Dr Hero Chalmers, Fitzwilliam



Biographical Information

I studied for my B.A. and DPhil at Oxford where I wrote a thesis on seventeenth-century writing by women. I am a Fellow, College Lecturer and Director of Studies (Part I) in English at Fitzwilliam College.

Research Interests

I am currently engaged in various strands of research designed to contribute to the process of refining our understanding of the complex relations between poetics and literary allegiance in the period of the English Civil War and Restoration. I continue to have a special interest in writings by women. More recently, my work on Margaret Cavendish has also led me into projects which focus on the poetry and horsemanship manuals of William Cavendish.

Selected Publications

Royalist Women Writers, 1650-1689 (Oxford University Press, 2004)

'"Break Up the Court": Power, Female Performance and Courtly Ceremony in Henry VIII', Shakespeare, 7.3 (2011), 257-68

Three Seventeenth-Century Plays on Women and Performance (Manchester University Press, 2006), co-edited with Julie Sanders and Sophie Tomlinson

'"Flattering Division": Margaret Cavendish's Poetics of Variety', in Line Cottegnies and Nancy Weitz eds., Authorial Conquests: Essays on Genre in the Writings of Margaret Cavendish (Associated University Presses, 2003), pp.123-44

'The Politics of  Feminine Retreat in Margaret Cavendish's The Convent of Pleasure and The Female Academy', Women's Writing, 6.1 (1999), 81-94

'Dismantling the Myth of  "Mad Madge": The Cultural Context of Margaret Cavendish's Authorial Self-Presentation', Women's Writing, 4.3 (1997), 323-40