Margaret Tudeau-Clayton (Professor emeritus)


An undergraduate and graduate of King's College, Cambridge, Margaret Tudeau-Clayton taught English Literature at the Universities of Geneva, Lausanne and Zürich before taking up the post of professor in early modern English literature at the University of Neuchâtel in 2006.

In addition to publishing chapters and articles on English Renaissance Literature, especially Shakespeare, she has co-edited a collection of essays on the work of Sir Frank Kermode, who was her thesis director. Her first book, Jonson, Shakespeare and Early Modern Virgil, which was based on her thesis, was first published by Cambridge University Press in 1998 and reissued as a paperback in 2006. She has co-edited three other collections of essays: Textures of Renaissance Knowledge (2003), This England, That Shakespeare (2010) and The Challenge of Change (2018). She has recently completed a second book on the ideology of Shakespeare's linguistic practices, entitled Shakespeare's Englishes: against Englishness published by Cambridge University Press (2020).

Her other main field of research is women's writing in all genres and periods. She has done ground-breaking work on Virginia Woolf, first in an article published in Comparative Critical Studies in 2006, and more recently in pieces in the Times Literary Supplement (2018) and the Bulletin of the Virginia Woolf Society (2019). She was head of the Institute of English Studies from 2008 to 2014 and president of the CUSO committee for the doctoral programme in English studies from January 2011 until her retirement in 2017. She has been a board member of the Swiss Association of University Teachers of English (SAUTE) and of the Swiss association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (SAMEMES), and is a member of British Shakespeare Association (BSA), Société Française Shakespeare (SFS) and Shakespeare Association of America (SAA).


Research and publications