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Religion and Literature

Elizabeth Clarke, BA (KCL), DPhil (Oxford) - Professor

Specialises in seventeenth-century religious poetry, spirituality and religious writing, particularly by nonconformists and women, and women's manuscript writing. Her book, Politics, Religion and the Song of Songs in Seventeenth-Century England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) has recently been published. She has also recently published essays in The Intellectual Culture of Puritan Women, ed. Johanna Harris and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), and in Dissenting Praise, ed. Isabel Rivers and David Wickes, (Oxford University Press, 2011). She leads the John Nichols project whose five volume critical edition of the Progresses of Queen Elizabeth I is published by Oxford University Press in 2012. One of Elizabeth's current projects is editing volume 2 of the Lucy Hutchinson Complete Works, also to be published by Oxford University Press. Her edited anthology of Early Modern Women's Manuscript Poetry (Manchester University Press, 2005) won the Best Edition Prize in the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Awards, 2006. Her first book was Theory and Theology in George Herbert's Poetry (Oxford University Press, 1997), and with Danielle Clarke she also co-edited This Double Voice: Gendered Writing in Early Modern England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000). She leads the Perdita Project for early modern women's manuscript compilations. With Erica Longfellow at Kingston she led a project funded by the British Academy, "Constructing Elizabeth Isham" which produced an online edition of Isham's autobiography for her 400th anniversary in 2009. She is also a member of the Medieval and Early Modern English Studies research group.


Emma Francis, BA, MA (Southampton), PhD (Liverpool) – Associate Professor

Research is located at the interface of Victorian studies and feminist thought and she has particular interest in 19th century British women's poetry especially Amy Levy, Letitia Landon, Emily Bronte and Mathilde Blind. Her current research focuses on the intellectual traffic between Bloomsbury and the East End between 1880 and 1920, examining the key figures Olive Schreiner, Eleanor Marx, Clementina Black, Israel Zangwill and Stewart Headlam. She is also working currently on a shorter project 'Psychoanalysis in Egypt: Victorian "science" and Freud's "historical novel"'. She is also a member of the British Writing and Culture 1750-1900 research group.


John Gilmore, BA, MA, PhD (Sidney, Sussex, Cambridge) - Associate Professor

Educated in Barbados and in England, where he did his undergraduate and postgraduate study at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He lived and worked in Barbados for fourteen years, including four years teaching at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies, before coming to Warwick in 1996, where he taught in the Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies. He joined the Department of English in 2009. His research interests include satire; the history of translation in the eighteenth century; British and Caribbean literature in the long eighteenth century in English and Latin; issues relating to the reception of classical literature and to Latin, race and gender; and the history of cultural relations between China and the West, especially in the period from the eighteenth century to the present, and with a particular focus on Western representations of China. He is also a member of the Translation, Theory and Practice research group.


Emma Mason, BA, MA (Cardiff) PhD (Warwick) BAPDF (Oxford) - Professor

Poetry from 1740-present day; theories of affect and emotion; religion/Bible and literature. Author of Elizabeth Jennings: The Collected Poems, ed. (Carcanet, 2012); The Cambridge Introduction to Wordsworth (Cambridge University Press, 2010); Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century (Writers and their Work, 2006); and with Mark Knight, Nineteenth-century Religion and Literature: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2006); as well as the co-edited volumes, The Blackwell's Companion to the Bible in English Literature (2009) and The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible (2011).


Christiania Whitehead, BA, DPhil (Oxford) - Associate Professor (Reader)

Main research interests lie in all fields of religious writing (exegesis, monastic, devotional, mystical) in Middle English and Latin throughout the Middle Ages. Other interests include medieval religious and courtly allegory, and the evolution of Arthurian literature from the medieval to the modern periods. Her publications include Castles of the Mind: A Study of Medieval Architectural Allegory (University of Wales Press, 2003); co-ed. Writing Religious Women: Female Spiritual and Textual Practices in Late Medieval England (Univ. of Toronto Press, 2000); co-ed., The Doctrine of the Hert: A Critical Edition with Introduction and Commentary (Exeter/Chicago: Exeter University Press and Chicago University Press, 2010); co-ed., A Companion to the Doctrine of the Hert: the Middle English Translation and its Latin and European Contexts (Exeter: Exeter University Press, 2010), and co-ed., The Medieval Translator. Traduire au Moyen Age (Brepols, 2010). She has recently completed essays on Julian of Norwich’s transformations in twentieth-century spirituality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), the fourteenth-century English mystics (Oxford: Blackwell, forthcoming), and the Meditaciones of the Monk of Farne (Exeter, forthcoming). She is currently working on a monograph on Cuthbertine asceticism in north-eastern England from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. She is also a member of the Medieval and Early Modern English Studies research group.