Shazia completed a BA and PhD from the University of Leicester (School of English) and an interdisciplinary MA (Near and Middle Eastern Studies) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She has held a Junior Research Fellowship with the British Academy's Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL),based in Amman, Jordan. Prior to joining Surrey, she was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Medieval Literature, based at the University of Southern Denmark (Odense) and the University of York.
University roles and responsibilities
- Professional Training Year Tutor for English
Affiliations and memberships
Shazia's research aims to connect late Medieval English Literature with the literature, history and culture of the Islamic world. Her work opens up new approaches to questions of cross-cultural engagement through historical and intellectual contact. Shazia is also interested in traversing the medieval into the modern, taking her questions on medieval race, identity and belonging into modern, global literature and contemporary literary theory.
Shazia's research interests include:
- Late Medieval English Literature
- History of Science and Philosophy (Arabic; Latin; Vernacular)
- Global Middle Ages
- Arabic Literature and Poetry
- Postcolonialism and Global Literature
Shazia is spearheading a new, collaborative project with the Centre for Medieval Literature and the David Collection (Copenhagen) that explores the entangled literary narratives of the Middle Ages across manuscript and material culture, from the Silk Road to Medieval England.
At undergraduate level, I convene Age of Chivalry: Medieval and Early Modern Romance (Final Year) and Understanding Poetry (First Year). I also teach on Monsters, Mystics and Demons (Second Year). At postgraduate level, I convene Advanced Studies in Medieval Writing and I lecture on material culture on 21st-Century Literary Studies: Theories, Methodologies and Approaches.
Courses I teach on
English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons)
Postgraduate research supervision
PhD, Nejwa Knight al-Ghoraibi (joint with KAU, Jeddah), '‘Rewriting Arthurian Female Identity by Contemporary Female Authors’ (co-supervisor)
PhD, Mine Sevinc, ‘Contemporary Shahrazads in Twenty-first Century Third World Women’s Writing’ (collaborative supervisor)
Jagot, Shazia, (2015) review of Muslims of Medieval Latin Christendom c. 1050-1614 by Brian Catlos (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014) Journal of Religion in Europe 8. 2
Jagot, Shazia (2012) review of Charisma and Religious Authority, Jewish, Muslim and Christian Preaching, 1200-1500 (Europa Sacra, Vol. 4) ed. Katherine L. Jansen and Miri Rubin (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010), Medieval Archaeology 56, 424-25.
Jagot, Shazia (2013), Research Report: 'The Influence of Arabic and Persian Science in the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer', The Bulletin of the Council for British Research in the Levant 8, 79.
Publications in preparation:
Monograph: Distilling Chaucer: Arabic Learning and Fourteenth Century English Literature
Journal Article: 'Senior, Sufism and Secrets: The Alchemy of the Canon's Yeoman's Tale'
Journal Article: 'Medieval Orientalism and the Modern Imagination: The Case of the Two Rushdies'