Everything Early Modern Women

All things to do with the study of early modern women.

Category: teaching

Opportunity to become a pedagogical partner: Pedagogical Development Consultant Program


“Pedagogical development consultants work with the WWP to pilot assignments that use our Women Writers in Review (WWiR) and Women Writers Online(WWO) collections—or that involve teaching with TEI and XML. The goal of the program is to develop sample sets of assignments to be published with our teaching materials and shared on the sites for each collection. The WWP provides support to consultants in developing and implementing teaching materials; this might include suggesting relevant texts and reviews, setting up trial access to WWO, and collaborating on assignment development.

If you are interested in getting involved with this program, please email wwp@neu.edu with a brief expression of interest—a short paragraph on the classes you will be teaching and some initial thoughts on how you’d like to use the collections. If you have questions or would like further information about this project, please email us at the above address.

The WWP initiated this program in the fall of 2016; to see our first cohort of pedagogical development consultants, please visit the WWP’s People page. The assignments developed during the pilot phases of this program are below and we will continue to add to this list as we have new materials.

Pilot Teaching Materials

These materials are shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license; copyright for all materials remains with their authors.”


Wicked Good Books: Women’s Works

Please take a look at the Women’s Works volumes at Wicked Good Books. These collections are very affordable and the selections are excellent.

“Using Medieval and Early Modern Digital Archives” at Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium, UNT, 11/10/11

On Thursday, I will be giving a talk at the University of North Texas that surveys a few digital archives for those who study and teach medieval and early modern subjects. Here is the list of the archives I will be touching on in that talk (by no means comprehensive I am sure):

Medieval and Early Modern Digital Archives

Broadside Ballads

Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads. http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/ballads/.

English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA). http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu/.


Early Modern Drama

Records of Early English Drama (REED). http://www.reed.utoronto.ca/index.html.

Early Modern London Theatres (EMLoT). http://www.emlot.kcl.ac.uk/.

The Shakespeare Quartos Archive (SQA). http://www.quartos.org/index.html.

Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE). http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/


Literature and Women

Brown University Women Writers Project (WWO/WWP).* http://www.wwp.brown.edu/.

Poetess Archive. http://unixgen.muohio.edu/~poetess/


Materials in Print

Early English Books Online (EEBO).* http://eebo.chadwyck.com.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO).* http://gdc.gale.com/products/eighteenth-century-collections-online/.


Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts

Digital Scriptorium. http://www.digital-scriptorium.org/

Scriptorium. http://scriptorium.english.cam.ac.uk/.

Maps at the Folger Library http://t.co/NgGwPKj

Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin: http://research.hrc.utexas.edu/pubmnem/index.cfm


Medieval Studies

Medieval Sourcebook. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook.html.

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index. http://inpress.lib.uiowa.edu/feminae/



Cornell Univ. Library Witchcraft Collection. http://digital.library.cornell.edu/w/witch/.

Witches in Early Modern England (WEME). http://witching.org/.

Survey of Scottish Witchcraft. http://www.shc.ed.ac.uk/Research/witches/index.html.


*These archives are available by subscription only.

Perdita Manuscripts I: Women Writers 1500-1700 – Adam Matthew Digital

Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700

“The Perdita Manuscripts project is on the cutting edge of digital scholarship, allowing scholars to consult detailed descriptions and full facsimiles of early modern women’s manuscripts from a wide range of public and private collections through a simple yet versatile search interface.”

Dr Heather Wolfe, Curator of Manuscripts, Folger Shakespeare Library

This resource is produced in association with the Perdita Project based at the University of Warwick and Nottingham Trent University. Their goal was to identify and describe all manner of writing by early modern women from diaries to works of drama.

We have now enhanced their path-breaking work by linking the new detailed catalogue descriptions with complete digital facsimiles of the original manuscripts. The result is a resource which is indispensable for anyone interested in women and women’s writing in Early Modern Britain.

One of the key attractions of the resource is that it brings together little known material from widely scattered locations. This resource includes over two hundred and thirty manuscripts from 15 libraries and archives in the UK and North America.

The manuscripts are remarkably varied in their content including works of poetry, religious writing, autobiographical material, cookery and medical recipes, and accounts. Historians and literary scholars alike will find this an invaluable resource. There are contextual essays from academics working in the field, as well as biographical and bibliographical resources.

via Perdita Manuscripts I: Women Writers 1500-1700 – Adam Matthew Digital.

Over the break, I received an email from Lauren Edwards at Adam Matthew Digital with an updated link for what was once the Nottingham Trent Perdita Project. The resource is now available to libraries via subscription.

I have not yet had the chance to take a look at what this paid version has to offer through the free trial, but I do wonder whether this trend to paid-only access to these resources creates significant road blocks for those of us at institutions without subscriptions. My former institution had access to everything, and I know from experience that Adam Matthew puts together good online resources. In particular, the addition of digital facsimiles of the works will be invaluable. The added search feature will also make using the information a lot easier. However, all of this  is now for only those who can afford to use the information, and that in itself makes me a little nervous.

Reference for Undergraduates?

As I emerge from the dissertation and my tight focus, I find myself at a loss to point undergraduates to a good general reference source for the history of women in early modern England. I am looking for something broad, but also complicated and interesting. Any thoughts?

I remember before the dissertation, I directed students to Fletcher’s Gender, Sex, and Subordination or Mendelson and Crawford’s Women in Early Modern England.
But these are each about ten years old. What are you all using with your students?

English Women Writers to 1800

It looks like I might be teaching a graduate level women writers class in the fall. Any suggestions for women writers pre-1800 that the anthologies do not give enough attention to?