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Dr Rachel Willie

Biography

My research covers seventeenth century literary history and culture. My first book, "Staging the Revolution" offers a reappraisal of the weight and volume of drama produced from 1647-1672, both in terms of live performances and performances on the paper stage. I drew from my interest in history as fiction to explore how drama was reinvented as a consequence of theatre closure and how it was also used to rewrite the English civil war and commonwealth. Much literature of the 1660s not only sought to present 1660 as a return to rightful governance, but also the start of a new age characterized by unprecedented developments within the arts and the sciences. My book challenged these assumptions (which have continued to underpin periodization) to show that, far from 1660 marking a watershed moment, late seventeenth-century England was intensely concerned with the continuing legacies of recent history and this is revealed in literature printed and disseminated in the period. While researching my book, I became intrigued by the number of anonymous scurrilous pamphlets that were ‘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.

Before joining LJMU in 2016, I taught at Bangor University, the University of Manchester and the University of York. I graduated with a BA (hons) in English Literature and Music from Roehampton University before undertaking an MA in English at King’s College London. In 2010, I received my PhD from the University of York. During my doctoral research, I gained an interest in material cultures and the relationship between literature and the epistemologies that underpin politics, religion and natural philosophy as well as continued interests in the relationship between literature and history. With Helen Smith and Kevin Killeen, both based at the University of York, I co-edited "The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England", which won the Roland H. Bainton Prize in Reference Works 2016. 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.

Degrees

University of York, United Kingdom, PhD
King's College London, United Kingdom, MA
University of Roehampton, United Kingdom, BA (hons)

Publications

Highlighted publications

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

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

Chapters

Willie RJ. 2017. Translation Hiscock A, Wilcox H. The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern English Literature and Religion

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

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 Reviews

Willie RJ. 2017. Paul D. Stegner, "Confession and Memory in Early Modern English Literature: Penitential Remains" Renaissance Quarterly,

Willie RJ. 2016. Sophie Chiari (ed.), "The Circulation of Knowledge in Early Modern English Literature" Renaissance Quarterly,

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

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

Willie RJ. 2016. Cary DiPietro and Hugh Grady (eds), "Shakespeare and the Urgency of Now" Modern Language Review,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Books

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

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

Internet Publications

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

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

Journal Articles

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

Willie R. 2008. Spiritual union and the problem of sexuality Milton Studies, :168-184

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

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

Conference name: Early Modern Soundscapes, Position: Organiser, URL: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/english/Soundscapes

Conference name: Travel and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern World, Position: co-organiser, URL: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/english/events/travel-and-conflict-in-the-medieval-and-early-modern-world-conference-22691

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

Conference name: The Bible in the Seventeenth Century, Position: Co-organiser

Conference presentation:

Title of presentation: Private Grief and Public Passions: Anatomising the King's Two Bodies, Conference title: QMCRLE / CEMMN.net joint Research Seminar (invited speaker), Place/location of conference: Queen Mary, University of London, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: ”Were not their eares to them, as pretious as your nostrils can be to you”: Sensing Trust, Sensing Authority, Conference title: Trust and Risk in Literature network meeting (invited speaker), Place/location of conference: University of Yamanshi, Kofu, Japan, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: 'Against his better knowledge not deceived': Trust, risk and the rhetoric of affect in "Paradise Lost", Conference title: Trust and Risk in Literature network meeting, Place/location of conference: Aarhus University, Denmark, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Lunar Travel and Lunacy: Reading the Early Modern Moon, Conference title: School of English Literature Research Seminar (invited speaker), Place/location of conference: Bangor University, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: The past, present and future of Milton Studies Roundtable Discussion, Conference title: British Milton Seminar (invited speaker), Place/location of conference: Birmingham, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: :‘New-Modelled Masques: (Re)presenting Colonialism in Late Seventeenth Century Entertainments, Conference title: Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS), (invited speaker), Place/location of conference: Wales-wide videolink, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: :Inscribing Textuality: Milton, Anti-theatricalism and the Performance of Print’, British Milton Seminar, Birmingham, Conference title: British Milton Seminar (invited speaker), Place/location of conference: Birmingham, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Primates and portraits: the Visual (Mis)representation of William Laud, Conference title: SAMEMES Conference: What is an Image in Medieval and Early Modern England?, Place/location of conference: University of Zurich, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Family Ties and Textual Ruptures: Representing Rupert of the Rhine in the English Civil War, Conference title: Society for Renaissance Studies 7th Biennial Conference, Place/location of conference: Glasgow University, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Anatomizing the King’s Two Bodies: Regicide and Bloody Passions, Conference title: Bloody Passions: Extreme Emotions in Early Modern Literature and Culture, Place/location of conference: University of Portsmouth, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Private Grief and Public Passion: Remembering and Reinventing the English Civil War, Conference title: Compassion in Early Modern Culture conference (1550-1700), Place/location of conference: University of Amsterdam, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: “Without meditation all reading is vaine”: Hearing, Seeing and Sensing Words, Conference title: Voices and Books 1500-1800, Place/location of conference: University of Newcastle, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Re/De-Polluting the Body Politic: Ballads on the Stage and Page, Conference title: Shakespeare Association of America 43rd Annual Conference, Place/location of conference: Vancouver, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Old/New World Immunity: Mediating Kingship in "The History of Sir Francis Drake" (1659), Conference title: Renaissance Society of America 61st Annual Conference, Place/location of conference: Berlin, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: ‘“this reading of books is a pernicious thing”: Journeys of the Mind in The Emperor of the Moon (1687), Conference title: Society for Renaissance Studies 6th Biennial Conference, Place/location of conference: University of Southampton, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Restoring Rogues: Tudor Vagabonds and Roundhead Reputations, Conference title: Early Modern Soundscapes, Place/location of conference: Bangor University, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Allegorical Uncertainty in "The Cruelty of the Spaniards in Peru" (1656), Conference title: Images of Kingship in Britain and Ireland, 1649-1714, Place/location of conference: Bangor University, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Pope Laud, Conference title: Popes and the Papacy in Early Modern English Culture, Place/location of conference: University of Sussex, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: “The isle is full of noises”: Reconceptualising The Tempest, Conference title: Shakespeare Association of America 41st Annual Conference, Place/location of conference: Toronto, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: “Of two good playes to make one bad”: Restoring Shakespeare, Conference title: On Page and Stage: Shakespeare, 1590-1890, Place/location of conference: Bangor University, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Reformed Drama: William Davenant and Literary Aesthetic, Conference title: Society for Renaissance Studies 5th Biennial Conference, Place/location of conference: University of Manchester, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: The Royal Actor Revisited: Regicide, Narrative and Cultural Memory, Conference title: Shakespeare Association of America 40th Annual Conference, Place/location of conference: Boston, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Two Kings and No Bodies: Debating the Body Politic, Conference title: The Royal Body conference, Place/location of conference: Royal Holloway, University of London, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Editorial boards:

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

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

External collaboration:

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

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

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

External committees:

Committee name: Council, Organisation: Society for Renaissance Studies, Position: Webmaster

Committee name: Council, Organisation: Society for Renaissance Studies, Position: Welsh Branch Representative, URL: http://rensoc.org.uk/

Fellowships:

Fellowship title: MaPs Summer Fellow, Organisation: McGill University, Montreal

Fellowship title: Folger Short Term Fellowship, Organisation: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, Renaissance Society of America

Member, Shakespeare Association of America

Member (and Council Member), Society for Renaissance Studies

Teaching qualification:

Title of qualification gained: FHEA

Title of qualification gained: FHEA