Dr. Kaara L. Peterson (Miami University of Ohio)
I’m looking forward very much to my residence in Oxford during Hilary Term 2019 as the second Plumer Visiting Fellow and to meeting colleagues at the Centre for Early Modern Studies. While at Oxford, I will be completing and revising chapters of my manuscript on how portraits of Queen Elizabeth I are informed by early modern medical constructs of female anatomy, virginity, and embodiment, focusing particularly on the “sieve” portrait group and on the material importance of pearl jewellery represented in Renaissance artworks.
In my research projects, I am interested in how the disciplines of medical history, literature, and art history intertwine and articulate a deeper sense of the culture within which portraiture is created. Some recent representative publications can be found in English Literary Renaissance, Studies in Philology, and Renaissance Quarterly, while other work focused on visual art of the Renaissance and Shakespeare’s interestingly early example of a tableau vivant is forthcoming in the Arden State of Play: Hamlet series. My earlier investigations include Shakespeare’s and artists’ portrayal of Ophelia, the relationship between early modern medicine and the device of the virgin’s bed-trick in Shakespearean drama, and a monograph on the strange and wonderful ways that female humoral ailment gets represented in early modern literature, from reviving hibernating women to blood-letter writing.
After a very short visit in 2014 for the Oxford “Blood” conference, I’m especially happy to make St. Anne’s my new home this upcoming term—to see several of the colleges’ private art collections firsthand and for the chance to lose many an hour in the Bodleian.
Professor Ros King (Southampton)
I am delighted to be the first Plumer Visiting Fellow in English, and am greatly enjoying being a member of St Anne’s this term, with the opportunity this affords to talk with people from so many different disciplines – sciences and law, as well as arts and humanities. I have felt very welcome. Oxford’s Centre for Early Modern Studies has similarly felt like another second home; it has been extraordinarily difficult to choose between the many different talks in history, literature, music, law, and philosophy on offer on any given day.
My home institution is the University of Southampton, where I was Head of English and am now Emeritus. I have served on the academic committee of Shakespeare’s Globe, London, and on the Boards of Directors of the English Shakespeare Company, and Nuffield Southampton Theatres. I am a longstanding member of the AHRC Peer Review College— a panel member and chair, and a Strategic Reviewer.
The research and writing that I have been doing this term, including an article on the use of Shakespeare in a US programme for military veterans suffering PTSD, is contributing to a large project on the conceptual, creative, and cognitive importance of repetition and, within that, a more polemical piece on the vital social importance of ‘applied’ arts.
My talk at St Anne’s on Tuesday 13 November, entitled ‘Moving the Passions: Musical Poetics in Early Modern Europe’ is about how theorists and practitioners in both music and poetry in different parts of Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries used their understanding of classical rhetoric, including repetition, to think about the ways in which words and music (whether separately or together) both convey and evoke meanings and emotion.