Dr Ruth Connolly
Senior Lecturer


I have just completed an edition of The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick with Tom Cain, which is currently in press and  due for publication in October 2013. As a result of this project I have developed an interest in miscellany poetics and in the 'Sons of Ben'. My other interests lie in the field of early modern women's writing, particularly life-writing; the letter and diary forms; early modern political discourses and private devotional practices. In investigating this I have focussed particularly on the Boyle family, the Earls of Cork, but especially on the writings of Katherine Boyle Jones, Viscountess Ranelagh (1614-91) and Mary Boyle Rich, Countess of Warwick (1624-1678). 

I am currently working on a monograph about  believability and credibility in early modern literature, with a particular focus on the editing of life-writing and have completed a piece on the 'Sons of Ben' for the Oxford Handbook to Ben Jonson.

Future Research

Newcastle's history as a centre for chapbook production as part of a larger collaborative project to document the history of the North-East as a nationally significant site for literary production.

The poetry of Richard Lovelace

Miscellany poetics 

Other Expertise

Editing manuscript poetry; editorial theory; the influence of the the themes of community and friendship on the composition and reception of Stuart poetry.

Sibling and familial relationships in the early modern period; early modern conversion narratives; seventeenth-century autobiography

Research Roles

I am one of the co-convenors of the Medieval and Early Modern Research group at Newcastle. We are interdisciplinary, hold monthly seminars and host guest speakers. We have a particular interest in supporting outreach and engagement work with archives, scholarly editing and digital humanities.  Our website is here: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/mems/

Esteem Indicators

IRCHSS Funded Doctoral student (2001-2005)

Pforzheimer Visiting fellow at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas (September 2008)

Visting Fellow, Folger Shakespeare Library, (October 2008)


Third Year 

 SEL 3303: Writing Rebellion: Literature and the English Revolution

Second Year (UG)

SEL 2201: Writing the Renaissance

SEL 2010: Independent Research Project 

First Year (UG)

SEL 1004 Introduction to Literary Studies 2

SEL 1023 Transformations


SEl 8188  Reading the Past II

SEL 8353 Manuscript, Print, Digital

SEL 8354 Cultures of Collecting 

 PhD Supervision

I am currently co-supervising a PhD on nonconformist literature post-1660 and welcome students interested in writing from this period or in seventeenth-century poetry, c. 1600-1650; manuscript culture; editing; women's writing, particularly life-writing and the relationship between gender, knowledge and authority in the early modern period.