Aug 26, 2020
S1E08 Unabridged: Early Modern Bookscapes
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The final episode in our current series features an extended interview with Dr. Leah Knight, Associate Professor with the Department of English Language and Literature.

Dr. Knight discusses her early work exploring the connections between books and botany and how her research interests transitioned into examining women’s participation in Early Modern book culture in England through the figures of Anne Clifford (1590-1676) and Hester Pulter (1605-1678). She shares what it is like to work with rare books and manuscripts and considers our modern relationship with text in print and digital formats.

Knight’s most recent project, The Pulter Project, with Wendy Wall of Northwestern University in Illinois, United States, examines the manuscripts of poet Hester Pulter. It was selected as the year’s best project in digital scholarship by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender in 2018.

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Of Books and Botany in Early Modern England: Sixteenth-Century Plants and Print Culture (Routledge, 2009) 

Reading Green in Early Modern England (Routledge, 2014)

Women’s Bookscapes in Early Modern Britain: Reading, Ownership, Circulation (University of Michigan Press, 2018; edited with Micheline White, and Elizabeth Sauer)

The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making ( co-directed and -edited with Wendy Wall, 2018)

Digital project gives voice to 17th century female poet (Brock News, 19 November 2018)

Leah Knight faculty profile

Department of English Language & Literature 


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