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Sajed Chowdhury


Dr. S.A. Chowdhury
+31 71 527 2194

Dr Sajed Chowdhury is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for the Arts in Society.

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Fields of interest

  • Early modern studies 
  • English literature
  • Manuscripts
  • Early modern women’s writing
  • History of science 

Description of my research

My primary field of research is Renaissance literature, specializing in early modern women’s writing, manuscript cultures and the history of science. I have published in these areas in the journals, ‘Textual Cultures’, ‘Women’s Writing’ and ‘The Seventeenth Century’ (forthcoming, April 2019).

I am currently working on two monographs: the first analyzes early modern women writers’ use of alchemical language; the second is a co-authored book (with Marie-Louise Coolahan and Erin McCarthy) which examines the circulation of women’s works in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century manuscript miscellanies.

Prior to joining LUCAS, I was European Research Council Postdoctoral Researcher (2014-18) for ‘RECIRC: The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550-1700’ (https://recirc.nuigalway.ie/) and Modern Humanities Research Association Fellow (2013-14) for the ‘Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts 1450-1700' (https://www.celm-ms.org.uk/).

Grants and awards

2019 – 2021: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (€175,572.48).
2009 – 2012: Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award (£50,000).
2006 – 2007: Arts and Humanities Research Council Postgraduate Award (£12,000).
2000: University of St Andrews Lawson Memorial Prize.
2000: Winner of the Cromwell Association Essay Prize.
1999: Medal in First Year English at the University of St Andrews.

MA (St Andrews), MA, DPhil (Sussex)

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

‘The Poetics of ‘Making’ in the Manuscript Writings of Constance Aston Fowler’, The Seventeenth Century, (2019, in press). DOI: 10.1080/0268117X.2019.1596832.

‘Hermeticism in the Poetry of Katherine Philips’, Women’s Writing (Special Issue: Katherine Philips and Other Writers), 23 (2016), 465-82.
This article is reprinted in Katherine Philips: Form, Reception and Literary Contexts, ed. by Marie-Louise Coolahan and Gillian Wright (London: Routledge, 2018), pp. 45-62.

‘‘Thair is mair constancie in o[u]r sex / Then euer ama[n]g men hes bein’: The Metaphysics of Authorship in the Maitland Quarto Manuscript (ca. 1586)’, Textual Cultures: Texts, Contexts, Interpretation, 7 (2012), 50-76.


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Moderne Engelstalige letterkunde

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number B0.24



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