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Journal Articles

Read, S (2021) Book Review: Gender, Pregnancy and Power in Eighteenth-Century Literature: The Maternal Imagination. By Buckley, Jenifer. Cham: Palgrave. 2017. 300 pp. €103.99. ISBN 978-3-319-53834-1, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 45(1), pp.139-140, ISSN: 1754-0194. DOI: 10.1111/1754-0208.12817.

Read, S (2021) A woman of masculine bravery: The life of Brilliana, Lady Harley (1598-1643), The Historian, 151, pp.36-39.

Read, S and Gill, C (2020) Teaching early modern women’s writing in the era of COVID-19, Sixteenth Century Journal: journal of early modern studies, 51(S1), ISSN: 0361-0160.

Read, S (2020) “Not knowing the disease you”ll miss the cure”. Considering prose fiction published in Aphra Behn’s name in a medical context, Women's Writing, 27(3), pp.361-376, ISSN: 0969-9082. DOI: 10.1080/09699082.2020.1748818.

Read, S (2020) Reproduction: Antiquity to the Present Day, by Nick Hopwood, Rebecca Flemming, and Lauren Kassell (CUP, 2018) [Book Review], Women's Studies: an interdisciplinary journal, 49(3), pp.341-342, ISSN: 0049-7878. DOI: 10.1080/00497878.2020.1714394.

Read, S (2017) 'Lady Elizabeth Delaval (1648/9–1717): Toothworms and intertextuality', Notes and Queries, Volume 64(3), pp.458-464, ISSN: 0029-3970. DOI: 10.1093/notesj/gjx118.

Read, S (2016) "Gushing Out Blood": Defloration and menstruation in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, Journal of Medical Humanities, 39, ISSN: 1573-3645. DOI: 10.1007/s10912-016-9426-0.

Read, S (2016) Digging your grave with your teeth: Dieting and weight in the Seventeenth Century, Discover your Ancestors, 5, pp.88-93, ISSN: 2048-2507.

Read, S (2016) Rebecca Probert (ed.), Cohabitation and non-marital births in England and Wales, 1600-2012 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) [review], Gender and History, 28(1), pp.253-255, ISSN: 0953-5233. DOI: 10.1111/1468-0424.12200.

Read, S (2016) 'Thanksgiving After Twice Miscarrying': Divine will and miscarriage in Early Modern England, Women's History, 2(5), pp.11-15, ISSN: 2059-0164.

Read, S (2016) “My Method and Medicines”: Mary Trye, chemical physician, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 11(1), pp.137-148, ISSN: 1933-0065.

Evans, J and Read, S (2014) "before midnight she had miscarried'': women, men, and miscarriage in early modern England, JOURNAL OF FAMILY HISTORY, 40(1), pp.3-23, ISSN: 0363-1990. DOI: 10.1177/0363199014562924.

Read, SL (2014) Review of Elizabeth Mazzola, Learning and Literacy in Female Hands, 1520-1698 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), Women's Writing, 22(3), pp.406-408, ISSN: 0969-9082. DOI: 10.1080/09699082.2014.956427.

Read, SL (2014) Marjo Kaartinen, Breast Cancer in the Eighteenth Century, London: Pickering and Chatto, 2013, Social History of Medicine, 27(3), pp.598-599, ISSN: 0951-631X. DOI: 10.1093/shm/hkt121.

Read, SL (2013) ‘“An Expected Gift”: Literary Resumption of Marital Intimacy from Donne to Updike’,, Notes and Queries, 60(2), pp.299-302, DOI: 10.1093/notesj/gjt088.

Read, SL (2012) Review of Katharine Hodgkin, Women, Madness and Sin in Early Modern England: The Autobiographical Writings of Dionys Fitzherbert, The Seventeenth Century, 28, pp.00-00.

Read, SL (2012) When Menopause is not Climacteric, Notes and Queries, 59(2), pp.224-226, DOI: 10.1093/notesj/gjs048.

Read, SL (2012) Review: Mary Lindemann, Medicine and Society in Early Modern Europe, Second Edition, 2010, Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, 30(1), pp.228-229, ISSN: 0823-2105.

Read, SL (2011) Review of Irma Taavitsainen and Päivi Pahta (eds), Medical Writing in Early Modern English, Social History of Medicine, 25(2), pp.550-552, DOI: 10.1093/shm/hkr157.

Read, SL (2011) Review of Oliva Sabuco de Nantes Barrera, The True Medicine, edited and translated by Gianna Pomata, Social History of Medicine, 24(2), pp.531-532.

Read, SL (2011) Review of Jennifer Munroe, ‘“My innocent diversion of gardening”: Mary Somerset’s plants’, Journal of Literature and Science, 4(1), pp.78-79, ISSN: 1754-646X.

Read, SL (2010) Review of Performing Maternity in Early Modern England, The Seventeenth Century, 25(1), pp.184-185.

Read, S (2008) "Thy Righteousness is but a Menstrual Clout": Sanitary Practices and Prejudice in Early Modern England, Early Modern Women: an interdisciplinary journal, III, pp.1-26.


Read, S (2020) The Gossips' Choice, Wild Pressed Books, ISBN: 978-1916489684.

Read, SL, Duckling, L, Roberts, F, Williams, CD (ed) (2018) Exploring the Lives of Women, 1558-1837, Pen and Sword Press, ISBN: 9781526744975.

Read, SL and Evans, J (2017) Maladies and Medicine: Exploring Health and Healing, 1540-1740, Pen and Sword, ISBN: 9781473875715.

Read, SL (2015) Maids, Wives, Widows: Exploring Early Modern Women's Lives, 1540-1740, Pen and Sword Books, ISBN: 9781473823402.

Read, SL (2013) Menstruation and the Female Body in Early-Modern England, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN: 9781137355027.


Read, S (2021) The Gossips’ Choice: Extending the possibilities for biofiction with creative uses of sources. In Fitzmaurice, J, Miller, N, Steen, S (ed) Authorizing Early Modern European Women. From Biography to Biofiction, Amsterdam University Press, pp.263-270, ISBN: 9789048552900. DOI: 10.5117/9789463727143.

Read, S (2021) The Gossips’ Choice: Extending the Possibilities for Biofiction with Creative Uses of Sources. In J, F, N, M, S, S (ed) Unknown Parent Title, Amsterdam University Press, pp.263-270, ISBN: 9789463727143. DOI: 10.5117/9789463727143_ch20.

Bakewell, L and Read, S (2018) "To Make Fools Laugh, and Women Blush, and Wise Men Ashamed": Humour in the English Restoration. In Unknown Parent Title, © Routledge, pp.178-201, ISBN: 9781138314641.

Read, S (2018) ‘The Wine much better then the Bush’: Thomas Lodge’s address to the reader in The Countesse of Lincolnes Nurserie. In Exploring the Lives of Women, 1558-1837, Pen and Sword, pp.11-24, ISBN: 9781526744975.

Bakewell, L and Read, S (2018) “To make fools laugh, and women blush, and wise men ashamed”: Humour in the english restoration. In Humour in the Arts: New Perspectives, pp.113-127, ISBN: 9781138314641. DOI: 10.4324/9780429455827.

Read, S (2017) Pregnant women gaze at the precious things their souls are set on: Perceptions of the pregnant body in early modern literature. In Unknown Parent Title, © Palgrave Macmillan, pp.133-159, ISBN: 9783319441672. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-44168-9.

Read, SL (2015) ‘Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623-1673)’. In Day, G and Lynch, J (ed) The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660–1789, Wiley-Blackwell, pp.220-223, ISBN: 978-1444330205.

Read, SL (2015) ‘Elizabeth Tollet (1694—1754)’. In Day, G and Lynch, J (ed) The Encyclopaedia of British Literature: 1660-1789, wiley blackwell, pp.1237-1239, ISBN: 978-1444330205.

Read, SL (Accepted for publication) The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789. In Day, G (ed) The Encyclopedia of British Literature, Wiley-Blackwell,ISBN: 9781444330205.

Read, SL (2013) The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1780. In Day, G (ed) The Encyclopedia of British Literature, Wiley-Blackwell,ISBN: 9781444330205.

Read, SL (2012) "Only Kept up by the Credulous and Ignorant": Eighteenth-Century Responses to the Ancient Beliefs about Menstrual Blood. In Hansen, M and Klein, J (ed) Great Expectations: Futurity in the Long Eighteenth Century, Peter Lang, pp.205-223, ISBN: 978-3-631-62007-6.


Read, S (2015) Early modern women, religion, and the body conference report, pp.21-22.

Read, S (2014) Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies, pp.19-21, The Society for Renaissance Studies.

Scholarly Editions

Adcock, R (2014) Flesh and Spirit: An Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Women’s Writing, Manchester University Press.

(Accepted for publication) Flesh and Spirit: An Anthology of Seventeenth-century Women's Writing, Manchester University Press.


Read, SL and Evans, J As polio is soon to be officially eradicated, here are five gruesome illnesses no longer with us.

Read, S All About Eve: Stories of the Fall; Pregancy and Aphrodisiacs.


Read, S (2021) And so to bed, No description supplied.

Read, S (2019) Cold comforts: the little ice age, A popular history article about climate and weather in the early modern era, including Frost Fairs on the Thames..

Read, S (2019) Whipp [née Worsup], Elizabeth (d. 1646), midwife, A biographical entry to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for a seventeenth-century London midwife, Elizabeth Whipp. DOI: 10.1093/odnb/9780198614128.013.112768.

Read, S (2018) Women and scenes, An article in the history periodical Discover Your Ancestors which discusses the experience of theatregoing in Restoration London..

Read, S (2018) Menses: a medical history in fatuity, A medical history of the theories around menstruation from pre-modern times to date..

Read, S (2017) The play's the thing: Theatre going in Elizabethan England, An article in a history periodical about the experience of theatre going in Elizabethan England.

Read, S (2017) Taking the pulse of medical history, ‘Taking the Pulse of Medical History: Dr Sir John Floyer who commissioned the first portable watch for measuring the pulse rate of his patients..

Read, S and Evans, J (2017) As polio is soon to be officially eradicated, here are five gruesome illnesses no longer with us, As polio is soon to be officially eradicated, here are five gruesome illnesses no longer with us Newpaper article Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/inews-lifestyle/wellbeing/polio-soon-officially-eradicated-five-gruesome-illnesses-no-longer-us/.

Read, S (2017) ‘Industrious lives in Victorian Scunthorpe’, An article tracing my family's relationship with the industrialisation of Scunthorpe..

Read, S (2017) My ancestor was a midwife, This article discusses the history of the work of midwives in England..

Read, S (2015) The truth about beauty, This article is about beauty in the seventeenth century..

Read, S (2015) A women's revolt, This article discusses the riots of August 1643 in which women peace protesters clashed with Parliamentary forces..

Read, SL (2014) Travail Tales, An investigation of childbirth practices in early modern England.

Read, SL (2013) ‘The Age of Purges’, An investigation of seventeenth-century medical records as genealogy aids..

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