My research explores literary culture and society in the Renaissance and Early Modern period with a particular focus on sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century theatre, court culture, women's writing, academies and literary networks. I am also interested in questions of genre, gender, performance and reception, and early modern critical theory. I have worked especially on early female-authored secular drama, pastoral drama and theatrical culture in the Northern Italian courts and the Veneto region. For the AHRC project on the Italian Academies, 1525-1700 that I am involved with I am preparing a study of Theatre in the Italian Academies c. 1525-1630. I am also currrently preparing (with Virginia Cox and Anna Wainwright) a critical edition of a manuscript play by an anonymous noblewoman from Lucca for the "Other Voice in Early Modern Europe" series.
Co-investigator for the major 4-year AHRC funded project: The Italian Academies, 1525-1700: the first networks of intellectual exchange in Early Modern Europe www.italianacademies.org