About Me

I am an associate 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, Shakespeare, and digital humanities. My first book, Virtuous Necessity, published by The University of Michigan Press, studies representations of chastity, silence, and obedience in early modern conduct manuals for women and literary texts. “Feminine Virtue’s Network of Influence in Early Modern England” (in Studies in Philology 2012) takes a close look at the virtue of obedience. In “‘Of the sicke virgin’: Britomart, Greensickness, and the Man in the Mirror” (in Spenser Studies 2010), I look at the character of Britomart in Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene through the lens of early modern ideas about greensickness. My contributions to the edition Broadside Ballads from the Pepys Collection: A Selection of Texts, Approaches, and Recordings focus on Pepys’s “Marriage” and “Love Unfortunate” categories. I often work in collaboration with colleagues including an essay in the Broadside Ballads collection on the ballad trade written with Kris McAbee (UALR), a chapter on collaboration and textual analysis (written with Monica Bulger, Jeff Scheible, and Elizabeth Lagresa) in Collaborative Approaches to the Digital in English Studies, and one co-authored essay (written with William Hsu of KSU and his team) in New Technologies in 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, Associate 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