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Meghan E. Hall

Graduate Coordinator, Graduate English Program


2020 Ph.D. Graduate
Dissertation Advisor(s): Ania Loomba
"Out of Compass: English Women's Writing and the Cultures of Travel, 1604-1680"

Associate Director for Graduate Studies, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania
Fisher-Bennett Hall 130

My research interests include 16th- and 17th-century English literature, race and gender studies, and literary depictions of traveling or itinerant women. My dissertation, "Out of Compass: English Women's Writing and the Cultures of Travel, 1604-1680," explores the relationship of gender, travel, and literary production in seventeenth-century women's writing.

At Penn, I served on the Graduate English Association as Events Newsletter Editor, Social Chair, and ABD Representative, consecutively. I was also the Co-coordinator for the PreModern Studies Working Group (formerly the Medieval-Renaissance Seminar) in 2017-2018, and the Coordinator for the Graduate Revision Workshop in 2018-2019. I was a selected participant in the Folger Shakespeare Library's yearlong colloquium, "Gender, Race and Early Modern Studies," the inaugural program in the Folger's ongoing "Race B4 Race" series. I also organized panels and workshops at the Renaissance Society of America and Attending to Early Modern Women conferences.

I received my M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University in 2013, and my B.S. in English from SUNY Oneonta in 2012.

Articles and Book Chapters

"New World Encounters and the Racial Limits of Friendship in Early Quaker Life Writing" Race and Affect in Early Modern English Literature (2022)
"Race and Geographies of Escape in Elizabeth Cary's The Tragedy of Mariam" The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Women's Writing in English, 1540-1700 (2022)

Courses Taught

fall 2024

spring 2024

ENGL 1391.401 Introduction to Chick Lit  

fall 2018

spring 2017