Dr Jayne Elisabeth Archer
BA and MA (Exeter), MPhil and PhD (Cantab)
Phone: +44 (0)1970 621780
Jayne teaches Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Literary Theory. She also teaches on the two Part 1 core modules, Study of English and Aspects of Genre (which she convenes), and offers a undergraduate module, Renaissance Women and Writing, and a postgraduate module, Shakespeare and Politics. Jayne supervises MA and PhD dissertations in early modern English literature.
Jayne's research interests are Elizabethan court culture and entertainments; science, alchemy, and astrology in early modern England; the early modern Inns of Court; and early modern women writers, particularly their writings on housewifery. Some of the findings of her PhD thesis, 'Women and Alchemy in Early Modern England', have been published in articles on Elizabethan and Jacobean masques, early modern women’s receipt books, and alchemy in early modern literature. She is currently working on two books, one on the literature and culture of the stillroom, and another on women’s receipt books, circa 1550-1700. Between 2002 and 2005, Jayne was a Research Fellow on the John Nichols project in the AHRC Centre for the Study of Renaissance Elites and Court Cultures, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick. She organised the Elizabethan Progresses conference, held at The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 16-17 April 2004.
Jayne is general editor of the Nichols project’s two principal publications, Court and Culture in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of John Nichols’s Progresses, 4 vols (OUP, forthcoming 2007), and co-editor of a related publication, a collection of essays entitled The Progresses, Entertainments, and Pageants of Queen Elizabeth I (OUP, forthcoming 2006). For further information about both publications and the John Nichols project, please see the project’s website: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ren/research/nichols/.
Jayne is an Associate Fellow of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ren/). Between 2002 and 2005, Jayne co-edited The Renaissance Journal (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ren/publications/journal/), and she is now co-editor (with Dr Sarah Knight) of the Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies (http://www2.sas.ac.uk/srs/Default.htm), and is an organizer of ‘The Intellectual and Cultural World of the Early Modern Inns of Court’ conference, to be held at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 14-16 September 2006. For further information, please see the conference website: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ren/news_and_events/conferencesannouncements/inns/.