(MA, PhD, London)
My research interests lie in the fields of early modern cultural and literary history. My monograph, Scandal and Reputation at the Court of Catherine de Medici (forthcoming, Ashgate), looks at how the reputations of aristocratic women at the early modern French court were constructed, attacked and defended in a society where literacy was beginning to gain supremacy over orality.
My current project investigates emotional responses to public execution in the early modern period, looking in particular at the use of songs and verse in accounts of crime and execution across Europe. Crime reports were often printed in huge numbers on cheap pamphlets and set to the tune of well-known songs, enabling the reader to sing along to the account of the (often violent) crime and the public execution of the condemned. My research examines how the emotional resonances of a familiar tune could be transferred or subverted in the new version of the song. Central to my work is the idea that singing the news of crime and punishment was a long-standing, pan-European tradition. I’ve begun to widen my research into news-songs on all sorts of topics: natural disasters and wonders, military battles and sieges, and politics and social satire.
Office: W4.E4 (Rutherford)
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During the 2016/17 academic year, I will be teaching:
EN694 Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama (Stage 2)
EN692 Early Modern Literature 1500-1700 (Stage 2)back to top
I am interested in supervising research on the following topics:
- Crime and punishment in the early modern period
- Cheap print and media culture in the early modern period
- Court studies
- Scandal, gossip, and rumour
- History of emotions