Dr Joanna Craigwood, Sidney Sussex



Biographical Information

Joanna Craigwood is a Fellow in English and Graduate Tutor at Sidney Sussex College, and sometimes also acts as Director of Studies in English. She teaches early modern English literature including Shakespeare.

Jo's current research explores the interface between early modern literary and diplomatic forms of representation, with a particular focus on the writings of Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, Shakespeare and John Donne, as well as early modern diplomatic treatises and related historical documents. She also works on diplomatic agency in the international circulation of books, manuscripts, and literary news in early modern Europe. Jo studied for her BA, MPhil and PhD in English literature at St John’s College, Cambridge.

Jo is co-investigator on the AHRC-funded international research network Textual Ambassadors: Cultures of Diplomacy and Literary Writing in the Early Modern World. She has also served as co-editor of the Bulletin of the UK Society for Renaissance Studies

Research Interests

Sixteenth and seventeenth-century literature, especially Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare and Donne; diplomacy and literature, particularly the relationship between diplomatic theory and literary theory; diplomacy and book history

Areas of Graduate Supervision

Any aspect of the relationship between early modern English literature and diplomacy.

Selected Publications

'Diplomatic Metonymy and Antithesis in 3 Henry VI', Review of English Studies (2014) 65 (272): 812-30. doi: 10.1093/res/hgu043. View.

‘Shakespeare’s Kingmaking Ambassadors’, in Jason Powell and William T. Rossiter (eds), Diplomacy and Authority from Dante to Shakespeare (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 199-217. ISBN 978-1-4094-3020-9.

 ‘Sidney, Gentili, and the Poetics of Embassy’, in Robyn Adams and Rosanna Cox (eds), Diplomacy and Early Modern Culture (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp. 82-100. ISBN 978-0-23-023976-0.

‘Diplomats and International Book Exchange’, in Ann Thomson, Simon Burrows and Edmond Dziembowski (eds), Cultural Transfers: France and Britain in the Long Eighteenth Century, SVEC 2010:4 (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2010), pp. 57-69. ISBN 978-0-72-940993-3