Prof Erin McCarthy

PhD, MA, BA

Contact Details

Established Professor
Department of English
Room 514
Arts Tower 1
E: erin.mccarthy@universityofgalway.ie
 
researcher
 

Biography

Erin A. McCarthy is Established Professor of English Literature and Computational Humanities. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Irish Research Council and European Research Council-funded project "STEMMA: Systems of Transmitting Early Modern Manuscript Verse, 1475-1700." She is a graduate of Arizona State University (BA 2005) and The Ohio State University (MA 2007; PhD with Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies 2012). Her doctoral work was supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies and OSU's University and Presidential Fellowships. 

From 2014 to 2018, she was a postdoctoral researcher on the European Research Council-funded project "RECIRC: The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women's Writing, 1550-1700." In 2019, she held the Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography at Harvard University's Houghton Library before taking up her appointment as Lecturer in Digital Humanities and English at the University of Newcastle (Australia). She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2022 and retains an affiliation with UON as an Honorary Professor. 

Most recently, Erin has been awarded an IRC Consolidator Laureate Award and an ERC Consolidator grant for her project "STEMMA: Systems of Transmitting Early Modern Manuscript Verse." The project, which runs from September 2022 to August 2028, computationally maps and models the movement of English poetry through early modern social networks. It will apply insights from network analysis and graph theory to provide the most comprehensive overview of the circulation of early modern English verse in manuscript to date.
 

Erin is the author of Doubtful Readers: Print, Poetry, and the Reading Public (Oxford University Press, 2020), which was named an Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE in 2021. She is currently completing a second monograph, "The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women¿s Writing in Manuscript Miscellanies, 1550-1700," with Marie-Louise Coolahan and Sajed Chowdhury. Her scholarship has also appeared in the journals John Donne Journal, SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, the Review of English Studies, and Criticism as well edited collections, reference works, and online publications.

Research Interests

Early modern British literature, palaeography and manuscript studies, bibliography and the history of the book, the history of reading, Shakespeare, Donne, poetry and poetics, women's writing, postcolonial and archipelagic approaches, scholarly editing, computational methods, cultural analytics, digital humanities

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
STEMMA: Systems of Transmitting Early Modern Manuscript Verse, 1475¿1700 01-SEP-23 31-AUG-28
STEMMA: Systems of Transmitting Early Modern Manuscript Verse, 1558-1660 01-SEP-22 31-AUG-26

Books

  Year Publication
(2020) Doubtful Readers: Print, Poetry, and the Reading Public in Early Modern England.
McCarthy, EA (2020) Doubtful Readers: Print, Poetry, and the Reading Public in Early Modern England. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2021) 'Is There Room for Judith Shakespeare and Her Brother, Too?'
McCarthy (2021) 'Is There Room for Judith Shakespeare and Her Brother, Too?'. Criticism, 63 (1-2) [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Reading Women Reading Donne in Manuscript and Printed Miscellanies: A Quantitative Approach'
McCarthy, EA (2018) 'Reading Women Reading Donne in Manuscript and Printed Miscellanies: A Quantitative Approach'. Review Of English Studies, 69 :661-685 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Speculation and Multiple Dedications in Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum'
McCarthy, EA (2015) 'Speculation and Multiple Dedications in Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum'. Studies In English Literature 1500-1900, 55 [Details]
(2013) 'Poems, by J.D. (1635) and the Creation of John Donne's Literary Biography'
McCarthy, E (2013) 'Poems, by J.D. (1635) and the Creation of John Donne's Literary Biography'. John Donne Journal, 32 :57-83 [ARAN Link] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2024) 'Digital Humanities'
McCarthy, Erin A. (2024) 'Digital Humanities' In: The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women's Writing. :1-7 Cham: Springer International Publishing. [Details]
(2024) 'Poetry, Authorship, and Attribution'
McCarthy, E (2024) 'Poetry, Authorship, and Attribution' In: The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women's Writing. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [DOI] [Details]
(2020) 'From Manuscripts to Metadata: Understanding and Structuring Female-Attributed Complaints'
Marie-Louise Coolahan and Erin A. McCarthy (2020) 'From Manuscripts to Metadata: Understanding and Structuring Female-Attributed Complaints' In: Early Modern Women's Complaint: Gender, Form, and Politics. :269-290 UK: Palgrave. [Details]
(2020) 'Australian Shakespeare Company'
McCarthy, Erin A. (2020) 'Australian Shakespeare Company' In: The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Shakespeare. :1-3 Cham: Springer International Publishing. [Details]
(2020) 'Bell Shakespeare'
McCarthy, Erin A. (2020) 'Bell Shakespeare' In: The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Shakespeare. :1-2 Cham: Springer International Publishing. [Details]

Other Item

  Year Publication
(2018) That which is seldom seen: Aemilia Bassano Lanyer¿s literary achievements¿.
McCarthy, EA (2018) That which is seldom seen: Aemilia Bassano Lanyer¿s literary achievements¿. London: Shakespeare's Globe Other Item [Details]

Electronic Publication

  Year Publication
(2016) [Loues Martyr.] The Anuals [sic] of great Brittaine.
Erin A. McCarthy and Erin A. McCarthy (2016) [Loues Martyr.] The Anuals [sic] of great Brittaine. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Willobie his Auisa: direct reference to Shakespeare and Lucrece.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Willobie his Auisa: direct reference to Shakespeare and Lucrece. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Cynthia: Richard Barnfield borrows from Lucrece.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Cynthia: Richard Barnfield borrows from Lucrece. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Epicedium, a funerall song: first printed allusion to Shakespeare’s Lucrece.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Epicedium, a funerall song: first printed allusion to Shakespeare’s Lucrece. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Lucrece, fifth edition.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Lucrece, fifth edition. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Lucrece, fourth edition.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Lucrece, fourth edition. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Lucrece, second edition.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Lucrece, second edition. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Lucrece, sixth edition.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Lucrece, sixth edition. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Manuscript copy of lines 229-40 from Venus and Adonis.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Manuscript copy of lines 229-40 from Venus and Adonis. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Shakespeare anthologized: England’s Parnassus.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Shakespeare anthologized: England’s Parnassus. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Sonnets, first edition.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Sonnets, first edition. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Sonnets, first edition variant.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Sonnets, first edition variant. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) The affectionate shepheard: earliest printed allusion to Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) The affectionate shepheard: earliest printed allusion to Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) The Dumbe Knight: Venus and Adonis quoted and referred to by title.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) The Dumbe Knight: Venus and Adonis quoted and referred to by title. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) The Fayre Mayde of the Exchange: Venus and Adonis quoted and referred to by title.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) The Fayre Mayde of the Exchange: Venus and Adonis quoted and referred to by title. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Tom Tel-Troths message: references to Venus and Adonis and the Rape of Lucrece.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Tom Tel-Troths message: references to Venus and Adonis and the Rape of Lucrece. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Venus and Adonis, eighth edition.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Venus and Adonis, eighth edition. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Venus and Adonis, eleventh edition.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Venus and Adonis, eleventh edition. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Venus and Adonis, fourth edition.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Venus and Adonis, fourth edition. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Venus and Adonis, ninth edition.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Venus and Adonis, ninth edition. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Venus and Adonis, second edition.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Venus and Adonis, second edition. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Venus and Adonis, seventh edition.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Venus and Adonis, seventh edition. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) Venus and Adonis, tenth edition.
McCarthy, Erin A. (2016) Venus and Adonis, tenth edition. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) [Loues Martyr.] The Anuals [sic] of great Brittaine.
Erin A. McCarthy (2016) [Loues Martyr.] The Anuals [sic] of great Brittaine. Electronic Publication [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
(2019) Canonising Shakespeare: Stationers and the Book Trade, 1640\textendash1740. Emma Depledge and Peter Kirwan, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. x + 272 pp. \$99.99.
Erin A. McCarthy (2019) Canonising Shakespeare: Stationers and the Book Trade, 1640\textendash1740. Emma Depledge and Peter Kirwan, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. x + 272 pp. \$99.99. Book Review [Details]
(2019) Angus Vine, Miscellaneous Order: Manuscript Culture and the Early Modern Organization of Knowledge. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. xv + 285 pp. \textsterling60.00. ISBN 978‐0‐19‐880970‐8 (hb).
Erin A. McCarthy (2019) Angus Vine, Miscellaneous Order: Manuscript Culture and the Early Modern Organization of Knowledge. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. xv + 285 pp. \textsterling60.00. ISBN 978‐0‐19‐880970‐8 (hb). Book Review [Details]
(2016) The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book.
McCarthy, EA (2016) The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book. Book Review [DOI] [Details]
(2016) Howsam, Leslie, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 310 pp. Paperback, \$29.99 (ISBN: 978-1-10762-509-9).
Erin A. McCarthy (2016) Howsam, Leslie, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 310 pp. Paperback, \$29.99 (ISBN: 978-1-10762-509-9). Book Review [Details]
(2014) Petrarch's English Laurels, 1475-1700. By JACKSON CAMPBELL BOSWELL and GORDON MCMURRAY BRADEN.
Erin A. McCarthy and McCarthy, Erin A. (2014) Petrarch's English Laurels, 1475-1700. By JACKSON CAMPBELL BOSWELL and GORDON MCMURRAY BRADEN. Book Review [Details]
(2014) Tom MacFaul. Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England: Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne and Jonson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Early Modern Literary Studies 17.1 (2014).
Erin A. McCarthy (2014) Tom MacFaul. Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England: Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne and Jonson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Early Modern Literary Studies 17.1 (2014). Book Review [Details]
(2013) Anne Lake Prescott, William A. Oram, and Andrew Escobedo, eds. Spenser Studies XXVI. New York: AMS, 2011.
Erin A. McCarthy (2013) Anne Lake Prescott, William A. Oram, and Andrew Escobedo, eds. Spenser Studies XXVI. New York: AMS, 2011. Book Review [Details]

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
University of Galway Established Professor of English Literature and Computational Humanities 01-MAY-23 /
University of Galway Senior Research Fellow 01-SEP-22 / 30-APR-23
University of Newcastle Senior Lecturer 01-JAN-22 / 29-JUL-22
University of Newcastle Lecturer 18-FEB-19 / 31-DEC-21
National University of Ireland, Galway Postdoctoral Researcher 01-OCT-14 / 28-DEC-18
Arizona State University Assistant Director, ACMRS 07-JAN-13 / 28-MAR-14

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2012 The Ohio State University PhD English
2012 The Ohio State University Certificate Medieval and Renaissance Studies
2007 The Ohio State University Masters English
2005 Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts English literature

Languages

  Language
Spanish
French
Irish
Latin

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Advance HE Fellow 01-FEB-21 /

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
Autumn 2018 Novelty, Conflict, Scandal: Reading Early Modernity ENG2128