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Professor Jerry Brotton

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Associate Director

Tel: +44(0)2078828571
Email: j dot r dot brotton at qmul dot ac dot uk

“ The attraction of Global Shakespeare is it enables those who are involved to see Shakespeare in his world and ours: it’s a unique double perspective that helps us understand how we’ve moved from The Globe to globalisation: at its centre is Shakespeare”

Professor Jerry Brotton


Jerry is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London and Associate Director of Global Shakespeare. As part of his association with us he teaches on the core module of the Global Shakespeare MA entitled "Global Shakespeare: History & Theory & Performance" at Queen Mary and also convenes one of the optional modules “Global Interests in the Shakespearian World.”

Research and Publications

Jerry is writing a book about Islam and Elizabethan England, that explores how dramatists like Shakespeare responded to the simultaneous attraction and threat of the Islamic world.

He is also known for his research into the history of cartography, of which the history of globalism and globalisation plays such an important part. He is author of The Sale of the Late King’s Goods (Macmillan, 2012) which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize, and the bestselling A History of the World in Twelve Maps (Penguin, 2012), which was shortlisted for the Hessel Tiltman Prize and has been translated into twelve languages.

He is a regular broadcaster, critic and feature writer, presenting BBC4’s three-part TV series, ‘Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession’ (2010), BBC NI's 'Mapping Ulster' (2013), BBC Radio 3’s ‘Courting the East’ (2007), and co-curating as well as editing the catalogue of ‘Penelope’s Labour: Weaving Words and Images’, an exhibition at the Venice Biennale of 2011.

More information

For more information on Jerry please click here to see his full profile pages on his School of English & Drama webpages.