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Professor Jessica Malay is a leading scholar of early modern women's writing and early modern culture more generally.  Much of her work straddles the disciplinary lines of literature, history, and cultural studies.  She interested in manuscript culture of the period and has produced three editions, including the first print edition of the Lady Anne Clifford's Great Books of Record. Much of her work is focused on promoting a greater visibility for writing by women, and also to reshape the narrative of women's participation in the socio/political environment in Early Modern England.  In 2014 she published the autobiography of the previously unknown Mistress Mary Hampson, and included in this edition a detailed biography that detailed the harrowing life of this woman trapped in a cycle of domestic violence. 

Most recently Professor Malay has received a Leverhulme Trust Project grant for the three year project: Autobiographical Acts in Seventeenth-century England, Wales, Scotland and New England which will use civil court records to explore the discourse of the autobiographical in seventeenth-century society.  Professor Malay is research leader for English and Creative writing, and oversees postgraduates in this area.  She is also chair of the University of Huddersfield's Professoriate Network. 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Seventeenth Century Autobiography
  • Women 's writing in the English Renaissance
  • Sibylline imagery in the poetry and prose of the English Renaissance
  • Representations of social space in the literature of the 16th and 17th centuries
  • Manuscript studies
  • Gender Studies

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Research Output 2005 2019

Elizabeth Hardwick's material negotiations

Malay, J., Jan 2019, Bess of Hardwick New Perspectives. Hopkins, L. (ed.). Manchester University Press, p. 142-158 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Human Being
Elizabethan Age

Anne Clifford's autobiographical writing, 1590–1676

Malay, J. (ed.), Jan 2018, Manchester: Manchester University Press. 336 p.

Research output: Book/ReportScholarly edition

Autobiographical Writing
Civil War

Lady Anne Clifford's Great Books of Record: Remembrances of a Dynasty

Malay, J., 18 Jan 2018, A History of Early Modern Women's Writing. Phillippy, P. (ed.). Cambridge University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Ben Jonson

Beyond the Palace: The Transmission of Political Power in the Clifford Circle

Malay, J., 13 Jan 2017, Female Politics in Early Modern Literature. Crawford, H. & Lewis, S. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., p. 153-169 17 p. (Early Modern Literature in History).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2018 2018

  • 2 Oral presentation

Anne Clifford: Engagements in Culture

Jessica Malay (Speaker)
16 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

‘Anne Clifford’s Transformation of Westmorland through the Construction of Households’

Jessica Malay (Speaker)
19 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Free thinking, 22:25, BBC Radio 3

Jessica Malay


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment