Meet the Organisers

Professor Elizabeth Clarke

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Professor Elizabeth Clarke teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies degree at Warwick. She specialises in seventeenth-century religious poetry, spirituality and religious writing, particularly by nonconformists and women’s manuscript writing. Among her many publications are: The ‘Centuries’ of Julea Palmer, with Victoria Burke (Trent Editions, 2001); Early Modern Women’s Manuscript Poetry, (Manchester University Press, 2005); and Politics, Religion and the Song of Songs in Seventeenth-Century England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).  With Erica Longfellow she led a project funded by the British Academy, “Constructing Elizabeth Isham”, which produced an online edition of Elizabeth Isham’s autobiography for her 400th birthday on 28th January 2009, (to be followed by a book edition with Toronto).  She also led The John Nichols Project at Warwick University, whose five-volume Progresses of Queen Elizabeth I came out with OUP in 2014.  Elizabeth is currently working on the OUP edition of The Complete Works of Lucy Hutchinson vol 2, (general editor, David Norbrook).

Robert W. Daniel

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Robert W. Daniel is a Doctoral Researcher in the English Department, supervised by Prof Elizabeth Clarke and Prof Peter Mack.  His thesis focuses on the literary/religious/political influences upon the manuscript poetry of the Kent born lawyer Thomas St. Nicholas (bap. 1602, d. 1668).  In 2016 he won the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence, and serves as a Resident Tutor at the University.  Robert has undertaken several research projects for The Advanced Institute of Teaching and Learning and gives public engagement lectures for Warwick’s Wider Participation Scheme.  His publications include: ‘“Have a little book in thy Conscience, and write therein”: Writing the Puritan Conscience, 1600-1650’, in Sin and Salvation in Reformation England, ed. by Jonathan Willis (Ashgate, 2015); and forthcoming articles, ‘“Like Pharaohs made them fall”: Battle Hymns and the Evolution of Praise during the 1640-50’s’, as well as ‘”To hear what peals of psalms they forth did ring”: Psalm Suppression, Suspicion and Subversion during the English Revolution’.  Robert hopes to turn his thesis into a monograph entitled, The Literary Culture of Scripturalism in Seventeenth Century England.

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