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Professor Ayesha Mukherjee

Associate Professor of Early Modern Literature and Culture


Extension: 5588

Telephone: 01392 725588

My research interests lie in the field of early modern literature and cultural history, particularly, the literature and history of famine and dearth. My first book Penury into Plenty: Dearth and the Making of Knowledge in Early Modern England was published by Routledge in 2015. My next book is an edited volume A Cultural History of Famine: Food Security and the Environment in India and Britain, published in the Routledge Environmental Humanities series in 2019. I am currently working on a monograph provisionally titled Placing Famine: Cultural and Medical Geographies of Dearth in India and Britain, 1550-1700. Both the edited book and the current book in progress are based on my recently completed AHRC project Famine and Dearth in India and Britain, 1550-1800, which produced a web-database in collaboration with colleagues from Jadavpur University and Aligarh Muslim University in India, and the Exeter Digital Humanities team. At present, I lead the Impact Follow-on project Famine Tales from India and Britain, also funded by the AHRC.

I teach early modern literature across the English undergraduate and post-graduate curricula. I currently convene the second-year core module Desire and Power: English Literature 1570-1640, the third-year module Food and Literature in Early Modern England, and the MA module Renaissance Space.