Dr Rachel E Holmes, Faculty of English



Biographical Information

Rachel E. Holmes is a Research Associate on the ERC-funded project Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern England: the Place of Literature co-hosted by CRASSH and the Faculty of English, and a Junior Research Fellow of Wolfson College.

She works transnationally on early modern European Law and Literature, with a particular focus on marriage, contractual faith, and the difficult status of proof in sexual matters. She is currently revising for publication a monograph on clandestine contracts in early modern European law and literature, which argues that the popularity of the clandestine marriage plot in literature corresponds closely to developments and emerging conflicts in matrimonial and contract law.

As a Research Associate on Crossroads of Knowledge, she is working on a new project that explores the keen social interest in early modern Europe in the high stakes of defining and distinguishing rape from other kinds of sexual contracts. She is also a co-ordinator of the Centre for Mediaeval and Early Modern Law and Literature, an international Law and Literature network.

Research Interests

tory; Literary
Adaptation;  Renaissance  Drama;  Law;  Rhetoric;  Early  Modern  Literatur
e;  History  of

Transnational Early Modern Law and Literature; Law and Humanities; Legal History; Literary Adaptation; Gender History; Renaissance Drama; Law; Rhetoric; Early Modern Literature; Comparative Literature; History of Sexuality; Translation

Selected Publications

Holmes, Rachel E. & Toria A. Johnson, ed. In Pursuit of Truth: Law and Emotion in Early Modern Europe [Special Issue].Forum for Modern Language Studies (Forthcoming January 2018). Special issue

Holmes, Rachel E. ‘What’s the Matter? Murderous Husbands and “Adulterous” Wives in Early Modern Drama.’ In Pursuit of Truth: Law and Emotion in Early Modern Europe [Special issue]. Forum for Modern Language Studies (Forthcoming January 2018). Article

Holmes, Rachel E. ‘Shakespeare and the Law: A Conversation Among Disciplines and Professions.’ Shakespeare Newsletter (Forthcoming 2016). Book/Film/Article review

Holmes, Rachel E. 'Christopher N. Warren, Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580–1680. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. ix + 286 pp. £55.00. ISBN: 978-08719342 (hb).' Renaissance Studies (Forthcoming 2016). doi: 10.1111/rest.12217. Book/Film/Article review