Thesis Title: Women and Early Modern Writing Surfaces: Content, Context, and Materiality
Supervisors: Adam Smyth & Christine Gerrard
Research Interests: History of the Book, Women's Writing (1550-1830), Material Culture, Jonathan Swift
My doctoral research explores the relationship between women’s writing and writing surfaces between 1580 and 1830. Much has been written about the importance of female writing tools (needles, pens). However, little critical attention has been given to their associated writing surfaces (paper, fabric, stone, and hybrids of the above). My project is the first full-length study of women’s writing surfaces, and seeks to explore the varied and creative ways that women interacted with different writing surfaces across the period.