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Esther Kearney

Languages and Literature, University of Nottingham

Thesis title:

Unmasking Melpomene: Reconsidering Lucy Hutchinson’s Corpus and the Construction of Early Modern Female Identities

Research Area

  • Languages and Literature


  • '"Glowing with Imagination and Power": Dystopia and Female Creative Agency in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and Margaret Cavendish’s The Blazing World (1666)' at the Romantic Reputations Symposium on Friday the 16th of April 2020, in association with Midlands4Cities, the University of Nottingham's Romanticism Reading Group, and the University of Birmingham's Nineteenth-Century Centre. 

Public Engagement & Impact

  • In November 2020 I contributed to Nottinghamshire Archive’s ‘Explore Your Heritage Project’ by producing a pre-recorded presentation for the general public on Lucy Hutchinson whose works are housed there. 

Other Research Interests

  • Early Modern Literature
  • Women Writers in the Seventeenth-Century 
  • Manuscript and Print Culture
  • Commonplace Books