Sara Read is a specialist in early modern culture, literature, and medicine, with a specific focus on women’s reproductive health. She completed her PhD in 2010 here at Loughborough University under the supervision of Professor Elaine Hobby. This project was funded by both the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2 years) and Loughborough University (1 year). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has been teaching at the University since beginning her doctoral studies in 2006. In 2016, she graduated with a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (distinction).
After being awarded her PhD, Sara was awarded a post-doctoral research fellowship from the Society for Renaissance Studies (2012-13).
In addition to teaching at Loughborough, Sara has taught as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Worcester (Renaissance Verse), Birmingham City University (Shakespeare Studies), and Newman University (Introduction to Early Modern Drama).
Over the years Sara has taught on a wide range of undergraduate modules. She team teaches on the core first year introductory modules, and specialises in teaching literature of the Renaissance to the Restoration.
Sara’s research focus is on the cultural representation of women’s physical and spiritual health in early modern England. Her doctoral research was developed into a monograph, Menstruation and the Female Body with Palgrave Macmillan (2013). This was followed by a co-edited an anthology of women’s writings about their feelings about their bodily and spiritual health, Flesh and Spirit: An Anthology of Seventeenth-century Women’s Writing for Manchester University Press (2014). This volume included some women whose writing is anthologised and so made available to a wider audience for the first time. Her research has gone on to analyse the presentation of miscarriage and pregnancy in this era and she has published widely on this topic.
Currently Sara is working on co-authored book with Professor Nigel Wood and Dr Lyndsey Bakewell on the topic of humour in Restoration culture for Routledge. Sara’s contribution looks at representations of humour and medics and its role in healing. She is also pursuing her research into representations of the body, health, and disease in literature with a chapter for Women’s Writing on the prose fiction of Aphra Behn.
Sara is principal supervisor to Katherine Woodhouse who is researching representations of female youth in the long eighteenth century, and second supervisor to Chloe Owen who is working on a project that looks at the supernatural in early modern drama in relation to sleep paralysis and hypnic-hallucinations