Professor Rosalind Smith

Rosalind is the Chair of English at the Australian National University and Director of the Centre for Early Modern Studies. Her primary research area focuses on the intersection of form, politics and history in early modern women’s writing, examining women’s participation in large formal categories in order to rewrite literary histories of genres (the sonnet), modes (complaint) and textual practices (marginalia). Her secondary research area focuses on true crime, specifically true crime in Australia and women and true crime in the English Renaissance.

Rosalind’s key contributions in the field of early modern studies focus on the ways in which early modern women used their writing to intervene in the literary, social, political, and religious cultures of sixteenth and early seventeenth century England, Scotland, and France.