Dr Catie Gill
Lecturer in English
I was appointed as ‘Lecturer in Early Modern Writing’ in 2007, though I first came to Loughborough years earlier as a PhD student to work with Professor Elaine Hobby on a project about Women’s Autobiographical Writings. My teaching is broad-ranging as I contribute to core and to optional modules in the portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. My research focusses on religio-political writings from the period 1630-1688, and I have a particular interest in scepticism.
I teach on core modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as a range of optional courses about seventeenth-century literature. In my research-led teaching, the focus is on texts depicting the social, cultural, and intellectual ferment of the Early Modern era. I am the convener for the undergraduate modules ‘Renaissance Writings’, ‘Women’s Writing in the Seventeenth Century’, and ‘Myth and History: Milton’s Paradise Lost’. These modules explore the literature produced between 1588 and 1688: they showcase the diverse literary culture of the period. I am also the co-convener on the PGT modules ‘Research Methods’ and ‘Boundaries and Transgressions’, which are at the core of our MA programs. I have successfully completed the HEA Fellowship program for new lecturers.
I have supervised MA dissertations on such themes as religion and the new-science, parliamentarian propaganda, and Restoration drama.
My first pathway through the cultural and historical events of the commonwealth period (1649-1660) was Quaker literature and activism. The resilience of women enduring persecution and yet determined to challenge social convention was the central focus on my PhD and first book on Quakerism. I continue to be fascinated by the material and historical dimension of Quaker writings, and have written most recently about two themes: Friends’ approach to knowledge (Manchester University Press, 2016), and Journal Writing (Rutgers University Press, forthcoming). I also surveyed Quaker writing for the Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Literature and Religion (Oxford University press, June 2017). My current project is a collection of essays about Quaker women’s contributions to literature and history (1650-1800), co-edited with Michele Lise Tarter (The College of New-Jersey) (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
I received British Academy funding for a project about William Chillingworth’s heretical thinking (he was attacked for his beliefs and labelled a Socinian), and developed an interest in skepticism as a result of this research. I have subsequently presented papers about the iconoclastic thinking of the Restoration writers Martin Clifford and Aphra Behn – the later resulting in an essay on Behn’s biblicism.
I welcome sparky PhD applications on all things religious and political from the post-civil war period, particularly if you are interested in dissenting and non-conformist writers. In addition, I would love to hear your proposals on gender, women’s writing, and matters of identity.
Current: co-supervising a project on the School of George Herbert.
Katherine Aske (2015), ‘It is virtue and goodness only, that make the true beauty’: Understanding female beauty in the eighteenth century. (co-supervised with Carol Bolton)
Anna Warzycha (2012), Enlargedness of mind and activity of spirit: Gender identities in the religious writings of mid-seventeenth-century England. (co-supervised with Elaine Hobby)
I am on the editorial panel of the journal Quaker Studies, and a member of the Quaker Studies Research Association, The International John Bunyan Society, The Women’s Studies Group (1557-1877), and the Margaret Cavendish Society.
I have given invited talks at the WSRG, the IHR, and Oxford Brookes University, and have peer-reviewed current research for journals and academic presses, which have included Literature Compass and MUP. I am delivering papers at the International John Bunyan Society regional colloquium (Newcastle, April, 2017), ‘Transforming Bodies’ (Cornel, April 2017) and the Early Modern Forum (Keele, May 2017).