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Research Area

My current lines of research focus on early modern women’s writing (1550-1750), with particular emphasis on prose writing, poetry, and pre-novelistic discourses. I study the distribution and reception of seventeenth-century women’s writing within the European context as well as theoretical aspects of early modern women’s intellectual history. Thanks to two postdoctoral research positions at UCLA and Harvard University respectively, I was able to widen my research focus to include eighteenth-century manuscript poetry and socio-economic considerations in the study of early modern textual production by women. Dr Font is director of the European Research Council (ERC) Project WINK, “Women’s Invisible Ink: Trans-Genre Writing and the Gendering of Intellectual Value in Early Modernity”. @ProjectWink

Doctoral Supervision

I will be happy to supervise theses on textual, interpretive, theoretical, historical and socio-economic aspects of early modern women’s writing (1550-1750), with especial interest in prose writing, poetry, and pre-novelistic discourses. If you wish to discuss your ideas for a dissertation with me, you can reach me at or visit my website Carme Font.

Research Activities

Two major academic publications directly related to this research are:

  • An edited volume, with Nina Geerdink, Economic Imperatives for Women’s Writing in Europe Before 1800. Brill, 2018.
  • A book, Women’s Prophetic Writings in Seventeenth-Century Britain, Routledge, 2017.
  • Since 2019 I direct the European Research Council (ERC) Project WINK, “Women’s Invisible Ink: Trans-Genre Writing and the Gendering of Intellectual Value in Early Modernity”. 2019-2024. Ref. 805436.
  • Since 2014 I have been Research Associate at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).
  • 2015-2019. Member of Research Group “La autorĂ­a en escena: anĂĄlisis teĂłrico-metodolĂłgico de las representaciones intermediales del cuerpo/corpus integral”. Ministerio de EconomĂ­a, Industria y Competitividad, FFI-2015-64978P. Project Coordinator: Meri Torras.
  • 2016-2018. Collaborator in NEH’s “Intertextual Networks Project-Women Writers Project”. National Endowment of the Humanities-Northeastern University. Project Coordinator: Julia Flanders.

Relevant Publications

  • 2019. “GenealogĂ­a de las AutorĂ­as Femeninas en los Siglos XVII-XVIII: ÂżHistoriografĂ­a o EcologĂ­a Autorial?”, in ÂżQuĂ© es una autora? Encrucijadas entre gĂ©nero y autorĂ­a (eds. Aina PĂ©rez, Meri Torras). Barcelona: IcĂ ria Editorial, pp. 73-96.
  • 2018. “Writing for Patronage or Patronage for Writing? Two Case Studies in Seventeenth-century and Post-Restoration Women’s Poetry in Britain”, in Economic Imperatives for Women’s Writing in Early Modern Europe (eds. Carme Font & Nina Geerdink). Leiden, Boston: Brill, pp. 97-123.
  • 2017. “Mary Hays’ Invisible Women: Manuscript Poetry and the Practice of Life-Writing in Ann Yerbury (1729-1754)” in The Invention of Female Biography (ed. Gina Luria Walker). New York: Routledge, pp.106-123.
  • 2017. ‘God is not the Supporter of Tyranny’: Prophetic Reception and Political Capital in Elizabeth Poole’s ‘A Vision’ (1648). Études ÉpistĂ©mĂš, Revue de littĂ©rature et de civilisation XVIe-XVIIIe siĂšcles, Special Issue “Languages Dissidents: Processus de communication, supports et intermĂ©diaires de la dissidence religieuse”, (dir. Sophie Houdard, Adelisa Malena, Xenia v. Tippelskirch), Paris. Vol. 30 (2017).
  • 2017. “‘Words that Inspire the Body of a Mayd’: Female Prophecy and Translation in the Elizabethan Court” in Sfaccettature della traduzione letteraria (ed. Jutta Linder, Helena AguilĂ , Donatella Siviero). Roma: Editoriale Artemide, pp. 79-92.
  • 2015. ‘For Well you Knowe, This World is but a Stage’: Petrarchismo Femminile and Elizabethan Poetics in Aemilia Bassano Lanyer. Studi Rinascimentali, Fabrizio Serra Editore, Roma. Vol. 13:1 (2015): 137-146.
  • 2014. “Textual Activism as Political Mediation”. Huntington Library Quarterly, University of California Press. Vol. 77:4 (Winter 2014): 487-492.
  • 2014. “Translation and Rewriting of Sibylline Prophecies: The Case of Jane Seager” (repr.) in Translatio: Transition, Mobility and Change in Medieval Culture (ed. Alberto Reche & Joan Curbet). Santa Coloma de Queralt: Obrador EdĂšndum, pp. 63-73.
  • 2014. “Me casĂ© con Ă©l, lector’: el arte de la felicidad conyugal en Jane Eyre” in Ficciones del deseo femenino: doce figuras (ed. Joan Curbet). Madrid: Ediciones CĂĄtedra, pp. 361-395.
  • 2013. “The Cry of a Virgin: Gender and Self-Representation in Lady Eleanor Davies’ Prophetic Texts” in Narration et Genre. Les Femmes Écrivains dans l’Histoire EuroppĂ©ene Jusqu’au DĂ©but du XXe SiĂšcle (eds. Lieselotte SteinbrĂŒgge & Suzan van Dijk). Leuven: Peeters Publishers. Collection La RĂ©publique des Lettres, Vol. 1, pp. 215-226.

Conferences, seminars (selection)

  • 2019. “Recovering the Value of Women’s Spiritual Writings in the Long Reformation”. Seminar Lecture in “Figures de la spiritualitĂ© fĂ©minine dans les espaces catholiques et protestants (Europe occidentale, XVIe-XVIIIe siĂšcles)”, Laboratoire d’Études et de Recherche sur le Monde Anglophone. 9 December. Aix-Marseille UniversitĂ©, Marseille.
  • 2019. “Conscience Matters: A Transversal Approach to Early Modern Women’s Prophecy”. Seminar Lecture in “Women of the Book: A Conference on the Spiritual Lives of Early Modern Women”, Virginia Fox Stern Center for the History of the Book in the Renaissance. 7 September. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
  • 2017. “The Virile Robe of the Female Sex: The Spanish Reception of Germaine de StaĂ«l through Emilia Pardo-BazĂĄn’s essays on French Literature”. Conference: Reputations, Legacies, Futures: Jane Austen, Germaine de StaĂ«l and their Contemporaries. 13-15 July. Chawton House Library, Hampshire, UK.
  • 2016. “Prophecy and the Language of Isolation in Lady Eleanor Davies’s Tracts”. Conference: The 62nd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. 31 March – 2 April. Hynes Convention Center. Boston.
  • 2016. “Eminency and Wisdom: Making Sense of ‘Those Qualities which Many Think Most Unlikely to be Found in Women’ in The Woman’s Glorie by Thomas Torshell (1645)”. Seminar ‘Recovering Women’s Past: New Epistemologies, New Ventures’, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures. 8-11 September. University of Edinburgh.
  • 2013. “Defending Female Authorship from Speech to Print in Seventeenth-Century Prophetic Writing”. ‘Women and Culture in the Early Modern World (Humanities Center Seminar)’. 14 March. Harvard University.
  • 2013. “From Sophia to Sappho: The Prophetic Voice in Seventeenth-century Women’s Poetry”. Renaissance Studies Seminar. 12-13 March. Harvard University.