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Having gained a first class degree in English Literature at the University of Southampton, Suzanne decided to continue her studies at the University of Liverpool where she was awarded her PhD in 1993. During this period, she taught part-time at various institutions before becoming a full-time lecturer at the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1992. In April of that year she co-organised, with Kate Chedgzoy and Melanie Hansen, the influential Voicing Women: Gender, Sexuality, Writing, 1500-1700 conference at the University of Liverpool. A selection of papers from this conference became the first of two collaborative publications by that team (see ‘main publications’ below). She has been a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh since 1997 and became senior lecturer in 2006. She has held a number of research awards, including most recently AHRC research leave (2005) and a Leverhulme research fellowship (2001-2). She has published widely on early modern women’s writing and is a regular reviewer for the Year’s Work in English Studies. She has examined a number of PhDs and is currently External Examiner for two MAs at the University of Manchester. In August 2007, she will be Lynn Wood Neag Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Connecticut (Storrs, New England, USA) for the Fall semester.
Suzanne’s early research focused on Tudor and Jacobean English women’s devotional poetry, specifically Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke and Aemilia Lanyer. After a term’s research leave in 2000 she became more interested in archival research. During that period of leave, she found a manuscript by Anna Walker which was presented to Anna of Denmark in a form which follows the generic conventions of a sermon. Inspired by this, she used her Leverhulme research fellowship to establish a preliminary checklist of manuscripts by women (c. 1500-1700) currently deposited at the National Library of Scotland. This enabled her to commence her work on Lady Anne Halkett which has recently been published by Ashgate (see below). Her editorial work is complimented by her interest in theories of early modern women’s self-writing in both England and Scotland. Her publications pay particular attention to Protestant devotional literature and archival resources.While these are her primary fields of research, her work also engages with the theory and history of sexuality.
She welcomes research proposals relating to any aspect of women’s writing, sexuality, or devotional literature, c. 1550-1700. Her email address is: S.Trill@ed.ac.uk
This article was published on Nov 26, 2012