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Reading List: Writing, Archives, Race

Writing, Archives, Race, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Alison Searle
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Set Texts for Module  

This module interrogates both theoretical and fictional approaches to intersections between practices of writing, defining, constructing and interpreting archives, and the formation of discourses of race in the early modern British Atlantic. Seminar preparation and discussion will focus primarily on the set texts listed below. 

Kim F. Hall, Things of Darkness: Economies of Race and Gender in Early Modern England (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995)  

Morgan Lloyd Malcom, Emilia (London: Oberon Books, 2018)  

Sarah C. E. Ross & Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, Women Poets of the English Civil War (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018). This is available online.

Carolyn Steedman, Dust (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001)    

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There is an extensive bibliography of critical works addressing writing, archives, and race in the early modern period. Those listed below offer a starting point as you navigate the key themes of the module. Items on this list marked as core reading will also form part of seminar preparation and discussion. These are accessible online via the library and do not need to be purchased. 

America in records from colonial missionaries, 1635-1928. (2009). British Online Archives.

James Daybell, The Material Letter in Early Modern England: Manuscript Letters and the Culture and Practices of Letter-Writing, 1512-1635 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

Jacques Derrida & Eric Prenowitz, 'Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression', Diacritics 25.2 (1995). DOI:    

Alice Eardley, 'Shut up in a Countrey Grange': The Provenance of Lady Hester Pulter's Poetry and Prose and Women's Literary History', Huntington Library Quarterly 80.2 (2017). DOI:

Emilia, directed by Nicole Charles, Vaudeville Theatre, 2019.  

Arlette Farge, The Allure of the Archives, trans. Thomas Scott-Railton (Yale University Press, 2013) 

Judith Fleming, Cultural Graphology: Writing after Derrida (University of Chicago Press, 2016) 

Marisa J. Fuentes, Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

Katharine Gerbner, Christian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018)

Simon Gikandi, Slavery and the Culture of Taste (Princeton University Press, 2011)

Travis Glasson, Mastering Christianity: Missionary Anglicanism and Slavery in the Atlantic World (Oxford University Press, 2012)

Kim F. Hall, 'I can't love this the way you want me to: Archival blackness', postmedieval 11.2-3 (2020). DOI: 10.1057/s41280-020-00174-9   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (PR 26/07/2021) 

Leah Knight & Wendy Wall, gen. eds, The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making (2018)

Jill Lepore, 'Historians Who Love Too Much: Reflections on Microhistory and Biography', The Journal of American History 88.1 (2001) DOI:  

Claire Loffman & Harriet Phillips, A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts (Routledge, 2020)

Jessica Malay, 'Positioning Patronage: Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum and the Countess of Cumberland in Time and Place', The Seventeenth Century 28.3 (2013). DOI:  

Susana Onega et al, eds, Traumatic Memory and the Ethical, Political and Transhistorical Functions of Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

Kate Peters, et al, eds, Archives and Information in the Early Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Susannah Radstone & Bill Schwarz, Memory: Histories, Theories, Debates (Fordam University Press, 2010)    

Sarah C. E. Ross, Women, Poetry and Politics in Seventeenth-Century Britain (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Sarah C. E. Ross & Paul Salzman, 'Introduction', Editing Early Modern Women (Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp. 1-18  

Eleanor Rycroft, 'Emilia by Shakespeare's Globe', Shakespeare Bulletin 36.4 (2018): DOI:

Asheesh Siddique, 'How Does Paper Mean?', Modern Intellectual History (2020): DOI:

Gitanjali G. Shahani, Tasting Difference: Food, Race and Cultural Encounters in Early Modern Literature (Cornell University Press, 2020)

The West Indies in Records from colonial missionaries, 1704-1950. (2010). British Online Archives.

Christine Walker, Jamaica Ladies: Female Slaveholders and the Creation of Britain's Atlantic Empire (University of North Carolina Press, 2020)




This list was last updated on 27/07/2021