • Forthcoming chapters in A New Companion to the Global Renaissance (ed. Jyotsna Singh, contracted to Blackwell), Medieval Travel Writing: A Global History (ed. Sebastian Sobecki, contracted to Cambridge University Press), Before Greece and Rome: Reading the Ancient Near East in Early Modern Europe (ed. Jane Grogan, contracted to Oxford University Press), L’esclavage oriental et africain au miroir des littératures anglaise et française, XVIIIème-XXème siècles (eds. Daniel Lançon and Sarga Moussa, contracted to les Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle).

Education and Academic Positions

  • 1990, Ecole Normale Supérieure
  • 1993, Agrégation d’anglais
  • 2000, PhD, University of Montpellier 3. Dissertation title: Aux frontières de l’humain: Figures du cannibalisme dans le théâtre anglais de la Renaissance
  • 2010, Habilitation à diriger des recherches, University of Montpellier 3. Title: Etrangeté et étrangèreté dans le théâtre anglais de la Renaissance
  • 1995-2000: Allocataire Monitrice Normalienne and ATER at the University of Montpellier
  • 2000-2012, Maître de conferences (Senior Lecturer), Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7
  • 2012-present, Professor, Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Board Member, Conseil Scientifique, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris Saclay (Cachan)
  • Member of the Hakluyt Society Council
  • Associate editor, Cahiers Elisabéthains
  • Member of editorial board, Renaissance Studies

Research Supervision

  • British Literature and history of ideas, 16th-17th centuries
  • Early Modern theatre (Shakespeare and his contemporaries) and its modern adaptations
  • Travel literature, particularly in connection with Persia and the Ottoman empire in the early modern period
  • Literary orientalism
  • Aux Frontières de l’humain : figures du cannibalisme dans le théâtre anglais de la Renaissance. Paris : Honoré Champion, 2009.
  • A Knight’s Legacy : Mandeville and Mandevillian Lore in Early Modern England. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2011.
  • Études Épistémè 26 (automne 2014), special issue on “Curiosité et géographie en Orient et en Occident, XVIème – XVIIIème siècles”, co-edited with Line Cottegnies et Annick Horiuchi. <>
  • XVII-XVIII 74 (2017), dossier “Empire”, co-edited with Marie-Jeanne Rossignol. .
  • Three Romances of Eastern Conquest: Alphonsus, King of Aragon by Robert Greene, Soliman and Perseda by Thomas Kyd, The Four Prentices of London by Thomas Heywood. ‘Revels Plays Companion Library Series’. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018.

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