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Micheline White

Degrees:B.A. Honours English (Toronto); M.A. English (Ottawa); Ph.D. English (Loyola University Chicago)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1356
Office:2A45 Paterson Hall

Research Interests

  • Renaissance women’s writing
  • Early modern religious poetry and prose
  • Renaissance aesthetics and rhetorical theory

Current Research

My research focuses on writing produced by English women between 1500 and 1625.  I am particularly fascinated by women’s religious writing, and by the way seemingly “private” or conventionally “pious” works were engaged in heated and sometimes violent debates over theological doctrine, religious authority, and church government. Part of my research is driven by my passion for academic detective work: in recent years, I have visited various archives and have brought to light the previously unknown literary activities of women such as Elisabeth Cruciger, Dorcas Martin, Anne Moyle Lock, and Anne Jenkinson.  Building on this archival work, I have worked to reconstruct the rich social and literary contexts in which a wide range of women engaged in religio-political debates as creative writers, renegade booksellers, and local activists. My research has also addressed the weaknesses of some of the feminist critical paradigms developed in the 1980s, and I have proposed new frameworks and methodologies for thinking about women’s translations (1999), about male-female literary collaboration (2005,“Power Couples”), about literary networks (2005, “Women Writers”), and about religious communities and prose genres.

Most recently, I have become interested in women’s devotional writing, and the goal of my new SSHRCC funded program is to provide the first analysis of Tudor women’s devotional writing and controversies over daily religious practices. Although women’s devotional texts are often regarded as conventional and dull, I seek to bring them to life by illuminating the very specific ways in which they responded to Pan-European discussions about female piety, lay/clerical relations, and the limits of female authority in a post-Reformation world.

I welcome graduate students interested in any aspects of early modern literature.  I am cross-appointed to the Bachelor of Humanities program.

Honors and Awards Since 2005

FASS Research Award, 2012-2013

SSHRCC Standard Research Grant  2011-2014

2006. Academic prize awarded by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW) for the article “Women Writers and Literary-Religious Circles in the Elizabethan West Country: Anne Dowriche, Anne Lock Prowse, Anne Lock Moyle, Elizabeth Rous, and Ursula Fulford.”Modern Philology 103.2 (2005): 187-214.

SSHRCC Standard Research Grant  2002-2006

Edited Books

Early Modern Women’s Bookscapes: Reading, Ownership, Circulation. Eds. Leah Knight, Elizabeth Sauer, and Micheline White. In development.

Micheline White, ed. English Women, Religion, and Textual production, 1500-1625. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press, 2011.

Micheline White, ed. Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England: Anne Lock, Isabella Whitney, and Aemilia Lanyer. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press, 2009.

Selected Recent Publications

“Pray for the Monarch: The surprising contributions of Katherine Parr and Queen Elizabeth I to the Book of Common Prayer.  Times Literary Supplement, 3 April, 2015: 14-15.

“The Psalms, War, and Royal Iconography: Katherine Parr’s Psalms or Prayers (1544) and Henry VIII as David,” forthcoming in Renaissance Studies fall, 2015. 8,500 words. Special issue on the Psalms.

“The Perils and Possibilities of the Early Modern Book Dedication:  Anne Lock, Queen Elizabeth, and John Knox.” Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Mediavel and Early Modern Studies.  29.2 (2012): 9-27. Special issue on “Early Modern Women and Book History.”

“Dismantling Catholic Primers and Reforming Private Prayer:  Anne Lock, Hezekiah’s Song, and Psalm 50/51,” in Private and Domestic Devotion in Early Modern Britain, eds.  Alec Ryrie and Jessica Martin.  Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Press, 2012, pp. 93-113.

“Women’s Hymns in Mid-Sixteenth-Century England: Elisabeth Cruciger, Miles Coverdale, and Lady Elizabeth Tyrwhit,” ANQ: Special Issue on Women Devotional Writers of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 24.1 (2011): 21-32.

“The Dedication and Prayers from Anne Gawdy Jenkinson’s translation of Guillaume Du Vair’s Meditations upon the Lamentations of Jeremy.” English Literary Renaissance 37 (2007): 34-46.

Recent Invited Lectures and Conference Presentations

2015: “Queen Katherine Parr and Royal Image Making.” Meeting of the RSA. Berlin, March.

2014: “The Surprising Contributions of Katherine Parr and Elizabeth Tudor to the Book of Common Prayer.” Invited lecture at the Institute for Historical Research, London, October.

2014: “The Surprising Contributions of Katherine Parr and Elizabeth Tudor to the Book of Common Prayer.” Invited lecture at the University of Essex, October.

2014: “Katherine Parr, Parr’s “Circle,” and the 1559 Book of Common Prayer.” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. New Orleans, October.

2014: “Katherine Parr and the Politics of Royal Translation.” Meeting of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies at the Canadian Congress. St. Catherine’s, May.

2014: “Women and Liturgical Reform.” Meeting of the RSA, New York, March.

2013: “Archbishop Cranmer and Queen Katherine Parr, and Vernacular Common Prayer.” SCSC. San Juan, PR, October.

2013: “The Psalms and Repentance during a Time of War.” Psalm Culture and the Politics of Translation. Queen Mary University of London. July.   

Recent Graduate Courses

ENGL 5307:  Women, Authorship, and Politics in Renaissance England: Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Sidney Herbert, and Aemilia Lanyer