Researcher biography

Dr Walters obtained her doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and her BA from the University of California Santa Cruz. Currently, she is working on an Oxford World Classics edition of Cavendish’s literary works. Her monograph entitled Margaret Cavendish: Gender, Science and Politics was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014 (paperback 2017).  She is co-editor of Margaret Cavendish: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) and is one of the joint editors of the Restoration section of the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women's Writing.

She has published articles on Cavendish, Shakespeare and early modern women in relation to science, philosophy, gender and political thought.

Previously, Dr Walters was a postdoctoral research fellow at Ghent University in Belgium. She has also held academic positions in England, America, and Scotland and has taught guest classes in France. Between studies, she worked in Tokyo, Japan. Currently, she serves on the Editorial Board of ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews and was recently President of the International Margaret Cavendish Society.  

Books

The Blazing World and Other Writings. Series: Oxford World Classics. Ed. Lisa Walters. Oxford University Press, under contract.

Margaret Cavendish: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Eds. Brandie Siegfried and Lisa Walters. Cambridge University Press, 2022. Forthcoming.

Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women's Writing: the Restoration. Vol. 2.  Eds. Natasha Simonova, Suzanne Trill and Lisa Walters. Palgrave, 2020-22.

Margaret Cavendish: Gender, Science and Politics. Cambridge University Press, hardback 2014, paperback 2017.

Book Chapters

and Naomi Miller. “Reframing the Picture: Renaissance Women for Modern Audiences” in World-making Women: New Perspectives on the Centrality of Women in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Culture. Eds. Pamela Hammons and Brandie Siegfried. Cambridge University Press, 70-85. Forthcoming.

“Katherine Jones, Lady Raneleigh.” Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women's Writing. Vol. 2. Eds. Suzanne Trill, Lisa Walters and Natasha Simonova. Palgrave, Forthcoming.

and Brandie Siegfried. “The Intellectual Span of the Duchess of Newcastle.” Margaret Cavendish: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Eds. Lisa Walters and Brandie Siegfried. Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming.

 “Gender and Epicurean Pleasure in the English Newcastle Circle” in Research Companion to the Cavendishes. Eds. Lisa Hopkins and Tom Rutter. ARC Humanities Press, 2020. 181-198.

“The Philosophy and Literature of Childhood Cognition: Milton and Cavendish” in Literary Cultures and Medieval and Early Modern Childhoods. Eds. Diane Purkiss and Naomi Miller. Palgrave MacMillan, 2019. 203-218.

“Poems and Fancies (1653).” Handbook of English Renaissance Literature. Ed. Ingo Berensmeyer. De Gruyter, 2019.  594-614.

 and Suzanne Trill.  “Chapter VIII The Earlier Seventeenth Century: General, Prose, Women’s Writing.”  The Year’s Work in English Studies.   Vol. 88.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.  525-41.

“Gender Subversion in the Science of Margaret Cavendish.”  Margaret Cavendish: Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England, 1550-1700.  Ed. Sara H. Mendelson.  Vol. 7.  Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2009. 
(This article was republished from an earlier essay published in Early Modern Literary Studies in 2004).

“Chapter VIII The Earlier Seventeenth Century: General, Prose, Women’s Writing.”  The Year’s Work in English Studies.  Vol. 87.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.  536-549.

and Suzanne Trill.  “Chapter VIII The Earlier Seventeenth Century: General, Prose, Women’s Writing.”  The Year’s Work in English Studies.  Vol. 86.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.  475-496.

“Cavendish’s Letters”  The Female Wits: Women and Gender in Restoration Literature and Culture.  Eds.  Pilar Cuder Domínguez; Zenón Luis Martínez;  Juan A Prieto Pablos, Huelva: Universidad de Huelva Press, 2006.  281-294.

“Chapter VIII The Earlier Seventeenth Century: General, Prose, Women’s Writing.”  The Year’s Work in English Studies.  Vol. 85.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.  449-476.

 “Chapter VIII The Earlier Seventeenth Century: General, Prose, Women’s Writing.”  The Year’s Work in English Studies.  Vol. 84.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.  471-498.

 “Chapter VIII The Earlier Seventeenth Century: General, Prose, Women’s Writing.”  The Year’s Work in English Studies.  Vol. 83.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.  401-432.

Journal Articles

and Sean Ferrier. “Hamlet and Lucretian Anxiety.” Shakespeare. (2022): Forthcoming.

and Brandie Siegfried. “A New Science for a New World: Margaret Cavendish on the Question of Poverty.” 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era. 27 (2022): Forthcoming.

“Monstrous Births and Imaginations: Authorship and Folklore in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Renaissance and Reformation 39.1 (2016): 115-146.    

“Optics and Authorship in Margaret Cavendish’s Observations and The Blazing World,” Viator  45.3 (2014): 377-393.

“Oberon and Masculinity in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” ANQ 26.3 (2013): 157-160.

“Gender and Civil War Politics in Margaret Cavendish’s “Assaulted and Pursued Chastity.” Early Modern Women. 8 (2013): 207-240.

“Omitted Edition of Margaret Cavendish’s Philosophical and Physical Opinions (1663).” Notes and Queries. 60.4 (2013): 1-4.

“‘[N]ot subject to our sense’: Margaret Cavendish’s Fusion of Renaissance Science, Magic and Fairy lore.”  Women’s Writing.  17 (2010): 413 - 431.

“Gender Subversion in the Science of Margaret Cavendish.” Early Modern Literary Studies. 14 (2004): 13.1-34.

Reviews

“Review of Poems and Fancies with The Animal Parliament, edited by Brandie R. Siegfried, Tempe, AZ, Iter Press & Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, (2018), The Seventeenth Century (2019).

“Review of The Unnatural Tragedy, directed by Graham Watts, performed at the White Bear Theatre, London.” Restoration Journal (2019).

“Review of A Description of the Blazing World. Ed. Sara H. Mendelson.” Early Modern Women (2019): forthcoming.

and Sean G. Ferrier. “Review of Cavendish, Woolf, and the Cypriot Goddess Natura by Jim Fitzmaurice, performed at the Centre of Visual Arts and Research, Nicosia, Cyprus.” Early Modern Literary Studies.

“Review of Oddvar Holmesland’s Utopian Negotiation: Aphra Behn and Margaret Cavendish,” Early Modern Women (2015): 216-219.

“Review of Hero Chalmers' Royalist Women Writers 1650-1689.”  Early Modern Literary Studies (2006): 7.1-6.

Areas of research