Julianne Werlin
Bacca Foundation Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Culture and Society

My teaching and research interests include early-modern poetry and prose, literary stylistics and poetics, the history of authorship, and sociological, economic, and demographic approaches to literary history. My first book, Writing at the Origin of Capitalism (Oxford) argues that the rise of a centralized domestic commodity market in England around 1600 transformed communications, influencing how and where texts would circulate: a national market thus enabled a national literature. I am currently working on a project entitled English Writers, 1500-1700: A Demographic History. This is a prosopographic study of approximately 600 early modern literary authors that situates writers within demographic and economic trends including life expectancy, nuptiality, urbanization, and class mobility. It seeks to establish the major trends in writers' birthplace, class background, lifespan, education, profession, and other characteristics across the period. 

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