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Dr Iman Sheeha
Senior Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature

Gaskell Building 141


I joined Brunel English in 2018 as Lecturer in English (Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature).

My book, Household Servants in Early Modern Domestic Tragedy (2020) is now available from Routledge.


Current projects:

Thanks to a generous BRIEF (Brunel Research Initiative and Enterprise Fund) award, I'm now working on my second book, Shakespeare's Neighbours.

I'm also working on three projects examining Chaucerian resonances in early modern drama, male servants in the early modern home, and Shakespeare-related objects in the Royal Collection, respectively. 

Recent Talks

'Moorish Maidservants and Early Modern Erasure of Black Suffering', Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, University of York, 4 October, 2022.

'Too Familiar: Servants' Overfamiliarity in Othello' , London Shakespeare Seminar, King's College London, 11 February, 2019.

'Serving the Violent Household', London Renaissance Seminar, Birkbeck University of London, May, 2019.

'Othello and A Woman Killed with Kindness' , Early Modern Literary Studies Conference, Durham University, July, 2019.

Plenary Lecture

'The Early Modern Home and its Neighbours', London Shakespeare Centre/Globe Graduate Conference, 25-26 February, 2022.

'Shakespeare's Servants' at The British Graduate Shakespeare Conference (BritGrad 2019), June, 2019.

Public Engagement

In 2019, I was selected as one of the ‘Youths That Thunder’ at Shakespeare’s Globe. I was invited to present my research at the Globe Theatre as part of an annual event that introduces younger scholars to the general public. The date of my lecture is 12th November, 2019. See my interview with the Globe prior to the talk on:


PhD (University of Warwick)

MA (University of Warwick)

Newest selected publications

Sheeha, I. (2022) 'Teaching The Merry Wives of Windsor in the Wake of the Murder of Sarah Everard'. Teaching Shakespeare Magazine. ISSN: 2049-3568 Open Access Link

Journal article

Sheeha, I. (2022) '‘[A] maid called Barbary’: Othello, Moorish Maidservants, and the Black Presence in Early Modern England'. Shakespeare Survey, 75 (Othello). pp. 89 - 102. ISSN: 0080-9152 Open Access Link

Journal article

Sheeha, I. (2021) '‘Of counsel with [m]y mistress’: The mistress–servant alliance in Thomas Middleton and William Rowley's The Changeling (1622)'. Cahiers Elisabethains: late medieval and renaissance English studies, 0 (in press). pp. 1 - 20. ISSN: 0184-7678 Open Access Link

Journal article

Sheeha, I. (2020) 'The Unruly Womb in Early Modern English Drama: Plotting Women’s Biology on the Stage, written by Potter, Ursula A.'. Emotions: History, Culture, Society, 4 (1). pp. 217 - 218. ISSN: 2206-7485

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