Dr Subha Mukherji, Fitzwilliam



Biographical Information

Subha Mukherji was educated in Calcutta, Oxford and Cambridge and has taught at Leeds and at Cambridge.

Research Interests

Renaissance literature; Shakespeare; law and literature, especially drama; the poetics of space; literary form and epistemology. Current book-project focuses on the uses of doubt, and ways of knowing, in early modern literature.

Principle Investigator on the 5-year interdisciplinary project, Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern England: the Place of Literature, jointly hosted by CRASSH and the Faculty of English: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/programmes/crossroads

Areas of Graduate Supervision

Early modern drama; tragicomedy as well as genre more generally; literature and cultural history; law and literature; interdisciplinarity; epistemology; sexuality and literature in early modern England; 17th century devotional poetry; rhetoric, representation and questions of empathy (focusing on topics such as ekphrasis, enargeia, evidentia and reader/audience response). Authors of particular interest: Shakespeare; Webster; Ford; Massinger; Herbert; Hooker.

Selected Publications

  • ‘‘The action of my life’: tragedy, tragicomedy, and Shakespeare’s mimetic experiments’: in Michael Neill and David Schalkwyk, eds, The Oxford Handbook to Shakespearean Tragedy (Oxford University Press: forthcoming, 2015).
  •  ‘Outgrowing Adonis, outgrowing Ovid: the disorienting narrative of Venus and Adonis’: in Jonathan Post, ed., The Oxford Handbook to Shakespeare’s Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2013), 396-412.
  • ‘Seeing, knowing, believing: the epistemic plot and the poetics of doubt in early modern literature’, in Batsaki, Mukherji and Schramm, eds., Fictions of Knowledge; Fact, Evidence, Doubt (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 84-10.
  • Ed. (with Yota Batsaki and Jan-Melissa Schramm), Fictions of Knowledge: Fact, Evidence, Doubt (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
  • ‘Middleton and the Rule of Law’, in Thomas Middleton in Context, ed. Suzanne Gossett (Cambridge University Press, 2011), 106-13.
  • “‘Invasion from Outer Space’: the threshold of annunciations”, in Subha Mukherji, ed., Thinking on Thresholds: the Poetics of Transitive Spaces (Anthem, 2011), 43-70.
  • Ed., Thinking on Thresholds: the Poetics of Transitive Spaces (Anthem Press, 2011).
  • Ed. (with Raphael Lyne), Early Modern Tragicomedy (Boydell & Brewer, 2007).
  • ‘False trials and the impulse to try in Shakespeare and his contemporaries’, in Thinking With Shakespeare: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Essays, Ed. William Poole and Richard Scholar (Legenda, 2007), 53-74.
  • ‘False trials in Shakespeare, Massinger and Ford’, Essays in Criticism 56.3, 2006, 219-240.
  • “Jonson's The New Inn and a revisiting of the amorous jurisdiction”, Law and Literature 18.2, 2006, 149-69.
  • Law and Representation in Early Modern Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2006); paperback reprint 2009.
  • ‘Women, law and dramatic realism in early modern England’, English Literary Renaissance 35.2, 2005, 248-72.
  • Subha Mukherji, “‘Unmanly indignities’: adultery and judgement in Heywood's A Woman Killed with Kindness’, in  Erica Sheen and Lorna Hutson, eds., Literature, Politics and the Law in Renaissance England, (Palgrave, 2004), 71-99.
  • “‘Lawfull deede’: Consummation, Custom and Law in Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well”, Shakespeare Survery 49, 1996, 181-200.