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Dr Jo Esra

Lecturer in Early Modern Literature (E&S)


Extension: 4583

Telephone: 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 204 in Queen's Building. My office hours during term time are Mondays 4-5.30, and Thursdays 11.30-1.30. Please email me to book a time slot.