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Prof Elaine Hobby

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Professor of 17th Century Studies

Specialism: Early-Modernist

I work on the full range of writings published by British women in the seventeenth century, including plays, political pamphlets, medical works, poetry, autobiography, prose fiction, and almanacs. I have a particular delight in textual editing, and my publications include being co-editor of Her Own Life: Autobiographical Writings by Seventeenth-Century Englishwomen (1989), and editing Jane Sharp, The Midwives Book(1999). Having become fascinated by early medical writings, I am working on a history of the midwifery manual (1540-1720), and have recently completed a modern-spelling edition of The Birth of Mankind. I am a member of the editorial board of Quaker Studies.

I am a keen teacher, contributing to first-year teaching in 'Critical Studies' and 'Introduction to Poetry', co-ordinating the second-year core module 'British Drama 1576-1737', and offering an option on 'Aphra Behn and her Contemporaries'. I also convene and teach early-modern modules on the MA in English.

My current PhD students are working on early-modern representations of menstruation, on early Baptist conversion narratives, and on early-modern depictions and meanings of cleft palate. I am happy to consider proposals in any area of early-modern studies.