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My teaching and research is in the field of early modern literature. In my research I am interested primarily in women’s participation in the literary cultures of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in the British Isles. Through an analysis of a range of extant women’s manuscript materials (from compilations containing poetic and prose extracts, such as commonplace books and miscellanies, to devotional meditations, to original poetry) my work investigates women as readers and writers. I am a founding member of The Perdita Project, an AHRB- (Arts and Humanities Research Board, UK) and SSHRC- (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) funded international collaborative project, which produced a searchable catalogue of and detailed guide to women’s manuscript compilations, 1500-1700. The free site is available here:
A fee-paying site, which includes introductory essays, digital copies of more than 150 manuscripts compiled by women, and catalogue entries (some long, some short) on the manuscripts is available here:
I am also a series editor for Gendering the Late Medieval and Early Modern World, a new series with Amsterdam University Press: http://en.aup.nl/series/gendering-the-late-medieval-and-early-modern-world.
1997 – DPhil, English Literature, University of Oxford
1993 – MPhil, English Literature 1500-1660, University of Oxford
1991 – BA Honours, English Literature, Queen’s University
Fields of interest
- Early modern manuscript cultures
- Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century women’s writing
- Commonplace books and miscellanies
2004- Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Ottawa
2000-2004 Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Ottawa
1999-2000 Research Fellow, Department of English and Media Studies, Nottingham Trent University, U.K.
1999-2000 Lecturer, Department of English and Media Studies, Nottingham Trent University, U.K.
1997-1999 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of English and Media Studies, Nottingham Trent University, U.K.
Scholarly and professional activities
2016- Series Editor, Gendering the Late Medieval and Early Modern World, Amsterdam University Press
2015- Editorial Board, The Seventeenth Century (peer-reviewed journal)
2013-2017 Council Member, Renaissance English Text Society
2005 - The Folger Institute, Washington, D.C.: Invited faculty member for the Folger Institute’s NEH- (National Endowment for the Humanities) funded summer program on “The Handwritten Worlds of Early Modern England.” Co-led one week of the six-week program on the topic of “Contexts of Gender and Class in Seventeenth-Century Manuscripts.” Participants were American college and university teachers.
2006 - Awarded the Josephine Roberts Edition Prize for 2005 from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women for Early Modern Women’s Manuscript Poetry, ed. by Jill Seal Millman and Gillian Wright; contributing editors Victoria Burke, Elizabeth Clarke, Marie-Louise Coolahan, and Jonathan Gibson (Manchester University Press, 2005).
Early Modern Women’s Manuscript Poetry. Ed. Jill Seal Millman and Gillian Wright; contributing editors Victoria Burke, Elizabeth Clarke, Marie-Louise Coolahan and Jonathan Gibson. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005. “Julia Palmer’s ‘Centuries’ of Devotional Verse” (pp. 169-181, 261-262) and “Marie Burghope’s Country House Poem, ‘The Vision’” (pp. 194-213, 264-266).
Early Modern Women’s Manuscript Writing: Selected Papers from the Trinity/Trent Colloquium. Ed. Victoria Burke and Jonathan Gibson. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004. “Introduction” (co-written with Jonathan Gibson; pp. 1-7) and “Reading Friends: Women’s Participation in ‘Masculine’ Literary Culture” (pp. 75-90).
Reading Early Modern Women: An Anthology of Texts in Manuscript and Print, c.1550-1700. Ed. Helen Ostovich and Elizabeth Sauer, assisted by Melissa Smith; manuscripts editor Victoria Burke. New York: Routledge, 2004. “Lady Anne Southwell, Commonplace book entry on Ralegh’s ‘The Lie’ (after 1592)” (pp. 336-339), “Ann Bowyer, Commonplace book entry on Ralegh’s ‘The Lie’ (after 1592)” (pp. 340-342) and “Lady Margaret Wemyss, Music book (c.1643-9) (pp. 482-484).
The ‘Centuries’ of Julia Palmer. Ed. Victoria Burke and Elizabeth Clarke. Nottingham: Trent Editions, 2001.
“‘The disagreeable Figure of a Common-Place’ in Katherine Butler’s Late Seventeenth-Century Verse Miscellany.” In Manuscript Miscellanies in Early Modern England. Ed. Joshua Eckhardt and Daniel Starza Smith. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014. 183-199.
“Seventeenth-Century Women’s Manuscript Writing.” In The History of British Women’s Writing, 1610-1690. Ed. Mihoko Suzuki. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 99-113.
“‘The art of Numbering well’: Late Seventeenth-Century Arithmetic Manuscripts Compiled by Quaker Girls.” In Material Readings of Early Modern Culture: Texts and Social Practices, 1580-1730. Ed. James Daybell and Peter Hinds. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 246-265.
“Manuscript Miscellanies.” In The Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Women’s Writing. Ed. by Laura Lunger Knoppers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 54-67.
“‘Memorial Books’: Commonplaces, Gender, and Manuscript Compilation in Seventeenth-Century England.” In Ars Reminiscendi: Mind and Memory in Renaissance Culture. Ed. Donald Beecher and Grant Williams. Essays and Studies 19. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2009. 121-143.
“The Literary Contexts of William Cavendish and his Family.” With Marie-Louise Coolahan. In Society, Religion, and Culture in Seventeenth-Century Nottinghamshire. Ed. Martyn Bennett. Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2005. 115-141.
“Medium and Meaning in the Manuscripts of Anne, Lady Southwell.” In Women’s Writing and the Circulation of Ideas, 1550-1800. Ed. George Justice and Nathan Tinker. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. 94-120.
“The Couplet and the Poem: Late Seventeenth-Century Women Reading Katherine Philips.” Women’s Writing 2016 (in press). Special issue: Katherine Philips: Form and Reception, ed. Marie-Louise Coolahan and Gillian Wright. 19 typescript pages.
“Recent Studies in Commonplace Books.” English Literary Renaissance 43.1 (2013): 153-77.
“‘My Poor Returns’: Devotional Manuscripts by Seventeenth-Century Women.” Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies 29.2 (2012): 47-68. Special issue: Early Modern Women and the Apparatus of Authorship, ed. Sarah C.E. Ross, Rosalind Smith, and Patricia Pender.
“Materiality and Form in the Seventeenth-Century Miscellanies of Anne Southwell, Elizabeth Hastings, and Jane Truesdale.” English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700 16 (2011): 219-41. Special issue: Manuscript Miscellanies, ed. Richard Beadle and Colin Burrow.
"Let's Get Physical: Bibliography, Codicology, and Seventeenth-Century Women's Manuscripts." Literature Compass. 4.6 (2007): 1667-1682.
“Contexts for Women’s Manuscript Miscellanies: The Case of Elizabeth Lyttelton and Sir Thomas Browne.” The Yearbook of English Studies 33 (2003): 316-28.
“Elizabeth Middleton, John Bourchier, and the Compilation of Seventeenth-Century Religious Manuscripts.” With Sarah Ross. The Library: Transactions of the Bibliographical Society 2 (seventh series) (2001): 131-160.
“Ann Bowyer’s Commonplace Book (Bodleian Library Ashmole MS 51): Reading and Writing Among the ‘Middling Sort.’” Early Modern Literary Studies 6.3 (2001): 1-28. Paper available at http://purl.oclc.org/emls/06-3/burkbowy.htm
“Elizabeth Ashburnham Richardson’s ‘motherlie endeauors’ in Manuscript.” English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700 9 (2000): 98-113.
Papers in refereed conference proceedings
“Women’s Verse Miscellany Manuscripts in the Perdita Project: Examples and Generalizations.” In New Ways of Looking at Old Texts IV: Papers from the Renaissance English Text Society, 2002-2006. Ed. Michael Denbo. Tempe: Arizona Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in conjunction with Renaissance English Text Society, 2008. 141-154.
“Julia Palmer’s ‘Centuries’: The Politics of Editing and Anthologizing Early Modern Women’s Manuscript Compilations.” With Elizabeth Clarke. In New Ways of Looking at Old Texts III: Papers from the Renaissance English Text Society, 1997-2001. Ed. W. Speed Hill. Tempe: Arizona Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in conjunction with Renaissance English Text Society, 2004. 47-64.
Major invited contributions
Five articles for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004-5) on Herbert Aston (with Constance Fowler as a subcategory), Elizabeth Richardson, Anne Sadleir, Lady Dorothy Shirley, and Julia Palmer (the last co-authored with Elizabeth Clarke).http://www.oxforddnb.com
Teaching (recent courses)
- Early Modern Manuscripts and the History of the Book
- Bibliography, Codicology, and Early Modern Women’s Manuscripts
- Manuscript, Print, and Early Modern Women’s Poetry
ENG3133 Elizabethan Shakespeare
ENG3134 Jacobean Shakespeare
ENG3339 Sixteenth-Century Literature
ENG3340 Seventeenth-Century Literature
ENG4348 Female and Male Voices in Early Modern England