Portrait of Professor Jessica Malay Professor Jessica Malay

j.l.malay@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473592


Jessica Malay came to the University of Huddersfield in 2005 after completing a PhD on Representations of Space in the writing of sixteenth century women including Margaret Hoby, Aemilia Lanyer, Isabella Witney, and Elizabeth Hoby Russell. Her interest in the literature of the early modern period began during her liberal arts degree at St Martin’s University, in  Lacey, Washington State, USA. She continued to pursue this interest during her Master’s degree at the University of Warwick. In addition to her ambitious research profile, she is also the research leader for English and Creative Writing. She is involved in staff mentoring and staff development and also overseas postgraduate provision in English and Creative Writing.

Research and Scholarship

Professor Malay’s current research involves creative and exploratory archival research as well as editing practices focusing on the early modern period. She is presently completing the first scholarly edition of Anne Clifford’s autobiographies, as part of the Anne Clifford Project. The Anne Clifford project, begun in 2010 was set up initially in order to produce the first print edition of Anne Clifford’s Great Books of Record, for which Prof Malay received a three year Leverhulme project grant. This research has uncovered further writing by this important 17th century woman, and these are presently the focus of Prof Malay’s research. She has also recently published an examination of a rare early modern woman’s domestic abuse story, The Case of Mistress Mary Hampson . In the course of this research she made extensive use of archival resources uncovering an intriguing network of narratives connected to the story of this modest gentlewoman.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Malay, J (2015) ‘Constructing Families: Associative Networks in the Seventeenth-century Cases of Mary and Katherine HampsonJournal of Family History , 40 (4), pp. 448-461. ISSN 0363-1990

Malay, J (2015) ‘A review of "Staging Women and the Soul-Body Dynamic in Early Modern England" by Sarah E. Johnson Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014.Seventeenth Century News , 73 (1/2), pp. 26-29.

Malay, J (2015) ‘Constructing a Narrative of Time and Place: Anne Clifford's Great Books of RecordThe Review of English Studies . ISSN 0034-6551

Malay, J (2013) ‘Positioning Patronage: Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judæorum and the Countess of Cumberland in Time and PlaceThe Seventeenth Century , 28 (3), pp. 251-274. ISSN 0268-117X

Malay, J (2013) ‘Review: The Countesse of Pembroke's Arcadia and the Invention of English Literature, by Joel B DavisSixteenth Century Journal , 44, pp. 1163-1164. ISSN 0361-0160

Malay, J (2013) ‘Review: Reading Memory in Early Modern Literature, by Andrew HiscockSixteenth Century Journal , 44 (1), pp. 250-251. ISSN 0361-0160

Malay, J (2012) ‘Review: Grossly Material Things: Women and Book Production in Early Modern England, by Helen SmithWomen's History Review . ISSN 0961-2025

Malay, J (2012) ‘The marrying of Lady Anne Clifford: marital strategy in the Clifford inheritance disputeNorthern History , 49 (2), pp. 251-264. ISSN 0078172X

Malay, J (2011) ‘Review: Lady Anne Clifford: culture, patronage and gender in 17th century Britain, eds. Karen Hearn and Lynn HulseYorkshire archaeological journal , 82, pp. 391-392. ISSN 0084-4276

Malay, J (2010) ‘Thomas of Erceldoune’s Lady: The Scottish SibylViator , 41 (2), pp. 361-373. ISSN 0083-5897

Malay, J (2010) ‘Review: Engendering the Fall: John Milton and Seventeenth Century Women by Shannon MillerSixteenth Century Journal , 41, pp. 657-658. ISSN 0361-0160

Malay, J (2009) ‘Thomas Sackville's Elegy to Thomas and Philip Hoby: The Discovery of a Draft ManuscriptNotes and Queries . ISSN 0029-3970

Malay, J (2008) ‘Review: What is literature, by Arthur GibsonPhilosophy in Review , 28 (5), pp. 331-333. ISSN 1206-5269

Malay, J (2008) ‘Buildings with Words: Architectural Metonymy in Early Modern Literary TextsAppositions: Studies in Renaissance/Early Modern Literature & Culture , 1 (1). ISSN 1946-1992

Malay, J (2006) ‘Jane Seager's sibylline poems: maidenly negotiations through Elizabethan gift exchangeEnglish Literary Renaissance , 36 (2), pp. 173-188. ISSN 0013-8318

Malay, J (2006) ‘Elizabeth Russell's textual performances of selfComitatus , 37, pp. 146-168. ISSN 1557-0290

Malay, J (2005) ‘Isabella Whitney, "Sister Eldershae," and Cheshire RecusancyEnglish language notes , 43 (2), pp. 18-22. ISSN 0013-8282


Malay, J (2015) Anne Clifford's Great Books of Record . Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press.

Malay, J (2014) The Case of Mistress Mary Hampson: Her Story of Marital Abuse and Defiance in Seventeenth-Century England . Stanford, California, USA: Stanford University Press. ISBN 9780804786287

Malay, J (2010) Prophecy and Sibylline imagery in the Renaissance: Shakespeare’s Sibyls . Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture. : Routledge. ISBN 9780415877923

Malay, J (2006) Textual Construction of Space in the Writing of Renaissance Women: "In" Habiting Place . Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press. ISBN 978-0-7734-5789-8

Book Section

Malay, J (2018) ‘Lady Anne Clifford’s Great Books of Record: Remembrances of a Dynasty.’. In: A History of Early Modern Women's Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 398-416. ISBN 9781316480267

Malay, J (2017) ‘Crossing Generations: Female Alliances and the Exercise of Dynastic Power in Anne Clifford’s Great Books of Record.’. In: The Politics of Female Alliance in Early Modern England. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 207-224. ISBN 9781496201997

Malay, J (2017) ‘Beyond the Palace: The Transmission of Political Power in the Clifford Circle’. In: Family Politics in Early Modern Literature.. London: Palgrave. pp. 153-169. ISBN 9781137511430

Malay, J (2013) ‘The trouble with treasure in Tudor and Stuart England’. In: Treasure in Literature and Culture. : Universitätsverlag Winter. pp. 15-34. ISBN 9783825362027

Malay, J (2011) ‘Performing the Apocalypse: Sibylline Prophecy and Elizabeth I’. In: Representations of Elizabeth I in Early Modern Culture. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 175-192. ISBN 9780230278172

Malay, J (2010) ‘Shakespeare’s Tudor Sibyl: Sibylline Discourse in the Portrayal of Queen Margaret in Richard III’. In: Représentations et identités sexuelles dans le théâtre de Shakespeare. Rennes, France: Presses Universitaires de Rennes. pp. 61-78. ISBN 9782753511637

Malay, J (2010) ‘Industrial Heroes: Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Bront?’s Constructions of the Masculine’. In: Performing Masculinity. : Palgrave Macmillan. . ISBN 9780230577985

Malay, J (2010) ‘Like a Queen: the influence of the Elizabethan Court on the structure of female-centred households in the Early Modern Period’. In: Tudor court culture. : Susquehanna University Press. . ISBN 9781575911182

Malay, J (2009) ‘Anne Clifford: appropriating the rhetoric of Queens to become the Lady of the North’. In: The ritual and rhetoric of queenship. Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts Press. . ISBN 9781846821783

Research Degree Supervision

  • Women 's writing in the English Renaissance
  • Sibylline imagery in the poetry and prose of the English Renaissance
  • Representations of social space in the literature of the 16th and 17th centuries
  • Manuscript studies
  • Gender Studies