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Meghan Elizabeth 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"

Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania
Fisher-Bennett Hall 133

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. Bringing a spatio-linguistic analysis to bear on domestic dramas, romances, and autobiographies -- genres customarily associated with personal and domestic issues -- I tease out the spatial dynamics of these texts to reveal a breadth of concerns about the increasing popularity of travel in early modern England.

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 m

Articles and Book Chapters

"New World Encounters and the Racial Limits of Friendship in Early Quaker Life Writing" author. Race and Affect in Early Modern English Literature (2022)

Courses Taught

fall 2018

spring 2017