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Clare Egan is a Research Assistant in Early Modern Literature and joined the University of Huddersfield in September 2015.
Clare previously spent six months teaching at the University of Southampton delivering modules on Shakespeare and the literature and Drama of the early modern period. Prior to this she completed her AHRC-funded PhD entitled ‘Community Conflict in Early-Modern South West England: Provincial Libels and their Performance Contexts’ at the University of Southampton.
Clare has had an article on the Digital Mapping of Early Modern Libels published in Medieval English Theatre (vol. 36, 2014) and has a further article on Women in Libel forthcoming with Medieval English Theatre. Clare also recently acted as copy editor for a special edition volume of the Journal of Medieval History.
Clare is currently working on manuscript sources relating to the environment in early modern England as part of a project which approaches the early modern period from an ecocritical perspective.
Clare’s research, more generally, is interested in drama and performance in early modern England and its influence on the concept of selfhood. In particular, her interests lie in looking at the ways that people at the lower levels of society used performance in their everyday lives. Her doctoral work explored the role of performance in the offence of libel, an area in which she continues to carry out research.
Clare currently contributes to teaching on the English module Critical Concepts 1.