Dr Abigail Shinn

Staff details

Position Lecturer
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 convene Literature of the English Renaissance  EN52227C/EN53327A  and teach on Shakespeare EN52211C and Approaches to Text EN51002C

Areas of supervision

  • Conversion Narratives
  • Edmund Spenser
  • Popular Culture
  • Renaissance Poetry

Research Interests

Abigail’s work considers the intersection of culture and form in early modern literature. Her first book, Conversion Narratives in Early Modern England: Tales of Turning (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), is a study of the rhetorical tropes and narrative typologies which characterise conversion narratives in the years 1580-1660. She is currently working on a book-length project titled Spenser’s Popular Voice which focuses upon Spenser’s interest in cultural play and his adoption of motifs and practices associated with non-elite modes of storytelling.

Publications

Book

Shinn, Abigail. 2018. Conversion Narratives in Early Modern England: Tales of Turning. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9783319965772

Edited Book

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

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

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

Book Section

Shinn, Abigail. 2018. The Senses and the Seventeenth-Century English Conversion Narrative. In: Robin Macdonald; Emilie Murphy and Elizabeth Swann, eds. Sensing the Sacred in Medieval and Early Modern Culture,. Abingdon, OXON: Routledge, pp. 99-116. ISBN 1472454669

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

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

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

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

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

Shinn, Abigail. 2018. Searching for Spenser's Popular Voice. Spenser Review, 48(1.3),

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

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