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Joan Fitzpatrick

Senior Lecturer in English (Specialism: Renaissance Scholar), Loughborough University

I am a Senior Lecturer in English at Loughborough University. I was awarded my PhD (on Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene) from the University of Birmingham in 1997 and since then I have taught at a number of universities both here in the UK and abroad. My research is focused on early modern literature and food, Shakespeare, and the intersection of literary and culinary cultures.

I have recently published a critical edition entitled 'Three Sixteenth-century Dietaries' for the Revels Companion Library series (Manchester University Press, 2017) and co-authored a major volume entitled 'A History of Food in Literature from the Fourteenth Century to the Present' (Routledge, 2017).

I would welcome doctoral research students in any area of early modern literary culture and projects on early modern dietary culture are especially welcome. Recent external funding includes a British Academy Grant to enable me to consult rare (non-EEBO) copies of 16th-century dietaries at Harvard University.

I specialize in teaching early modern literature, but I teach all periods (from the medieval period onwards), all genres, and critical theory.

I am currently Principal Supervisor for two PhDs: 'A Post-Freudian Psychoanalytic Study of Shakespeare's plays' and 'Ghosts, Sleep, and Hallucinations in Early Modern Drama' (funded by a School of the Arts PhD Studentship).

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in English, Loughborough University