Education and Experience
Dr Rachel E. Holmes (MA Hons First Class, MLitt Distinction, PhD: St Andrews) was awarded her PhD in 2014. Since then, she has been a Research Associate at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH) and the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge and a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge. She has taught at the Universities of Cambridge, St Andrews, and Edinburgh. In September 2018, Rachel joined the department as a Teaching Fellow in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature.
Rachel works transnationally on early modern European law and literature, with research and teaching interests in: early modern literary culture; Shakespeare and Renaissance drama; rhetoric; poetics; interdisciplinarity; literary adaptation and translation; philology; Legal History; law and emotion; History of Sexuality; and pedagogy.
She is currently revising for publication a monograph on clandestine contracts in early modern European law and literature and working on a new monograph project that explores the high social stakes in early modern Europe of defining and distinguishing rape from other kinds of sexual contracts.
Book Series, Edited Collections, and Special Issues
(As Series Co-Editor) Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern Literature, 4 vols, with Subha Mukherji, Tim Stuart-Buttle, Elizabeth L. Swann, Rebecca Tomlin (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2017–20).
(As co-editor) Knowing Justice: Law and Poetics in Early Modern England and Beyond. Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern Literature, vol iv, ed. and introd. with Subha Mukherji (Forthcoming).
(As co-editor) In Pursuit of Truth: Law and Emotion in Early Modern Europe [Special Issue]. Forum for Modern Language Studies 54.1, ed. & introd. with Toria Johnson (January 2018).
Articles and Chapters in Books
‘A Widow’s Will: Adapting the Duchess of Amalfi in Early Modern England and Spain.’ Studies in Philology 116.4 (Forthcoming, Fall 2019).
‘Teaching Serial with Shakespeare: Using Rhetoric to Resist,’ in Teaching Social Justice Through Shakespeare: Why Renaissance Literature Matters Now, ed. Wendy Beth Hyman and Hillary Eklund (Forthcoming)
‘What’s the Matter? Murderous Husbands and “Adulterous” Wives in Early Modern English and Spanish Drama.’ In Pursuit of Truth: Law and Emotion in Early Modern Europe [Special Issue]. Forum for Modern Language Studies 54.1 (January 2018), 85–99. doi: 10.1093/fmls/cqx078.
‘In Pursuit of Truth’ with Toria Johnson. In Pursuit of Truth: Law and Emotion in Early Modern Europe [Special Issue]. Forum for Modern Language Studies 54.1 (January 2018), 1–16. doi:10.1093/fmls/cqx085
‘Paul Raffield, The Art of Law in Shakespeare,’ in The Review of English Studies vol. 69, no. 289 (April 2018). doi: 10.1093/res/hgy006.
‘Christopher N. Warren, Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580–1680,’ in Renaissance Studies 31.3 (June 2017). doi: 10.1111/rest.12217.