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Dr

Una McIlvenna

The Hansen Senior Lectureship In History
Historical And Philosophical Studies
cultural history
history of execution
literary history
court studies
balladry
history of sexuality
crime & punishment
history of emotions
arts & humanities
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Dr

Una McIlvenna

 
Division
Arts
 
Primary Interest
early modern history and culture
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Dr

Una McIlvenna

 

My research interests lie in the fields of early modern cultural and literary history.

My monograph, Singing the News of Death: Execution Ballads in Europe 1500-1900 (Oxford University Press, 2021), investigates emotional responses to public execution in the early modern period, looking in particular at the use of songs and verse in accounts of crime and execution across Europe.

Crime reports were often printed in huge numbers on cheap pamphlets and set to the tune of well-known songs, enabling the reader to sing along to the account of the (often violent) crime and the public execution of the condemned. My research examines how the emotional resonances of a familiar tune could be transferred or subverted in the new version of the song. Central to my work is the idea that singing the news of crime and punishment was a long-standing, pan-European tradition. I’ve begun to widen my research into news-songs on all sorts of topics: natural disasters and wonders, military battles and sieges, and politics and social satire.

My first monograph, Scandal and Reputation at the Court of Catherine de Medici (Ashgate-Routledge, 2016), looks at how the reputations of aristocratic women at the early modern French court were constructed, attacked and defended in a society where literacy was beginning to gain supremacy over orality.

Projects

With a colleague (Claire Loughnan, Criminology), I recently won an Arts Collaborative Research Seed Funding grant of $20,000 to virtually reconstruct the now-dismantled detention centre on Manus Island, where until 2017 the Australian government imprisoned asylum seekers.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 10 most recent scholarly works by Una McIlvenna.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2020

Descartes Centre Senior Research Fellowship, Utrecht University

2019

Marsh Library, Maddock Research Fellowship, Dublin

2014

Newberry Library Short-Term Fellowship

2016

FRHIST - Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK)


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Awards

Credentials

Positions

Positions


The Hansen Senior Lectureship In History

Historical And Philosophical Studies

Member

Australia and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS)

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Society for Renaissance Studies, United Kingdom

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Society for Court Studies

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Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender

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Renaissance Society of America

Education

Education


PhD in Renaissance Studies

Queen Mary University of London

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