Daniel Patterson received his BA in History (First Class) from Queen’s University, Belfast, in 2012. He then undertook an AHRC funded MA in Religious, Social and Cultural History, 1500-1750 at the University of Warwick, graduating in 2014. His MA thesis, Becoming a man in Early Modern Britain: Personal experiences of masculinity c. 1660 -1700 was awarded the Royal Historical Society’s Rees Davies Prize for the best Master’s dissertation submitted by a UK institution of Higher Education that year. He returned to Queen’s to study for his PhD under the supervision of Professor Chris Marsh. His thesis, funded by the AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Programme, was entitled ‘The Most Remarkable Passages and Alterations of My Life’: The Diary of George Lloyd, 1642-1718.
Research Expertise and Interests
Daniel’s research expertise sits at the intersection of cultural history and literary studies; his primary interests are in the history of ‘the self’ and self-expression, modes of autobiographical narrative, and histories of gender and sexuality. His research is informed both by traditional historical scholarship and a wide variety of influences from literary criticism, critical theory, and anthropology.
His doctoral work constitutes the first in-depth analysis of a ‘new’ and virtually unused source in early modern history; the diary of George Lloyd. He is currently editing the diary for publication as part of the Royal Historical Society’s Camden Series, as well as preparing a number of articles on the various themes present in this exciting new source.
Daniel is now working as a Research Fellow on the Leverhulme Trust Project, Autobiographical Acts in Seventeenth-century England, Wales, Scotland and New England. This ambitious interdisciplinary project, led by Professor Jessica Malay, seeks to locate autobiographical discourses outside of conventional ‘life-writing’ genres; specifically, in the depositions of early modern civil court cases.