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Dr Rachel Willie

Biography

My research covers seventeenth century literary history and culture. My first book, "Staging the Revolution: drama, reinvention and history, 1647-72" (shortlisted for the University English Early Career Book Prize, 2016) offers a reappraisal of drama, both in terms of live performances and performances on the paper stage. My book argues that, far from 1660 marking a watershed moment as is often asserted in the texts transmitted in the Restoration and assumed to be true by later critics, late seventeenth-century England was concerned with the continuing legacies of recent history and this is revealed in literature printed and disseminated in the period. While researching this book, I became intrigued by the number of anonymous scurrilous pamphlets ‘by the man in the moon’ and I have begun a wider study on ‘long seventeenth-century’ responses to the moon as an embodied and as a philosophical construct. With Kevin Killeen and Helen Smith, both based at the University of York, I co-edited "The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England, c. 1530-1700" (winner of the Roland H. Bainton Prize in Reference Works, 2016). More recently, my research has broadened to consider emotions and the senses by drawing from my interests in material cultures and the relationship between literature and the epistemologies that underpin politics, religion and natural philosophy; this is supported by considering the relationship between literature and history. I have ongoing interests in early modern drama, music, cheap print, publicness, the early modern soundscape, history and cultural history, and the history of ideas.

Before joining LJMU in 2016, I taught at Bangor University, the University of Manchester and the University of York. I have taught extensively across all periods of English literary history and interdisciplinary modules on the relationship between music and text. My teaching is fundamentally dialogic, encouraging students to explore ideas through discussion and analysis as a way to extend and stimulate critical thinking. I would be happy to receive proposals for postgraduate research on early modern literature and culture, especially on early modern drama; early modern prose; seventeenth century political thought; early modern science and religion; performance and the paper stage; adaptation; myth and cultural memory; writing history; materialities.

Degrees

University of York, United Kingdom, PhD in English
King's College London, United Kingdom, MA in English
University of Roehampton, United Kingdom, BA (hons) in English Literature and Music

Academic appointments

Reader in Early Modern Literary Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2019 - present
Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores Unversity, 2016 - 2019

Publications

Highlighted publications

Willie R. 2015. Staging the Revolution Drama, Reinvention and History, 1647-72 Manchester University Press. Manchester 9780719087639

Killeen K, Smith H, Willie R. 2015. The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England, C. 1530-1700 Oxford University Press. Oxford 9780199686971

Chapters

Willie RJ. 2020. Inscribing Textuality: Milton, Davenant, Authorship and the Performance of Print Depledge E, Garrison J, Nicosia M. Making Milton: Writing, Publication, Reception Oxford University Press >Public Url

Willie RJ. 2017. Translation Hiscock A, Wilcox H. The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern English Literature and Religion Oxford University Press. Oxford 9780199672806 >Public Url

Willie RJ. 2015. 'All Scripture is given by inspiration of God' : Dissonance and psalmody Killeen K, Smith H, Willie R. The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England, C. 1530-1700 Oxford University Press, USA. Oxford 9780199686971 >Public Url

Willie RJ. 2013. Viewing the Paper Stage: Civil War, Print, Theatre and the Public Sphere Vanhaelen A, Ward J. Making Space Public in Early Modern Europe Performance, Geography, Privacy Routledge 9781135104665

Book review

Willie RJ. 2018. Thomas Traherne in Seventeenth Century Thought, edited by Elizabeth Dodd and Cassandra Gorman (DS Brewer) MLR, :224-226 >DOI

Willie RJ. 2017. Paul D. Stegner, "Confession and Memory in Early Modern English Literature: Penitential Remains" Renaissance Quarterly, 70 :399-401 >DOI

Willie RJ. 2016. Richard Meek and Erin Sullivan, The Renaissance of Emotion: Understanding Affect in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries Shakespeare Bulletin: a journal of performance, criticism, and scholarship, 34 :187-192 >DOI

Willie RJ. 2016. Cary DiPietro and Hugh Grady (eds), "Shakespeare and the Urgency of Now" Modern Language Review, :849-850 >DOI

Willie RJ. 2016. Neil Rhodes (ed.) with Gordon Kendal and Louise Wilson, "English Renaissance Translation Theory" Modern Language Review, 111 :536-538 >DOI

Willie RJ. 2016. Michael Bryson, "The Atheist Milton" Modern Language Review, 111 :540-41 >DOI

Willie RJ. 2016. Sophie Chiari (ed.), "The Circulation of Knowledge in Early Modern English Literature" Renaissance Quarterly, :1572-1574 >DOI

Willie RJ. 2015. Maria Teresa Micaela Prendergast, "Railing, Reviling and Invective in English Literary Culture, 1588-1617: The Anti-Poetics of Theater and Print" Modern Language Review, 110 :526-527 >DOI

Willie RJ. 2012. Review of West Yorkshire Playhouse’s production of William Shakespeare’s "King Lear", dir. by Ian Brown Shakespeare, 8 :97-91 >DOI

Willie RJ. 2010. Kathryn Lowerre, "Music and Musicians on the London Stage, 1695-1705" NTQ: New Theatre Quarterly, 26 :302-303 >DOI

Willie RJ. 2009. Review of The Mooted Theatre Company’s production of John Ford’s "’Tis Pity She’s a Whore", dir. by Mark France Shakespeare, 5 :194-197 >DOI

Willie RJ. 2008. Ayanna Thompson, "Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage" Cahiers Elisabethains: late medieval and renaissance English studies, 74 :87-88 >DOI

Willie R. Dennis Austin Britton and Melissa Walter, eds, "Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study: Audiences, Authors and Digital Technologies" (Routledge, 2018) Renaissance Quarterly,

Willie R. Leah Orr, "Novel Ventures: Fiction and Print Culture in England, 1690-1739" (The University of Virginia Press, 2017) Modern Language Review,

Report

Willie R. 2018. 'SRS in Wales' Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies :11-12

Willie RJ, Gelléri G. 2016. Travel and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern World Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies :14-15

Willie R. 2016. 'The Great Fire of London' as part of ‘Roundtable: Annus mirabilis 2016 Anniversiaries’ The Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies :5-7

Willie RJ. 2015. Rediscovering the Sounds of the Renaissance Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies :30-32

Journal article

Willie RJ. 2017. Sensing the visual (mis)representation of William Laud SPELL: Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature, 34 :183-210 >Public Url

Willie RJ. 2011. Sacrificial Kings and Martyred Rebels: Charles and Rainborowe Beatified Études Épistémè, 20

Willie RJ. 2008. Spiritual Union and the Problem of Sexuality Milton Studies, 47 :168-184

Internet publication

Willie RJ. 2017. SRS at English Shared Futures

Willie R. 2014. William Shakespeare, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona’"

Willie RJ. 2014. Edmund Spenser, "The Shepherdes Calendar"

Book

Willie R. 2015. Staging the Revolution Drama, Reinvention and History, 1647-72 Manchester University Press. Manchester 9780719087639

Killeen K, Smith H, Willie R. 2015. The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England, C. 1530-1700 Oxford University Press. Oxford 9780199686971

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

The Bible in the Seventeenth Century, Co-organiser

Early modern Wales: Space, Place and Displacement, Co-organiser, http://rensoc.org.uk/news/early-modern-wales-space-place-and-displacement-cymru-fodern-gynnar-gofod-lle-symudiad

Travel and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern World, co-organiser

Early Modern Soundscapes, Organiser

Performance and the Paper Stage, 1640-1695 seminar, Shakespeare Association of America 45th Annual Meeting, Atlanta

The Bible in the Seventeenth Century, Co-organiser

Early modern Wales: Space, Place and Displacement, Co-organiser, http://rensoc.org.uk/news/early-modern-wales-space-place-and-displacement-cymru-fodern-gynnar-gofod-lle-symudiad

Travel and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern World, co-organiser

Early Modern Soundscapes, Organiser

Performance and the Paper Stage, 1640-1695 seminar, Shakespeare Association of America 45th Annual Meeting, Atlanta

The Bible in the Seventeenth Century, Co-organiser

Early modern Wales: Space, Place and Displacement, Co-organiser, http://rensoc.org.uk/news/early-modern-wales-space-place-and-displacement-cymru-fodern-gynnar-gofod-lle-symudiad

Travel and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern World, co-organiser

Early Modern Soundscapes, Organiser

Performance and the Paper Stage, 1640-1695 seminar, Shakespeare Association of America 45th Annual Meeting, Atlanta

Conference presentation:

Two Kings and No Bodies: Debating the Body Politic, The Royal Body conference, Royal Holloway, University of London, Oral presentation

The Royal Actor Revisited: Regicide, Narrative and Cultural Memory, Shakespeare Association of America 40th Annual Conference, Boston, Oral presentation

Reformed Drama: William Davenant and Literary Aesthetic, Society for Renaissance Studies 5th Biennial Conference, University of Manchester, Oral presentation

“Of two good playes to make one bad”: Restoring Shakespeare, On Page and Stage: Shakespeare, 1590-1890, Bangor University, Oral presentation

“The isle is full of noises”: Reconceptualising The Tempest, Shakespeare Association of America 41st Annual Conference, Toronto, Oral presentation

Pope Laud, Popes and the Papacy in Early Modern English Culture, University of Sussex, Oral presentation

Allegorical Uncertainty in "The Cruelty of the Spaniards in Peru" (1656), Images of Kingship in Britain and Ireland, 1649-1714, Bangor University, Oral presentation

Restoring Rogues: Tudor Vagabonds and Roundhead Reputations, Early Modern Soundscapes, Bangor University, Oral presentation

Two Kings and No Bodies: Debating the Body Politic, The Royal Body conference, Royal Holloway, University of London, Oral presentation

The Royal Actor Revisited: Regicide, Narrative and Cultural Memory, Shakespeare Association of America 40th Annual Conference, Boston, Oral presentation

Reformed Drama: William Davenant and Literary Aesthetic, Society for Renaissance Studies 5th Biennial Conference, University of Manchester, Oral presentation

“Of two good playes to make one bad”: Restoring Shakespeare, On Page and Stage: Shakespeare, 1590-1890, Bangor University, Oral presentation

“The isle is full of noises”: Reconceptualising The Tempest, Shakespeare Association of America 41st Annual Conference, Toronto, Oral presentation

Pope Laud, Popes and the Papacy in Early Modern English Culture, University of Sussex, Oral presentation

Allegorical Uncertainty in "The Cruelty of the Spaniards in Peru" (1656), Images of Kingship in Britain and Ireland, 1649-1714, Bangor University, Oral presentation

Restoring Rogues: Tudor Vagabonds and Roundhead Reputations, Early Modern Soundscapes, Bangor University, Oral presentation

Two Kings and No Bodies: Debating the Body Politic, The Royal Body conference, Royal Holloway, University of London, Oral presentation

The Royal Actor Revisited: Regicide, Narrative and Cultural Memory, Shakespeare Association of America 40th Annual Conference, Boston, Oral presentation

Reformed Drama: William Davenant and Literary Aesthetic, Society for Renaissance Studies 5th Biennial Conference, University of Manchester, Oral presentation

“Of two good playes to make one bad”: Restoring Shakespeare, On Page and Stage: Shakespeare, 1590-1890, Bangor University, Oral presentation

“The isle is full of noises”: Reconceptualising The Tempest, Shakespeare Association of America 41st Annual Conference, Toronto, Oral presentation

Pope Laud, Popes and the Papacy in Early Modern English Culture, University of Sussex, Oral presentation

Allegorical Uncertainty in "The Cruelty of the Spaniards in Peru" (1656), Images of Kingship in Britain and Ireland, 1649-1714, Bangor University, Oral presentation

Restoring Rogues: Tudor Vagabonds and Roundhead Reputations, Early Modern Soundscapes, Bangor University, Oral presentation

Editorial boards:

Renaissance Studies, Book Reviews Editor, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1477-4658

Etudes Epistémè, Member of Scientific Committee, http://episteme.revues.org/

Renaissance Studies, Book Reviews Editor, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1477-4658

Etudes Epistémè, Member of Scientific Committee, http://episteme.revues.org/

Renaissance Studies, Book Reviews Editor, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1477-4658

Etudes Epistémè, Member of Scientific Committee, http://episteme.revues.org/

External collaboration:

http://projects.au.dk/trust-and-risk-in-literature-network/, Aarhus University, Trust and Risk in Literature Research Network (funded by the Danish Research Council)

https://academicbookfuture.org/, UCL, The Academic Book of the Future (individual collaborator)

http://makingpublics.mcgill.ca/, McGill University, Making Publics Project (joined project in 2009)

http://projects.au.dk/trust-and-risk-in-literature-network/, Aarhus University, Trust and Risk in Literature Research Network (funded by the Danish Research Council)

https://academicbookfuture.org/, UCL, The Academic Book of the Future (individual collaborator)

http://makingpublics.mcgill.ca/, McGill University, Making Publics Project (joined project in 2009)

http://projects.au.dk/trust-and-risk-in-literature-network/, Aarhus University, Trust and Risk in Literature Research Network (funded by the Danish Research Council)

https://academicbookfuture.org/, UCL, The Academic Book of the Future (individual collaborator)

http://makingpublics.mcgill.ca/, McGill University, Making Publics Project (joined project in 2009)

External committees:

Council, Society for Renaissance Studies, Web Editor

Council, Society for Renaissance Studies, Web Editor

Council, Society for Renaissance Studies, Web Editor

Fellowships:

Folger Short Term Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC

MaPs Summer Fellow, McGill University, Montreal

Folger Short Term Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC

MaPs Summer Fellow, McGill University, Montreal

Folger Short Term Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC

MaPs Summer Fellow, McGill University, Montreal

Membership of professional bodies:

Member (and Council Member), Society for Renaissance Studies

Member, Shakespeare Association of America

Member, Renaissance Society of America

Member (and Council Member), Society for Renaissance Studies

Member, Shakespeare Association of America

Member, Renaissance Society of America

Member (and Council Member), Society for Renaissance Studies

Member, Shakespeare Association of America

Member, Renaissance Society of America