Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women’s Writing


A first in early modern women’s scholarship, the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women’s Writing will create a living and expanding digital research environment that can adapt to new lines of inquiry and be amended as new information comes to hand. It will cover six established chronological periods from the Reformation to the Restoration, and undertake further broad categories of analysis, including the theoretical, material, geographical, generic, and the thematic.   

This large scale (1-1.5 million word) digital encyclopedia will focus on writing by or attributed to women, written in or translated into English, from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Greater Europe, and the Americas. In addition, the Encyclopedia will provide an overview of women’s writing from various parts of the early modern world, including Asia and the Islamic World, and consider Indigenous and colonial influences. General Editors Rosalind Smith (ANU) and Patricia Pender (University of Newcastle), who together coordinate the Early Modern Women Research Network (EMWRN), are assisted in this project by a group of 23 Section Editors who each manage a team of scholars totalling over 260 authors. With over 400 entries and counting, our contributing scholars come from a diverse range of academic backgrounds and nationalities, including nations such as the UK, Belgium, Australia, Switzerland, New Zealand, India, USA, France, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Germany, and Canada. The Encyclopedia will be divided up into seventeen period and theoretical/thematic sections.

Period Sections and Editors

Early Tudor (1526-1557): Professor Susan Felch, Calvin University, USA.

Elizabethan (1558-1603): Professor Patricia Phillippy, Coventry University, UK.

Jacobean (1603-1625): Professor Christian Luckyj, Dalhousie University, Canada.

Caroline (1625-1649): Professor Mihoko Suzuki, University of Miami, USA.

English Civil War and Interregnum (1642-1660): Associate Professor Penelope Anderson, Indiana University, USA; Associate Professor Whitney Sperrazza, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA.

Restoration (1660-1686): Dr Suzanne Trill, University of Edinburgh, UK; Dr Lisa Walters, University of Queensland, Australia; Dr Natasha Simonova, University of Oxford, UK.

Theoretical/Thematic Sections and Editors 

Cultural Contexts: Professor Mary Ellen Lamb, Southern Illinois University, USA.

Drama: Professor Ramona Wray, Queens University Belfast, UK.

International Contexts: National Traditions and Transnational Networks: Professor Martine van Elk, California State University, USA. 

Manuscript: Associate Professor Victoria E. Burke, University of Ottawa, Canada.

Poetry: Associate Professor Sarah C. E. Ross, Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Jake Arthur, University of Oxford, UK.

Print: Professor Katherine Acheson, University of Waterloo, Canada.

Prose: Emeritus Professor Paul Salzman, La Trobe University, Australia.

Sites of Production: Professor Susan Wiseman, University of London, Birbeck, UK; Dr Judith Hudson, University of London, Birbeck, UK.

The Material Book: Professor Helen Smith, University of York, UK; Ben Wilkinson-Turnbull, University of Oxford, UK.

Theories and Methodologies: Positions, Debates, and Approaches: Professor Danielle Clarke, University College of Dublin, UK.

Transmission: Associate Professor Jaime Goodrich, Wayne State University, USA.


Professor Rosalind Smith

Professor Rosalind Smith

Researcher profile

Professor Rosalind Smith is Chair of the Discipline of English and Director of the Centre for Early Modern Studies at ANU and is co-convenor of the Early Modern Women Research Network (EMWRN). She works on gender, form, politics, and history in early modern women’s writing, with particular interests in the ways in which women’s writing is produced, circulated, and received. View full bio >

Associate Professor Patricia Pender

Associate Professor Patricia Pender

Researcher profile

Trisha Pender is an Associate Professor of English and Writing and Director of the gender Research Network at the University of Newcastle, and is co-convenor of the Early Modern Women Research Network (EMWRN). She is the author of Early Modern Women and the Rhetoric of Modesty (2012), co-editor of Material Cultures of Early Modern Women’s Writing with Rosalind Smith (2014), and editor of Gender, Authorship, and Early Modern Women’s Collaboration (2017). She is general editor with Rosalind Smith of the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women’s Writing (forthcoming). Her current research focuses on Tudor women’s textual production in its early modern and late modern incarnations. She is increasingly interested in translating early modern scholarship to non-academic audiences, a challenge she is pursuing with the ARC Linkage Project Transforming the Early Modern Archive: the Emmerson Collection at SLV by exploring avenues for public engagement.

Kelly Peihopa

Kelly Peihopa

Researcher profile

Kelly Peihopa is a PhD candidate in English and Writing at the University of Newcastle. The title of her thesis is “Anne Boleyn’s Prison Literature: Reception, Circulation, Attribution.” Kelly is a research assistant for the Early Modern Women Research Network (EMWRN) and the Gender Research Network (GRN) at the University of Newcastle. She is also the research and editorial assistant for the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women’s Writing (forthcoming), working with general editors Rosalind Smith and Patricia Pender. Her interests are early modern women’s writing, prison writing, poetry, domestic violence research, and creative nonfiction.