Chloe Houston Research

My current research project is a book on Persia (modern-day Iran) in English drama from 1558 to 1688. It will look at how Persia and Persian people appeared on the English stage from the beginning of Elizabeth's reign and of the professional playhouse to the restoration of the English monarchy and the theatres.

chloehoustonbookcoverMy first monograph, The Renaissance Utopia: Dialogue, Travel and the Ideal Society, was published by Ashgate in 2014. A study of European utopias in context from the early years of Henry VIII's reign to the Restoration, it examines how the utopia was transformed from an intellectual exercise in philosophical interrogation to a serious means of achieving practical social reform.

I have also edited a collection of essays on the intersections between travel and the ideal society, New Worlds Reflected: Travel and Utopia in the Early Modern Period, published by Ashgate in 2010, and have published a number of journal articles and book chapters, including a recent article in Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 on William Cartwright's play The Royall Slave (1636).

I co-ordinate an ongoing research project, "Shaping Strangers in English Travel Writing", with Dr Eva Johanna Holmberg of the University of Helsinki. We edited a special issue of Journeys: The International Journal of Travel & Travel Writing on the representation of strangers in English travel literature, which came out in 2013.

I am a member of the Society for Renaissance Studies. You can find out more about the Society here:

You can follow me on Twitter @ChloeReading. You can also follow the activities of the Early Modern Research Centre on Twitter @ReadingEMRC or by liking our Facebook group, "Early Modern Research Centre".


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