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Kirsten Inglis - The Correspondence of Anne Newdigate

Date & Time:
November 24, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gallery Hall, TFDL

The Calgary Institute for the Humanities presents the Inaugural McCready Fellow Lecture

24 November 2016 |  7PM |  Gallery Hall, TFDL, University of Calgary

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. To register your interest, please go to

Kirsten Inglis, Seventeenth-Century Social Networking: The Correspondence of Anne Newdigate (1574–1618)

The letters of Anne Newdigate of Arbury Hall, Warwickshire, reveal a woman at the centre of a vast web of social, familial, and business contacts throughout England. The epistolary evidence suggests that it was Anne Newdigate, not her husband John, who assiduously cultivated and maintained relationships with influential friends, family, and neighbors both in order to maintain friendly ties and, more deliberately, to assist the Newdigate family in the legal and financial difficulties that attended an encumbered estate. One of the immediately striking features of the letters written to Anne Newdigate is their familiarity and intimacy; for example, letters from William Knollys offer frank advice to Anne Newdigate about breastfeeding, and letters to and from Richard Leveson construct familial relationships (wife, sister) that are ‘real’ only in the epistolary context. The letters offer important insights into the epistolary rhetoric and literary culture of early modern England, and this talk will explore the rhetorical admixture of formulaic praise, sincere affection, legal advice, and intimate personal counsel evident in the Newdigate correspondence.

Kirsten Inglis is the holder of the first Wayne O. McCready Fellowship for an Emerging Scholar at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities. She is currently SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the University of Alberta’s Department of English and Film Studies. Her research areas are Jacobean drama and early modern women’s writing, specifically literary translation and familiar epistles. Her work has appeared in the journals Early Theatre and ROMARD and in edited collections on early modern drama. Her postdoctoral research focuses on seventeenth century women’s coterie writing and epistolary networks.


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