Dr Matthew Birchwood


I am Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Joint Head of the Department of Humanities, specialising in the literature and culture of the early modern period.  As well as Shakespeare and Renaissance modules, I have taught widely across the programme at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  My research interests lie in the field of early modern English understanding of Islam and the East, particularly in the drama and political discourse of the period.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


  • PhD, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • MA in Renaissance Literature, University of York
  • BA in English and Related Literature, University of York

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 10.


Birchwood, Matthew (2020) “Puritan 'Mahumetans'” : reading Anglo-Muslim contexts in Aphra Behn's 'Abdelazer' and 'The False Count'. Women's Writing, 27(3), pp. 294-309. ISSN (print) 0969-9082

Birchwood, Matthew (2009) Book Review of: The Sultan speaks: dialogue in English plays and histories about the Ottoman Turks by Linda McJannet. Renaissance Quarterly, 62(4), pp. 1368-1370. ISSN (print) 0034-4338

Birchwood, Matthew (2007) Vindicating the prophet: universal monarchy and Henry Stubbe's biography of Mohammed. Prose Studies, 29(1), pp. 59-71. ISSN (print) 0144-0357


Birchwood, Matthew (2007) Staging Islam in England: drama and culture 1640-1685. Woodbridge : Boydell and Brewer Ltd. 200p. (Studies in Renaissance Literature) ISBN 9781843841272

Birchwood, Matthew and Dimmock, Matthew, eds. (2005) Cultural encounters between East and West: 1453-1699. Cambridge Scholars Press. 234p. ISBN 9781904303411

Book Section

Birchwood, Matthew (2018) 'That fatal desolation' : Toleration and calamity rehearsed in the early Restoration. In: Major, Philip, (ed.) Clarendon Reconsidered : Law, Loyalty, Literature, 1640 - 1674. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 148-169. ISBN 9781315530697

Birchwood, Matthew and Dimmock, Matthew (2014) Popular xenophobia. In: Hadfield, Andrew , Dimmock, Matthew and Shinn, Abigail, (eds.) The Ashgate research companion to popular culture in early modern England. Farnham, U.K. : Ashgate. pp. 207-220. (Ashgate Research Companion) ISBN 9781409436843

Birchwood, Matthew (2007) Turning to the Turk: collaboration and conversion in William Davenant's The Siege of Rhodes. In: Stanivukovic, Goran V., (ed.) Re-mapping the Mediterranean world in early modern English writings. Basingstoke, UK : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 207-226. (Early modern cultural studies) ISBN 1403975574

Birchwood, Matthew (2006) Katherine Philips. In: Kastan, David Scott, (ed.) The Oxford encyclopedia of British literature. Oxford, U.K. : Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195169218

Birchwood, Matthew (2005) News from Vienna: Titus Oates and the True Protestant Turks. In: Birchwood, Matthew and Dimmock, Matthew, (eds.) Cultural Encounters Between East and West: 1453-1699. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Press. pp. 64-76. ISBN 9781904303411

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