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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.  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

  • 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 2018

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

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

Crossing Generations: Female Alliances and the Exercise of Dynastic Power in Anne Clifford's Great Books of Record

Malay, J. 1 Dec 2017 The Politics of Female Alliance in Early Modern England. Luckyj, C. & O'Leary, N. J. (eds.). Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, p. 207-224 18 p. (Women and Gender in the Early Modern World)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access