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Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
English, Culture and Media


Dr Carter teaches predominantly in Renaissance and early modern literature. She is Module Leader for Early Modern Poetry and Prose (Level 3) and teaches on the module Renaissance Literature (Level 2). She also teaches on Reading Gender and Sexuality (Level 3) and Foundations of Literary Studies (Level 1), supervises dissertations on early modern topics (Level 3), and teaches sessions on the English MRes on Queer Theory and Materialist Feminism.

Career overview

Dr Carter previously taught early modern literature at:

  • The University of Sheffield
  • The University of Hull
  • The University of Leicester
  • The University of Loughborough

After her PhD, Dr Carter was the Royal Shakespeare Company Research Fellow, working on the RSC Complete Works project.

Research areas

Dr Carter's research interests include:

  • The reception of Ovid in the early modern period
  • Classical mythology
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Intertextuality
  • Shakespearean critical history
  • Revenge tragedy
  • Folklore

Dr Carter’s previous research involved the exploration of the reception of Ovid in the period and gender theory, which resulted in several articles and a recently published monograph, Ovidian Myth and Sexual Deviance in Early Modern English Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). This book analyses the cultural presence of particular myths involving ideologically deviant sexual behaviour, including sexual violence, homosexuality, hermaphroditism and incest, and explores how classical mythology facilitated an engagement with and reproduction of such behaviours in the literature of the period.

As a result of her earlier research on the intertextual use of classical mythology, Dr Carter is currently working on the application of structuralist and post-structuralist theories of intertextuality to early modern literature’s use of classical narratives, as well as articles in other areas including the reception of Ovid by female writers.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist, and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

Dr Carter is a Reader for Early Modern Literary Studies.



Articles / Chapters

Educational / Reference Materials

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Press expertise

Dr Carter can comment on Shakespeare, the early modern period, Ovid in the Renaissance, witchcraft, and gender and sexuality.