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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
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. 2018. Inscribing Textuality: Milton, Davenant, Authorship and the Performance of Print Depledge E, Garrison J, Narcosia M. Making Milton: Writing, Publication, Reception Oxford University Press

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

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. 2018. Thomas Traherne in Seventeenth Century Thought, edited by Elizabeth Dodd and Cassandra Gorman (DS Brewer) MLR,

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. 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

Internet Publications

Willie RJ. 2017. SRS at English Shared Futures

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

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

Journal Articles

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

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

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

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: Rumps, Songs and Revelry: the Stuart Restoration and Arbitrary Period Boundaries, Conference title: CUSO Workshop: Restoration and the Long Eighteenth Century: Concept and Metaphor (Invited Speaker), Place/location of conference: University of Geneva, Switzerland, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Inscribing Textuality: Milton, Davenant, Authorship and the Performance of Print, Conference title: Making Milton: Print, Politics and Genre, Place/location of conference: Renaissance Societry of America Annual Conference, New Orleans, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: ‘he must be a Prelate as the Beast is’: Pope Laud, Conference title: Remembering the Reformation, Place/location of conference: University of Cambridge, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: ‘he must be a Prelate as the Beast is’: Anti-Laudian Revelation, Conference title: English Research Seminar (invited speaker), Place/location of conference: LJMU, Presentation type: Oral 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:

Institution: Lancaster University, Collaborator: ESSE Bid-Writing Workshop: Trust and Risk: Early Modern Experiences

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

Other invited event:

Title of event: CUSO Workshop: Restoration and the Long Eighteenth Century: Concept and Metphor, Location: University of Geneva, Switzerland, Description: Lecture and the facilitating of a seminar mainly for PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers as part of a workshop organised under the auspices of the Conference Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale (CUSO) network of Swiss Universities.

Teaching qualification:

Title of qualification gained: FHEA