Dr Anna Beer

Recent projects include a new reading of the literary politics of the poetry of Ralegh and Spenser, and four OUP study guides (Marvell's short poems, Marlowe’s Edward the Second, Wycherley's The Country Wife and a literary companion to Hamlet). An article on life-writing and gender will soon be reprinted in the new Blackwell Companion to Literary Biography. My research interests remain broadly focused on English literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, although my latest book (Sounds and Sweet Airs: the Forgotten Women of Classical Music) explores the lives and works of eight women from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, and moves beyond England to France, Italy and Germany. Theoretical approaches to life-writing, historiography, travel writing and women's writing remain a significant focus. I teach narrative non-fiction on the Creative Writing MSt, and am on the Advisory Board for the Kellogg Centre for Creative Writing.

  • Literature 1550 – 1700 (including Women’s Studies)
  • Creative Writing (narrative non-fiction)


  • Oxford Student Texts: the Country Wife

  • Sounds and Sweet Airs The Forgotten Women of Classical Music

  • Oxford Student Texts: Edward II

  • Milton: Poet, Pamphleteer & Patriot

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