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Professor Patricia Phillippy

Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing, Director of Research and Enterprise, School of Arts, Culture and Communication


I joined the Department of English Literature at Kingston in 2010, after teaching as an assistant, associate and full professor in English at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. My area of expertise is in early modern literature and culture, particularly in women writers of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-centuries in Britain and continental Europe. I hold a PhD in Renaissance Studies from Yale University and a BA and an MA in The Writing Seminars from The Johns Hopkins University. Since arriving at Kingston, I have taught at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level on modules studying Renaissance poetry and prose, Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, and creative writing (poetry). in 2015/16, I was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to complete my book, Shaping Remembrance from Shakespeare to Milton, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2018. I supervise PhD theses in both English Literature and Creative Writing.  

Areas of specialism

  • Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British literature and culture
  • Comparative (European) literatures and cultures
  • Shakespeare and Renaissance drama
  • Early Modern Women Writers
  • Gender studies and feminist theory
  • Creative Writing (Poetry)
  • Contemporary Arabic Women Writers


  • PhD in Renaissance Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT USA
  • MPhil in Renaissance Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT USA
  • MA in The Writing Seminars, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD USA
  • BA in The Writing Seminars, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD USA

Professional membership

Modern Language Association

Sixteenth-Century Society and Conference

Renaissance Society of America

Shakespeare Association of America

Society for the Study of Early Modern Women


My research is comparative and cross-disciplinary, and is centred on English and European literature and culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. My special areas of interest include gender and women's writing, cultural genres, religion, and manuscript, print and material textualities. I have just completed a book, Shaping Remembrance from Shakespeare to Milton, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2018. This study examines a number of memorial objects and texts--from funeral monuments to manuscript memorials--in the turbulent period stretching from the Edwardian Reformation to the English Civil War. Strongly inflected by questions of gender and women's authorship, this research relocates monuments from parochial and antiquarian interests and stresses their central place in the gendered, religious, confessional and cultural discourses of the period. The study sets commemorative writings and artefacts by less familiar figures, including Alice Spencer, Countess of Derby, Ann Montagu, and Blanche Parry in conversation with works by Shakespeare (The Winter's Tale, Pericles and Cymbeline), Spenser (The Complaints) and Milton (Comus and epitaphs).

I have also finished editing A History of Early Modern Women's Writing, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2018.

My current research emerges from three articles on which I am currently at work, all mobilising historical phenomenology and its legacy in new materialist feminist critique to explore early modern women's creative interventions in the natural and built environments where they lived. While my work has always sought to merge historical and formal readings, I consider the insistence on ‘embodied and embedded' subjects and the challenge to traditional binaries (including that of subject and object) issued by critics working in this area to be especially promising for a project that studies early modern women's creative engagements in the ecosystems in which they were enmeshed. For instance, my article in progress, ‘Anne Bradstreet's Family Plots,' redirects both biographical and political approaches to Bradstreet's epitaphs by combining texts and artefacts (and viewing texts as artefacts) in a reading of the material experiences of death, burial and mourning in New England—where Bradstreet buried her husband and father and where her remains were interred in an uncertain location, unmarked, in a remarkable act of ‘dis-embodiment'. 


Number of items: 22.


Phillippy, Patricia (2014) Sidney Montagu and the Sacramental Sign: Memorial and Sacred Objects in Post-Reformation England. Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 44(3), pp. 549-583. ISSN (print) 1082-9636

Phillippy, Patricia (2012) Chaste painting : Elizabeth Russell's theatres of memory. Early Modern Women: an interdisciplinary journal, 7, pp. 33-68. ISSN (print) 1933-0065

Phillippy, Patricia (2009) 'Monumental circles' and material culture in early modern England. Early Modern Women : an interdisciplinary journal, 4, pp. 139-147. ISSN (print) 1933-0065

Phillippy, Patricia (2001) The Sisters of Magdalene: Women's Mourning in Aemilia Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum. English Literary Renaissance, 31(1), pp. 78-106. ISSN (print) 0013-8312

Phillippy, Patricia (1998) "Loytering in love": Ovid's Heroides, hospitality, and humanist education in The taming of the shrew. Criticism, 40(1), pp. 27-53. ISSN (print) 0011-1589

Phillippy, Patricia (1992) 'Altera Dido': the model of Ovid's Heroides in the poems of Veronica Franco and Gaspara Stampa. Italica, 69(1), pp. 1-18. ISSN (print) 0021-3020

Phillippy, Patricia Berrahou (1989) Gaspara Stampa's Rime: replication and retraction. Philological Quarterly, 68(1), pp. 1-23. ISSN (print) 0031-7977

Phillippy, Patricia (1986) Establishing authority: Boccaccio's De Claris Mulieribus and Christine de Pizan's Le Livre de la Cite des dames. Romanic Review, 77(3), pp. 167-194. ISSN (print) 0035-8118


Phillippy, Patricia [Editor], Russell, Elizabeth Cooke Hoby and Goodrich, Jaime [Translator] (2011) The writings of an English Sappho. Toronto, Canada : Iter and Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies. 514p. (The other voice in early modern Europe) ISBN 9780772721129

Phillippy, Patricia (2006) Painting women: cosmetics, canvases and Early Modern culture. Baltimore, U.S. : Johns Hopkins University Press. 272p. ISBN 9780801882258

Phillippy, Patricia (2002) Women, death and literature in post-Reformation England. Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press. 311p. ISBN 0521814898

Phillippy, Patricia (1995) Love's Remedies: Recantation and Renaissance Lyric Poetry. Cranbury, NJ, U.S. : Associated University Presses (Bucknell University Press). 261p. ISBN 0838752632

Book Section

Phillippy, Patricia (2018) Literary legacies : children's reading and writing in the Montagu Archive. In: Miller, Naomi J. and Purkiss, Diane, (eds.) Literary cultures of the medieval and early modern child. London, U.K. : Palgrave. (Literary Cultures of the Child) (In Press)

Phillippy, Patricia (2011) 'Herself livinge, to be pictured': 'Monumental circles' and women's self-portraiture. In: Suzuki, Mihoko, (ed.) The history of British women's writing 1610-1690. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave. pp. 129-151. (The history of British women's writing) ISBN 9780230224605

Phillippy, Patricia (2011) Living stones: Lady Elizabeth Russell and the art of sacred conversation. In: White, Micheline, (ed.) English women, religion, and textual production, 1500–1625. Farnham, U.K. : Ashgate. pp. 17-36. ISBN 9781409406518

Phillippy, Patricia (2011) A comfortable farewell: child-loss and funeral monuments in early modern England. In: Miller, Naomi and Yavneh, Naomi, (eds.) Gender and early modern constructions of childhood. Farnham, U.K. : Ashgate. pp. 17-38. (Women and Gender in the Early Modern World) ISBN 9781409429975

Phillippy, Patricia (2009) Painted women, women painters. In: Vigarello, Georges, (ed.) 100 000 ans de beaute. Paris, France : Gallimard. pp. 228-229. (no. 3: Age) ISBN 207012844X

Phillippy, Patricia (2007) Procreation, child-loss and the gendering of the sonnet. In: Chedgzoy, Kate , Greenhalgh, Susanne and Shaugnessey, Robert, (eds.) Shakespeare and Childhood. Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press. pp. 96-114. ISBN 9780521871259

Phillippy, Patricia (2003) "'I might againe have been the Sepulcure': Maternal and paternal mourning in Early Modern England". In: Vaught, Jennifer C. and Bruckner, Lynn Dickson, (eds.) Grief and Gender, 700-1700. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 197-214. ISBN 9780312293826

Phillippy, Patricia (2002) "The Mat(t)er of Death: The Defense of Eve and the Female Ars Moriendi". In: Malcolmson, Cristina and Suzuki, Mihoko, (eds.) Debating Gender in Early Modern England, 1500-1700. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 141-160. (Early Modern Cultural Studies) ISBN 9780312294571

Phillippy, Patricia (2000) London's mourning garment: maternity, mourning and Royal succession. In: Miller, Naomi J. and Yavneh, Naomi, (eds.) Maternal Measures: Figuring Caregiving in the Early Modern Period. Aldershot, U.K. : Ashgate. pp. 319-332. (Women and Gender in the Early Modern World) ISBN 9780754603085

Conference or Workshop Item

Phillippy, Patricia (2014) The poet in stone: Garrick's Temple and Southwark Cathedral. In: Garrick and Shakespeare; 25 - 27 Jun 2014, Kingston Upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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