Jennie Challinor

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

My particular research interests are Restoration drama and literature, early modern culture, and manuscript studies. My AHRC-funded doctoral thesis focused on the 1670-71 theatrical season, examining the cultural, political, and literary tensions that fuelled, and were reflected in, the season’s plays.

My published research has focused on networks of manuscript transmission in England and the compilation of poetry miscellanies in the seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries. I have recently contributed a chapter on Ben Jonson’s reception in the Restoration to a forthcoming edited collection for Cambridge University Press, and I am currently preparing an article on Milton’s Samson Agonistes and Restoration culture.

I am part of the editorial team of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Aphra Behn (forthcoming 2020-22), for which I have been editing the anonymously published Counterfeit Bridegroom (1677); I will also be editing The Revenge (1680).


After completing my PhD in 2016 I worked as a Visiting Lecturer and Teaching Associate in the Department, teaching across a wide range of material from the medieval to the post-modern. I was appointed as a Teaching Fellow in 2019.