Jessica Murphy

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Jessica C. Murphy's research interests include English Renaissance literature, gender studies, early modern women's writing, and digital humanities. Her first book, Virtuous Necessity: Conduct Literature and the Making of the Virtuous Woman in Early Modern England, which studies representations of chastity, silence, and obedience in early modern conduct manuals for women and literary texts, is coming out with the University of Michigan Press in 2015. Murphy’s publications include two journal articles: “‘Of the sicke virgin’: Britomart, Greensickness, and the Man in the Mirror” (in Spenser Studies 2010) and “Feminine Virtue’s Network of Influence in Early Modern England” (in Studies in Philology 2012). In addition, three of her essays appear in the edition Broadside Ballads from the Pepys Collection: A Selection of Texts, Approaches, and Recordings, a chapter on collaboration and textual analysis (co-written with Monica Bulger, Jeff Scheible, and Elizabeth Lagresa) in Collaborative Approaches to the Digital in English Studies, and one co-authored essay is forthcoming in New Technologies in Renaissance Studies. Recently, Murphy has begun work on her second book, Sex Salves, which studies greensickness and other female illnesses in early modern English literature as indicative of that culture’s anxieties about women’s sexuality and compares these representations with current-day debates about women’s bodies.

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