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    Email: alice.leonard@coventry.ac.uk

    I am a specialist in the culture and history of error in the early modern period. I am interested in how the increasing desire for accuracy precipitated a different attitude towards error by thinkers and natural philosophers. Thomas Browne's Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646) is greatly concerned with error and is one of my areas of interest. I am currently working on a monograph entitled: The Invention of Error and the Scientific Method, 1500-1800 and I am Co-editor on the Notebooks volume of The Complete Works of Thomas Browne (OUP). I am also working on a short book entitled Early Modern Bookspace, under contract with Cambridge University Press.

    My first monograph, entitled Shakespeare in Error: Error in Shakespeare, is published with Palgrave Macmillan, see here. Its central work is to re-value error not just in the material text but as a way of interpreting Shakespeare’s literary style as heavily digressive and figurative, reconnecting error to its earlier meaning not just of mistake but wandering. It examines the different aspects of error to be found within Shakespeare's drama, including the politics of attributing error to particular social groups such as women and foreigners, and the editorial history of the treatment of error in the texts of Shakespeare. Error in Shakespeare has been reviewed in Shakespeare, Renaissance Studies and the Times Literary SupplementYou can watch the launch of my book here.

    I have taught widely in English Literature. I was the convener for 'Shakespeare: Text and Stage' at Warwick University CLL and 'Error and Failure in Early Modern Culture' at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. I have taught a variety of modules including 'Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of His Time' and 'Modes of Reading' at Warwick English Department, and 'Critical Issues in Law and Management' at Warwick Business School. From September 2022, I will be the principal supervisor for the doctoral project on 'Coventry Early Modern Grammar School', fully funded by the Coventry University Trailblazers scheme.

    Biography

    I received my PhD under a co-tutelle between the University of Warwick and the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland.

    Before coming to Coventry University, I was a Marie Curie Cofund Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick. In September 2019 I was a Short-Term Fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC. I previously held a Swiss National Science postdoctoral fellowship at the Houghton Library, Harvard University, and the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, and the position of Postdoctoral Fellow in early modern English literature at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland. In 2022 I will be the Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellow at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

     

    External positions

    Associate Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick

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