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Dr Elizabeth Scott-Baumann

Dr Elizabeth Scott-BaumannLecturer in Early Modern English Literature

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Elizabeth Scott-Baumann read English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, was a Research Fellow at Wolfson College, and taught at Wadham College and Oxford Brookes University before taking up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Leicester.  She joined King’s in 2013.

Elizabeth’s work has two main strands: early modern women poets and poetic form.  She is interested in the intersections between literary form, history and culture.  Her first monograph, Forms of Engagement: Women, Poetry, and Culture 1640-1680 (OUP, forthcoming 2013) explored how 17th century women poets’ uses of different poetic forms drew from the culture around them.  An essay collection co-edited with Johanna Harris, The Intellectual Culture of Puritan Women, 1558-1680 (Palgrave, 2010) brought together historical and literary essays to show that puritan women were not excluded from, but indeed central to, the intellectual culture of the early modern period, as writers, readers, patrons and translators.

Elizabeth was a James M Osborn Visiting Fellow in English Literature and History at Yale University’s Beinecke Library in 2010, a Visiting Fellow at Chawton House Library in 2011, and an International Visiting Research Fellow at Massey University, NZ, in 2012.

Research interests
  • Early modern women’s writing
  • Poetic form
  • Writing of the civil war and Restoration
  • Early modern literary criticism
  • Manuscript culture

Dr Scott-Baumann is currently working on a Leverhulme-funded project on literary criticism and gender in early modern England.  This book will explore the role of women in writing, reading and circulating literary criticism in the 17th century, and will explore the gendering of literary terms.  Were softness and sweetness of style seen as feminine, did writers associate feminine rhyme with biological gender, and were men and women associated with different styles in the early modern period?

After organising an international conference on form and formalism in Oxford in July 2012, Elizabeth is now co-editing with Ben Burton a collection of essays entitled The Work of Form: Poetics and Materiality in Early Modern Culture.  They are also working on a major digital humanities project to produce a database of formal features in early modern poetry, FORM Forms Online: Renaissance to Modern.  This database will present poems searchable by formal features, from rhyme scheme and rhyme words, to metre and genre, and will allow new ways to study poetic form historically and comparatively.

Elizabeth is co-editing (with Sarah C E Ross) an anthology of Women Poets of the English Civil War (Manchester University Press).  This will present modernised, annotated texts for a student audience.

Selected publications

Dr Scott-Baumann’s monograph Forms of Engagement: Women, Poetry and Culture, 1640-1680 is forthcoming with OUP.  She co-edited The Intellectual Culture of Puritan Women 1558-1680 (Palgrave, 2010) and is now at work on another essay collection, The Work of Form: Poetics and Materiality in Early Modern Culture. Women Poets of the English Civil War, a teaching anthology, is under contract with Manchester University Press.

Elizabeth has also published articles and book chapters on women poets and on poetic form.  She contributed to the Blackwell Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) and is writing the entry on Shakespeare’s narrative poems for the Literary Encyclopedia.  She writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement.


Level 4

Early Modern Literary Culture

The Poetry of Revolution

Level 7

Professing Writing

Critical Conversations: Literary Theory from Sidney to Dryden

PhD supervision

I would welcome PhD applications in any of the areas of my research: early modern women’s writing, poetic form, early modern literary criticism, and civil war and Restoration literary culture.

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