Professor Rosalind Smith has received an outstanding mid-career researchers Future Fellowship grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC) to examine women’s textual practice in the English Renaissance. The ARC Future Fellowships encourage research in areas of national priority, and Rosalind will receive AUD $1,054,816 over the next five years to examine women’s textual practice in the English Renaissance, recognising the innovative work achieved by Ros and her colleagues at EMWRN in furthering the research of early modern women’s writing in Australia. Titled, ‘Marginalia and the early modern woman writer, 1530-1660’, Ros will be examining the records of women’s reading and writing in the margins of their books from the 16th and 17th century to make new discoveries about how women used their books during that period. This research will be the first investigation into the history of early modern women’s textual practice through the traces they left in their books, at a time when book production and distribution was first appearing on a larger scale. There is a lot to be excited about with this project as marginalia opens up an exciting new field of research in early modern studies, considering that the traces left behind, including marginalia annotations, can tell researchers how texts were used, understood and exchanged, as well as revealing a previously overlooked source of extraordinary writing. Ros says: “This project will be quite transformative within the field and should uncover a whole body of writing that we’ve never seen before. There will also be an element of crowd sourcing to the project, where we’ll ask librarians and archivists to send us material so we can create digital versions of the texts and extend their access to the public”. We are all looking forward to what will Ros uncover in her latest project and how her findings will expand the field of early modern women’s writing.
Professor Wendy Wall, of Northwestern University and President of the Shakespeare Association of America (SAA), has requested to work with Professor Ros Smith and EMWRN to pattern the software used in EMWRN’s digital archive for a digital project researching seventeenth-century poet and writer Hester Pulter. Further details can be found in UoN News article ‘Software success for UoN’s Early Modern Women Research Network.’
EMWRN is currently undergoing significant research on early modern women and complaint with the support of two substantial grants. Associate Professor Sarah C. E. Ross is the chief investigator of a Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Grant titled Woe is Me: Women and Complaint in the English Renaissance, along with associate investigators Professor Rosalind Smith and Professor Michelle O'Callaghan. An ARC Discovery Project Grant titled Early Modern Women and the Poetry of Complaint, 1540-1660 is also held by Smith, O’Callaghan and Ross, who will collaborate to discover, for the first time, how early modern women used the widespread, powerful and diverse mode of complaint to voice expressions of protest and loss across the English Renaissance. A digital archive will be produced with this project creating an open-access digital poetry index showcasing the projects discoveries of the extent and reach of early modern women’s participation in complaint’s poetry for future scholarship.
EWMRN is conducting ongoing research and will continue to publish on and explore the Emmerson Collection of early modern books at the State Library of Victoria through Linkage Pilot Grants.
This large-scale collaborative research program funded by an ARC Discovery Project (2012-2014) provided the first comprehensive study of the textual transmission of early modern women's writing. Focusing on the neglected areas of women's editing, reception and meditation, the project filled significant gaps in our understanding of the role that women's texts have played in the history of the book. EMWRN’S digital archive The Material Cultures of Early Modern Women's Writing was produced through this grant, as was a book of the same title.