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Dr Bronwen Price


Bronwen Price is a Principal Lecturer in English Literature at Portsmouth University, where her main teaching and research is in Early Modern Literature. She undertook both her undergraduate and post-graduate studies at Cardiff University, where she was awarded a 3-year full-time British Academy grant to study for her Ph.D. in seventeenth-century poetry. During this period she gained one of the two exchange places awarded annually by Cardiff University to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, where she studied and worked for a year. After receiving her Ph.D., she was appointed to a one-year teaching post at Cardiff before taking up her current position at Portsmouth. She became a Principal Lecturer in 2002.

Bronwen’s main area of research is in seventeenth-century literature and culture, with particular interests in women’s writing, discourses of natural philosophy, poetry of the Civil war and Republican periods and early modern concepts of retreat, community and friendship. She has published articles on a wide range of writers, including Richard Lovelace, An Collins, Margaret Cavendish, Robert Herrick, Katherine Philips, Mary Chudleigh and Aphra Behn, as well as producing an edited collection on Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis (2002). She is currently working on a book on Mary Chudleigh, contracted with Manchester University Press, and plans to produce a monograph on the retirement mode and concepts of amity in late seventeenth-century writing.


  • Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture
  • Early Modern Women's Writing
  • Poetry of the Civil War and Republican periods
  • Seventeenth-Century Natural Philosophy.
  • Early modern concepts of friendship and community
  • Early modern concepts of retreat

I would welcome MRes and Ph.D. projects on all aspects of seventeenth-century literature.

Successfully completed MRes:


  • Daisy Breed 'Space, Speech and Agency: Socially Constructed and Subverted Female Identity in Death Scenes of the early Modern Stage, 1585-1615', Sep 2017.
  • Mike Smith 'A Poetics of retreat: Royalist Poetry and the English Revolution (1649-1660)', Sep 2016.


Successfully completed Ph.D.:

  • Mahmudul Hasan 'A comparative study of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain's feminist writings with those of Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf, Attia Hossain and Monica Ali' (2008)

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