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CEMS welcomes Dr Edel lamb to speak on her current project on the writing of early modern girls. This work draws on her Leverhulme Research Fellowship and builds on her expertise as a ascholar of early modern children as performers and readers.
his paper explores the enmeshed practices of girlhood reading and writing through a comparison of the prose romances of two girl authors in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Britain: Anna Weamys and Mary Pierrepont, better known by her married name Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. It reads Weamys’ 1651 publication, A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney’s Arcadia, and Pierrepont’s adolescent manuscripts (1704/1705) as youthful imaginative responses to popular romance texts of the period. It argues that these texts explicitly reflect on gendered and aged authorship, drawing attention to their inspirations as a means of authorising girlhood writing, and simultaneously make use of the authors’ gendered and youthful authorial signatures to offer distinct social and political commentaries via literary adaptation. Dr Edel Lamb is a Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Literature at Queen’s University Belfast. Her current project on girls’ writing was supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2021-22) and builds on her previous work on early modern children as performers and readers, which has been published in the form of two Palgrave monographs (Performing Early Modern Childhood: The Children’s Playing Companies (1599-1613) and Reading Children in Early Modern Culture), journal articles (Shakespeare Bulletin, Ben Jonson Journal, Renaissance Drama, Literature Compass) and book chapters.
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