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Dr Mary Morrissey – University of Reading

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Dr Mary Morrissey

Dr Mary Morrissey
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Associate Professor
Dr Mary Morrissey



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I am on the Admissions Team in the department, and am happy to discuss your application to study English Literature at Reading: email

Within the department I teach primarily in Early Modern and Old English. For more details of my teaching please see Mary Morrissey Teaching and Convening

My primary research subject is Reformation literature, particularly from London. I am particularly interested in Paul's Cross, the most important public pulpit in sixteenth and seventeenth-century England. I retain an interested in early modern women writers, with a particular focus on women writers' use of theological arguments. Further details of my research activities can be found at Mary Morrissey Research

Recent publications include:ell-st-paul

Politics and the Paul's Cross Sermons, 1558-1642 (Oxford University Press, 2011), ISBN: 0199571767.

'What An Collins was reading', Women's Writing iFirst, 2012, pp. 1-20, ISSN 0969-9082 print/ISSN 1747-5848;

'Paul's Cross: Context, Occasion, Significance', in English Past and Present: Selected papers from the IAUPE Malta Conference in 2010 ed. Wolfgang Viereck (Frankfurt-am-Mein: Peter Lang, 2012), ISBN: 09783631638958, pp. 49-56.

For a full list of my publications, please see Mary Morrissey Publications

Academic Affiliations:

  • Member of International Association of University Professors of English (IAUPE)
  • Member of the Society for Renaissance Studies.
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Recent public engagements:
  • St Paul's Cross: Preachers, People and Power - St Paul's Institute

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  • John Donne: Poet in the City - St Paul's Cathedral

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