Centre for Early Modern Studies



Professor Rosalind Smith

Professor Smith examines the contribution of female writers to the culture of the early modern era. Ros' primary field of research is Renaissance Literature, specialising in women's poetry, especially the relationship between gender, form, politics and history in the period. She is a leader in the production of digital resources that promote further work on early modern women’s writing.

Grant income: $2,130,962

Publication snapshot:

  • Chapter: Smith RL, 'The material cultures of early modern women's translations: Margaret Roper, Mary Basset and Mary Tudor', Trust and Proof: Translators in Renaissance Print Culture, Brill, Leiden, Netherlands 185-209 (2018) [B1]
  • Chapter: Smith RL, O'Callaghan M, Ross SCE, 'Complaint', The Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Poetry, Blackwell, Oxford, UK 339-354 (2018) [B1]
  • Chapter: Smith RL, 'Paratextual marginalia, early modern women, and collaboration', Gender, Authorship and Collaboration in Early Modern Women's Writing, Palgrave, Basingstoke, UK 175-201 (2017) [B1]

Lead Researchers

Emeritus Professor Hugh Craig

Hugh Craig's research interests are in Renaissance literature and stylometry.  Professor Craig works in computational stylistics, applied to Shakespeare and to Early Modern English drama generally. He has published books on Sir John Harrington and on Ben Jonson's critical heritage. Through the Centre for Literary and Linguistic Computing he is involved in the development of the Intelligent Archive, specialist software for stylometry.

Grant income: $1,521,549

Publication snapshot:

  • Book: Craig H, Greatley-Hirsch B, Style, computers, and early modern drama: Beyond authorship, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 283 (2017) [A1]
  • Journal article: Craig DH, Dalton B, Antonia A, Crabb P, 'Identifying another goldfields reporter: Frederick Dalton (1815-80)', History Australia, 13 557-574 (2016) [C1]
  • Journal article: Naeni LM, Craig H, Berretta R, Moscato P, 'A Novel Clustering Methodology Based on Modularity Optimisation for Detecting Authorship Affinities in Shakespearean Era Plays', PLOS ONE, 11 (2016) [C1]

Associate Professor Trisha Pender

Associate Professor Pender’s active research areas in early modern literature are in women’s writing, particularly on the rhetoric of modesty, feminist literary history and theory, gender, authorship and early modern women’s collaborative practices. Trisha also researches and writes on contemporary feminist theory, gender and politics, pop culture, and has recently published her first collection of poetry.

Grant income: $1,307,244

Publication snapshot:

  • Book: Pender P, Gender, Authorship, and Early Modern Women’s Collaboration, Springer, 291 (2017)
  • Book: Pender P, I'm Buffy and You're History: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Contemporary Feminism, I.B.Tauris, London, 256 (2016) [A1]
  • Chapter: Pender PJ, 'The Critical Fortunes of the Tenth Muse: Canonicity and its Discontents', A History of Early Modern Women's Writing, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 66-82 (2018) [B1]

Professor Paul Salzman

Professor Salzman has worked extensively in the areas of early modern literature and Australian literature. He has contributed considerable practical and theoretical work in the area of scholarly editing, including four Oxford World’s Classics editions and two on-line editions. In the early modern field, he has published on women’s writing, prose fiction, literary and cultural history, and the intersections between literature, society and politics.

Grant income: $609,000.

Publication snapshot:

Dr Erin McCarthy

Dr McCarthy is based at the National University of Ireland Galway. Her current research develops quantitative and digital methods to explore the material forms of early modern texts and the historical evidence these instantiations provide.Her research interests include poetry and poetics, women’s writing, bibliography, scholarly editing, digital humanities, and the histories of reading and the book. Her first book, Doubtful Readers: Print, Poetry, and the Reading Public in Early Modern England, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press, and she is currently completing a joint-authored monograph on the transmission and reception of women's writing in manuscript miscellanies.

Grant income: $110,873

Publication snapshot:

  • Journal article: 'Reading Women Reading Donne in Manuscript and Printed Miscellanies: A Quantitative Approach'.  Review Of English Studies, 69 (291):661-685

PhD Students

  • Alexandra Day, PhD Candidate: Early Modern Women’s Writing and Collaboration
  • Kerry Plunkett, PhD Candidate: Early Modern Creativity and Aesthetics
  • Kelly Peihopa, PhD Student: Early Modern Women’s Prison Poetry
  • Dr Raichel Le Goff, PhD Student: Online Representation of Italian Women Writers