Professor Wendy Wall, of Northwestern University and President of the Shakespeare Association of America (SAA), has requested to work with Professor Ros Smith and EMWRN to pattern the software used in EMWRN’s digital archive for a digital project researching seventeenth-century poet and writer Hester Pulter. Further details can be found in UoN News article ‘Software success for UoN’s Early Modern Women Research Network.’
EMWRN is currently undergoing significant research on early modern women and complaint with the support of two substantial grants. Associate Professor Sarah C. E. Ross is the chief investigator of a Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Grant titled Woe is Me: Women and Complaint in the English Renaissance, along with associate investigators Professor Rosalind Smith and Professor Michelle O'Callaghan. An ARC Discovery Project Grant titled Early Modern Women and the Poetry of Complaint, 1540-1660 is also held by Smith, O’Callaghan and Ross, who will collaborate to discover, for the first time, how early modern women used the widespread, powerful and diverse mode of complaint to voice expressions of protest and loss across the English Renaissance. A digital archive will be produced with this project creating an open-access digital poetry index showcasing the projects discoveries of the extent and reach of early modern women’s participation in complaint’s poetry for future scholarship.
EWMRN is conducting ongoing research and will continue to publish on and explore the Emmerson Collection of early modern books at the State Library of Victoria through Linkage Pilot Grants.
This large-scale collaborative research program funded by an ARC Discovery Project (2012-2014) provided the first comprehensive study of the textual transmission of early modern women's writing. Focusing on the neglected areas of women's editing, reception and meditation, the project filled significant gaps in our understanding of the role that women's texts have played in the history of the book. EMWRN’S digital archive The Material Cultures of Early Modern Women's Writing was produced through this grant, as was a book of the same title.