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Dr Abigail Shinn

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PositionLecturer
Email A.Shinn (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7717 2963
Dr Abigail Shinn

Academic qualifications

  • PhD (Sussex, 2010)
  • MA (Sussex, 2006)
  • BA Hons (Sussex, 2005) 

Teaching

I currently teach on Approaches to Text EN51002A, Shakespeare  EN52211C and also teach and convene Literature of the English Renaissance EN52227C.

Areas of supervision

  • Edmund Spenser
  • Conversion
  • Renaissance Poetry
  • Popular Culture
  • Book History

Research Interests

 

I specialise in early modern English literature with a particular interest in how different genres and cultural forms interact.  I have a dual focus on the intersections between literature and popular culture, especially in relation to the poetry of Edmund Spenser, and on the literature and poetics of conversion.  I focus upon these strands of enquiry because they highlight how early modern writers are influenced by different cultural and literary forms as they engage with, and help to shape, textual communities.  They also reflect my interest in applying the tools of literary criticism to texts often overlooked by scholars of English literature.

Publications

Book

Conversion Narratives in Early Modern England: Tales of Turning
Shinn, Abigail. 2018. Conversion Narratives in Early Modern England: Tales of Turning. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited Book

The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Culture in Early Modern England
Shinn, Abigail; Hadfied, Andrew and Dimmock, Matthew, eds. 2014. The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Culture in Early Modern England. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate. ISBN 9781409436843

Edited Journal

The Copious Text: Encyclopaedic Books in Early Modern England
Shinn, Abigail and Vine, Angus, eds. 2014. The Copious Text: Encyclopaedic Books in Early Modern England, Renaissance Studies, 28(2). 0269-1213

Narrating Conversion in the Early Modern World
Shinn, Abigail and Mazur, Peter, eds. 2013. Narrating Conversion in the Early Modern World, Journal of Early Modern History, (17). 1385-3783

Book Section

Gender and Reproduction in the Spirituall Experiences
Shinn, Abigail. 2017. Gender and Reproduction in the Spirituall Experiences. In: Helen Smith and Simon Ditchfield, eds. Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 81-104. ISBN 978-0-7190-9915-1

Father Figures: Paternal Politics in the Conversion Narratives of Thomas Gage and James Wadsworth
Shinn, Abigail. 2017. Father Figures: Paternal Politics in the Conversion Narratives of Thomas Gage and James Wadsworth. In: Hannah Crawforth and Sarah Lewis, eds. Family Politics in Early Modern Literature. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 211-228. ISBN 978-1-137-51143-0

Cultures of Mending
Shinn, Abigail. 2014. Cultures of Mending. In: Abigail Shinn; Andrew Hadfield and Matthew Dimmock, eds. The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Culture in Early Modern England. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, pp. 235-252. ISBN 978-1-4094-3684-3

Spenser's Popular Intertexts
Shinn, Abigail. 2013. Spenser's Popular Intertexts. In: Emma Smith and Andy Kesson, eds. The Elizabethan Top Ten: Defining Print Popularity in Early Modern England. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, pp. 157-168. ISBN 978-1-4094-4029-1

'Extraordinary discourses of vnnecessarie matter': Spenser's Shepheardes Calender and the Almanac Tradition
Shinn, Abigail. 2009. 'Extraordinary discourses of vnnecessarie matter': Spenser's Shepheardes Calender and the Almanac Tradition. In: Andrew Hadfield and Matthew Dimmock, eds. Literature and Popular Culture in Early Modern England. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, pp. 137-150. ISBN 978-0-7546-6580-9

Article

Dreaming Converts in the Seventeenth Century: The Case of Philip Dandulo and Thomas Warmstry's The Baptized Turk
Shinn, Abigail. 2017. Dreaming Converts in the Seventeenth Century: The Case of Philip Dandulo and Thomas Warmstry's The Baptized Turk. Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, 17(1), pp. 97-119. ISSN 1553-3786

Managing Copiousness for Pleasure and Profit: William Painter's Palace of Pleasure
Shinn, Abigail. 2014. Managing Copiousness for Pleasure and Profit: William Painter's Palace of Pleasure. Renaissance Studies, 28(2), pp. 205-224. ISSN 0269-1213