Dr Rachel Adcock

Title: Lecturer in English
Phone: (+44) 01782 733144
Email: r.c.adcock@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB2.057
Role: Programme Director, MA English Literatures; Careers liaison; website/social media co-ordinator
Contacting me:

Before joining Keele in January 2015, I studied and worked at Loughborough University, where I obtained my doctorate in 2011. My PhD thesis focused on seventeenth-century women’s religious writings, particularly the life-writings and prophecies of Baptist women. This research was published by Ashgate Press in 2015, and was nominated for the Richard L. Greaves prize by the International John Bunyan Society in 2016. I am interested in all aspects of early-modern women’s writing, particularly the role of women in seventeenth-century dissenting communities, and the life and work of Aphra Behn. I would welcome PhD applications to work in any of these areas and seventeenth-century literature and culture more generally.

My research centres on women's textual participation in seventeenth-century dissenting communities, particularly the function of women's religious treatises, spiritual testimonies, and prophecies in early Baptist congregations. In 2011, I completed my AHRC-funded PhD on this topic and the revised version of this research was published by Ashgate Press: Baptist Women’s Writings in Revolutionary Culture, 1640-1680. Some of this research has also appeared in article form in The Seventeenth Century, Prose Studies, and Notes and Queries. My work on the Baptist, Deborah Huish, published in The Seventeenth Century, has also been the focus of a display at the Devon Heritage Centre, where original manuscript church records of Huish’s Baptist congregation were put on show alongside explanatory notes and images of her published writings. You can read some of my research on Huish’s congregation on the National Trust’s page for Loughwood Baptist Church, South Devon, where she worshipped.

I am also interested in seventeenth-century dissenting culture more generally and am currently researching a new project on 'Writing the Dissenting Community post-1660'. I have recently completed a chapter on 'Women and Dissent' for the Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, Beginnings to 1689 (Oxford UP) and am developing an article on the significance of believers' baptism in dissenting communities. I am also involved in the Dissenting Experience project which aims to catalogue and encourage further study into to utilisation of seventeenth-century church books. Recently, I have also been elected to sit on the Executive Committee for the International John Bunyan Society as European Treasurer.

I remain committed to the recovery and exploration of early-modern women's writing. In 2014 I co-edited an anthology of seventeenth-century women's works concerned with exploring the relationship between spiritual and corporeal understandings of religious experience, and I am currently editing two of Aphra Behn's plays (The Roundheads and The Young King) for the new Cambridge University Press Complete Works.

Selected Publications

  • Adcock RC. 2016. Entries on Margaret Baxter, Anna Trapnel, and other dissenting women. In A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen Exemplary Lives and Memorable Acts. Levin C, Bertolet AR, Carney JE (Eds.). Routledge.
  • Adcock RC. 2016. A Spur to Lukewarm Spirits: The ‘Proceedings Book of Meetings in East Devon, chiefly at Loughwood, 1653-1795’. link>
  • Adcock RC. 2015. Baptist Women's Writings in Revolutionary Culture, 1640-1680. Ashgate. link>
  • Adcock RC. 2015. 'Egerton, Sarah Fyge', 'Rowe, Elizabeth Singer', 'Chudleigh, Lady Mary', and 'Hutchinson, Lucy'. In The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660 - 1789 Set. Day G and Lynch J (Eds.). John Wiley & Sons. link>
  • Adcock RC. "'Jack Presbyter in His Proper Habit": Subverting Whig Rhetoric in Aphra Behn's The Roundheads (1682)'. Women's Writing, vol. 22(1), 34-55. doi>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Adcock RC. 2015. Baptist Women's Writings in Revolutionary Culture, 1640-1680. Ashgate. link>
  • Adcock RC, Read SL, Ziomek A. 2014. Flesh and Spirit: An Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Women's Writing. (10 vols.). Manchester: Manchester University Press. link>

Journal Articles

  • Adcock RC. "'Jack Presbyter in His Proper Habit": Subverting Whig Rhetoric in Aphra Behn's The Roundheads (1682)'. Women's Writing, vol. 22(1), 34-55. doi>
  • Adcock RC. 2014. Review: Staging Women and the Soul-Body Dynamic in Early Modern England, Sarah E. Johnson (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014). Early Modern Studies Journal, vol. 6.
  • Adcock RC. 2013. ‘“In order to spirituall good the body often afflicted”: Bodily Affliction in Lady Mary Carey’s Conversion Narrative (1649-57)’. The Glass, vol. 25, 18-29.
  • Adcock RC. 2012. Review: A Company of Women Preachers: Baptist Prophetesses in Seventeenth-Century England, a Reader, ed. by Curtis W. Freeman (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2011). The Seventeenth Century, vol. 27, 237-238.
  • Adcock RC. 2011. '"As Shee Preachers Hold Forth Christ": Sara Jones's Challenge to Episcopacy, The Relation of a Gentlewoman (1642)'. Prose Studies: history, theory, criticism, vol. 33(1), 1-18. doi>
  • Adcock RC. 2011. ‘"Like to an anatomy before us": Deborah Huish's Spiritual Experiences and the Attempt to Establish the Fifth Monarchy'. The Seventeenth Century, vol. 26(1), 44-68. doi>
  • Adcock RC. 2011. ‘“Gather up the Fragments, that nothing be lost”: “Memorable” Women’s Conversion Narratives’. Early Modern Women: an interdisciplinary journal, vol. 6, 209-216.
  • Adcock RC. 2010. 'Anne Venn's A Wise Virgin's Lamp Burning (1658) in the Household of Anne Dunch, Sister-in-law to Richard Cromwell'. Notes and Queries: for readers and writers, collectors and librarians, vol. 57(4), 501-503. doi>
  • Adcock RC. 2009. ‘“A Good Example to Women”: The Biographer’s Presence in mid-Seventeenth-Century Women’s Conversion Narratives’. The Glass, vol. 21, 11-19.

Chapters

  • Adcock RC. 2016. Entries on Margaret Baxter, Anna Trapnel, and other dissenting women. In A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen Exemplary Lives and Memorable Acts. Levin C, Bertolet AR, Carney JE (Eds.). Routledge.
  • Adcock RC. 2015. 'Egerton, Sarah Fyge', 'Rowe, Elizabeth Singer', 'Chudleigh, Lady Mary', and 'Hutchinson, Lucy'. In The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660 - 1789 Set. Day G and Lynch J (Eds.). John Wiley & Sons. link>

Other

  • Adcock RC. 2016. A Spur to Lukewarm Spirits: The ‘Proceedings Book of Meetings in East Devon, chiefly at Loughwood, 1653-1795’. link>
  • Adcock RC. 2013. National Trust information sheets on Loughwood Baptist Church, Devon. link>

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Programme Director for the MA in English Literatures. I am on research leave in semester 2, but in semester 1 I will be convening:

Level 5:

  • Work Placement for English students
  • Revolution and Restoration: Literature of the Civil War and Restoration (semester 1)

Level 6:

  • Gender and Power in Restoration Literature (semester 1)

Level 7 (MA):

  • Criticism, Analysis, Theory in Literary Studies (semester 1)
  • MA Dissertation

I will also be lecturing on The Renaissance: Shakespeare and Beyond (Level 5).