Dr Diana Barnes

Lecturer in Literary Studies - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Diana Barnes

Phone: +61 2 6773 4382

Email: diana.barnes@une.edu.au

Twitter: @dianagbarnes


Bachelor of Arts, Hons (Melb)
Master of Arts (Melb)
Diploma of Education (Melb)
Doctor of Philosophy (Melb)

Teaching Areas

Early Modern Literature including Shakespeare
Women’s writing

Research Interests

Early Modern Literature
Genres of Community
History of Emotions
Early Modern Women’s Writing
Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama
Literature and Intellectual History

Recent Grants

2017, 2015, 2012 Associate Investigator, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

2014 James M. Osborne Fellowship in English and History, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

2012-13 S. Ernest Sprott Fellowship, University of Melbourne

2010-13 Chief Investigator, Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (DP1092592), ‘Continuities and Changes in the History of European Women’s Letter Writing’ (2010-13 with Prof Barbara Caine (University of Sydney), Prof David Garrioch (Monash), Prof Bill Kent (Monash), Dr Carolyn James (Monash), Prof Constant Mews (Monash), Dr Claire Monagle (Monash), and Prof Pauline Nestor (Monash)

Research Supervision Experience

Co-supervisor of doctorate at University of Queensland



Epistolary Community in Print, 1580-1664. Ashgate, 2013. ISBN 978-1-4094-4535-7

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Wifely ‘affection and disposition’: Brilliana Harley and Thomas Gataker’s A Wife in Deed (1623),” in special issue “Rhetoric, Feeling, and the Early Modern Sermon,” ed. Jennifer Clement, English Studies 98.7 (2017). [DOI:10.1080/0013838X.2017.1339988]

“Tenderness, Tittle-tattle and Truth in Mother-daughter Letters: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Mary Wortley Montagu Stuart, Countess of Bute, and Lady Louisa Stuart,” special issue Letters Between Mothers and Daughters, ed. Barbara Caine, Women’s History Review 24.4 (2015): 570-90.  To be republished in Routledge Special Issues as Books Program.

“The Public Life of a Woman of Wit and Quality: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and the Vogue for Smallpox Inoculation,” Feminist Studies 38.2 (2012): 330-62.

“Philosophy in Familiar Epistolary Form in Margaret Cavendish’s Philosophical Letters (1664)” in special issue “Friendship in Early Modern Philosophy and Science,” ed. Richard Yeo and Vanessa Smith, Parergon, 26.2 (2009): 39-64.

“Restoration of Royalist Form in Margaret Cavendish’s Sociable Letters (1664),” Meridian: The La Trobe University English Review, 8.1 (2001): 201-14.

“‘To his Coy Mistress’: Historicising Masculine Lyricism and Femininity,” Antithesis, 7.1 (1995): 131-45.

Research Book Chapters

“Bellicose Passions in Margaret Cavendish’s Playes,” Writing War in Britain and France, 1400-1854: A History of Emotions, ed. Andrew Lynch, Katrina O’Laughlin & Stephanie Downes [Routledge in production for 2018].

“Emotional Debris in Early Modern Letters,” Feeling Things: Object and Emotions Through History, ed. Stephanie Downes & Sarah Randles. Emotions in History (Oxford University Press, 2018): 114-132.  ISBN 978-0-19-880264-8

“Epistolary Fiction,” Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction, ed. Susan Broomhall (Routledge, 2017): 89-91.

“Poetry,” Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction, ed. Susan Broomhall.  (Routledge, 2017): 95-98.

“Editing Early Modern Women’s Letters,” Editing Early Modern Women, ed. Sarah Ross and Paul Salzman (Cambridge University Press, 2016): 121-38.

“Remembering Civil War in Andrew Marvell’s ‘Upon Appleton House,’” Emotions and War: Medieval to Romantic Literature, ed. Andrew Lynch, Katrina O’Laughlin and Stephanie Downes (Palgrave, 2015): 185-202.

“A Subject for Love in The Merry Wives of Windsor,” Authority, Gender and Emotions in Late Medieval and Early Modern England,ed. Susan Broomhall (Palgrave, 2015): 168-86.

“Gender, Genre and Canonicity: Dorothy Osborne’s Letters to Sir William Temple,” Expanding the Canon of Early Modern Women, ed. Paul Salzman (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010): 49-65.

The Secretary of Ladies and Conversion at the Court of Henrietta Maria,” Henrietta Maria: Piety, Politics and Patronage, ed. Erin Griffey (Ashgate, 2008): 39-56.


Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS)
British Shakespeare Association (BSA)
International Margaret Cavendish Society
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Renaissance Society of America (RSA)
Shakespeare Association of America (SAA)
Society for the History of the Emotions (SHE)
Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW)