I began my academic career studying Philosophy and English at Manchester University, before going on to postgraduate study at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and at King’s College London.  I then left academia to join Lambeth Council’s community safety team in Brixton, before living in Italy for several years as a translator and teacher. I came back to the UK to work for the NHS as a Drug Action Team Manager, returning to academic life to take an MLitt in Renaissance Studies at the Scottish Institute of Northern Renaissance Studies (SINRS), a now sadly defunct collaboration between the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Strathclyde. I gained my PhD from the University of Strathclyde/SINRS in 2012 with a thesis on English and Scottish Petrarchism.

As a graduate student in Scotland I co-founded (with Sebastiaan Verweij) the Journal of the Northern Renaissance, and I remain its editor today. I have diverse interests in early modern literature, art and culture, but my research in the period has three main strands: writing in the Petrarchan mode; early modern Scottish literature and culture; and the concept and culture of the Baroque. These three strands come together in the monograph I am writing on Baroque Petrarchism. Taking Giuseppe Ungaretti’s writings on Petrarch and Shakespeare as its starting point, this monograph revisits what has usually been conceived of as Renaissance Petrarchism in Britain in order to argue that it might be better (or at least very differently) understood if we set it within the broader context of what Peter Davidson has termed the ‘Universal Baroque’.

My other principal research interest is in the writings of travellers to Turkey and the Ottoman Empire. This has led to the forthcoming publication of Henrietta Liston’s Travels (Edinburgh University Press, 2020). This critical edition is the culmination of the Approaching Constantinople joint project I initiated and continue to coordinate between the National Library of Scotland and the English and History departments at Bilkent.

I am also interested in the dynamics and theory of translation, transmediation and adaptation, particularly as these relate to England, Italy, Scotland and Turkey. I enjoy teaching a wide range of courses at Bilkent, and have performed alongside students in several theatrical productions during my time here in Turkey, including George Peele’s The Arraignment of Paris and an adaptation of James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.


Ph.D. in English Literature, Strathclyde University/Scottish Institute of Northern Renaissance Studies

MLitt. in Renaissance Studies, Scottish Institute of Northern Renaissance Studies (taught jointly by the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Strathclyde) – Distinction

One year of AHRC-funded doctoral study at King’s College London (KCL), working towards a thesis on ecological crisis and late modernist poetry in Britain/the British Poetry Revival. Left after one year for health reasons.

M.A. in Literature, Culture and Modernity, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

B.A. (Hons) First Class in Philosophy & English Literature, University of Manchester – Michael Polanyi prizewinner


Henrietta Liston’s Travels: The Turkish Journals 1812–1820, ed. by Patrick Hart, Dora Petherbridge & Valerie Kennedy. Forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press, October 2020.

‘Why (Not) Theatre? Stage, Screen, and Streaming in a Pandemic’, in Why Theatre?, ed. by Sidney Homan. Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2020.

[with Dora Petherbridge], ‘The Eye of a Stranger: Henrietta Liston’s Turkish Journals‘, Scottish Review of Books 14, published online 5 August 2019

‘Unpicking the Turkish Tapestry: Teaching Shakespeare in Anatolia’, in How and Why We Teach Shakespeare, ed. by Sidney Homan. Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2019: 180-191.

Studies in English: Proceedings from the Sixth International IDEA Conference, ed. Patrick Hart. İstanbul: İKÜ Press, 2012.

Elsa Morante, The Song of the H.F. and of the U.M., in three parts, trans. by Patrick Hart and Mariangela Palladino, with critical introduction by Patrick Hart. Oxford & Novi Ligure: Transference, 2007


Co-ordinator of the Henrietta Liston: Approaching Constantinople, 1812-1820 project, a collaborative venture between the National Library of Scotland and Bilkent University

Editor of the Journal of the Northern Renaissance


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