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Dr Jo Esra

Lecturer in Early Modern Literature (E&S)


01392 724583

I have recently joined the department at Streatham from the University of Exeter’s campus at Penryn in Cornwall.

Broadly, my research is interdisciplinary, concerned with early modern maritime literature and culture (maritime humanities), and British-Islamic cross-cultural contact. I am interested in the agency and emotional experiences of maritime communities: specifically, I am examining these aspects in communities associated with Cornwall and the West Country, relating to the impact of Barbary (Islamic) piracy and captive taking during the 17th century.

I am also interested in other aspects of early modern history, literature and culture, including: understandings/expressions of compassion; death and dying; Protestant identity; the supernatural (witchcraft, ghosts); ‘forensics’; humoral bodies (relationship to the environment, ageing, the brain, pathological conditions, grief/fear/anxiety); sermons and ballads; Shakespeare; carnivalesque/grotesque.


You can find me in Room 203 in Queen's Building. My office hours during term time are Wednesdays 3-4.30 and Fridays 10.30-12. Please use to sign-up sheet on the office door. 


In addition to the modules listed below, I have taught three first year modules for History at the Penryn Campus: People's History I: Everyday Life, People's History II: Politics, Place and Identity; Global History.

I have also taught module-specific Academic Skills Workshops, and I am on the supervisory teams as mentor for two postgraduate MRes students.

I aim to incorporate inclusivity and empathetic understanding into my teaching, and use a student-centred, enquiry based learning approach. My teaching practice has been recommended through peer observation for wider dissemination, and I have been nominated by students in the Student Guild's Teaching Awards every year I have taught, across both English and History, from 2011-present, including for 'Most Supportive Member of Staff' and 'Most Innovative Teaching'. 

For the Awards 2017 I was extremely honoured to have been nominated in 6 categories ('Most Supportive Member of Staff'; 'Best Undergraduate Supervisor'; 'Best Lecturer' 'Innovative Teaching'; 'Best Feedback Provider'; 'Best Postgraduate Research Supervisor'), and thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Awards ceremony as 'Best Feedback Provider'.


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