Dr Lena Liapi

Title: Early Modern History
Phone: 01782 733882
Email: e.liapi@keele.ac.uk
Location: Room CBB2.055
Contacting me: By email or telephone.

I came to Keele in September 2017.  I have taught at the University of York, the University of Aberdeen, and Leeds Beckett University. I did my first degrees at the University of Athens (BA & MA) and my PhD at the University of York.

My research interests revolve around popular culture, print culture, representations of deviance, rhetoric, and material studies. I am also particularly interested in historiography and theoretical approaches to history.

My doctoral thesis focused on the ways in which urban crime was represented in cheap print materials in early-modern London. Cheap print was used to investigate broader phenomena, such as urbanisation and the growth of the metropolis, popular understandings of justice and the culture of communication in early modern England.

My current research aims to locate popular fame and reputation in seventeenth-century England. Using manuscript and printed sources, I am exploring whether fame was a product of the printing press, or based on face-to-face interactions which spilled over to print. How do individuals become famous? Are local networks of news more important than country-wide distribution? My research engages with these questions and the interaction between community and public opinion.  

‘“Loyal Hind”, “the prince of thieves”: crime pamphlets and royalist propaganda in the 1650s’, in Simon Davies & Katharine Fletcher (eds) News in Early Modern Europe: Currents and Connections (Brill, July 2014).

Roguery in Print: Crime and Culture in Early Modern London (Boydell & Brewer, under contract)

‘“The Talk of the Towne": News, Crime and the Public Sphere in Seventeenth-Century London’, (Cultural and Social History, 2017). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14780038.2017.1375703

Samuel Pepys and his Books: Reading, Newsgathering, and Sociability, 1660-1703, by Kate Loveman (Reviews in History, January 2016)

HIS-30137 Crime Worlds in early modern England 1: Law, Punishment and Popular Justice

HIS-30139 Crime Worlds in early modern England 2: Images of Crime in Popular Culture

HIS-30121 History and Biography

HIS-20069 State and Empire in Britain c. 1530-c. 1720

HIS-10031 Princes and Peoples: European History, c.1490-c.1700

HIS-10026 History Media & Memory: The Presentation of the Past in Contemporary Culture