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Lisa Walters

Dr Lisa Walters

SENIOR LECTURER IN ENGLISH LITERATURE
English
0151 291 3238
Arts and Humanities
walterl@hope.ac.uk

My research explores Renaissance literature in relation to science, philosophy, gender and folklore. I am the author of Margaret Cavendish: Gender, Science and Politics (Cambridge University Press, hardback 2014, paperback 2017).  I have also published a number of articles about Cavendish and Shakespeare. Currently, I sit on the Editorial Board of ANQ and was recently the President of the International Margaret Cavendish Society.  In addition, I have served on the General Council for the Renaissance Society of America.  After receiving my BA from the University of California Santa Cruz and MSc and PhD from the University of Edinburgh I taught at Ghent University, Belgium, Saint Joseph’s University (USA), St. Andrews and Newcastle.  Between studies I worked in Tokyo, Japan. 

I am currently writing a monograph that explores Donne, Shakespeare, Milton, and Behn in relation to early modern philosophical debates about the mind.  In addition, I am preparing a volume titled Margaret Cavendish: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. 

At Liverpool Hope I have served as the coordinator of both our first-year courses where I teach a wide variety of subject matter. I am also the English Department’s liaison for the International Unit and am a member of the European Institute Academic Advisory Committee. Besides these, I teach the MA course ’Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature.’ In addition, I lead second-year Shakespeare tutorials and contribute to a third-year course about literary theory.


Publications:


Books:

Margaret Cavendish: Gender, Science and Politics. Cambridge University press, hardback 2014, paperback 2017.


Articles:

"The Philosophy and Literature of Childhood Cognition: John Milton and Margaret Cavendish." Eds. Naomi Miller and Diane Purkiss. Medieval/Early Modern Literary Cultures and Childhoods. Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming.

“Poems and Fancies, 1653,” in De Gruyter Handbook of English Renaissance Literature. Ed. Ingo Berensmeyer. De Gruyter. Forthcoming. 


"Monstrous Births and Imaginations: Authorship and Folklore in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream." Renaissance and Reformation 39.1 (2016): 115-146.     


“Optics and Authorship in Margaret Cavendish’s Observations and The Blazing World,” Viator  45.3 (2014): 377-393. 


“Oberon and Masculinity in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” ANQ 26.3 (2013): 157-160. 

 

“Gender and Civil War Politics in Margaret Cavendish’s “Assaulted and Pursued Chastity.” Early Modern Women. 8 (2013): 207-240.


“Omitted Edition of Margaret Cavendish’s Philosophical and Physical Opinions (1663).” Notes and Queries. 60.4 (2013): 1-4. 

  

“‘[N]ot subject to our sense’: Margaret Cavendish’s Fusion of Renaissance Science, Magic and Fairy lore.”  Women’s Writing.  17 (2010): 413 - 431.


 “Gender Subversion in the Science of Margaret Cavendish.”  Margaret Cavendish: Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England, 1550-1700.  Ed. Sara H. Mendelson.  Vol. 7.  Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2009. 
(This article was republished from an earlier essay published in Early Modern Literary Studies in 2004). 


“Cavendish’s Letters”  The Female Wits: Women and Gender in Restoration Literature and Culture.  Eds.  Pilar Cuder Domínguez;  Zenón Luis Martínez;  Juan A Prieto Pablos, Huelva: Universidad de Huelva Press, 2006.  281-294.


 “Gender Subversion in the Science of Margaret Cavendish.”  Early Modern Literary Studies.  14 (2004): 13.1-34.


Review Essays:


For six years, I wrote annual reviews for the ‘Women’s Writing’ section of The Year’s Work in English Studies, covering publications about women’s writing from approximately 1600-1665 in a given year.  These reviews also include material about Margaret Cavendish (1623-1673).

 

and Suzanne Trill.  “Chapter VIII The Earlier Seventeenth Century: General, Prose, Women’s Writing.”  The Year’s Work in English Studies.   Vol. 88.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.  525-41.


“Chapter VIII The Earlier Seventeenth Century: General, Prose, Women’s Writing.”  The Year’s Work in English Studies.  Vol. 87.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.  536-549.


and Suzanne Trill.  “Chapter VIII The Earlier Seventeenth Century: General, Prose, Women’s Writing.”  The Year’s Work in English Studies.  Vol. 86.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.  475-496.


 “Chapter VIII The Earlier Seventeenth Century: General, Prose, Women’s Writing.”  The Year’s Work in English Studies.  Vol. 85.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.  449-476.


 “Chapter VIII The Earlier Seventeenth Century: General, Prose, Women’s Writing.”  The Year’s Work in English Studies.  Vol. 84.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.  471-498.


 “Chapter VIII The Earlier Seventeenth Century: General, Prose, Women’s Writing.”  The Year’s Work in English Studies.  Vol. 83.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.  401-432.


Reviews 


“Review of Oddvar Holmesland’s Utopian Negotiation: Aphra Behn and Margaret Cavendish,” Early Modern Women (2015): Forthcoming.

 

“Review of Hero Chalmers' Royalist Women Writers 1650-1689.”  Early Modern Literary Studies (2006): 7.1-6. 



 

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