Researchers at UCD

Jane Grogan

Associate Professor

School Of English, Drama & Film
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: 716 8310


Jane Grogan is a senior lecturer in the School of English, Drama and Film. She joined the School in September 2008, having previously taught at the University of Leeds, and held post-doctoral fellowships at Pennsylvania State University and NUI, Galway.

She is currently President of the International Spenser Society.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2004.
Title: Fulbright scholarship
Year: 2005.
Title: NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities
Year: 1998.
Title: Robert Gardiner Memorial Scholarship
Year: 2000.
Title: NUI Travelling Studentship Prize
Year: 2000.
Title: Royal Holloway College Research Studentship
Year: 2011.
Title: IRCHSS Research Fellowship
Year: 2012.
Title: Isabel MacCaffrey Prize, for 'Exemplary Spenser'
Year: 2013.
Title: 'Honourable Mention', Isabel MacCaffrey Prize


Association: Irish Renaissance Seminar, Function/Role: Member of the Steering Committee
Association: British and Irish Spenser Seminar, Function/Role: Member of the Steering Committee
Association: Irish University Review, Function/Role: Board member
Association: Academic Committee, Marsh's Library, Function/Role: Member
Association: International Spenser Society, Function/Role: President
Association: Explorations in Renaissance Culture (EIRC) journal, Function/Role: Member of Editorial Board
Association: The Spenser Review, Function/Role: Joint editor
Association: Society for Renaissance Studies, Function/Role: Irish representative to the Council


Committee : Vice-Principal for Research, College of Arts and Humanities



Jane Grogan (2014) The Persian Empire in English Renaissance Writing, 1549-1622. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
Jane Grogan; (2010) Celebrating Mutabilitie: Essays on Edmund Spenser's Mutabilitie Cantos. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
Jane Grogan; (2009) Exemplary Spenser: Visual and Poetic Pedagogy in 'The Faerie Queene'. Burlington: Ashgate. [Details]

Book Chapters

Jane Grogan (2018) 'Ancient Persia, Early Modern England, and the Labours of Reception' In: Ladan Niayesh (eds). Eastern Resonances. USA: Northwester UP. [Details]
Jane Grogan (2018) 'Xenophon in English Renaissance Literary and Political Thought' In: Christopher Farrell and Dustin Gish (eds). Brill's Companion to the Reception of Xenophon. Netherlands: Brill. [Details]
Jane Grogan (2018) '¿Between Macedon and Monmouth¿: Shakespeare and Greek Political Biography' In: Paul Innes (eds). Shakespeare¿s Greek and Roman Encounters. UK: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
Anne Fogarty, Jane Grogan (2018) 'Eliot, Yeats, Joyce and the Modernist Reinvention of Spenser and Donne' In: Yulia Ryzhik (eds). Spenser and Donne: Thinking Poets. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
Jane Grogan (2018) 'Reception of Herodotus, 1350-1750' In: Christopher Baron (eds). The Herodotus Encyclopedia. Oxford: Blackwell. [Details]
Jane Grogan (2017) 'Classical History and Geography' In: Sean Keilen and Nicholas Moschovakis (eds). The Routledge Research Companion to Shakespeare and Classical Literature. London: Routledge. [Details]
Jane Grogan; (2011) 'Paradise Regained? Teaching the Multicultural Renaissance' In: Derval Conroy and Danielle Clarke (eds). Teaching the Early Modern Period. Basingstoke: Palgrave. , pp.124-145 [Details]
Jane Grogan; (2010) 'Introduction' In: Jane Grogan; (eds). Celebrating Mutabilitie: Essays on Edmund Spenser's Mutabilitie Cantos. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Link to full text [Details]
Jane Grogan; (2010) 'After Mutabilitie: Yeats and Heaney Reading Spenser' In: Jane Grogan; (eds). Celebrating Mutabilitie: Essays on Edmund Spenser's Mutabilitie Cantos. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Link to full text [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Jane Grogan (2018) 'Saluage soyl, far from Parnasso Mount¿: Spenser and Shakespeare in Contemporary Irish Writing¿'. Literature Compass, . Available Online [Details]
Jane Grogan (2018) 'Fatall Turkes¿ and Epic Failure: King James¿s Lepanto (1591)'. Scottish Literary Review, . [Details]
Jane Grogan (2017) 'Style, Objects and Heroic Values in Early Modern Epic'. SEL - Studies in English Literature, 57 (1):23-44. [Details]
Grogan, J (2012) 'A warre ... commodious: Dramatizing Islamic Schism in and after Tamburlaine'. Texas Studies in Literature and Language, 54 :45-78. Link to full text [Details]
Jane Grogan (2013) ''Spenser's Lost Children''. Spenser Studies: A Renaissance Poetry Annual, :1-54. Link to full text [Details]
Jane Grogan (2013) ''Headless Rome' and Hungry Goths: Herodotus and 'Titus Andronicus''. English Literary Renaissance, 43 (1):30-61. Link to full text [Details]
Jane Grogan; (2010) 'The Not-Forgotten Empire: Images of Persia in English Renaissance Writing'. Literature Compass, 7 (9):912-921. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Jane Grogan; (2009) '‘“So liuely and so like, that liuing sence it fayld”: Enargeia0 and Ekphrasis in The Faerie Queene'0'. Word & Image, . Link to full text [Details]
Jane Grogan; (2008) '‘Barbarous Utopias: Xenophon’s Cyropaedia0 in the English Renaissance’'. Hermathena, . [Details]

Book Reviews

Andrew Hadfield (2013) Edmund Spenser: A Life. Book Reviews [Details]
Miriam Jacobson (2015) Barbarous Antiquity: Reorienting the Past in the Poetry of Early Modern England. Book Reviews [Details]
John X Flood (2016) The Works of Walter Quin. Book Reviews [Details]
Jane Grogan (2013) Heads Will Roll: Decapitation in the Medieval and Early Modern Imagination .ed. Larissa Tracy and Jeff Massey. Book Reviews [Details]
Jane Grogan (2013) Elizabeth Bearden, The Emblematics of the Self: Ekphrasis and Identity in Renaissance Imitations of Greek Romance. Book Reviews [Details]
Jane Grogan (2013) Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe, ed. Daniel Carey and Claire Jowitt. Book Reviews [Details]


Research Interests

I work in the field of English Renaissance literature, particularly the writings of Edmund Spenser; Protestant poetics; Renaissance classicism and reception of Greek classical literature; constructions of the East; the Mediterranean world; epic and romance. I'm interested in questions of reception and cultural exchange more broadly, and have published on modern Irish writers' confrontation with the legacy of Spenser, for example. 
I would welcome enquiries from prospective doctoral students or post-doctoral fellows in any of these areas.

My second monograph, The Persian Empire in English Renaissance Writing, 1549-1622 (Palgrave, 2014), was the first book on the subject. I am currently finishing a critical edition of the first English translation of Xenophon's Cyropaedia for the MHRA Tudor and Stuart Translations series.

I'm also editing a large collection of essays on the ancient near east in early modern European writing, under contract with Oxford University Press ('Classical Presences' series). Forthcoming essays include essays on travel writing, Shakespeare's classical history and geography, an annotated sixteenth-century copy of the Cyropaedia, the early modern reception of Herodotus, and King James VI and I's short epic on the battle of Lepanto.

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : The place of Spenser / Spencer's Places
Start Date / End Date : 15-JUL-14 / 14-JUL-15
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Persia in English Renaissance Literary and Political Thought
Start Date / End Date : 03-OCT-11 / 31-DEC-12