Email: Natalya dot Din-Kariuki at warwick dot ac dot uk
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
Natalya Din-Kariuki is Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. She took her BA, MSt, and DPhil degrees at the University of Oxford. From 2016 to 2019, she was Lecturer in English at Worcester College, Oxford, where she taught literature from 1550 to 1830, including Shakespeare, as well as topics in critical theory and contemporary literature. She has held visiting fellowships at the University of Leeds, the Folger Institute in Washington, DC., and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.
My research examines the literary and intellectual history of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with a particular focus on travel writing, transnational and transcultural encounters, modes of cosmopolitanism, and rhetoric and poetics. At present, I am completing my first book project, provisionally titled Peregrine Words: The Rhetoric of Seventeenth-Century English Travel Writing. The book argues that early modern English travellers drew on the habits and techniques of classical rhetoric to understand and describe their experiences. It reconstructs aspects of the humanist pedagogy that these writers encountered at school and university to show that they used this training in settings far removed from their classrooms. It presents a new reading of the formal and stylistic features of travel writing, and, in so doing, broadens the scope of what early modern 'literature' might be said to comprise. At the same time, it situates the texts under discussion within wider commercial, diplomatic, and patronage contexts, to examine the role that travellers played in the rise of the early modern English knowledge economy. I have also written about early modern religious prose, including the sermons and lectures of Lancelot Andrewes.
I have a secondary interest in contemporary literature. My book chapter on the novelist Helen Oyeyemi was published by Sussex Academic Press in 2017. I have also written essays on Oyeyemi for generalist audiences. These have appeared in the literary journal Asymptote (April 2013) and the website of the John Fell-funded project Postcolonial Writers Make Worlds (August 2017), a hub of teaching materials on contemporary British writing.
In September 2019 I co-convened Migrant Knowledge, an event held at the University of Cambridge that brought together academics, artists, and activists to explore alternative ways of thinking and knowing about migration – of people, things, and ideas – rooted in the urgency of contemporary experience. More information about the event is available here, and there is a documentary of it here.
Teaching and supervision
In 2019-20, I am teaching on the modules Medieval to Renaissance English Literature and Seventeenth Century: The First Modern Age of English Literature.
I would be very pleased to hear from potential graduate students interested in pursuing research in any of my areas of specialism.
In Term 1, my office hours are:
Mondays 11-12 and Wednesdays 11-12
Office hours will take place via email or Microsoft Teams. If you would like to meet via Microsoft Teams, please contact me to sign up for a call.
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EN121 Medieval to Renaissance English Literature
EN2B5/EN3B5 Seventeenth Century: The First Modern Age of English Literature