Key Research Interests

My research focuses primarily on the literary essay in early-modern England and on the ways in which the literary form of the essay is shaped by material forms of reading and writing, intersecting with transformations in humanistic culture and the development of life-writing across the period. I am currently working on a project about the early-modern essay and its relationship to the 'draft', and I recently delivered a keynote paper on this topic at the conference 'Literary Form After Matter, 1500-1700', held in Oxford in June 2018.

My work focuses heavily on archives and the history of reading and of the book, drawing upon many unpublished manuscript sources and annotated books from libraries around the world. I am interested in different modes of cirulation in manuscript and print in the early-modern period, and am currently preparing an article about the manuscript circulation of The Encomium of Richard III by the early-modern essayist Sir William Cornwallis the Younger (c.1579-1614) -- the writer who formed the focus of my doctorate -- in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. My work on the English essay has led me to work on the French writer Michel de Montaigne (as well as on readers' responses to the first printed English translation of Montaigne's essays in 1603) and on the Continental contexts of English literary writing and culture more broadly. 

I am also particularly interested in women as writers, readers, and patrons in the early-modern period, and am currently preparing an article on early-modern noblewomen as patrons of English essays, with a particular focus on Lucy Russell, Countess of Bedford, and her familial networks. I am also bringing together my interests in women's writing and life writing in an ongoing side project to edit a manuscript diary written by a woman called Mary Woodforde in the late 1680s and 1690s.

Research Group Membership

I am a member of the Medieval and Early-Modern Research Group within LDC.

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