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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.
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.
Malay, J (2015) ‘Constructing Families: Associative Networks in the Seventeenth-century Cases of Mary and Katherine Hampson’ Journal 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 Record’ The 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 Place’ The 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 Davis’ Sixteenth Century Journal , 44, pp. 1163-1164. ISSN 0361-0160
Malay, J (2013) ‘Review: Reading Memory in Early Modern Literature, by Andrew Hiscock’ Sixteenth 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 Smith’ Women's History Review . ISSN 0961-2025
Malay, J (2012) ‘The marrying of Lady Anne Clifford: marital strategy in the Clifford inheritance dispute’ Northern 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 Hulse’ Yorkshire archaeological journal , 82, pp. 391-392. ISSN 0084-4276
Malay, J (2010) ‘Thomas of Erceldounes Lady: The Scottish Sibyl’ Viator , 41 (2), pp. 361-373. ISSN 0083-5897
Malay, J (2010) ‘Review: Engendering the Fall: John Milton and Seventeenth Century Women by Shannon Miller’ Sixteenth 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 Manuscript’ Notes and Queries . ISSN 0029-3970
Malay, J (2008) ‘Review: What is literature, by Arthur Gibson’ Philosophy in Review , 28 (5), pp. 331-333. ISSN 1206-5269
Malay, J (2008) ‘Buildings with Words: Architectural Metonymy in Early Modern Literary Texts’ Appositions: 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 exchange’ English Literary Renaissance , 36 (2), pp. 173-188. ISSN 0013-8318
Malay, J (2006) ‘Elizabeth Russell's textual performances of self’ Comitatus , 37, pp. 146-168. ISSN 1557-0290
Malay, J (2005) ‘Isabella Whitney, "Sister Eldershae," and Cheshire Recusancy’ English 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: Shakespeares 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
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) ‘Shakespeares 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