I am an assistant professor of literary studies at the University of Texas at Dallas whose research interests include English Renaissance literature, gender studies, early modern women’s writing, and digital humanities. Recently, I completed my first book, Virtuous Necessity, which studies representations of chastity, silence, and obedience in early modern conduct manuals for women and literary texts. My publications include two journal articles: “‘Of the sicke virgin’: Britomart, Greensickness, and the Man in the Mirror” (in Spenser Studies 2010) and “Feminine Virtue’s Network of Influence in Early Modern England” (in Studies in Philology 2012). In addition, three of my essays appear in the edition Broadside Ballads from the Pepys Collection: A Selection of Texts, Approaches, and Recordings, a chapter on collaboration and textual analysis (co-written with Monica Bulger, Jeff Scheible, and Elizabeth Lagresa) in Collaborative Approaches to the Digital in English Studies, and one co-authored essay is under consideration for inclusion in the forthcoming New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. I am currently beginning work on my second book, Sex Salves, which studies greensickness and other female illnesses in early modern English literature as indicative of that culture’s anxieties about women’s sexuality and compares these representations with current-day debates about women’s bodies.
Contact Info: Jessica C. Murphy, Assistant Professor of Literary Studies, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas, 800 West Campbell Rd JO 31, Richardson, TX 75080e-mail: jessica.c.murphy_at_utdallas.edu; Blog: Everything Early Modern Women: http://jcmurphy.wordpress.com