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Professor Elizabeth Clarke

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Email: e dot r dot clarke at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 3327

Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


Professor Elizabeth Clarke is Professor, and teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies degree. She specialises in seventeenth-century religious poetry, spirituality and religious writing, particularly by nonconformists and women and women’s manuscript writing. She leads the Perdita Project for early modern women’s manuscript compilations.

Research interests

My latest book is Politics, Religion and the Song of Songs in Seventeenth-Century England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Also out is Dissenting Praise, a history of the dissenting hymn edited for OUP by Isabel Rivers and David Wykes, of which I wrote the first chapter. An anthology of verse from women’s manuscripts by the Perdita team, Early Modern Women's Manuscript Poetry, came out in January 2005 with Manchester University Press. Adam Matthews have pubished some of the research from the project alongside the facsimiles of the relevant manuscripts. She also led The John Nichols Project at Warwick University, whose five-volume Progresses of Queen Elizabeth I came out with OUP in JANUARY 2014 and will be aunched on June 19th at OUP. With Erica Longfellow she led a project funded by the British Academy, "Constructing Elizabeth Isham", which produced an online edition of Elizabeth Isham's autobiography for her 400th birthday on 28th January 2009, to be followed by a book edition with Toronto. I am also working on the OUP edition of The Complete Works of Lucy Htchinson vol 2, general editor David Norbrook; vol 1 is out and vol 2 is about to be3 submitted.

Teaching and supervision

I teach on the BA/MA programmes in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. Currently I teach on Seventeenth Century Literature and Culture, The Epic Tradition, and for the MA course Shakespeare and his Sister.

Selected publications

  • Politics, Religion and the Song of Songs in Seventeenth-Century England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)
  • The ‘Centuries’ of Julea Palmer, with Victoria Burke (Trent Editions, 2001)
  • The Double Voice: Gendered Writing in Early Modern England, with Danielle Clarke (Macmillan, 2000)
  • Theory and Theology in George Herbert’s Poetry: ‘Divinitie, and Poesie, met’ (Oxford University Press, 1997)


  • BA (King's College)
  • DPhil (Oxford)

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