This page is in progress. Further names and details will be added soon. Heartfelt thanks to all early modern #nuntastic scholars for their help in compiling these pages.
Caroline Bowden is Senior Research Fellow, Queen Mary University of London; she led severeal major pojects to fruition; including: The English Convents in Exile 1600-1800, 6 vols. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012-2013 and the Who Were the Nuns? website and database. She also co edited with James Kelly The English Convents in Exile, 1600-1800. Communities, Culture and Identities, Farnham, Ashgate, 2013. Her current research is focused on books and learning in the convents with a number of papers presented in 2017 and chapters underway for publication next year (2018).
In recent years, she has published an article, ‘Building libraries in exile: The English convents and their book collections in the seventeenth century. British Catholic History, 32 (2015) : 343-382, doi:10.1017/bch.2015.2, a book chapter ‘The English convents in exile and their neighbours: extended networks, patrons and benefactors’, in Helen Hackett (ed.), Early Modern Exchanges: Intercultural Encounters and dialogues, 1500-1700 ‘Ashgate, 2015), and an edition of primary sources Chronicles of Nazareth (English Convent, Bruges) 1629-1793 (Catholic Record Society and Boydell and Brewer, 2017). Another book chapter is to be pubilshed soon: ‘English Reading Communities in Exile: Introducing Cloistered Nuns to their Books’ in Women’s Bookscapes in Early Modern Britain: Reading, Ownership, Circulation, Leah Knight and Micheline White (eds.), (University of Michigan Press, 2018).
Marie-Louise Coolahan is Professor of English at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is the author of Women, Writing, and Language in Early Modern Ireland (Oxford University Press, 2010). She is currently Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded project, RECIRC: The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550-1700 (www.recirc.nuigalway.ie).
Liesbeth Corens‘s work focuses on minority Catholicism as an insightful case study to analyse the Counter-Reformation. Her first book assesses the lay English Catholic expatriate experience in terms of a broad concept of ‘confessional mobility’ (forthcoming with OUP). It encourages a more flexible interpretation of movement and its implications for belonging to communities. Changing perspective opens up our study to include pilgrims, grand tour travellers, students, and mobile scholars alongside exiles. The diversity of mobility highlights that those abroad were never cut off, isolated on the Continent. Rather, through correspondence and constant travel they created a community without borders. This cross-Channel community was not defined by its status as victims of persecution, but provided the lifeblood for English Catholics for generations.
Jaime Goodrich is an Associate Professor of English at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on the writings of early modern Englishwomen as well as a monograph on the social and political functions of women’s devotional translations (Faithful Translators: Authorship, Gender, and Religion in Early Modern England, Northwestern University Press, 2014).
Her current research focuses on writing in Benedictine and Franciscan convents for Englishwomen on the Continent. She is working on the following projects: 1) a monograph on textual production and spirituality in English Benedictine convents, 1600-1800; 2) with Laurence Lux-Sterritt and Paul Arblaster, an edition of texts related to quarrels among the English Benedictines in Brussels; 3) an edition of the writings of Catherine Magdalen Evelyn, a member of the English Poor Clares at Gravelines and Aire.
Nicky Hallett is interested in the life-writing of early modern nuns. They produced an amazing array of work, fascinating in its diversity and opening new perspectives on political and religious change in Europe.
She has published a number of chapters and essays, and a study of The Senses in Religious Communities, 1600-1800: Early Modern ‘Convents of Pleasure’ (2013), as well editions of previously undisclosed manuscripts: Lives of Spirit: English Carmelite Self-Writing of the Early Modern Period (2007) and Witchcraft, Exorcism and the Politics of Possession in a Seventeenth Century Convent: ‘How Sister Ursula was once bewiched and Sister Margaret twice’ (2007). She also edited a volume in Caroline Bowden’s series on English Convents in Exile, 1600-1800: Life Writing I (2012). She continues to research, having retired in 2016 from the University of Sheffield.
Jenna Lay is associate Professor in the English Department at Lehigh University. She studies early modern English literature, with specific attention to post-Reformation religious culture, poetry and poetics, female authors, and the intersection of manuscript and print technologies. After receiving her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2009, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin. Her first book, Beyond the Cloister: Catholic Englishwomen and Early Modern Literary Culture, was published in 2017 with the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Laurence Lux-Sterritt is Senior Lecturer of early modern English Studies at Aix-Marseille Université (France); she is affiliated to the LERMA (E.A. 853) research centre. Before becoming more specifically interested in English nuns, she had published a monograph —Redefining Female Religious Life. French Ursulines and English Ladies in Seventeenth Century Catholicism (Ashgate, 2005)— and several articles on Mary Ward and the French Ursulines, both in French and English.
After becoming associated with the Who Were the Nuns? Project, she focused her research on English nuns; she edited the second volume (Spirituality) of the six-volume series English Convents in Exile, 1600-1800 (Pickering and Chatto, 2012-2013) and contributed a chapter to Bowden, Caroline and James E. Kelly (eds.), The English Convents in Exile, 1600-1800, Communities, Culture and Identity (Ashgate, 2013). She has focused more specifically on the Benedictine order, particularly in her latest monograph, English Benedictine Nuns in Exile in the Seventeenth Century. Living Spirituality (Manchester University Press, 2017). For that study, her research touched upon the topics of materiality, spirituality, the body, emotions, and the senses. She is currently involved with Jaime Goodrich in the edition of the manuscripts documenting the controversy at the Benedictine convent of Brussels.
She is the coordinator of the early modern research programme for the Laboratoire d’Etudes et de Recherche sur le Monde Anglophone (LERMA) at Aix-Marseille University; as part of that programme, her personal and collaborative research focuses on lived religion.
Jessica McCandless is a Postgraduate student at The University of Adelaide, completing her research on ‘Seventeenth-Century English Nuns in Exile: Mysticism and Emotion’ under the supervision of Claire Walker and Katie Barclay. She is also a postgraduate researcher for the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Focusing on the English Carmelites in Antwerp, Jessica’s thesis seeks to understand the emotional context of seventeenth-century mysticism. Her work will consider spiritual, literary, communal and spatial emotional influence on early modern nuns’ spiritual writing and experiences.
ARC CHE Project page: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/research/research-projects/seventeenth-century-english-nuns-in-exile-mysticism-and-emotion/. See also Twitter: @jess_mccandless
Tonya J. Moutray is an Associate Professor of English at the Sage Colleges in Troy, NY, where she serves as Department Chair and teaches courses on 18th-and 19th-Century British Literature, Nursing and Literature, Children’s Literature, and Women’s Literature. She was a Chawton House Library Fellow in June of 2017 where she began researching her latest project: the emergence of nun-inspired fashion trends in women’s clothing during the Regency Era. She is the author of Refugee Nuns, the French Revolution, and British Literature and Culture. New York: Routledge Press, 2016.
Annie Price is a project archivist at the University of Exeter’s Special Collections. She is currently responsible for cataloguing the Syon Abbey archive, the records of the English Bridgettine community (1415-2011). See her project blog on the cataloguing of the Syon Abbey archive: http://specialcollections.exeter.ac.uk/category/syon-abbey/. See also Twitter: @annierprice_
Laura Roberts is a DPhil candidate focusing on women and religion in the early modern period at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral project examines the religious ideas and images used to talk about national identity and belonging by English nuns in continental exile during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. After receiving her BA in History from Duke University, Laura completed her MPhil in British and European History at Oxford.
Claire Schiano has just started on her PhD research under the supervision of Dr Laurence Lux-Sterritt, at Aix-Marseille University; she is affiliated to the LERMA. Her doctoral project is entitled ‘Survival and rise of catholicism: spiritual experience in french and english poor glares convent of the early modern period.’ It analyzes the different aspects of female religious life within english and french Poor Clares convents of the early modern period through a comparative study of the characteristics of contemplative lives.
I’ve found that English and French Poor Clares convents are located in the same geographic area, thus, it makes the comparison even more relevant. This research projet will determine the influence of the religious and political context upon the creation of each convent’s identity and its impact on the french and english nuns’ daily religious practices. This work details the political and religious context that forced the catholic nuns to leave England, but also focuses on the rule of St Clare and its fundamental values. It also includes the hierarchical status, conflicts and violence within the convent. I pay a particular attention to the various religious practices and experiences of the Poor clare in two different contexts: stability for the french nuns and precariousness for the english nuns. I pay a particular attention to the female body that I defined as locus, vector but also enemy of the spirituality and holiness. This research deals with the role of senses in the spiritual experience because if they are supposed to be annihilated, we can observe that they have a particular presence in the daily religious lives of these women.
Keywords: lived spirituality, convents, catholics, body, exile, devotion
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Victoria Van Hyning
Victoria Van Hyning is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and a Junior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford University. She works on early modern Catholic women’s life-writing, including anonymous autobiography and what she calls ‘subsumed autobiography’. Her book Convent Autobiography: Early Modern English Women in Exile is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Her work focuses on the English Augustinian communities of St Monica’s (Louvain, 1609) and Nazareth (Bruges, 1629), both descended from the Flemish St Ursula’s in Louvain. She has published numerous articles on the subject of these Augustinian communities, as well as the English Benedictines and their controversial spiritual advisor, Augustine Baker.
Victoria also works on crowdsourcing projects with Zooniverse.org, the world-leading academic crowdsourcing platform. In 2015 Zooniverse, in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, D.C.) and the Oxford English Dictionary, launched Shakespeare’s World, an early modern manuscript transcription project. In the discussion forum, Victoria encourages volunteers to use #Catholic and #womanwriter to identify manuscripts that contain information relevant to these broad categories. So far, volunteers have transcribed nearly 7,000 pages, many of which contain material pertaining to Catholics and women writers. Victoria will use these findings in her future literary work.