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University of Sheffield
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early modern women, history of self-starvation, food history, history of sexuality, gender, sex and food as a nexus of cultural anxieties, Elizabeth I, Catherine of Aragon, Arbella Stuart, Mary I, Mary Tudor, Catherine Grey. Women in asylums.
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About Me

I specialise in gender, sex and food as a nexus of cultural anxieties from the early modern period to the present day. My PhD explored early modern noblewomen and self-starvation, using case studies including Elizabeth I, Catherine of Aragon, Arbella Stuart, Mary I, Mary Tudor, and Catherine Grey. I am currently finishing a monograph on this subject and researching women and food in asylums during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Recent Publications

Books – in Press

  • Noblewomen and self-starvation in early modern England: ‘The skull beneath the skin’

forthcoming from Routledge. Submission date September 2018; provisional publication 2019.


Chapters – in Print

  • ‘Watching Elizabeth Eating: power and the politics of penetration’ in Suzanne Scholz, Daniel Dornhofer, eds, Spectatorship at the Elizabethan Court (Vittorio Klostermann, Frankfurt, 2013) pp.22-45.
  • ‘“The skull beneath the skin”: Women and Self-Starvation on the Renaissance Stage’ in Shakespeare Jahrbuch (Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft, 145/2009) pp.106-123.
  • ‘Katherine Grey’, ‘Jane Lumley’, ‘Margaret Radcliffe’, in Carole Levin, Anna Riehl Bertolet, Jo Eldridge Carney, eds, A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen: Exemplary Lives and Memorable Acts, 1500-1650 (Ashgate, November 2016), pp. 111, 267, 584.
  • ‘Microserfs’ in Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Writers and their Work, Geoff Hamilton, Brain Jones, eds (New York, Facts on File, 2010), 267-269.


Refereed Journals – Articles

  • ‘Katie Green’ and ‘Neil Gaiman’ in Meg John Barker, Joseph de Lappe, Caroline Walters, eds., ‘Mental Health in Comics’, special issue of Asylum, 22(1 -4), 2015.
  • ‘Fisting and feasting, or metamorphosis by the mouthful: food, sex, power and the female body in the erotic fiction of Pat Califia’ in STET ( journal published by Kings College London), June 2012.
  • ‘Entering Elizabeth’ in Assuming Gender (online journal published by the University of Cardiff), Vol 1, Issue 1, Spring 2010.


Refereed Journals – Reviews

  • Review of A Woman Killed With Kindness (directed by Katie Mitchell for the National Theatre) in Shakespeare, Vol 8, Issue 1, April 2012, pp. 92-95.
  • Review of Joan Fitzpatrick’s Shakespeare and the Language of Food in Times Literary Supplement, 24th March 2011.
  • ‘What’s a play without a woman in it?’: review of Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy (directed by Mitchell Moreno for Doublethink) at the Arcola Theatre, Hackney, October 2009) in Shakespeare, Vol 6, Issue 2, June 2010, pp.267-270.
  • ‘The Trouble With Jane’, review of Leanda de Lisle, The Sisters Who Would Be Queen, in Times Literary Supplement , May 22nd 2009, p.10.
  • ‘Owain and Catherine’, review of Vanora Bennet, Blood Royal, in Times Literary Supplement July 3rd 2009, p.21.
  • Review of Sarah Dunant’s Sacred Heart in Times Literary Supplement, August 7th 2009, p.25.
  • Review of Thomas Middleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy (directed by Melly Still) at the National Theatre, London, 2008, in Shakespeare, Vol 4, Issue 4, Dec. 2008, pp.425 – 428.
  • Review of Thomas Dekker and John Webster’s Westward Ho (directed by Andrea Kantor for Paper and String) at the White Bear Theatre Club, London, April 2008, in Shakespeare,Vol 4, Issue 3, Sept. 2008, pp.332-335.
  • ‘Daughters, Defiance and Death: Jane Lumley and Euripides’s ‘Iphigenia,’” in genre: Women, Sexuality, and Early Modern Studies, CSULB, vol 28, 2008, pp.109-125.
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
England, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Food History, Gender, Medicine, Sexuality, Women