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Professor Patricia Phillippy

School Director Research & Enterprise


I joined the Department of Humanities 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 early modern literature and culture, particularly 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). I currently serve as School Director of Research (ArCC). In 2015/16, I was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to complete my book, Shaping Remembrance from Shakespeare to Milton (Cambridge University Press, 2018). I supervise PhD theses in 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
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Professional membership

I am Senior Editor of Sixteenth Century Journal, the publication of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. I currently serve as the liaison between the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and the Modern Language Association, for whom I organise sponsored panel sessions at the MLA Convention annually. I am a member of the Renaissance Society of America, Shakespeare Association of America, The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, and the Sixteenth Century Society. 


My research is comparative and transdisciplinary, centring on English and European literature and culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. My special areas of interest include gender and women's writing, religious studies and manuscript, print and material textualities. My monograph, Shaping Remembrance from Shakespeare to Milton (Cambridge UP, 2018) examines memorial objects and texts, from funeral monuments to manuscript memorials, in the turbulent period stretching from the Edwardian Reformation to the English Civil War. This research removes monuments from parochial and antiquarian interests and stresses their central place in the gendered, religious, confessional and cultural discourses of the period. I place commemorative works by lesser known writers, including Blanche Parry and Ann Montagu, alongside Shakespeare's late plays and Milton's epitaphs and masque, Comus. I received a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to support completion of this project.

I am the editor of A History of Early Modern Women's Writing (Cambridge UP, 2018), a collection of twenty-two chapters by leading scholars in the field from the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand. This volume offers an expansive, multifaceted narrative of British women's literary and textual production from the English Reformation to the Restoration. In a substantive Introduction, I explicate and interrogate the major trends in the discipline that have influenced the recovery and interpretation of women's writing in the past 40 years.

I am currently at work on a monograph, Family Plots: Ecological Bodies and Early Modern Women's Writing, which aims to deepen our understandings of early modern women's writing and of contemporary environmental theory by investigating women's material creations, including manuscripts, monuments, books and buildings, as related to place. I introduce into early modern women's studies a strand of environmental theory that attends to the interfaces and exchanges joining bodies and places in mutual, emergent relationships and ecologies. Exploring early modern women's ecological bodies, actual and representational, I bring together textual and material aspects of early modern lives and literature in an innovative way which will influence current conceptions of the interplay between gender, subjectivity and environment. Chapters study works by Anne Cooke Bacon, Elizabeth Russell, Anne Bradstreet, the Dudley women, Anne Clifford and the Stanley women.

At Kingston, I am the founder and convener of Race/Gender Matters (, a research cluster which captures and concentrates research centred on theoretical, critical and creative engagements with the materiality of race, gender and language. R/GM draws together a focused and unified group of highly productive scholars and postgraduate students whose research foregrounds materiality in approaches to race, gender, literature and language, creative practice and environmental humanities.


Number of items: 24.


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, ed. (2018) A History of Early Modern Women's Writing. New York and Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. 456p. ISBN 9781107137066

Phillippy, Patricia (2018) Shaping remembrance from Shakespeare to Milton. Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press. 360p. ISBN 9781108394697 (In Press)

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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