Hannah Jeans

Thesis

Thesis

Women's Reading Habits and Gendered Genres, c.1600 - c.1700

Supervisor: Dr Mark Jenner

Research

Research

My research looks at the reading habits of seventeenth-century women in England, drawing on literary history, gender and women's history, and feminist theory. I am looking at how women participated in early modern reading cultures, and how they used reading as a way of talking about and negotiating gender. I have a background in early modern women's history, particularly during the Civil War period and the later seventeenth-century, and an interest in early modern travel and exploration.

Papers and publications

Conference papers

  • “‘She much delighted in that holy Book’: Femininity and Emotional Reading in Seventeenth-Century England.” Powerful Emotions / Emotions and Power, c.400-1850. University of York (collaboration with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions), June 2017.
  • “Women’s Reading Habits and the Feminine Self in Seventeenth-Century England.” Habitual Behaviour in Early Modern Europe. University of Sheffield, June 2017.
  • “Women's Reading, Self-Representation and Femininity in Seventeenth-Century England.” Interiority, Character, Networks: A Huntington Library - University of York early career researchers’ symposium. Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, California, April 2017.
  • “‘Reading unprofitable romances': Conversion Narratives and Englishwomen's Reading Habits in the Seventeenth Century." Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies postgraduate forum. University of York, November 2016.
  • “Traversing Gendered Space: Representations of Reading in Englishwomen’s Letters, Diaries and Memoirs.” Gender Cartographies. Histories, Texts & Cultures in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1660-1830, Aphra Behn Society in Europe. International University of Andalusia, Huelva, October 2016.
  • “Approaching Literary Studies from a Historical Perspective.” Humanities and Beyond: Exploring the Frontiers of Interdisciplinarity. University of York, May 2016.
  • “Book Collections at the Minster before 1414,” and “The Minster in Neuton's Time,” in Hanna Vorholt and Peter Young (eds), 1414: John Neuton and the Re-Foundation of York Minster Library, June 2014.

Contact details

Ms Hannah Jeans
PhD student
Department of History
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD